Whit Johnson Wiki

A renowned journalist and anchor, who rose to prominence for his weekend editions of “Good Morning America”, Whit Johnson is also the anchor of the Saturday edition of American Broadcasting Company’s (ABC) “World News Tonight”, and is a fill-in and substitute anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight With David Muir“.

He’s an Emmy award-winning journalist, who’s covered major news stories across the US and around the world. He’s a former soccer player, who after two knee surgeries, had to hang up his boots. Whit also worked as a waiter at the famous Italian restaurant Olive Garden.

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Early life, parents, and education

Whit Johnson was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on 25 June 1982, in San Francisco, California USA, thus he holds American nationality, and he comes from a family of Caucasian, Basque Spanish and Native American descent.

An interesting story about Whit’s ethnicity is that he accidentally unlocked the family mystery after having a DNA test, and discovered his father’s ancestors and found lost brothers, one in Utah and the other in Wyoming. His father was adopted, and didn’t know anything about his biological family, so the test that Whit had on ’23andMe’ found his brothers, Whit’s uncles.

Whit was raised by his mother, Sharon Johnson, and his step-father Dean Edell, since his biological father and Sharon divorced when he was a toddler. Whit credits his step-father, a TV and radio host, with having introduced him to the world of broadcasting and journalism.

Speaking of Whit’s educational background, he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2000, he enrolled into San Francisco State University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Television and Radio Broadcasting in 2004.

Career

Whit launched his career as a reporter and evening weekend anchor at National Broadcasting Company (NBC)’s affiliate in Yakima/Tri-Cities, Washington, in 2005, and then, he worked as a reporter and as an anchor on evening weekdays at NBC’s affiliate KSL-TV, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Four years later, Whit joined Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) News as a Washington DC-based network correspondent and fill-in anchor, reporting on national news, Capitol Hill, and the White House. He covered then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on her tour of the Middle East, and also interviewed her about the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.

In 2013, Whit served as a morning anchor for “Today in LA” on KNBC-TV, a station based in Los Angeles, California, and covered live the shooting at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), and the standoff between killer Christopher Dorner and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), which lasted for nine hours.

In the same year, Whit earned a Los Angeles Emmy for a multipart investigation into reported scams at auto repair shops – it’s an annual award presented to an individual, company or organization making a substantial contribution to television broadcasting in the greater Los Angeles area,.

In the following year, Whit reported on the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi, Russia, and then in 2015, on the San Bernardino, California terrorist attack. He also covered the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 2018, Whit began serving as a reporter and anchor for ABC News, subsequently covering the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in October that year, and he also covered the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer, the story of the University of Iowa student who mysteriously vanished and was later found murdered, and the historic volcanic eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island, among other events.

During the Coronavirus pandemic since 2020, Whit has been one of the lead correspondents for ABC News, providing viewers with the vital information they needed to know. Some of his other most notable works are his coverage of the 2020 presidential election cycle, and anchoring breaking news for the network, including when Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was killed.

Currently, Whit is a co-anchor of the weekend editions of “Good Morning America“, and an anchor of the Saturday edition of “World News Tonight“, based in New York City. He is also an ABC News correspondent, and his reports besides “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight“ can be seen on “ABC News Live“ and “20/20“.

Love life and spouse

Whit hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies concerning both his love life and his sexual orientation – it’s widely known that he’s straight and that he’s a married man. His wife is Andrea Fuji, an American journalist who currently works for ABC News. She was born on 14 February, but hasn’t revealed the year of her birth, although it’s known that she was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii USA.

She was a law student, and after she passed the California bar exam, began working as a journalist, launching her career with Hawaiian news channel KHON2.

Whit and Andrea met when they were both working at NBC’s affiliate at Yakima/Tri-Cities, and soon began dating, although they kept their relationship a secret. The two married on 11 August 2007, in a private ceremony in the presence of their closest family members and friends.

Five years later, the couple welcomed their first daughter, Leah on 15 May 2012, and their second daughter they named Summer, was born on 26 July 2014.

As of August 2022, the family of four lives a seemingly happy life in their residence in New York City – the fifth member is their rescue dog, Copper. Whit often shares pictures featuring his family in various occasions on his Instagram.

Age, height, and net worth

Whit’s age is 40; he has grey-brown hair and green eyes, weighs around 165lbs (76kgs) and is 6ft (1.83m) tall.

According to sources, Whit has an annual salary ranging of close to $100,000, and as of August 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, including his assets, largely earned working as a reporter.

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