Roe Conn Show newsman Jim Johnson is a veteran of Chicago broadcasting. During his decades as a reporter Johnson has covered murderers, gangsters, politicians and prostitutes. And as Jim puts it, "sometimes it's hard to tell the difference." Johnson's unique conversational style of doing the news has won the hearts of listeners... and won him many awards (including a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award).
Part of Johnson's on air charm is his ability to converse with Roe Conn on a variety of subjects, including tales of growing up in the North Woods of Wisconsin. Jim claims to be the only newsman whose childhood pets include a skunk and a porcupine. (Despite Roe's attempts to limit them, Johnson seems to have an endless supply of Wisconsin stories.) Jim has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in communications from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining The Roe Conn Show, Jim was a television news anchor in Champaign, Illinois. He also worked as a weekend TV reporter for ABC7 in Chicago.
Johnson is married to his college sweetheart Denise - an occupational therapist. They have a daughter Alexis who has followed her father in the business and is currently a TV reporter and weekend anchor in Portland, Oregon. Asked to sum up his view of life Johnson once told a reporter, "I've been up... I've been down... Up is better."