Ernie Johnson is a preeminent American sports journalist currently working at TNT Sports as the chief television voice of MLB on TBS. Furthermore, Ernie hosts Inside the NBA for NBA TV and TNT. Moreover, He contributes to the joint coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for CBS Sports and Turner.
Ernie Johnson Age
Ernie Johnson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States on August 7, 1956. He is 66 years old.
Ernie Johnson Height
Johnson is a man of above-average stature and stands at a height of 6 ft 1 inch ( Approx 1.85m).
Ernie Johnson Education
He attended and graduated with a high school diploma from Marist High School for his high school education. Later, Ernie joined the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism.
Ernie Johnson Family
Ernie was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States to his stalwart father Ernest Thorwald Johnson Sr., and his staunch mother Lois. His father was an American television sports color commentator and professional baseball player. Thorwald was born on June 16, 1924, in Atlanta, Georgia.
His father played as a right-handed pitcher in betwixt 1950 and 1959 in Major League Baseball and was the play-by-play announcer for Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately, he passed away on August 12, 2011, due to a long illness. On the other hand, Lois celebrated her 94th birthday on June 11, 2022.
Ernie Johnson Wife
He is a married man to his prepossessing wife called Cheryl Johnson. His wife is a licensed professional counselor. They exchanged their wedding vows in a colorful wedding back on August 21, 1982. As a duo, they celebrate 40th anniversary.
Ernie Johnson Children
He is a proud father of six amazing children, two biological children, and four adopted children. Eric and Maggie are His biological children. On the other hand, Michael, Carmen, Ashley, and Allison are his adopted children.
Michael was adopted from Romania. Unfortunately, he passed away at the age of 33. Carmen was adopted from Paraguay. Allison and Ashley were both adopted domestically through foster care.
Ernie Johnson Salary
Ernie receives an annual salary of $99,489 per year. This is according to TNT Sports anchors’ and reporters’ salaries.
Ernie Johnson Net Worth
Johnson has an approximate net worth of $1 million – $5 million.
Ernie Johnson Career
Ernie serves for TNT’s coverage of the NBA as the studio host including halftime and pre-game shows. He also works as the studio host for Inside the NBA, the network’s famous postgame studio show that airs after each NBA doubleheader.
Johnson has been presently serving the show since 1990. Furthermore, Ernie presents E.J.’s Neat-O Stat of the Night at the end of each broadcast. It has become a sought-after part of the show despite having no sponsorship.
In May 2007, this changed after Vitaminwater stepped in as a sponsor for the division. It was replaced in 2008 by Panasonic’s Viera line of televisions.
His segments were sponsored by Intel Centrino and most recently Suzuki in betwixt the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Ernie’s segments were presented by Vitaminwater and Geico in the 2008 NBA Playoffs. He is joined by previous NBA Stars Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith for all NBA-related shows. In addition, Reggie Miller, Grant Hill, and Chris Webber join on occasion.
Johnson was joined by Dennis Scott and Anfernee Penny Hardaway in the 2012 to 2013 regular season while Barkley and Smith covered March Madness on CBS. In the bargain, Ernie is also the host of Tuesday Fan Night alongside Greg Anthony and Webber on sister station NBA TV. He is also the moderator and host of NBA TV’s basketball panel show, Open Court. They discuss several topics ranging from the history of the Nation Basketball Association to the present-day scene of the league.
Ernie started his sports broadcast career in Athens, Georgia. While there, He served for the radio station WAGQ-FM while still a student at the university. He served there as a sports and news director. Johnson was then employed by WMAZ-TV based in Macon, Georgia in 1979. There, he served as a news anchor for two years up to 1981.
He shifted to WSPA-TV located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Whilst there, he worked as a news reporter. Ernie relocated back to Georgia in 1982. He was then hired by WSB-TV in Atlanta and served as a general assignment reporter. In betwixt 1993 and 1996, Ernie alongside his father Johson Sr called Atlanta Braves baseball games for SportSouth which is currently known as Bally Sports South.