Dick Johnson


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

He 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, 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 reporting career in Indianapolis at WTHR-TV.

Dick has been awarded national and regional Emmys for his work, a duPont-Columbia and most recently a Peabody as part of a team of NBC5 reporters led by Carol Marin.

Earlier in his career, Dick was on board Air Force Two with then-Vice-President George H.W. Bush during the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. He 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. Dick broke the story of the "Great Loop Flood", covered the rape trial of boxer Mike Tyson and uncovered the Chicago connection in the murder spree of Andrew Cunannan. He has reported on election campaigns of every kind, from president to mayor.

Dick has also appeared in NBC’s “Chicago Fire”, the hit movie "Barbershop 2" and the 2009 film "Chicago Overcoat".

While earning a degree in political science at DePauw University, Dick served as News Director of its radio station WGRE. More recently, he was Chairman of the Board of External Advisors for DePauw’s Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media.

Dick and his wife are the parents of three grown children.

Drop Dick a line: Dick.Johnson@nbcuni.com. Follow him on Twitter @DJNBC5 or on Facebook @DickJohnsonNBC5

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