The day of Christmas , the North Carolina station announced that Johansen would join the news team April 2, Johansen broke the story about Lauren Hill wanting to play college basketball while battling cancer in October In Cincinnati, the No.
When Johansen's move was made public in late , he said that he was going to "journalism heaven" in Raleigh, and to "basketball heaven," referring to the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke. Hopefully I'll do a lot of storytelling, and I'll fill in on the anchor desk when needed," Johansen told me.
Johansen came to Channel 12 in to anchor the city's first Saturday morning local newscast. Channel 12 managers forced him to go back to news anchor in fall , and a month later he broke the story about Lauren Hill, the young college basketball player battling cancer.
He and his family lived in Mason, where his wife Colleen taught in Mason schools. It ended by Johansen saying: "I arrived in Cincinnati in I planned on staying for two years.
WKRC became home to me. I owe so much to this station, and more importantly to the people who watched this station.
Viewers have invited me into their homes for more than a quarter-century, and they passionately shared with me how much they care This is a special place.
Thank you Cincinnati.
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I owe you.