Ernie Johnson Jr.

TURNER SPORTS

  • Ernie Johnson will serve as a game analyst for TBS’ exclusive coverage of the 2010 MLB Division Series and American League Championship Series.

  • In 2010, Johnson served as a play-by-play announcer for select “Sunday MLB on TBS” games. He also called play-by-play for the Atlanta Braves on Turner-owned Peachtree TV in Atlanta.

  • Johnson served as TBS’ studio host for the network’s Postseason coverage from 2007-09. He was also the studio host of TBS’ exclusive coverage of the MLB All-Star Selection Show from 2007-09.

  • Johnson called Braves games on Turner-owned SportSouth from 1993-96 with his dad (Ernie Johnson. Sr.) as well as occasionally providing play-by-play for Braves telecasts on TBS in recent years.

  • Johnson is entering his 21st year as the studio host for Turner Sports’ NBA telecasts. He hosts TNT's Emmy® award-winning Inside the NBA with analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

  • From 1999-2005 and 2007-10, Johnson served as host and play-by-play announcer for TNT’s coverage of professional golf, including the PGA Championship, British Open, Presidents Cup and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

  • From 2001-2005 Johnson hosted TBS Saturday Night College Football studio coverage. He was also the studio host for TNT’s NFL coverage from 1990-1994 and an on-site game host for the 1995 and 1996 season.

  • Johnson hosted TNT's coverage of the Wimbledon Championships from 2000-02.

  • Johnson worked in various roles for the 2001 Goodwill Games from Brisbane, Australia; the 1998 Goodwill Games from New York; the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia; the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France; and the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Career

  • He called Atlanta Braves games on SportSouth from 1993-96 with his dad (Johnson Sr.).

  • Johnson came to Turner Sports from WSB-TV in Atlanta, where he served as weekend sports anchor and reporter from 1983-89.

  • He began his career while attending the University of Georgia as news and sports director for WAGQ-FM, Athens, GA (1977-78). Following graduation, Johnson joined WMAZ-TV, Macon, GA, as news anchor (1979-81). In 1981, he served as news reporter for WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, S.C.
Personal

  • In 2007 Johnson was presented with the first ever honorary “John Wooden Keys to Life Award,” presented by Athletes in Action. The honor is awarded to individuals who exemplify Wooden’s Seven Keys to Life including character, integrity, faith, etc.

  • A winner of numerous awards, Johnson was the recipient of an Emmy® for Best Studio Host/Personality in 2006 and 2001. He was also awarded the 1989 Georgia-area Emmy® for Outstanding Achievement-Television News Excellence/Sports Reporting. Johnson received a prestigious Georgia Associated Press Award for sports reporting in 1988. In 1984, he received a United Press International Award for Sportscasting.

  • A graduate of Henry Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, he was named Outstanding Young Alumnus in 1986.

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