Dick Johnson





    Dick Johnson co-anchors the weekend evening newscasts with Lauren Jiggetts, and is an award-winning reporter for NBC 5 News.

    Dick moved to NBC Chicago in the fall of 2002 to co-anchor NBC 5 News Today from Studio 5, Chicago's first street-side studio. He joined the NBC 5 family following 20 years as an Anchor/Reporter at ABC 7 Chicago.

    Prior to making Chicago his home in 1982, Dick anchored the 5 p.m. news at KDFW-TV in Dallas where he was also a political reporter. He began his career in Indianapolis as a reporter at WTHR-TV.

    The winner of national and regional Emmy awards as well as a duPont-Columbia award, Dick has covered almost 4 decades of major news stories. He was on board Air Force Two with then-Vice-President George H.W. Bush during the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. He also covered the return of the Iranian hostages at West Point, Ryan White's courageous struggle with AIDS, the famine in Ethiopia, the battle to build Comiskey Park and the United Center and the struggle over Chicago school reform. He broke the story of the "Great Loop Flood," covered the rape trial of boxer Mike Tyson and the investigation of O.J. Simpson, and uncovered the Chicago connection in the murder spree of Andrew Cunannan. Dick has reported on election campaigns of every kind, from president to mayor.

    He has also enjoyed making appearances in NBC’s “Chicago Fire”, the hit movie "Barbershop 2" and the 2009 film "Chicago Overcoat".

    Dick has a degree in political science from DePauw University in Indiana, where he has served as Chairman of the Board of External Advisors for the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media.

    He and his wife have three grown children.

    Drop Dick a line: Dick.Johnson@nbcuni.com. Follow him on Twitter @DJNBC5 or on Facebook at TVDickJohnson.