Dick Johnson





    Dick Johnson anchors the weekend evening newscasts with Lauren Jiggetts, and is an award-winning reporter for NBC 5 News and NBC 5 Investigates. He marked his 30th year in Chicago TV news in 2012.

    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 Anchor/Reporter at ABC 7 Chicago.

    Prior to moving to Chicago 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 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's also reported on 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. He's also reported on election campaigns of every kind, from president to mayor.

    In 2004, Dick enjoyed making his silver screen debut with a cameo in the hit movie "Barbershop 2." He also appears as himself in the 2009 film "Chicago Overcoat," an acclaimed mob movie written and produced entirely in Chicago by graduates of Columbia College.

    Dick has a degree in political science from DePauw University in Indiana, where he is currently 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.