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
  • Sacramento police standoff turns out to be a case of ‘swatting’

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento Police Department said a recent incident involving them has now been confirmed as a hoax, also known as swatting. Around 1:45 a.m. Friday, neighbors on Yampa Circle heard the SWAT team from their beds. “You could see all the lights. They were talking to somebody telling them to come out. ‘Come out to the front yard, we’re going in the backyard,’” said neighbor Louie Moreno. Sacramento police said the call came in from a […]

  • ‘Finally here’: Sacramento soccer fans hyped ahead of anticipated MLS announcement

    SACRAMENTO — The announcement is not yet official, but fans of Sacramento Republic FC are reacting to news that their team will be joining Major League Soccer. Members of the Sacramento Republic FC fan group Levee Patrol have been waiting patiently for Monday’s announcement from the MLS. “Finally here, so happy,” Levee Patrol member Johnny Kline said. Back in 2017, the Levee Patrol, along with members of the Tower Bridge Battalion, made the trip with the team and city officials […]

  • Butte County man alleges priest abuse in lawsuit

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — This past weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law that allows victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file civil suits. Now, a 48-year-old Butte County man is suing the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, claiming it allowed his alleged abuser to continue to work as a priest in Mexico just months after he reported that priest had abused him. At the time, Juan Ricardo Torres was only 15 years old. His lawsuit […]

  • Natomas apartment fire burns 4 units, displaces 12 people

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Sacramento Fire Department is investigating what led to a fire at a Natomas apartment building Sunday night that burned four units and displaced a dozen people. Witness Chris Devisscher said he could see the fire from a few blocks away. As he got closer, Devisscher said he could feel it. “I had my windows down and I could feel the heat from the U-turn lane all the way from over there three lanes over,” he […]

  • Pollock Pines Family Says Man Died When Oxygen Tank Lost Power during PG&E Shut-Off

    POLLOCK PINES — The family of 67-year-old Robert Mardis Sr. believes he would still be alive if PG&E didn’t shut off their power this week in Pollock Pines. “He had health issues,” Mardis’ daughter, Marie Aldea, told FOX40. “He had really bad COPD, which didn’t help, and he had congestive heart failure and other health issues, but the power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it.” Knowing the […]

  • Northern California Wineries Forced to Work Around Power Shut-Offs

    AMADOR COUNTY — Among the hundreds of businesses affected by PG&E blackouts, it has been an especially bad time for wineries, which are in the middle of their harvest season. Napa, Sonoma, Amador and El Dorado counties all were without power Wednesday and Thursday and are home to thousands of wineries. Michael Roser is the winemaker at Cooper Vineyards near Plymouth. Without power, a room filled with Cooper’s 2019 wine must be kept cool by opening the doors at night […]

  • Organization Calls for Utility Regulator to Replace PG&E Leadership

    SACRAMENTO — Pacific Gas and Electric was again defending their move to intentionally shut off power to thousands Wednesday as strong winds whipped across Northern California. Meanwhile, state officials were monitoring the red flag conditions and how the power outages are affecting the various regions affected. The governor’s Office of Emergency Services opened its Emergency Operations Center Tuesday. “We understand how disruptive it can be to shut off power to our customers for safety and we really appreciate their patience […]

  • Nearly 800,000 PG&E Customers Brace for Largest Power Shut-Off Ever

    Follow FOX40’s New Live Blog here Nearly 800,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers are preparing for their power to be intentionally cut for what could be the largest deliberate power shut-off in California’s history. A Red Flag Warning is being issued over the next few days with strong winds expected to make the risk of wildfire extremely high. The outages are expected to start as early as Wednesday at midnight and could last until mid-day on Thursday. They may affect […]

  • Capitol Groundskeepers Allowed to Carry Pepper Spray

    SACRAMENTO — After multiple attacks on groundskeepers inside Capitol Park, their union requested employees be allowed to carry pepper spray. State records show five groundskeepers have been attacked around the State Capitol building over the past year. “I personally have friends who have been attacked before and I think it’s safe to have something on you,” said state employee Manny Singh. “It’s been a huge issue for a while around here.” Last month, the groundskeepers’ union filed a grievance with […]

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