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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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    SACRAMENTO — A 13-year-old boy with autism died after he was restrained by school staff, and many hope changes can be made to prevent a death like this from happening again. “(He was) a sweet young boy who was on the autism spectrum and had some behavioral issues, but was not a violent individual,” Dr. Jennie Singer, a friend of the boy’s family, told FOX40. Singer is a criminal justice professor at Sacramento State and a licensed psychologist. Her son, […]

  • Sheriff’s Office: Teen with Autism Dies after Being Restrained at El Dorado Hills School

    EL DORADO HILLS — A 13-year-old boy with severe autism died Friday after being restrained by staff at an El Dorado Hills school, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Anthony Prencipe says the student at Guiding Hands School became violent on Wednesday, Nov. 28 and needed to be restrained by school staff. The student became unresponsive and a teacher began to give him CPR, according to the sheriff’s office. The boy was taken to […]

  • Number of South Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals to Drop

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The days of renting a cabin or a home in one of the City of South Lake Tahoe’s quiet neighborhoods could soon be coming to an end. Measure T just barely passed Tuesday night with only 58 votes according to the county’s website. Depending on who you talk to it is either great or terrible news for the city. With some of the most breathtaking views in the state, millions of visitors come to South Lake […]

  • Protesters Demand Transparency as Sheriff Jones Addresses Board of Supervisors

    SACRAMENTO — Amid a vocal crowd, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones addressed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. “I’ve been described as rogue, authoritarian, a dictator, a mini Trump. Oh, yeah, OK a racist, we’ll add that too. All because I won’t voluntarily allow independent oversight of the sheriff’s department,” Jones said at the podium, responding to a shouting crowd. “This seems strange to me. No other agency in the region, not the Sacramento Police Department, no other sheriff’s department in […]

  • Butte County Man’s House Survives Camp Fire, Flash Flooding

    BUTTE COUNTY — In Butte County, heavy rains on the Camp Fire’s burn area caused major mud slides. Friday, many had to dig out of the mud. Some homes were surrounded by mud and water. Mike Bassi, lives on Honey Run Road. He says, he’s counting his blessings; his home is still standing, surviving first the Camp Fire. “Three weeks ago, on Thursday night at 4:30, they came and told me to evacuate because of the fire. Last night at […]

  • Ski Season Kicks Off as Snow Blankets the Sierra Slopes

    SODA SPRINGS — Snowboarders and skiers were at Boreal Mountain Resort Thursday saying the whiteout conditions have been what they were praying for. “It’s awesome out there, a fresh 8 inches or so,” said snowboarder David Lee. “A lot more on the way and coming right now, so we’re stoked.” Boreal said it’s gotten more than 12 inches of snow in the past 24 hours with more expected. “We’re looking at another 12 (inches) in the next 24 (hours) and […]

  • Sacramento Residents Outraged Over Sewage Tank Plans

    SACRAMENTO – A proposed underground sewage vault at McKinley Park in Sacramento could now be significantly delayed, or, not happen at all. This month, attorneys representing a group of East Sacramento residents have filed a lawsuit claiming the city failed to comply with state environmental laws when submitting plans for this project. Since the 1870s, McKinley Park has offered a welcome retreat for Sacramentans looking to escape the city’s streets. Those who enjoy the park know that serenity could be […]

  • Fewer K-9s are Being Trained to Sniff Out Marijuana Due to Legalization

    MODESTO — Recreational marijuana has been allowed in California for almost a year and now one of the best ways for police to detect the drug is also changing. Pot legalization could soon make K-9s unemployed. “He detects both controlled substances and then also does suspect apprehension,” said Los Banos Police Officer Todd Carter about K-9 Maverick. But one of those controlled substances Maverick seeks out is marijuana, a drug more and more police departments are not eager to find. […]

  • City Council Votes to Keep 3 of Auburn’s 12 Firefighters

    AUBURN — On Monday, the City of Auburn faced the possibility that it could lose three of its 12 full-time firefighters. Six months ago, the city extended a federally funded program that allowed them to hire five more firefighters. But now, that money has run out and the city council was asked to extended three positions for the next six months — a cost which will come out of the city’s general fund. “The funding was scheduled to stop at […]