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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
  • Car Hits El Dorado County District Attorney Building — Again

    PLACERVILLE — Police in Placerville say a car crashed into the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office building Sunday evening. Investigators said the driver fell asleep at the wheel, and will not be charged with any crime. The crash knocked out a street lamp post, some landscaping outside the building and minor damage to the building itself. Police said an intoxicated driver hit the building at almost the exact same spot in early May. That driver, 22-year-old Neil Stromberg, was […]

  • Park Rangers Patrol American River as Rafting Gone Wild Kicks Off

    SACRAMENTO — It was one of three summer Saturdays where Sacramento County park rangers didn’t have the day off. Hundreds of rafters got the call to the American River on social media for an event rangers say isn’t permitted. As with every Rafting Gone Wild event, alcohol as been banned, a decision that gets mixed reactions. “I think people are pretty responsible with the alcohol consumption, usually,” said Kyle Stanek of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. “I think that’s an excellent […]

  • Pregnant Woman Seriously Injured in Sacramento Shooting Gives Birth

    SACRAMENTO — Sacramento police are investigating a disturbing crime — a pregnant woman shot outside of an Oak Park house late Saturday night. It happened on 33rd Street near 10th Avenue. “(Responding officers) immediately noticed that she was very obviously pregnant, in fact, nearly full term,” said Sgt. Matt McPhail, with the Sacramento Police Department. McPhail said the shooter is still on the run, but the mother and baby are expected to be OK. This is the second shooting on […]

  • Air Conditioning Technicians Keep Busy During Heat Wave

    SACRAMENTO — In the heat, a broken appliance can be life or death for some — especially the elderly. “My husband is 98-years-old,” said Irene Cealiz. Her husband is sitting several stories up in his Green Fair Senior Living apartment, watching TV with on air conditioning. It’s the second time this week SMUD has had to fix it. “The system that cools the individual rooms is the one that’s broken down right now,” said Chris Harvey with the Sacramento Fire […]

  • Some in El Dorado Hills Left without Power for Several Hours

    EL DORADO HILLS — Thousands lost power in El Dorado Hills on Tuesday, for three hours or more. PG&E says the outages were heat related. Imagine baking in the summer heat all day long, with just one cool relief in sight — an afternoon swim lesson. “It’s really hot, and I just wanted to get in the pool,” said Pavielle Ramirez. But sister and brother Pavielle and Paolo Ramirez had those lessons canceled as the El Dorado Hills Community Pool […]

  • 20-Year-Old Drowns in American River Near Auburn

    AUBURN — A 20-year-old man drowned in the American River while swimming with some friends. According to park rangers, a group of six friends from southern Sacramento County came up the American River in Auburn to go swimming in the river and to jump off the rocks. The 20-year-old was swimming in the river when the cold temperatures and fast current became too much for him and he drowned. A CHP helicopter was called in and aided in the search. […]

  • Body Found Inside Trunk of Car in Roseville

    ROSEVILLE — Police in Roseville are investigating a body found inside the trunk of a car. Police said the body was found around 7 a.m. Monday morning on Gerry Way near Oak Ridge Drive, south of Douglas Boulevard. Little else was immediately known about the body. Neighbors say they hadn’t seen the car until it showed up about a week ago. Investigators said the body was discovered after someone noticed a foul smell coming from the car. This is the […]

  • Family in Shock After Mom, Two Young Sons Murdered Inside Modesto Home

    MODESTO — A family and an entire Modesto neighborhood are in shock after a mother and her two sons, ages 9 and 4, were found dead inside their Modesto home. The woman’s husband is in the hospital from self-inflicted wounds. “It’s just heartbreaking, it’s just heartbreaking,” said neighbor Charlene Cambra. For neighbors, it was a horrifying sight. The dark scene of police cars and ambulances is how they learned about a triple homicide. “It’s a horrible day for my family,” […]

  • Should Members of Congress Have More Security?

    SACRAMENTO — After this morning’s shooting in Virginia, some members of Congress are debating if there should be an increase in security for them. That could mean assigning more armed Capitol Police officers to individual lawmakers. Wednesday morning’s tragedy is one many who have served in Washington, D.C. say hits too close. “Today was a tough day for us,” said former Congressman Doug Ose. Ose represented California’s 3rd district from 1999 to 2005. White he never played baseball, he says […]