Rob Johnson is the weekday anchor of the CBS 2 Chicago evening newscasts at 5:00 PM and 10:00 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 numerous major news events in recent years–from Chicago to New Orleans, to Honduras.
He anchored and reported from New Hampshire, Texas and Pennsylvania during the 2008 Presidential primaries.
In 2007, Rob traveled to Germany to cover Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn’s visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to meet with wounded soldiers during the holiday season. Earlier that year, Rob reported extensively on the Bears Super Bowl run in Miami, including live reports from South Florida during Super Bowl week.
In 2005, he reported from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The year prior he covered John Kerry’s defeat in the 2004 Presidential election from Boston.
During his career, Rob has been at the scene of other breaking stories from Hurricane Andrew to the Centennial Park Bombing during the Atlanta Olympics, to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in Houston. Rob has also covered Papal visits to Denver and St. Louis, and has reported from the countries of Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras.
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, and Neumann Family Services. 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. He is also 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.
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.
From afar, it looks like any other playroom. Kids are laughing — enjoying their toys, books, and each other. But take a closer look and you will see that all of these kids are special. They all have Down syndrome, CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
When it comes to Chicago basketball, before Derrick Rose and Michael Jordan, there was Charlie Brown. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson reports.
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson talks with former Outfit member Frank Calabrese Jr., who has some thoughts about ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impending prison term.
CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes a tour of a Melrose Park institution and talks with owners about the the thrill of harness racing.
There’s no time like the present to enjoy autum colors at the west surburban oasis. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson takes a tour.
In a non-descript studio inside the Athenaeum Theatre building in Lakeview, students are tapping and tapping and tapping – the young and the young at heart.
A 19th-century wood frame church in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood has been dispensing aid to the needy for several years. CBS 2′s Rob Johnson introduces us to All Saints Episcopal Church.