Jane Clayson Johnson
Early Life and Education
Jane Clayson Johnson 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.
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 attacks on September 11, and the inauguration of President George W. Bush.
She has interviewed the biggest newsmaker of the day from President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Vice President Al Gore, Secretary of State Colin Powell and President Vicente Fox of Mexico. Jane has also interviewed a host of stars from the lighter side of American life… from Hollywood and Broadway, the Country Music Awards to the Kennedy Center Honors.
She has reported for several CBS News broadcasts, including the investigative "Eye on America" segments for the CBS Evening News. Johnson occasionally anchored for the CBS Evening News and was a regular contributor to 48 Hours.
In 2002, Jane became a correspondent for CBS News. She regularly reported for “Eye on America” segments and contributed to both 48 Hours and The CBS Evening News.
In May of 2004, she was presented an honorary Doctorate degree from Utah State University.
In 2010 Clayson became a member of the Deseret News Editorial Board and two years later she teamed up with Steve Young as Master of Ceremonies for the the 85th birthday celebration for Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In September 2003 Clayson married Mark Johnson, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard Business School. She left CBS three months later (December 2003) to join her husband in Boston, where he is president and cofounder of the management consulting firm, Innosight.
The couple has two young children and make their home in Boston. They love to go on picnics with their kids.
Although semi-retired from the news business, Jane occasionally fills in for NPR’s On Point and has produced specials for the Discovery Channel.
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.
- LDS Church News - President Monson's birthday celebration: 'Bouquet of Memories' (24 Aug 2012)
- The Salt Lake Tribune - 85th birthday for Mormon leader like a Broadway show (18 Aug 2012)
- The Deseret News - Gala celebrates LDS Church President Monson's birthday in song and story (17 Aug 2012)
- The Daily Herald - Religion Briefs for Aug. 4: LDS Church celebrates leader's 85th birthday (4 Aug 2012)
- The Deseret News - Guest artists set for President Monson's birthday celebration (1 Aug 2012)
- The Universe - Church members will celebrate President Monson's 85th birthday at gala event (21 June 2012)
- LDS Church News - President Monson’s birthday to be celebrated August 17 (9 June 2012)
- The Mormon Times - Jane Clayson Johnson doesn't regret leaving career for family (22 Nov 2010)
- The Mormon Times - Former anchor reports YSAs should trust, be faithful (10 Aug 2009)
- "Jane Clayson Johnson." 2007. Wikipedia.org. 25 Oct. 2007. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Clayson_Johnson>.