Ernie Johnson

  • Birth Name: Ernie Johnson Jr.
  • Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Profession: Sports broadcaster and analyst
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  • Nicknamed E.J.
  • In 1991, adopted Michael, a 3-year-old Romanian boy who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy a year later and is permanently confined to a wheelchair after a fall that broke his hip. Johnson was moved to adopt the boy after viewing a TV program about the plight of Romanian orphans.
  • Adopted Carmen, a 7-month-old girl, from Paraguay in 1993.
  • Worked Atlanta Braves play-by-play with his father, Ernie Johnson Sr., a former Braves pitcher.
  • Has worked in varying capacities on TNT and TBS sports broadcasts, including basketball, college football, tennis and baseball; also covered the Olympics in Albertville, France, and Lillehammer, Norway.
  • Went public in 2006 with a previous diagnosis of follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after a growth near a lymph node had become noticeable to viewers.
  • Active in the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • In 2007, he was the first recipient of the honorary "John Wooten Keys to Life Award," which honors people for such qualities as faith, integrity and character.
  • Likes to joke about his receding hairline.


  • Carmen — Daughter
  • Cheryl — Wife
  • Maggie — Daughter
  • Eric — Son
  • Michael — Son
  • Ernie Johnson Sr. — Father


  • University of Georgia (BA from the Henry Grady School of Journalism

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