Bruce Johnson has been an anchor and reporter for WUSA9 for 42 years.
Johnson currently anchors the weeknight 6 p.m. news and the 7 p.m. news broadcast called “Off Script with Bruce Johnson”. He can also be seen regularly covering politics and breaking news stories.
"I'll always be a reporter first. It’s in my DNA," Johnson said.
Bruce has won 22 Emmys including the prestigious Ted Yates Award, which is only given with a unanimous vote of the NATAS Board of Governors.
He's been inducted into the (SPJ) Society of Professional Journalist's Hall of Fame, the NATAS Silver Circle and the Washington D.C. Hall of Fame.
Bruce has been honored with resolutions from the D.C. City Council and proclamations from D.C. mayors Anthony Williams and Muriel Bowser. He has lent countless hours to charitable causes and served on dozens of nonprofit boards.
Bruce’s community service and volunteer awards number well into the hundreds. His passion is the city’s youth and it’s shown in the stories he’s told about their struggles and successes.
This veteran broadcast journalist has traveled the world on special assignment for WUSA9. Bruce has filed special reports or documentaries from Moscow, Paris, Stockholm, Budapest, Tokyo, Dakar, Bangkok, earthquake ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Beijing, Shanghai and Rome.
In 1992, while on assignment for WUSA9 in a D.C. neighborhood, Bruce suffered a sudden heart attack. As part of his recovery Bruce became an avid runner. Years later with his doctor’s approval he trained for and completed the 26.2 mile Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC.
Friends convinced Bruce to use his status to become a local and national heart health advocate. Mended Hearts.org recently awarded Bruce a life membership for his work.
Cardiologists and clergy members are still promoting Bruce’s documentary “Before You Eat the Church Food, Watch This Video”. He’s got a couple books to his credit also; “Heart to Heart”, is a moving account of Bruce’s struggles and those of eleven other men and women who suffered heart attacks.
“Heart to Heart” was bought by a publisher in China. Bruce traveled to Beijing and Shanghai to promote his book.
Bruce’s second book is “All or Nothing the Victor Page story." It’s the story of a Georgetown University basketball player whose pro career was sabotaged by his past.
Johnson is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, DC and (NABJ) the National Association of Black Journalists
Bruce is married with three adult children, three grandsons, and Najee the family dog. He's a graduate and noted alumnus of Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Political Science. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Cincinnati.
When he's not working he can be found at the gym, biking on his Cannondale Super Six, or traveling to the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware area on the Atlantic Coast.