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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    SACRAMENTO — The man accused of killing a Sacramento police officer appeared in court Monday. Adel Sambrano Ramos was taken to the hospital Sunday after the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office he hit his head against a bedpost in his jail cell. He was being monitored Monday before his appearance in court. Ramos appeared with a large bandage on his forehead. The hearing itself was brief, with Ramos’ next court date set for July 22 at 8:30 a.m. Public defender Diana […]

  • Drivers Seem Fine with California Gas Tax, As Long As Roads Are Fixed

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  • Controversial Vaccine Bill Passes, Drawing Ire From Some Parents

    SACRAMENTO — The battle over a controversial vaccine bill continued Thursday at the State Capitol. Senate Bill 276 would tighten vaccine exemptions, which author Sen. Richard Pan hopes will cut down on the number of school children skipping required immunizations. “This bill is basically forcing me to have to choose between his education and his life,” Amy Mitten-Smith, a parent from San Diego, said. Mitten-Smith was one of the hundreds of parents from across the state who visited the State […]

  • Newsom, Sen. Pan Alter Proposed Vaccine Rules

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  • New Ad from Cal Fire Union Urges Governor to Hire More Firefighters

    SACRAMENTO — A new ad from the union representing Cal Fire firefighters claims the state hasn’t hired enough firefighters in its newest budget. Cal Fire Local 2881 President Tim Edwards says the job of state firefighters has gotten more difficult over the past few years, with wildfires burning more intense than ever before. “We wanted to start running the ads to get the public to be more vigilant clearing their property,” Edwards said. The 30-and-60-second spots are airing in Sacramento. […]

  • Sacramento’s Jewish Community Reflects Nearly 20 Years after Synagogue Firebombings

    SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years since three Sacramento synagogues were firebombed, several of those congregations are holding remembrance services so the local Jewish community can remain strong and vigilant in the wake of tragedies in San Diego and Pittsburgh within the last year. Mona Alfi was a brand new assistant rabbi of the Congregation B’Nai Israel in Sacramento 20 years ago. “And I’d been living in Sacramento for just a year,” Alfi said. On June 18, 1999, hers was one […]

  • Rescues from Fast, Cold American River Getting More Frequent as Summer Heats Up

    SACRAMENTO — Metro Fire says a fisherman fell into the fast-moving waters of the American River after having some sort of medical episode Thursday morning. When Marvin Yuson and his family arrived at the American River from Vallejo they noticed something. “There’s no people,” he said. “There’s no one here. Just us.” That’s because the river’s flows are around 10,000 cubic feet per second and the temperature is at 56 degrees, Metro Fire. “Water below 70 degrees can affect you […]

  • LeVar Burton Joins Local Leaders at South Sacramento Park Renamed in His Honor

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  • Dog Wearing Life Vest Dies after Kayak Flips in American River

    SACRAMENTO — High water flows along the American River have led to yet another death, but this time it was a dog. “Been down here at the river since the early 60s,” said Thomas King. “Parents used to bring us here in the family station wagon. This is where we learned how to swim.” King is an experienced kayaker and he said even he won’t go into the American River on a high flow day. “The dynamics are really weird […]

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