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Ernie Johnson

Category: Broadcasters, Christian Athletes
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Biography:

Sportscaster Ernie Johnson is one of the most outstanding sports personalities in America today.  Currently the lead television voice for Major League Baseball on TBS and host of Inside the NBA for TNT, Sports Speaker Ernie’s career started back in 1977 at the University of Georgia where he worked as a news and sports director for the radio station WAGQ-FM in Athens.  He held that job until graduating, and in 1979 started his career in broadcasting in Macon, Georgia at the local television station WMAZ-TV where he was a news anchor until 1981. Ernie then moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to work as a news reporter before returning to Georgia in 1982, this time taking a job at a bigger news station in Atlanta, WSB-TV, as a general assignment news reporter. By 1983 he was the station’s weekend sports anchor and reporter and continued those jobs until 1989 when he got his big break with Turner Sports.

With Turner Sports, Ernie became the studio host for TNT’s coverage of the NBA including pregame and halftime shows, as well as the popular postgame show Inside the NBA. One of Ernie’s signature moves at the end of each broadcast is presenting “E.J.’s Neat-O Stat of the Night”, which is perhaps the most popular part of the show. For all NBA-related shows Ernie is joined by former NBA stars Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O’Neal. In addition to NBA assignments, Ernie is also the announcer for TNT’s PGA Tour coverage. In the past he has also been studio host for TNT’s important coverage of Wimbledon, the FIFA World cup, and the NFL.  At TBS he has worked as the studio host for their coverage of college football, and from 2007 to 2009 he worked as studio host with Cal Ripken, Jr. for their coverage of MLB baseball.  In 2002, he shared the accolade of the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host tying with Bob Costas of NBC.  He then went on to win it in 2006 breaking Costas’ six-year streak. Outside of Turner Sports, he has helped cover some Olympic events with NBC and is present for coverage of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament for Turner and CBS Sports.

Sports speaker Ernie Johnson is also known to actively work with several charitable and non-profit organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, and Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit that is working to put 10 million pairs of shoes on 10 million kids’ feet worldwide.  Ernie is also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003, he underwent several chemotherapy treatments and was pronounced cancer-free in 2006, and he now shares and speaks openly about his fight against cancer.