What Happened To Ernie Johnson?

March 29, 2024

What Happened To Ernie Johnson

When you work a show that features NBA legends like Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal, it takes a certain kind of person to keep the chaos under control. That is why TNT viewers got a surprise earlier this week when Charles Barkley broke in during the broadcast to inform Johnson that he was being inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Getting to this point in his life has not been easy for the six-time Sports Emmy winner. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2003, he kept the news to himself for two years before finally deciding that he needed to come clean. Eventually, he was able to do so without impacting his work.

After a short stint as a fill-in sports anchor at WSB-TV in Albany, Georgia, Johnson moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina, and joined WSPA-TV. There, he continued to build experience while working alongside industry titans such as Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite. Eventually, Turner Sports came calling and Johnson was given the chance to anchor Inside the NBA in 1990.

The Milwaukee native jumped at the opportunity. He credits his father for inspiring him to pursue sports broadcasting as a career and the lessons he learned from watching Skip Caray call Braves games on local radio and TV, which helped him develop professionalism and respect for his fellow broadcasters. Despite being one of the most recognizable voices in the business, Johnson still treats his family as priority number one and says that he has been blessed by being able to do what he loves for a living.


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