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A 'Whole New Day' for TV's Dick Johnson '76, Writes Chicago Sun-Times

A 'Whole New Day' for TV's Dick Johnson '76, Writes Chicago Sun-Times

September 6, 2002

September 6, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - "For the last 20 years, [Dick] Johnson has been a friendly, familiar face on WLS/Channel 7 as a top general assignment reporter, frequent substitute news anchor and main news anchor on Sunday mornings," writes Robert Feder in today's Chicago Sun-Times. "But as of next week, Johnson will become a full-time Monday-through-Friday anchor in his own right when he begins fronting Channel 5's 5-to-7 a.m. news block."

Johnson, a 1976 graduate of DePauw University, spent 20 years at Chicago's ABC owned-and-operated station. WMAQ, the NBC o&o, has seen it's morning ratings sag "and they were looking for a solution. My contract was up. It was just a perfectly timed marriage between their needs and my desires," Johnson told the newspaper.

Feder's column, entitled "It's a whole new day for Johnson on Ch. 5", notes that "After graduating from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where he worked at WGRE-FM, he immediately was hired as a political reporter and weekend news anchor at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. He moved up to a weekday news anchor job at KDFW-TV in Dallas before joining Channel 7 in 1982." Johnson's first day on the air at WMAQ/Channel 5 is Monday.

"Channel 7 is a great place to work -- and a tough place to leave. They paid me well and treated me beautifully," Johnson tells the Sun-Times. I truly enjoyed my role there as a utility infielder. But after 20 years, this was an opportunity to take my career to the next level with fresh new challenges. And I grabbed it."

Dick Johnson and his wife Lauren (Meurisse '76) are the parents of three children.

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