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 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.
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.
They come before dawn to Midway Airport: 89 veterans, most around 90 years old, going on a trip of a lifetime, thanks to Honor Flight Chicago. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
It almost needs no introduction, but time flies: Millennium Park is 10 years old. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson pays a visit to the popular attraction.
It is an ambitious project that is literally out of this world. It’s called Mars One. When and if it achieves lift off a decade from now, people will travel to Mars to live there permanently.
CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports on why farmers like to be a part and why customers keep coming back.
Located on the North Side, it’s part learning, part rehabilitation and part work center, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
For Chicago hedge fund manager Ray Lilja, hockey has been a lifelong passion he is now sharing with others – specifically, with kids from the inner city who might not be able to afford the expensive equipment and ice time. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
At the At-Ease Clinic in Lombard, the treatment program emphasizes acupuncture, instead of the usual cocktail of drugs. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
The Uptown venue has an ambitious goal: to end racism. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
For 12 years, veteran WXRT disc jockey Terri Hemmert has been hosting her labor of love, “Breakfast with The Beatles.” CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
One Illinois woman will be receiving an honorary GRAMMY Sunday for her trailblazing work as a talented violinist. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
The 77-year-old hungered for greatness ever since he grew up on a Louisiana plantation, picking cotton and picking the guitar. By the time he got to Chicago in the late 1950s, he was just plain hungry.
(CBS) – Grass isn’t growing and flowers aren’t blooming. So, what’s causing your sneezing and sniffling this time of year? It could be your holiday decorations, CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports. For Kevin McCracken, Christmas brings more than just presents and good cheer. As soon as he brings down the Christmas decorations from the attic, […]
The citywide choir network has been giving kids aged eight to eighteen a voice for nearly 60 years. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.
Experts say most people have no idea what they are getting themselves into when it comes to keeping their information private. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.