This award-winning CBC journalist is a four-time Gemini nominee for best host of a news/information series, and the 2011 Leo Award winner for best host of an information series. Among other television and radio awards, Johnson has won a Freddie, a New York Festival Award, a Golden Sheaf Award, a Gabriel Award, and several RTNDA and Jack Webster Awards.
After winning a scholarship from the Canadian Association of Journalists, Johnson traveled to Kenya to produce an award-winning documentary for The National, focusing on the lack of education opportunities for Kenyan girls. She also produced an award-winning radio documentary for The Current, examining the disturbing trend of babies being abandoned in remote regions.
Johnson began her journalism career in radio in 1987, working at several private radio stations, including CFRB in Toronto, where she reported, hosted and became the first woman at the station to read morning newscasts. Johnson joined the CBC in 1990 as a radio news reporter in Toronto, becoming a national radio reporter and hosting various CBC radio programs, including Radio Noon and Ontario Morning.
In 1993, Johnson moved from radio to CBC television, helping to launch The Health Show and filing for The National. She then moved from Toronto to Vancouver to be the health reporter for Vancouver’s supper-hour news program and anchor the weekend news.
In Vancouver, Johnson joined Marketplace as a reporter, eventually becoming co-host of the program.
Although based in television, Johnson still enjoys radio and can regularly be heard on The Current, hosting Vancouver’s morning show The Early Edition, and filing for World Report.
Erica Johnson holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic University, as well as a degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. She lives in Vancouver.