Timothy Johnson (medical journalist)

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G. Timothy Johnson
Born (1936-07-09) July 9, 1936 (age 79)
Education Augustana College
- North Park Theological Seminary
- Albany Medical College
- Harvard University
Occupation -Academic
-Minister
-Physician
-Television journalist
-Writer
Notable credit(s) Medical Reporter – ABC News
Chief Medical Correspondent – ABC News
Religion Christian (Evangelical Covenant Church)

G. Timothy Johnson (born July 9, 1936)[1] is an American academic, pastor, physician, television journalist and writer who, as "Dr. Tim Johnson", is best known to television viewers as the longtime chief medical correspondent for ABC News on the ABC television network.

Education[edit]

Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. In 1963, he graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois and became an ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

After two years in the ministry, he entered medical school[2] and graduated summa cum laude from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, and subsequently received a master's degree in public health from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Medical career[edit]

For many years he has been a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School at Harvard University and on the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School and a biomedical research facility in Boston, Massachusetts.

Television career[edit]

Early television career[edit]

Johnson started his television career in the 1970s at WRGB-TV in Schenectady, NY while at Albany Medical Center. He then moved to Boston and WCVB-Channel 5's Sunday Open House with a live, weekly segment interviewing other medical professionals about current medical issues.

ABC News[edit]

In 1975, he joined ABC News as the medical reporter and later became the "Medical Editor" of Good Morning America (GMA), ABC News's morning-news-and-talk program upon its première on November 3, 1975. In over three decades at ABC News, he has reported for their various programs including World News Tonight, a daily evening-news program; Nightline, a late-night hard and soft news program; 20/20, a prime-time television-newsmagazine program.

Currently, Dr. Richard E. Besser is the chief medical editor for ABC News; however, Johnson still serves as a correspondent. Typically, but not exclusively, Besser reports on developments in nutrition and pediatrics, while Johnson focuses on health issues for senior adults.

Retirement from WCVB[edit]

Johnson will retire from WCVB at the end of 2012.[3]

Ministry[edit]

He continues as a pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Bibliography[edit]

Johnson published a book Finding God in the Questions: A Personal Journey (2004) (InterVarsity Press, ISBN 978-0-8308-3214-9) describing his journey of how he became a Christian, and answering a series of questions, such as "Why Bother With Religion and the Bible?" and "What Did Jesus Teach?"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ Tim Johnson (n.d.). Finding God in the Questions – TV's Dr. Tim Johnson on His Struggle to Square Religious Belief with Scientific Discoveries. Interview with Wendy Schuman. Beliefnet. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  3. ^ After 40 Years at WCVB, Dr. Tim Johnson to Retire TVSpy, December 7, 2012

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