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Legendary Anchor Bruce Johnson Passed Away at 71

Bruce Johnson, American TV news anchorman and reporter for CBS affiliate WUSA 9 for more than four decades passed away on 3rd April. He was 71. His death was confirmed by his spouse, Lori on her Facebook page.

He was diagnosed with cancer two years before he retired from his program “Off Script with Bruce Johnson” in 2019. There is no official confirmation about the cause of his death however it is believed that the reason for his death is because of his battle with cancer.

The legendary journalist spent more than four decades of his professional career telling remarkable stories for WUSA9 from 1976 to 2020. He was the author of two books, “Heart to Heart”, published in 2009 and “All or Nothing: The Victor Page Story” in 2012.

Multiple Emmy award-winning journalist Bruce Johnson dies

Johnson received 22 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). He was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame and the National Association of Black Journalists.

He has won almost all journalism awards of distinction like the Ted Yates Award, The NATAS Board of Governors Award among others. He also received numerous civic awards from DC organizations and from the city’s mayors. In fact, there is a resolution in his honor from the DC City Council.

Social Media pours in tributes

Many fans and followers took to social media to pay tributes and condolence to friends and family.

Mayor Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washinton DC offered tributes to the late anchor by tweeting, “Bruce Johnson was a giant of DC journalism, a father, grandfather, husband, & proud author. Like many Washingtonians, he’s been a part of my life since I was a little girl, delivering the news and giving voice to DC residents. I’m heartbroken. Rest In Heaven.”

Many users admired his work during his tenure with WUSA 9. His family is mourning his death and requested well-wishers, followers to respect their privacy in this moment of grief.

John Gonzalez, a News reporter at John7News remembered him on Twitter saying, “So devastated to hear of the passing of Bruce Johnson​​, a true tv legend in D.C. Blessed to call him a fellow journalist and someone I truly looked up to. Rest In Peace and God bless you, my friend. My heart breaks for his wife Lori and his family.”

While he was still pursuing his studies, Johnson started his career at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. After a few years, he joined WUSA 9 TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C in 1976.

He is survived by his better half, Lori, three children (Brandon, Kurshanna, and Carolyn), and three grandsons.

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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda


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