TV News Reporter
Fox 5 News, Fox 5 WNYW
New York City
Award-winning reporter Nicole Johnson delivers breaking news for Fox 5 WNYW. Johnson writes, researches and reports stories for the 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. news shows. Prior to her current position at Fox 5, she was the breaking-news reporter for My 9 News, where she can still be seen.
Johnson navigated rough waters to become the award-winning reporter that she is today. “Landing the first on-air job was a huge challenge. The interview process was rigorous. I was able to get that job and not look back,” she says. Her parents, Noel and Marcia Johnson, are her examples of sacrifice, perseverance and hard work. “I look at the work these people have done as immigrants and I look at their success and [where they are] now,” Johnson says of her Panamanian father and Jamaican mother.
Johnson’s dedication has earned her several awards, including an Emmy and an Aegis Award. Johnson has also been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Associated Press for excellence in journalism and breaking news. She enjoys writing, and plans to pen a book to encourage children with special needs and parents of such children. She also has visions of hosting a talk show and owning a TV station. “I want to take an in-depth look at people’s lives, with a goal to change lives with the stories I deliver,” she says.
In her spare time, Johnson volunteers at a local day-care center and at the Sickle Cell Foundation. Johnson is planning to host a sickle cell walk in honor of her son during the summer of 2011. “I have so much to do and I feel like I’m only scratching the surface. When I leave here, I want people to remember that I tried to uplift all people,” says Johnson.
Favorite book: “Roots” by Alex Haley
Sports team: Chicago Bulls
Last movie: “For Colored Girls”