Jennifer Johnson anchors the 4 o'clock news on Channel 4. When she's not behind the anchor desk you'll find her working on investigative reports, speaking to community groups, or writing blogs about her life as a working mom.
Jennifer is one of the few news anchors in town who can call Nashville home. She grew up just 10 miles north of the city, graduated from Davidson Academy, and got a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University. After working her way across the south as a reporter in Owensboro, KY, Bowling Green, KY, Paducah, KY, and Birmingham, AL, Jennifer was hired by Channel 4 in 1998 to be a general assignment reporter.
During her time in the field, Jennifer won several Emmys and Associated Press Awards for everything from her feature on a local moonshiner to her exclusive interview with Paul Dennis Reid, Nashville's most notorious serial killer. Because of her versatility, the station sent Jennifer on a one month assignment to Sydney, Australia in 2000 to cover the Olympic Games for NBC. That same year, the Nashville Scene voted Jennifer as the "T.V. Reporter Most Likely to Scoop the Print Media."
In 2003, Jennifer took a 5 year hiatus from news to spend more time with her young daughter and work a more regular schedule. She was hired to be a press aide for then governor Phil Bredesen. A little more than a year into her new job, the director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation asked Jennifer to launch the bureau's very first media relations office.
After acting as a spokesperson for the TBI on several high profile criminal cases, Jennifer soon found herself as a regular guest on shows with Nancy Grace, Larry King, Greta Van Sustern and others. It wasn't long before Fox News Channel executive John Moody and CNN's chief headhunter came calling to see if Jennifer might be interested in getting back into television as a correspondent or possibly even the host of her own law enforcement talk show.
Though the attention was flattering, Jennifer chose to remain in Nashville to raise her daughter and be near her father who was battling a terminal illness. In July 2007, opportunity knocked again. Channel 4 News Director Matthew Hilk asked Jennifer to come back to the station to co-anchor their new 6:30 newscast. This time the timing and opportunity were both right.
Jennifer anchored the noon show and the 6:30 news from 2007-2011. When Oprah ended her long-running afternoon show, station managers asked Jennifer to anchor their new 4:00 newscast, and she's been doing that ever since.
"I consider myself incredibly blessed. So few people are afforded the opportunity to do something they're passionate about for living, and actually get paid to do it!" said Jennifer. "My job has taken me half way across the globe. It's given me a front row seat on history for more than 15 years, and every single day I'm able to help people in one way or another. What more could anyone really ask for out of life?"
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