Lewis Johnson recently returned from covering his seventh Olympics with NBC as the network’s track-side reporter, interviewing all the stars at Track & Field for the 2012 London Olympics, as well as working the Closing Ceremony. At the Sydney, Athens & Beijing Games, Johnson worked as an analyst, covering every distance from the 100 meters to the Marathon. At the last three Winter Games, Johnson has worked as a special features reporter in Salt Lake City, alpine skiing reporter in Torino, and most recently covered the sliding sports of bobsled, luge & skeleton at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, helping to navigate the tragic story of the Georgian luge athlete who lost his life in a training run accident, as well as the electrifying saga of America’s triumphant gold medal-winning team in the four-man bobsled.
Johnson previously served as the sideline reporter on NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football, as well as filing stories for Football Night in America. He was an NBA reporter, covering two NBA All-Star games and NBA Finals and was a member of the lead team for NBC’s Arena Football League broadcasts. He also occasionally anchored the NBC Sports Update Desk and covered college football with Versus Network and Equestrian events for Animal Planet.
Johnson joined CBS and Turner Sports in 2012 for the second year in a row as a courtside reporter for their coverage of “March Madness”, as well as working first-round coverage of the NBA Playoffs on TNT.
After an All-American & Hall of Fame track career at the University of Cincinnati, Johnson competed professionally in Europe for seven years. He ranked in the Top 10 in the U.S. at 800 meters and competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988 and in 1992, where he reached the semifinals. Johnson began transitioning into broadcasting in 1993 and to get a foot in the door, he worked as a “runner” for ABC Sports, working behind-the-scenes at the Rose Bowl, the British Open Golf Tournament and three Academy Awards shows for ABC Entertainment. In 1995, Johnson made his network debut on ABC as the post-race interviewer for the network’s coverage of the Track & Field World Championships in Sweden.
Johnson was working as a stage manager for Turner Sports at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia when he got his first big on-air break. He called the 10K race-walk event, which unexpectedly featured a classic finish with a Russian and the Spanish world record holder dueling to the tape. Johnson retired from track in 1995 to pursue a career in television full-time.
Johnson has worked college basketball for Fox Sports Net, in addition to Play by Play work covering track and field for Universal Sports and ESPN. He was cast in the movie “Friday Night Lights” as an announcer during the championship game sequence and also appeared in three episodes of the “Friday Night Lights” series. He also had a recurring role as a reporter on the CBS series, “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
Lewis Johnson earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a focus on Communication from the University of Cincinnati. He met his wife, Dominique Galleron Johnson of Paris, France, while competing in Europe during his professional track career. She is an artist and operates A Touch of Paris Art Studio in their home town. The couple has two sons.