bruce johnson

Doctor of Letters

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson has been an anchor and reporter for Washington, D.C.’s WUSA9 for over 40 years.

Johnson currently anchors the weeknight 6 p.m. news and the 7 p.m. news broadcast called “Off Script with Bruce Johnson.” He can also be seen regularly covering politics and breaking news stories.

A veteran broadcast journalist, Johnson has traveled the world on special assignment for WUSA9, filing special reports or documentaries from Moscow, Paris, Stockholm, Budapest, Tokyo, Dakar, Bangkok, earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Beijing, Shanghai and Rome.

Johnson has won 22 Emmys including the prestigious Ted Yates Award, which is only given with a unanimous vote of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Board of Governors. He‘s been inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists‘ Hall of Fame, the NATAS Silver Circle and the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame. Johnson is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Johnson has been honored with resolutions from the D.C. City Council and proclamations from D.C. mayors Anthony Williams and Muriel Bowser. He
has lent countless hours to charitable causes and served on dozens of nonprofit boards.

Johnson’s community service and volunteer awards number well into the hundreds. His passion is the city’s youth and it’s shown in the stories he’s told about their struggles and successes.

In 1992, while on assignment for WUSA9 in a D.C. neighborhood, Johnson suffered a sudden heart attack. As part of his recovery Johnson became an avid runner. Years later with his doctor’s approval he trained for and completed the 26.2 mile Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C.

Friends convinced Johnson to use his status to become a local and national heart health advocate. Mended recently awarded him a life membership for his work. Cardiologists and clergy members still use and promote Johnson’s documentary “Before You Eat the Church Food, Watch This Video.” He has several books to his credit also; Heart to Heart is a moving account of Johnson’s struggles and those of eleven other men and women who suffered heart attacks. His second book, All or Nothing: The Victor Page Story is the story of a Georgetown University basketball player whose pro career was sabotaged by his past.

Johnson is married with three adult children, three grandsons and Najee the family dog. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University in 1973 with a major in political science. He also holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Cincinnati.