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
  • As Paradise rebuilds, some former residents say they’ll never return

    ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — Ninety-four-year-old Emily said escaping her home in Paradise last year was a terrifying ordeal. “We could see the fire, you know, the trees. There were a lot of trees around,” Emily, who did not want to use her last name in this story, told FOX40. “And then I couldn’t get anything out of the telephone. Everything was shut off.” So she got in her car and left — and she wasn’t alone. “You know, everybody started […]

  • Loved ones gather for El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ishmael’s memorial service

    ROSEVILLE, Calif.  (KTXL)– Thousands of officers from near and far turned out to pay their respect to Deputy Brian Ishmael. Ishmael was shot and killed while responding to a service call on Oct. 23. “You know at any time your life can be taken, and we just want to wish the family and the friends and the department their very best,” King County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Davis said. Davis traveled with a delegation over 200 miles from Hanford to Roseville […]

  • Defense attorney speaks out after being acquitted in man’s death

    MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Modesto defense attorney Frank Carson, who was accused of masterminding the murder of a Turlock man, told his side of the story for the first time since a jury acquitted him in June. Korey Kauffman disappeared back in March 2012. His remains were discovered in the Stanislaus National Forest over a year later. In 2015, Carson and eight others, including three former California Highway Patrol officers, were charged in Kauffman’s death. Now, Carson is once again […]

  • Man arraigned in Oak Park standoff, hostage situation

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The suspect who refused to surrender to Sacramento police for more than 24 hours appeared in court Friday for the first time. In an orange jumpsuit, Eric Leyva appeared before a Sacramento judge for his arraignment Friday. Leyva was originally wanted by police after a domestic abuse situation Tuesday morning. Later that afternoon, Sacramento police say he was spotted as a passenger in a white pickup truck. Investigators say the driver did not stop, leading police […]

  • Do spirits haunt Sacramento? Some paranormal investigators say yes

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — This Halloween some may be curious and ask what’s haunted around Sacramento? Well depending on who you talk to, almost anywhere can be haunted. “I get a lot of phone calls from people who have haunted homes and they need help,” said Paul Roberts. Roberts and his wife, Deanna Stinson, run Halo Paranormal Investigations. “We investigate, find out what’s haunting a place. Find out if there’s any natural causes and if there is something that’s actually […]

  • Witnesses describe tense standoff, hostage situation at Oak Park home

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police say an armed man who fled into an Oak Park home Tuesday with a teenage hostage has been taken into custody. By Wednesday morning, police said eight hostages had safely escaped the Mello Court house, where the armed man fled after leading police on a slow-speed chase Tuesday afternoon. Sacramento Police Sgt. Sabrina Briggs said two of the hostages, a woman and the 13-year-old girl, who was believed to have been kidnapped by the […]

  • Nevada City mayor calls for help for small businesses suffering from PG&E shutoffs

    NEVADA CITY, Calif. (KTXL) — After thousands of PG&E customers lost power Saturday and Sunday, the power may continue to be cut for residents in 32 counties starting Tuesday. PG&E sending out warnings to thousands in the impact zones. Some of those areas only had their power restored Monday afternoon. That has some local leaders calling on the state to do more for small businesses that are taking a huge financial hit. Businesses in Nevada city have simply closed because […]

  • Hundreds flee fire in California wine country amid blackouts

    GEYSERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — In Northern California wine country, authorities ordered 2,000 people to evacuate as a wildfire destroyed at least 49 buildings and exploded to 21,900 acres by Friday morning, whipped up by the strong winds that had prompted PG&E to impose blackouts across the region. It was 5 percent contained. The outages affected half a million people or nearly 180,000 customers in 17 counties, most of whom lost power Wednesday afternoon and had it restored by Thursday evening, […]

  • Sacramento Republic FC fans overjoyed at long-awaited MLS announcement

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Major League Soccer’s announcement in Sacramento may have had team executives and politicians on the main stage but up on the second level balcony were the real soccer fans. For them, being at The Bank for the official MLS announcement was a long-awaited dream come true. “Oh, I’m feeling great. Six years in waiting feels like Christmas but, like, six years, you know?” said Stefan Spich with the Sacramento Republic FC fan club Levee Patrol. Years […]

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