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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.

Members of UPS for DownS hold a recent training session. (CBS)

Your Chicago: UPS for DownS

CBS 2′s Rob Johnson introduces us to United Parent Support for Down Syndrome.

07/19/2013

One of the residents of the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Judy Istock Butterly Haven

(CBS) – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum boasts many must-see sights, from the outdoor nature walk to the “Look In” Lab to the Nature of Eating exhibit. But it’s the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven that [...]

07/12/2013

Olivia Taylor lost her memory after a collision during a basketball game. (CBS)

Athlete Loses Memory After Collision On Court

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Taylor is a basketball player from Seneca High School in the far south suburbs. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.

07/11/2013

Musician Billy Corgan talks with CBS 2's Rob Johnson at Corgan's tea house, Madam Zuzu's, in Highland Park. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Madame Zuzu’s Tea House

CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes us to the North Shore, where Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has launched a business venture that’s equal parts art and tea.

06/07/2013

Students from Reilly Elementary School talk with CBS 2's Rob Johnson. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Student Activists At Reilly Elementary School

Students are lobbying the Chicago Park District and aldermen for an improved Parkview Park just blocks away from their school in the largely Hispanic Avondale neighborhood. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.

05/17/2013

CCA Academy in Chicago specializes in urban-farming classes that include "aquaponics." (CBS)

Your Chicago: CCA Academy And ‘Aquaponics’

In tank after tank at CCA — some big, some small — the principles of aquaponics are being put to the test to support urban farming. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.

05/03/2013

Members of the Chicago Community Chorus rehearse. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Chicago Community Chorus

(CBS) – It might be the most talented choir you’ve never heard of, and the Chicago Community Chorus is celebrating its 10th year in 2013. It is made up of professional singers and amateurs alike, [...]

04/12/2013

Dr. Julian Bailes shows PET scan images from a research study on CTE, including scans of five living former NFL players. (Credit: CBS)

Research Suggests Scan Could Find Concussion Trauma In Living Patients

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.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz (CBS)

Your Chicago: Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz

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.

01/19/2013

Daniel Smrokowski (CBS 2)

Your Chicago: Daniel Smrokowski, Advocate For People With Disabilities

Daniel Smrokowski has been a fixture on the radio at Roosevelt University in Chicago for roughly four years. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.

01/04/2013

Metro Squash teaches young urban youths the relatively unknown sport. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Metro Squash

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.

11/30/2012

A beer in mid-pour at Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Solemn Oath Brewery

One of the newest microbreweries on the block is in Naperville, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

10/26/2012

The La Grange Theater is among the notable businesses in downtown La Grange. (CBS)

Your Chicago: West Suburban La Grange

The village has come a long way since a man named Franklin Cossett led the emigration from Chicago in the 1870s.

10/19/2012

A display at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications is dedicated to the first televised presidential debate. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Museum Of Broadcast Communications

CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes a look inside Chicago’s newest museum, which pays homage to the greats of television and radio.

09/21/2012

Veteran barber Joe Guido. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Oak Brook Barber Salon

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.

09/07/2012

Naperville's Centennial Beach. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Naperville’s Centennial Beach

CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes us on a tour of an oasis in the western suburbs that offers something for everyone.

07/20/2012

The Chicago Public Art Group creates murals on underpasses. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Ornate Underpass Murals

The Chicago Public Art Group started 40 years ago painting modest murals to cover unattractive concrete underpasses. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.

06/29/2012

Musicians perform recently at the venerable Jazz Showcase in the South Loop. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Jazz Showcase

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson takes you to a place that’s been around 65 years.

06/15/2012

Rowshawn Treadwell, left, is one of the 50 seniors from Christ the King Jesuit College Prep who is going to college. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Christ The King College Prep

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.

06/08/2012

Concussion

Growing Concern Over Concussions Among Youth Athletes

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.

CBS 2–05/22/2012

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