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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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    WHEATLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom says making more affordable housing in California is one of his administration’s top goals. Last month, Newsom announced the state was suing Huntington Beach for failing to meet its obligations on providing enough affordable housing. During his State of the State address, Newsom also called out other cities, including the city of Wheatland, for not meeting those same obligations. “Some cities are trying, like Clovis, but others respectfully, like Wheatland, Huntington Park, Montebello, they’re not,” […]

  • Parents Blast ‘Going Away Party’ for Guiding Hands School as Inappropriate

    EL DORADO HILLS — Some parents are outraged an El Dorado Hills school for kids with special needs is holding a “going away party” after one of its own students died after being restrained by staff. Guiding Hands was shut down by the state after the death of 13-year-old Max Benson. “The fact that they’re going to throw a party to mourn a school closing, rather than to mourn the loss of a child,” former Guiding Hands parent Melissa Lasater […]

  • Newsom Visits Devastated Magalia Community, Announces Legislation to Help Rebuild

    MAGALIA — Speaking in front of kids at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Magalia, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday new legislation which he says will help rebuild the communities of Magalia and Paradise. “Put on my desk quite literally yesterday, legislation that would fulfill a commitment we made to you to have your back,” Newsom said. The emergency bills backfill local property taxes in order to provide funding to local governments and school districts. It’s money Magalia residents like Lynda […]

  • One Couple Looks Back 15 Years after Newsom’s Same-Sex Marriage Order

    DAVIS — Fifteen years ago to the day, Gov. Gavin Newsom made national headlines when, as mayor of San Francisco, he ordered the city clerk to allow same-sex marriages. It was a moment many same-sex marriage advocates say started their revolution. Together for 45 years, Shelly Bailes and Ellen Pontac said a lot has changed since they first started living together in 1974, when marriage was far from their minds. “We were both getting divorced at the time that we […]

  • Fan First to Tweet News About Giants Potentially Signing Bryce Harper

    SACRAMENTO — The San Francisco Giants are in talks with outfielder Bryce Harper, hoping to sign the six-time all-star and former MVP for the Washington Nationals. For baseball insiders, it is old news but last week a Sacramento man may have been the first to break that story. Lifelong Giants fan Ronny Cobb never thought he would have one of this off-season’s biggest scoops. But his tweet last Monday was exactly that. “It was just like shocking. It didn’t hit […]

  • Some Gun Owners On Edge Amid Rumors of Robberies

    DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — At the Lincoln Rifle Club, members were being warned to be careful after they leave a range or gun store amid rumors of thieves targeting gun owners. “They’re targeting people leaving ranges,” assistant range master Mike Davis said. “I understand there’s been one armed robbery and one smash and grab at a market.” The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department could not provide details on any active cases but did say this is a common problem. “I would not […]

  • Former Elk Grove Campus Supervisor Accused of Inappropriately Touching Teenager

    ELK GROVE — The Elk Grove Police Department has arrested a former high school campus supervisor after he was accused of inappropriately touching a teenager. Tyrice Daniels was arrested Thursday and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of sexual battery and annoying or molesting a child, according to police. Since 2012, the police department reports Daniels had been a campus supervisor for several Elk Grove Unified high schools. The allegations regarding the teenage victim stem from incidents […]

  • Citrus Heights Police Share Clips of Crashes as Warning to Drivers

    CITRUS HEIGHTS — The Citrus Heights Police Department shared a compilation video of crashes and near misses at busy intersections over the last two years. “And a lot of those videos, they almost seem like it was from a Hollywood movie if you will because those violations were so egregious,” Lieutenant Kris Frey said. Officers hope sharing the video brings more public awareness to the dangers of running red lights. “I’m glad to see that someone is bringing that to […]

  • Some Neighbors Worry New East Sac Restaurant May Create Parking Problems

    SACRAMENTO — A popular Sacramento breakfast restaurant has opened a new, second location in an area not known for having an abundance of parking. Neighbors now worry the new Bacon & Butter could make parking even more scarce in its East Sacramento neighborhood. “I was wondering when I saw it going in how it’s all going to work out with the parking situation,” neighbor Mohey McWhorter said. The restaurant’s owner, Billy Zoellin, doesn’t believe the problem will be as bad […]

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