My passion for reporting began at age 7 with my first tape recorder, which I put to use pestering my older brother for interviews. But it wasn't until college at Stanford that I really pursued the possibility of a career as a journalist. My work at the campus radio station led to a summer internship at KCBS in Los Angeles and ultimately an internship my senior year here at ABC7 on Dr. Edell's Medical Journal. I double majored in psychology and communication, graduated with honors and jumped at the chance to work for minimum wage at the station, much to my father's chagrin. I spent the next 7 years behind the scenes in the programming department, writing and producing weekly shows and specials.
I am forever grateful to Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elizabeth who took a chance and gave me my first on-camera job as a reporter at KSBY in San Luis Obispo. I returned to San Francisco three years later as Sunday morning anchor/weekday reporter and soon started covering health and science.
Over the years I've interviewed dignitaries, celebrities and ordinary people with amazing stories, but the highlight of my career thus far came in 2011 when I travelled to the West African nation of Sierra Leone (Watch my special) to cover maternal and child health issues.
It's been a remarkable journey so far, with an amazing team of writers, producers, fellow anchors and reporters who make every day a learning experience. When I'm not behind the anchor desk or reporting on the latest scientific breakthrough, you'll likely find me at home with my husband, kids and our silly dog, Stanley. I also proudly serve on the board of the Family Service Agency in San Mateo County. I love to cook and bake, but usually leave behind a huge mess when I'm done -- I'm working on that.
Carolyn Johnson co-anchors ABC7 News weekdays at 4 p.m., 6 p.m and 11 p.m.. She also reports on health and science. Her industry recognitions include a 2009 Emmy Award for best evening newscast, the Eugene Block Journalism Award for Outstanding Coverage of San Francisco Human Rights Issues, and the John Swett Award for Outstanding Locally Produced Education Series. She's also been honored as best reporter by the American Women in Radio and Television, Golden Gate Chapter.