Rob 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.
Rob has covered many major news events during his career including many of the Presidential Campaigns over the last 25 years. In the Summer of 2016 he covered the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Rob also had a front row seat to some of our Chicago sports teams’ special moments having chronicled the Blackhawks three 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 in 2007, 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 multiple 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, UCP/Seguin, and St. Coletta’s of Illinois. 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 Special Olympics Illinois, Concussion Legacy Foundation, a concussion education and research group, Hockey On Your Block, which teaches the game of hockey to inner-city children in Chicago, and Family Member, a group trying to stop disability hate speech. 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.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed sweeping state budget cuts that have angered local officials.
CBS 2’s Rob Johnson talked to those who use and make them, and those who say buyer beware.
NCIS is the number one show on television, and while doing autopsies is not glamorous work, people are fascinated with forensic pathology.
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.
Last weekend in Los Angeles, Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy received a lifetime achievement award at the Grammy Awards for his stellar music career.
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.
A Chicago-based project to record the histories of African Americans has received some significant recognition. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
(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 Rob Johnson reports. It’s not an ice rink. It’s a 400-meter skating ribbon that opened in December at Maggie Daley […]
(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 Rob Johnson reports. It looks like one of those movie trailers for an old black-and-white “whodunnit,” but it’s much more […]
Two West Side residents risked gang retaliation to help solve a cold case received a big honor Wednesday.
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.
“Do these negative ads really work?”
CBS 2’s Rob Johnson introduces us to another team of young winners from the Chicago region.
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.
It is an odd-looking, hairnet-like contraption with 256 electrodes called BNA, for Brain Network Activation. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
It’s all part of a strategy to accommodate the work force of tomorrow, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
Last week, as Chicago’s newest heroes were being honored with a parade that brought out tens of thousands of people from Washington Heights to Millennium Park, I couldn’t help but think what baseball now means to the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, and what baseball has meant to millions, including me.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest — a-k-a the food police — released its 2014 Xtreme Eating Awards.
It’s part farm, part job training, part produce stand. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
89 World War II veterans from Chicago just got to make an unforgettable journey, travelling to their memorial in Washington.