Jack Johansson

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Jack Johansson is an American television Executive news producer. He currently works for WXYZ-TV,(ABC) Detroit.

Jack Johansson in the WXYZ-Detroit newsroom

Education & International Travel

Johansson was born in Murray, Utah (a suburb of Salt Lake City), and grew up in Troy, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). He attended Troy High School, graduating in 1982. From 1982-1983 he attended Eastern Michigan University where he enrolled in general studies and joined the Track & Field team.

From 1984-1985 Johansson served a two-year proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manchester, England. Upon his return from England, he completed one more semester at Eastern Michigan University before leaving for a summer backpacking trip to Europe and Russia. Johansson then moved to San Francisco to court his future wife, Joan Dungan. They were married in 1987, in Stockholm, Sweden, a country they both have strong ancestral ties to.

Brigham Young University

After his marriage in 1987, Johansson enrolled at Brigham Young University. He chose to major in communications. He was an active participant in the KBYU-TV Newsroom (a PBS-member station located on the campus of BYU in Provo, Utah). While a student he also worked at the Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate KTVX, where he produced weekend newscasts, and for BYU Public Communications, where he produced institutional messages which aired during football games.

While at BYU, Johansson was awarded the prestigious Radio & Television News Directors Association Scholarship, and was named an International Radio and Television Society Fellow, for which he spent a summer in New York City working at the CBS News New York Bureau. He was also the founding president of the BYU student chapter of the Radio & Television News Director Association. In addition to his academic & professional responsibilities, Johansson was a member of the BYU Rugby team.

Professional Life & Career

After graduating from BYU in 1990, Johansson took a job at NBC-affiliate KVBC in Las Vegas as the 6pm newscast producer. In 1992, he moved to CBS-affiliate KLAS, also in Las Vegas, where he was made Executive Producer.

Johansson at work producing live coverage at the funeral of civil rights icon Rosa Parks

In 1995 Johansson returned to his hometown to work at ABC-affiliate WXYZ Detroit where he is currently employed as Executive Producer over Special Projects. In that role he leads a 14 person unit that handles all investigative, health, consumer and advocacy reporting.

Johansson has been awarded two Emmys for producing spot news coverage. He received one for his work covering a fire at a casino hotel in Las Vegas, and one for live coverage of a Tornado that ripped through a Detroit neighborhood.

Family Life & Interests

Johansson and his wife Joan have seven children, Including a Daughter who is a Junior and a son who is a Freshman at BYU. He serves in the Bishopric in his LDS ward (church congregation). He enjoys cross country trips to visit with family in Utah and California and to visit other locations of interest throughout the West. He also actively participates in camping and “High Adventure trips” with his Boy Scout troop, including a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch during the summer of 2009. Whenever time allows, Johansson serves as TSD Rally Navigator, live-blogger & pit crewman for the Johansson Brother’s Auto Racing Team.

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