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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
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    According to the Associated Press, a new federal report about the Oroville Dam warns of a very significant risk if the main spillway is not repaired by November. That looming deadline has those who live in the town worried the state won’t get it finished in time. “I’ve seen them hauling in all the boulders and the gravel and stuff to repair it with,” said Dustin Romero, who is an Oroville resident. Cal Edwards said he didn’t think they would […]

  • More Snow Expected to Fall in Sierra This Week

    DONNER SUMMIT — More snow is expected in the Sierra before the week is over. But in some parts, more than 30 feet of snow has already piled up. Some of those who live near Donner Summit are getting tired of it. “This year was tough because it came all at once in big storms,” said Brian Cary, who lives in the Serene Lakes neighborhood full-time. After all the snow fall this past winter he’s glad it’s finally spring. “Luckily […]

  • DMV Cracks Down on Drivers Illegally Using Disabled Parking Placards

    SACRAMENTO — Wednesday, officers with the California Department of Motor Vehicles went after people who are not disabled, but are using a disabled parking placard. One of the areas where there are the most violators is downtown Sacramento. A team of DMV investigators worked undercover near Seventh and P streets, waiting hours for drivers who have disable placards to come out of their office buildings and get into their cars. “And to prove it’s yours you simply have to have the registration […]

  • Chiropractor Accused of Practicing Medicine without License; Former Patient Speaks Out

    EL DORADO HILLS — Weeks after an El Dorado Hills chiropractor was arrested for allegedly practicing medicine without a license a former patient is now telling her story. In January, Dr. Diem Nguyen was arrested after being caught by the California Department of Consumer Affairs in an undercover sting, doing a medical procedure she allegedly wasn’t licensed to do. Nguyen has two offices, one in Elk Grove and one in El Dorado Hills. “I mean, I was a true believer […]

  • Some Complain About Heat, Lack of Shade at Capitol Beer Festival’s New Location

    SACRAMENTO — Sunday’s Capitol Beer Festival brought in a sell-out crowd to downtown Sacramento. But after three years of being on the Capitol Mall, this year it was moved to the Fifth Street Bridge near the Sacramento Railyards. Many who went were upset by the lack of shade. “A lot of complaints about the heat and the sun,” said Chris Hebert, who attended the event Sunday. Many who went questioned why the event had been moved from the Capitol Mall to the […]

  • Could Old Sacramento Get a New Name?

    OLD SACRAMENTO — Old Sacramento is always a popular spot for tourists, but often it’s overlooked by local Sacramentans. But Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other city council members hope to change all that, possibly even rebranding Old Sacramento. However, some businesses believe the fix isn’t in the name but instead the infrastructure. The entertainment in Old Sacramento is often better for those who are visiting from out of town. “Well I think things are changing though,” said Sacramento resident Sandra […]

  • Roseville Police Investigate Recent Construction Site Thefts

    ROSEVILLE — Police in Roseville said there’s been an increase in the number of thefts from new home construction sites. Acres of vacant land with houses only half built are a potential gold mine for criminals. “Being new construction, it’s hard to keep eyes on everybody,” said Jay Pobric, who moved into a Roseville subdivision off Fiddyment Road just three months ago. His street is one of the few with people living in completed homes. Just over his back fence, […]

  • Woman’s Body Found in Garage of Suisun City Home

    SUISUN CITY — A horrifying discovery Tuesday morning inside a Suisun City home’s garage — a woman found dead. Now police are investigating the case on the 800 block of Blue Bill Way as a homicide. UPDATE: Police say they have made an arrest. Those who live on Blue Bill Way knew something was very wrong when they saw police officers, squad cars, crime scene tape and even a Suisun City Police mobile command center. “My daughter was home and […]

  • Truck Drivers Stuck in Sierra During I-80 Closures

    After being shut down for almost 24 hours, Interstate 80 finally reopened about 3:30 Monday afternoon. But the financial impact to truckers and the companies they work for could be huge. “I think I’ll have to reschedule for tomorrow, there’s no way I can make it today,” said trucker Edgar Alas, who was heading to Reno from Sacramento, making a delivery to Costco. “[I get paid overtime, so] it is, yeah, not bad.” But it’s bad for Alas’ company, one […]