A graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, Johnson began her journalism career in radio in 1987, working at several private radio stations, including Vancouver's CKO and Toronto's CFRB. In 1990, she began her CBC career as a radio news reporter for the local Toronto affiliate CBL.
Johnson moved from radio to CBC Television in 1993, creating and reporting on The Health Show. She then returned to Vancouver to become a news reporter and anchor for the Vancouver affiliate CBUT. Her specialty areas included media and health reporting, with a particular interest in the pharmaceutical industry.
Johnson joined Marketplace as a reporter, and eventually became the Vancouver co-host of the program alongside Wendy Mesley in Toronto. Johnson has won numerous awards, including several Jack Webster Awards, RTNDA Awards, a Gabriel, a Freddie Award and a 2011 Leo Award for best host of an information series. She has also been nominated for four Gemini awards as Best Host of a News/Information Program as well as for a Canadian Screen Award.
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