Rob Johnson

johnson  Rob JohnsonRob Johnson is the weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts at 5, 6 10 PM. He joined CBS 2 Chicago in August 2006 from WLS-TV where he worked since 1998 as weekend anchor and reporter.

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Rob has covered many major news events during his career including the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Presidential Campaigns.

Rob has covered both of the Blackhawks recent Stanley Cup runs, and the Bears Super Bowl appearance in Miami.

During his career, Rob has been at the scene of other major news stories including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Andrew, the Centennial Park Bombing during the Atlanta Olympics, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston, and 2000 Florida vote recount.

Rob has also covered Papal visits to Denver and St. Louis, and has reported from the countries of Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, and Germany, traveling with then-Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s as he visited with Wounded servicemen and women.

Before moving to Chicago, Rob worked at KPRC-TV in Houston, as an anchor and reporter. Prior to that, he worked as an anchor and reporter at stations in Arkansas and Louisiana. Rob began his broadcasting career as a newsroom intern at CNN in Washington, D.C.

Rob has won numerous Emmy Awards. He has also received awards from the Chicago Headline Club, Associated Press, Belle Center of Chicago, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, North Shore Special Education District, Ukrainian National Museum, Neumann Family Services, Spirito! Singers, and UCP/Seguin. On September 22, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed it “Rob Johnson Day” in Illinois, as recognition for his advocacy for people with disabilities.”

Rob earned his B.A. in Communications from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1990. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Research Foundation, and the National Board for the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a concussion education and research group. Rob has been an Honorary Board Member of the “H” Foundation, a cancer research organization, and is an Associate Member of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni.

Rob also dedicates much of his personal time to organizations that support people with disabilities. In his spare time he enjoys ice hockey, golfing, and skiing. Rob and his wife, Stacy, live with their son in the western suburbs.

Blues Heaven (CBS)

Your Chicago: Blues Heaven

The grounds of the old Chess Records is home to the Willie Dixon Foundation. And in the garden right outside they are keeping the beautiful music alive. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Chicago Tree Project (CBS)

Your Chicago: Chicago Tree Project

Tired of seeing the trees being decimated, the Chicago Park District called on artists to begin turning the trees from eyesores to neighborhood gems. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Paul Tabachneck. (Credit: CBS)

Common Sounds Cause Uncontrollable Anger For Misophonia Sufferers

Chewing, sniffling, breathing, they’re just everyday noises, but for some people they can cause uncontrollable anger.


Rush University Medical Center's Enable Veterans Program teaches former members of the military job skills in the computer field. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Enabled Veteran Program

Rush University Medical Center is training veterans in the highly competitive, highly sought-after information technology field. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Gov. Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Illinois Gov. Rauner: Bankruptcy Should Be Option For Broke Cities

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed sweeping state budget cuts that have angered local officials.


2nd Skull protective headgear. (Credit: CBS)

How Effective Is Latest Protective Headgear?

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson talked to those who use and make them, and those who say buyer beware.


Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina (left) and NCIS star Brian Dietzen (right.) (Credit: CBS)

How Close Is NCIS To The Real Thing?

NCIS is the number one show on television, and while doing autopsies is not glamorous work, people are fascinated with forensic pathology.


The Rink (CBS)

Your Chicago: The Rink

In every community there is a place where the neighborhood comes to gather. On the Southeast Side of Chicago, for the past 40 years, that place has been The Rink.


Buddy Guy

Your Chicago: Buddy Guy

Last weekend in Los Angeles, Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy received a lifetime achievement award at the Grammy Awards for his stellar music career.


Father Andrew Smith (CBS)

Your Chicago: Holy Angels Parish

His name is Father Andrew Smith. He is the pastor of Holy Angels parish in Bronzeville, and his ascension to the pulpit there is anything but ordinary. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Julieanna Richardson (CBS)

Your Chicago: History Makers

A Chicago-based project to record the histories of African Americans has received some significant recognition. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


The skating rink at Maggie Daley Park opened Saturday. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Your Chicago: Skating Ribbon At Maggie Daley Park

(CBS) — At this time of year, Chicagoans may be looking for something fun to do. Well, rejoice, there is something. It’s new, it is innovative, unusual, and, so far, a big hit. CBS 2’s […]


Curse Of The Tempest Jewel

Your Chicago: ‘The Curse Of The Tempest Jewel’

(CBS) – There is a movie premier this Sunday unlike any other. “The Curse of the Tempest Jewel” is a local production that features the talents of a very special group of people. CBS 2’s […]


Anthony Muldrow and Sharon Bell were honored for stepping forward as witnesses in an arson crime. (Credit: CBS)

Two Witnesses Of West Side Firebombing Receive Courage Award

Two West Side residents risked gang retaliation to help solve a cold case received a big honor Wednesday.



Your Chicago: Ag High School’s Horse Program

Maggie Kendall, an animal sciences teacher at a Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, is thinking big — $100,000 big. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson explains.


Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Do All These Mudslinging Political Ads Really Work?

“Do these negative ads really work?”


Members of the Lake County Lightning visit CBS 2. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Lake County Lightning

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson introduces us to another team of young winners from the Chicago region.


Allison Kessler working as a resident physiatrist at the RIC. (Credit: CBS)

Paralyzed Woman Now Helping Injured Patients At Same Place She Received Treatment

Allison Kessler works at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As a third year physiatry resident, or rehab doctor, she is uniquely qualified for this job.


Will Conover undergoes testing that may determine if he has a concussion. (CBS)

New Test May Help Diagnose Concussions Among Young Athletes

It is an odd-looking, hairnet-like contraption with 256 electrodes called BNA, for Brain Network Activation. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Loop Street Overhaul

What’s The Deal With Chicago’s Ripped-Up Streets?

It’s all part of a strategy to accommodate the work force of tomorrow, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.