ABOUT WHIT

News Anchor & Reporter

Whit Johnson is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has covered network and major market news stories across the country and around the world.


Whit is currently co-anchor on Good Morning America Weekends and an ABC News correspondent based in New York.  His reports can be seen across multiple ABC broadcasts including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, and Nightline. 


While at ABC News, Whit has been one of the lead correspondents reporting on the Coronavirus Pandemic.  He also covered the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, interviewing several top candidates including Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.  Whit also field anchored Weekend GMA coverage of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting in October 2018 and the 2019 Virginia Beach shooting that left 12 people dead.  Other stories he's reported on include the groundbreaking arrest of the suspected "Golden State Killer" and the historic volcano eruption on Hawaii's Big Island. 


Whit was previously a morning anchor for "Today in LA" on KNBC-TV (NBC owned station in Los Angeles), which won the Golden Mike award for "Best Daytime News Broadcast" in 2017. 


In 2013, Whit earned a Los Angeles Emmy for a multi-part investigation into reported scams at auto-repair shops.

  

During his time at KNBC, Whit reported on two Olympics including the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He co-hosted the station’s Emmy winning special report of the Opening Ceremony in Rio. 


Whit has anchored hours of breaking news coverage for many of Southern California’s biggest stories including the devastating wildfires of 2017, the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, and the 2013 LAX shooting rampage. Whit anchored for nine hours straight during the deadly SWAT standoff with Christopher Dorner, the cop killer who declared war on the LAPD in 2013.


Before KNBC, Whit was a network correspondent and fill-in anchor for CBS News based in Washington, DC. In that role, Whit reported from the White House and Capitol Hill and also traveled the country covering breaking national stories. 


Whit says one of his most memorable career experiences was an overseas assignment in 2011 covering then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Stops on his trip included Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Whit met with rebel forces in Tripoli less than 48 hours before Muammar Gaddafi was killed.  He was among the first reporters to interview Secretary Clinton minutes after the news of Gadaffi's death broke.


Earlier in his career, Whit was an evening weekday anchor and reporter for KSL-TV, an NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City. He began his on-air career as an evening weekend anchor and reporter for KNDO/KNDU-TV, the NBC-affiliated duopoly in Yakima/Tri-Cities, Washington.


Whit was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He graduated from San Francisco State University.


Whit met his wife, Andrea Fujii, at his first television station in Yakima, WA.  She's also a journalist and is currently a freelance correspondent for ABC News.  They've moved all over the country pursuing their careers together.  They have two young daughters.  


Whit played soccer in college, but after two knee surgeries, he's had to hang up the boots.  Still very active, his hobbies now include running, working out, snowboarding, reading, and as much family time as possible. 


VIDEOS

Whit Johnson - GMA Elmhurst Covid "Ground Zero"

Whit Johnson - GMA Covid Central Park Field Hospital

Whit Johnson - GMA NH Primary Buildup

Whit Johnson - World News - NH Primary Results

Whit Johnson - ABC World News Anchoring

Whit Johnson - ABC GMA Anchoring

Whit Johnson - ABC Special Report Anchoring

Whit Johnson - ABC Live Shots