Jane Clayson Johnson
Jane Clayson Johnson is a journalist and author.
Early life and career
Clayson was born April 25, 1967, and spent most of her childhood in Sacramento, California. She played with the Sacramento Youth Symphony and is an accomplished violinist.
Clayson began her career at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah (1990–1996). While at KSL, she traveled to China to write and produce a series of stories about American doctors assisting Chinese children with disabilities. Her work there earned a regional Emmy. She also received the Radio and Television News Directors of America’s Edward R. Murrow Award while at KSL.
In 1996, Jane Clayson moved to Los Angeles, California, where she worked as a correspondent for Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and other ABC News broadcasts. Her work included coverage of Senator Bob Dole’s 1996 Presidential campaign, the OJ Simpson civil trial, and NATO’s strikes against Kosovo and the resulting refugee crisis in Macedonia.
The Early Show and CBS News
In 1999, CBS News launched “Operation Glass Slipper,” the widely publicized search for Bryant Gumbel’s co-host on The Early Show. On November 1, 1999, Clayson was chosen, and joined Gumbel for the show’s first broadcast. From 1999 to 2002 she anchored The Early Show through the new millennium, the inauguration of President George W. Bush, and the attacks on September 11, 2001.
In September 2003, Clayson married Mark W. Johnson, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Columbia University (with masters in civil engineering and engineering mechanics) and Harvard Business School. They were first introduced to each other by Jane's sister. Mark had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints not long before he and Jane first met. She left CBS three months later (December 2003) to join her husband in Boston, where he was for a time president and of the management consulting firm, Innosight, which he co-founded with Clayton M. Christensen. Innosight is currently headed by Matthew J. Eyring.
Mark has authored or co-authored multiple articles for the Harvard Business Review. He is the author of Seizing the White Space: Business Model Innovation for Growth and Renewal (Cambridge: Harvard Business School Press, 2010).
The couple has two children.
She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I Am a Mother!
Clayson occasionally substitutes for host Tom Ashbrook on the public radio program On Point, and has produced specials for the Discovery Channel. She also hosted BYU TV's coverage of the funeral for LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley on February 2, 2008.
Her first book, I Am a Mother! was released in March 2007 and chronicles her decision to leave the network news business to have a family. She regularly speaks on the topic at events across the United States.
- Irene Sege, "Jane Clayson Johnson Left It All Behind to Have a Baby," Boston Globe, October 12, 2004. (Accessed March 24, 2007.)
- Official CBS News bio. (Accessed March 24, 2007.)
- Jane Clayson Johnson, "I Am a Mother," 2006 Conference on the Family, American Mothers, Inc. (Accessed March 24, 2007.)
- March for Babies - PSA <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ1CsZbjY0g> 2008 March of Dimes