NBC 5 Anchor, Reporter Dick Johnson Dies At 66

Lisa Fielding
June 10, 2020 - 8:40 am
WMAQ-Ch. 5 anchor and reporter Dick Johnson in an undated photo. Johnson died June 9, 2020, the NBC station said in an afternoon broadcast.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A longtime Chicago news anchor and reporter has died.
 
Longtime NBC 5 co-anchor and reporter Dick Johnson, whose career in television journalism spanned nearly 40 years, has passed away. He was 66.
 
 
Johnson was being treated at a hospital in northern Michigan for the last several days for complications related to a respiratory condition, according to his family. He leaves behind his wife and three grown children.
 
He spent 20 years at ABC 7 Chicago as an anchor and reporter, before he moved to NBC 5 Chicago in the fall of 2002. He recently co-anchored NBC 5's weekend evening newscasts and reported for the weekday 10 p.m. news.
 
Mayor Lightfoot shared her condolences via Twitter, writing "Amy and I are saddened to learn of Dick Johnson's passing. Dick was always a true gentlemen and professional. His passion for journalism and the craft of a great story was unmatched. Our deepest condolences to Dick's family and many colleagues."