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After spending the first seven years of my career in Oregon and Nevada, I am thrilled to be back in California, reporting for FOX40.

I grew up in the town of San Anselmo and my first taste of the television industry came during my time as a production assistant for San Francisco’s ABC affiliate, KGO-TV.

After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2006 I joined KOHD-TV in Bend. The station’s newscasts debuted in September 2007, and I am still incredibly honored to have been a part of its first news team.

In 2010 I became part of the team at KVVU-TV, the FOX affiliate in Las Vegas, Nevada. My role as a “one-man band” multimedia journalist meant it was up to me to chase the day’s biggest stories; which in Las Vegas can be everything from a breaking crime story to a presidential visit.

In 2012, I received an Emmy Award for KVVU’s team coverage of the death of IndyCar driver Dan Weldon, who was killed in a crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Some other highlights during my time in southern Nevada include the 2010 and 2012 elections, where I had the opportunity to interview Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Ann Romney, the wife of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. My work covering redevelopment and the tech boom in the city’s core also earned me the nickname “Downtown Doug” among my coworkers.

When I’m not reporting for FOX40 you can find me on the slopes, playing guitar or cheering on my Oregon Ducks, as well as the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

If you’d like to send me a note or story idea you can email me at doug.johnson@fox40.com.

I’m known around the newsroom for…

I’m known for joking around and always having a smile.

What keeps me going…

What keeps me going are my friends and family as well as the broader search for truth and finding that great story.

I give back to my community by…

I give back by volunteering when I can and where I can; I‘ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and coaching YMCA youth sports in the past.

Why FOX40?

I came to FOX40 because I wanted the opportunity to continue great story telling in a formatted newscast, which works with my style. I also like the opportunity to work as a Multimedia Journalist, essentially a one-man band reporter, photographer, and editor combination.

My greatest TV moment was…

There’s a lot, but being able to report the night Osama bin Laden had been killed by US Navy Seals, and to bring local veterans reactions to the news that night is one I’ll never forget.

TV moment I’d like to forget…

Once without knowing I was on the air, I answered my cell phone in front of the camera. My “hello this is Doug” was broadcast to more people than I realized.

If I had free time, I would…

Travel the world, and see as much of it as I could.


Recent Articles
  • How a Government Shutdown Could Affect Local Programs

    SACRAMENTO — Everything from meals, to the flu, even school field trips, could all change if the government shuts down Friday night. Yolo County Meals on Wheels confirms to FOX40 it could lose money if there’s a shutdown. Already that charity has seen a 43 percent drop in funding in recent months. County Health and Human Services departments could experience some big impacts. The CDC’s influenza program will stop, during what’s already a bad flu season. In San Bernardino County […]

  • Elk Grove Sixth-Graders Donate Cans, Pizza Party to the Homeless

    ELK GROVE —  The homeless community received a generous gift from a group of students in Sloughhouse. During a November food drive, Mrs. Donelli’s sixth-grade class collected more cans than any other classroom at Consumnes River Elementary School. The class was awarded a pizza party, but rather than having that party the students opted to instead give the pizza to those who needed it more. “I came up to a woman who was sitting and she had a tarp, just […]

  • Trial for Accused Cop Killer Bracamontes Begins

    SACRAMENTO — The first day of the trial of Luis Bracamontes was riddled with admissions of guilt and profane outbursts. Bracamontes, who is in the country illegally, is accused of killing a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and Placer County sheriff’s detective in a violent, multi-county crime spree in October of 2014. Bracamontes showed no remorse on Wednesday, even giggling during opening statements. At one point, he called one of the deputies a coward and said he wanted to kill more. […]

  • Crowd Marches on MLK Day after Reports of Racism Rattle Elk Grove Community

    ELK GROVE — Several people marched the streets of Old Town Elk Grove Monday afternoon, calling for an end to racism. The march comes after a black businesswoman was the target of a racist letter and reports of racism came out of Pleasant Grove High School. With singing and chants setting the pace dozens took to the streets of Elk Grove this Martin Luther King Jr. Day to march in solidarity. “I love this city, we just need to fix […]

  • 17-Year-Old Arrested in Murder of Stockton Emergency Food Bank Director

    STOCKTON — Detectives in Stockton have made an arrest in the murder of Michael “Mike” Donaghy, the Emergency Food Bank director found dead last week. The suspect is a 17-year-old boy. On an already difficult day for Debra and Justin Donaghy, the mother and son stepped in front of the cameras before her husband’s and his father’s funeral. “My husband, Michael Donaghy, was murdered last Friday and we are here to celebrate his life,” Debra Donaghy said. Before they did […]

  • Eppie’s Great Race Comes to an End after 45 Years

    SACRAMENTO — After 45 years a Sacramento triathlon says this July will be the last one. Eppie’s Great Race put the region on the map in the running world, but a decline in participation has organizers calling it quits. Back in 1978, Charlie Willard originally got into kayaking in Eppie’s Great Race when a friend of his pointed out the boat in his garage. “It was something I built in the Boy Scouts when I was very young and the […]

  • Student Says Racism is Commonplace at Pleasant Grove High School

    ELK GROVE — Nooses thrown into classrooms and frequent use of the “N” word. One student says that’s what’s happening at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove. She believes the district is not doing enough to stop it. But the school district says it’s taking immediate action to protect all of its students. Video of a Pleasant Grove High School student picked up a lot of traction on social media over the Christmas break. “I’ve seen it. It’s hurtful, […]

  • Clogged Drains Make Season’s First Storm a Messy One

    SACRAMENTO — Clogged storm drains led to some minor flooding Monday as the first significant rain of the season moved into the Sacramento area. The valley was forecast to receive up to two inches of rain early in the week. “The highways are insane,” driver Karen Devaney said. “The visibility is really bad.” Devaney says she hydroplaned on her drive from Davis to Curtis Park. Leaves, branches and Christmas trees left in the gutter kept city crews busy as they […]

  • 6 Killed in Wrong Way Crash along I-5 Near Woodland

    WOODLAND — The California Highway Patrol says six people were killed early Sunday morning along Interstate 5 near Woodland. Around 12:30 a.m. officers got reports of a wrong-way driver, traveling southbound in northbound lanes. Officers received several calls and were actively trying to find the wrong-way driver at the time of the crash. CHP investigators say the wrong-way car, described as a Chevrolet, hit a Dodge in the same lane. Both vehicles were on fire when officers responded. The woman […]