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Biography

Ernest Thorwald ‘Ernie’ Johnson

Born: October 7, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

While still a student at University of Georgia, Ernie Johnson took a job in 1972 as news and sports director for station WAGQ-FM in Athens, Georgia, graduating in 1978 with a B.A. in journalism, summa cum laude. After stints in Macon, Georgia, Spartanburg, South Carolina and back to Atlanta, Georgia as a news and sports reporter, Ernie eventually joined Turner Sports in 1989.

From 1993-96 he called Atlanta Braves Baseball games for FSN South with his father, Ernie Johnson Sr., a former Major League Baseball pitcher and Braves play-by-play announcer.

Known as ‘E.J.', Johnson now works as studio host for TNT’s coverage of the National Basketball Association, including pre-game and haf-time shows and the popular Inside The NBA. For all NBA-related programs he’s joined by former NBA stars Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and, on occasion Chris Webber, Grant Hill or Reggie Miller.

In addition to working basketball, Johnson is also the play-by-play announcer for TNT's PGA Tour coverage and TBS studio host for college football. He was the studio host for TNT's coverage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup; The Championships, Wimbledon from 2000 to 2002; host for its National Football League coverage from 1990 to 1997, and various duties at the 1994, 1998, and 2001 Goodwill Games; as well as the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.

Johnson was co-winner of the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host, in 2002, tying with Bob Costas of NBC and HBO. In 2006, Johnson won the award again, this time on his own, snapping Costas' six-year stranglehold on it, including the year the two shared the honor. In 2015, Johnson won his third Sports Emmy for Best Studio Host, and gave his award to the daughters of the late Stuart Scott, who died in January 2015.

In 2003, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but continued his work through June 2006. He returned to Inside the NBA on October 31, 2006, while continuing chemotherapy treatments.

Johnson and wife, Cheryl, a licensed professional counselor, live in Braselton, Georgia and have two biological children (son Eric and daughter Maggie) and four adopted children (son Michael, adopted from Romania, daughter Carmen, adopted from Paraguay, and daughters Ashley and Allison adopted domestically through foster care). A Christian since 1997, he works on a regular basis with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Athletes in Action (AIA) and Samaritan's Feet.

 

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