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 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.
It’s a breakthrough that could help save the lives of athletes who play contact sports. Research conducted partially in Chicago has found a way to diagnose a devastating brain disease for the first time, while the athlete is still alive.
The man leading the front office of the Blackhawks is looking forward to the shortened hockey season, after the long lockout. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
Daniel Smrokowski has been a fixture on the radio at Roosevelt University in Chicago for roughly four years. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
Squash in this case is not a vegetable. It’s a sport that helps inspire young people. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports on a Hyde Park-based program.
One of the newest microbreweries on the block is in Naperville, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
The village has come a long way since a man named Franklin Cossett led the emigration from Chicago in the 1870s.
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes a look inside Chicago’s newest museum, which pays homage to the greats of television and radio.
When he started as a barber, Joe Guido’s hair was a little darker, but what hasn’t changed is his devotion to customer service. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes us on a tour of an oasis in the western suburbs that offers something for everyone.
The Chicago Public Art Group started 40 years ago painting modest murals to cover unattractive concrete underpasses. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
CBS 2’s Rob Johnson takes you to a place that’s been around 65 years.
Christ the College College Preparatory School has its first crop of graduating seniors, and they’re all going to college. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
The headlines about concussions are everywhere these days; soldiers suffering traumatic brain injuries linked to concussions, or the speculation that football star Junior Seau might have committed suicide after suffering from them.
Gov. Pat Quinn was back in Springfield Tuesday night, dealing with the state’s pension and Medicaid problems. He said lawmakers must “show some fortitude” and come up with major pension and Medicaid reforms this spring.
For people who are dealing with homelessness or drug addiction or other problems, a West Side agency is offering a second chance at life. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is a little bit of the country on the city’s Far South Side. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
College students from Chicago helped an Iraq War veteran who lives downstate by redesigning his home’s interior. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson explains.
Where do Chicago school kids go when they need glasses, but they don’t have the money? CBS 2′s Rob Johnson has the answer.
In January 2011, the city of Chicago passed some of the most strict concussion legislation in the country, but it was just the beginning, as there are several efforts afoot to protect school-aged athletes from serious brain injuries.
The latest research shows repeated head trauma can cause irreparable brain disease. As CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports, for parents whose kids are active, this can be extremely troubling, especially when you consider that almost any sport can leave your child with a concussion.