Rob Johnson

johnson new 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 most 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 Stanley Cup Championships, and the Cubs 2016 World Series victory.

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 served 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 Communication from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1990. He serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Illinois and Concussion Legacy Foundation. Rob is also an Associate Member of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni, an advisor to the Inner City Education (ICE) organization, and writes a column for The Hinsdalean newspaper.

In his spare time, he enjoys ice hockey and golf. Rob and his wife, Stacy, live with their son in the western suburbs.

Chicago Native Bikes Across America For Autism Awareness

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World Armwrestling League Kicks Off New Season In Rosemont

Arm wrestling is one of mankind’s oldest competitions, dating back to ancient Egypt; and now the sport is enjoying a modern day surge in popularity.


School With A New Purpose

A development company is transforming the school into apartments.


The Future Of School? Glenbrook Schools Testing New Classroom Concepts

The focus of school administrators has long been on things like textbooks and teachers. Now one north suburban high school district thinks the answer to better learning might involve different furniture and paint.


2 Investigators: Are Rideshares Increasing Traffic Congestion?

Many believe downtown traffic is worse than ever. Are companies such as Uber and Lyft worsening the problem?


NIU Shooting Marks 10 Years

Not only did it change that campus forever, it also changed the lives of those who survived that horror.


Billboard Urges Convict’s Release In ’95 Murders

Perhaps you have seen the sign: “Free Matt Sopron.” CBS 2’s Rob Johnson sought the story behind it.


Positively Chicago: Spirit Hockey Camp

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports on a faith-oriented hockey program for young people.


Former Blackhawk Bryan Bickell Copes With MS By Staying Positive

The newly retired hockey player and his wife, both animal lovers, are concentrating on their foundation, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

CBS Chicago–05/05/2017

Perplexing Case: When Alleged Bully And Victim Have Developmental Disabilities

In January, school officials alerted parents of Grace Sanchez that Grace may have been inappropriately touched by a younger student for the second time in three months. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Pat Hughes Broadcasts His First World Series Ever

After 6,000 games, Cubs radio play-by-play man Pat Hughes broadcast his first World Series game.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2016

Controversy Over Cleveland Indians’ Logo Rages Anew

Some say “Chief Wahoo” is not an appropriate depiction of Native American culture. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson is in Cleveland for the historic Cubs-Indians World Series.


Some Military Veterans Feel Like Pawns In Fierce Senate Race Between Kirk, Duckworth

Each candidate has made military service an issue, sometimes in negative ways. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Harvey Cop Never Charged After 2 Pregnant Women Accused Him Of Misconduct

One woman filed a police report after she says the two had sex in the back of Jones’ squad car, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


Street Named In Honor Of Well-Known Evanston Barber

With the pull of a string, part of Church Street is now Samuel Johnson Place, an honor earned for cutting hair for 67 years.


Rabid Cubs Fans Use Players’ Numbers To Win $1M Powerball

Cubs fans Brad and Kim Brunk won $1 million playing Powerball. And every week for the past 19 years, they’ve played the same numbers — most belonging to their favorite Cubs players.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2016

Trump Chides Chicago For Volume Of Shootings

Trump blamed Obama for what he characterized as a spike in violence across the country since the Democrat took office.


Chicago Teen Serving As GOP Alternate Delegate In Cleveland

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson talks with two young people from Illinois who are taking part in the national GOP nominating convention.


How Will Attacks Change Way Belgians Live Their Lives?

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson lived in Brussels for five years until the time he was 18. Today, he spoke to two friends from high school, who have lived there for decades, to see how they are doing in the aftermath.


Gov. Rauner’s Jabs At Mayor Emanuel Get Nastier, And Vice Versa

CBS 2’s Rob Johnson looks at the increasingly volatile rhetoric between the onetime friends.