Rich Johnson is one of the last of a dying breed: radio vagabond. He’s crisscrossed the country twice in his 30+ year radio news career — but has spent 20 of the past 30 years in D.C.
A native of Oregon and a proud University of Oregon Duck, Rich started his major market news career doing traffic reports from the sky on KING in Seattle. Other news gigs around the Northwest eventually prepared him for CNN Radio in Atlanta, followed quickly by a move to D.C. in 1985.
Rich worked at the AP and Unistar Radio Networks, and freelanced as a news and sports anchor (thank you, Dave Johnson!) at WTOP in the early ’90s. Then it was off to Chicago for a couple of years, followed by ABC Radio in New York, back home to Portland and Seattle in the early 2000s, and back to D.C. in 2005.
Rich covered the last 3 years of the Bush administration and the first year of the Obama administration as White House Correspondent for the Fox News Radio Network. He also spent the last month of the 2008 Presidential campaign on John McCain’s plane — and still hears the campaign theme song “Life is a Highway” in his sleep. A couple dozen trips around the world and rides on Air Force One later, he moved to Senior National Correspondent, covering the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, the campaigns of 2010 and 2012, Superstorm Sandy, two Super Bowls and more Congressional hearings than he can remember.
Rich left Fox in early 2014 for a Las Vegas–based web venture, and is now back in D.C. (poorer but wiser) anchoring weekends for WTOP.
Rich is at home in Wheaton with Asia, his wife of 25 years, and cats Lucy and Bob.