Nicole Johnson (Miss America)

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Nicole Johnson
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Nicole Johnson signing autographs at the Miss America 2008 pageant
Born (1974-01-09) January 9, 1974 (age 40)
Atlanta, Georgia
Alma mater University of South Florida
Regent University
University of Pittsburgh
Occupation Spokesperson
Employer American Diabetes Association
Title Miss Lynchburg Festival 1998
Miss Virginia 1998
Miss America 1999
Predecessor Katherine Shindle
Successor Heather French
Spouse(s) Scott Baker (2003–2008)
Website
www.nicolejohnson.com

Nicole Johnson (born January 9, 1974[1]) is an American pageant titleholder from Seminole, Florida[2] who held the Miss America title in 1999.[3] She now advocates for diabetes research, treatment, and education, having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993.

Biography[edit]

Pageants[edit]

Johnson first started competing in pageants in Florida and placed third runner-up in the Miss Florida USA 1997 pageant. After moving to Virginia to pursue post-graduate education at Regent University she continued competing and placed in the top ten at Miss Virginia 1997.[4][5] In March 1998 she won the Miss Lynchburg title and went on to win the Miss Virginia 1998 title on June 29, 1998.[5]

In September Johnson represented Virginia in the Miss America 1999 pageant, becoming the second woman representing that state to win the Miss America title.[6] She sang That's Life in the talent competition.[6]

Education[edit]

Johnson holds a BA in English from the University of South Florida and is a 1998 graduate of the School of Communication & the Arts of Regent University in Virginia.[6] She also has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh gained in 2007. Johnson is currently a doctoral student in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida.

Career[edit]

Congressman Gus Bilirakis meets with Diabetes advocate and former Miss America Nicole Johnson.

Johnson became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association in the 1990s and had testified in legislative hearings in Washington, D.C. prior to winning the Miss Virginia title.[3] In 1997 she started wearing a miniature insulin pump on her hip to control her illness, which she wore while competing at Miss Virginia and Miss America, the first Miss America contestant and winner to do so.[3][5][7] She was also the first Miss America with diabetes.[8] Prior to winning the Miss America title she had worked for the Christian Broadcasting Network in addition to her diabetes advocacy.[2]

In March 2005, Johnson became the anchor of dLife, a weekly TV series about diabetes that airs on CNBC. She has written four books: three cookbooks with Mr. Food and her autobiography Living with Diabetes. She works full-time as a diabetes advocate and patient care expert. Her consulting clients include Animas Corporation, AmMed Direct LLC and Eli Lilly and Company. She also works with the University of South Florida. She is the Executive Director of Bringing Science Home. She specializes in communications, public health, and development.

Nicole Johnson and her daughter Ava in 2010

Personal life[edit]

Johnson married Scott Baker, at that time an anchor at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh PA, in 2003.[9] The couple's daughter, Ava Grace Baker, was born on January 7, 2006.[10] She and Baker separated in 2006 and divorced in 2008. She currently resides with her daughter in Clearwater, Florida.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet Miss Virginia 1998 Nicole Johnson". Miss America Organisation. 1998. Archived from the original on April 23, 1999. 
  2. ^ a b Curran, John (September 21, 1998). "New Miss America 'Never Gave Up'". The Free Lance-Star. 
  3. ^ a b c "Virginian wins Miss America pageant". Chicago Tribune. September 20, 1998. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Device helps Miss Lynchburg to stay competitive". The Free Lance-Star. June 28, 1998. 
  5. ^ a b c Associated Press (June 29, 1998). "Diabetic Crowned Miss VA". The Free Lance-Star. 
  6. ^ a b c Curran, John (September 19, 1998). "Miss Virginia Nicole Johnson wins Miss America pageant". Times Daily. 
  7. ^ "The Reliable Source". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=HR_KNKoBV9oC&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=%22first+miss+america+with+diabetes%22&source=bl&ots=PrtPnEEOO9&sig=kHGLh5ZLDfLzxEeCi-Pk_5K1JQY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RzQ_UqTtMZGx4AP35YHIDg&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22first%20miss%20america%20with%20diabetes%22&f=false
  9. ^ Owen, Rob (August 9, 2003). "The anchorman and the beauty queen". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 
  10. ^ Templeton, David (October 25, 2006). "Winning life's pageant and living well with diabetes". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 
  11. ^ "TV Q&A with Rob Owen". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. February 15, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Katherine Shindle
Miss America
1999
Succeeded by
Heather French
Preceded by
Kelli Quick
Miss Virginia
1998
Succeeded by
Nita Booth