Published: September 18, 2002

photo preview / download New York — September 18, 2002 — Barbara Johnson, an 11-year veteran of the WABC-TV news organization, has joined WNBC as news director, effective September 23. The announcement was made today by Dan Forman, WNBC’s senior vice president of news and station manager, to whom Johnson will report.

“Barbara is a terrific addition to our already top-notch news organization,” says Forman. “She is the right person to lead our award-winning team and help position NewsChannel 4 as we move forward and maintain our No. 1 standing in New York,” he adds.

“I’m delighted to welcome Barbara to NewsChannel 4,” says Frank Comerford, president and general manager of WNBC. “We have an extremely strong group of news leaders at the station, and Barbara is the perfect addition to that group. With her knowledge of the local television market and broadcasting experience, I am confident she is the right person to ensure our continued success.”

At WABC-TV, Johnson most recently served as executive producer of the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. She joined the station in 1991 and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the newsroom, including executive producer of the 11 p.m. newscast, producer of the 6 p.m. news and weekend news producer.

Prior to WABC-TV, Johnson was executive producer at WUS*A-TV in Washington, DC from 1987 – 1991. In that role, Johnson managed the newsroom staff, copy edited and approved scripts, assigned news coverage and coordinated special support production. She also worked as the station’s 6 p.m. newscast producer.

Before that, Johnson was the 5 p.m. news producer at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City beginning in 1985 and served as the midday newscast producer at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio for three years. She began her career in 1980 as a producer for KTHV-TV in Little Rock, AK.

Johnson is a member of the New York Association of Journalists and sits on the board of the MLK Child Development Center in New Rochelle.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Johnson resides in New Rochelle with her husband and their two children.


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