His work has earned him 19 Emmy Awards and a place in the Society of Professional Journalist's Hall of Fame. In addition, Bruce has been honored by the DC City Council, the City's Mayors and hundreds of Community and Civic Groups for his volunteer work in the District of Columbia and Suburbs.
In 1992, while on assignment for WUSA 9, in a DC neighborhood, Bruce suffered a sudden and massive heart attack. He was rushed to a nearby emergency room, stabilized, and then flown to the Washington Hospital Center where emergency angioplasty successfully unclogged an artery.
Bruce decided to use his near death experience and celebrity to examine the toll heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular events were taking on people, their family and friends, and just as importantly, what people might do to become more heart healthy. His efforts and those of his producers resulted in the three-part TV series that won national recognition from the American Heart Association. Bruce wrote Heart to Heart (brucejohnsonhearttoheart.com) the stories of a diverse group of men and women, young and not-so-young who survived similar attacks.
"The power is in one survivor sharing his or her story with another survivor. We're trying to save lives with this book. There is no downside to people adopting heart healthy lifestyles, changing their diets and starting an exercise program with a doctor's supervision" says Johnson.