Brad Johansen has been on the airwaves for four decades and at WCMH-TV’s NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio, for three years. With over 20 Emmy Awards to his name, he’s nothing short of an inspiration in the news industry. Now the outstanding veteran journalist is moving on from the news studio. Brad Johansen announced he is leaving NBC4 in March 2023. Naturally, NBC4 viewers want to know where he is going and if he is staying in Ohio. Find out what Brad Johansen said about leaving NBC4 Columbus.
Brad Johansen’s Education and Career
From 1980 to 1984, Brad Johansen attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. Before graduating, he had an entire year’s experience as a sports reporter for 25 News Now at WEEK-TV.
Johansen had short stints at WILX News 10 in Lansing, Michigan, and KSBY News in San Luis Obispo, California, before moving to Nevada. For five years, he was a crime and investigative reporter at KTNV 13 Action News in Las Vegas.
When he joined Cincinnati’s WKRC-TV in 1998, Johansen returned to sportscasting. Along with anchoring and reporting for Local 12 News, Johansen served as the station’s sports director and called the Cincinnati Bengals’ play-by-play for over 22 years.
It’s been fun, but it’s time… pic.twitter.com/g6zP6xM7RG
— Brad Johansen (@bradjohansen) March 2, 2023
In 2018, Johansen relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina, to join the NBC News team at WRAL-TV as an anchor and reporter for a year before returning to Ohio. He revealed that it was a challenging year for him and his family in Ohio as he was away from them.
The anchor and his wife, Colleen Johansen, have raised their three sons and a daughter. Together, they’re a philanthropic force that raised over $3.0 million for local charities.
In March 2020, Johansen joined the NBC4 Columbus news team at WCMH-TV and was again closer to his family. But now he’s stepping away to be even closer.
Brad Johansen Signs Off from NBC4 Columbus
On March 2, Brad Johansen wrapped his last day on the air at NBC4 Columbus after adding his 22nd Emmy Award and more nominations to his credits last year. In a statement on social media, Johansen made no secret that he’s still very good at his job and he’s not retiring yet.
The anchor is looking forward to transitioning to a new job in the Mason/Cincinnati area. Although he doesn’t have a new job lined up yet as of his latest announcement, he hopes to find one soon.
“If you know a company looking for an award-winning communicator to share a message with the world, please reach out and tell me more,” Johansen wrote on social media.
Columbus residents and NBC4 viewers also agree Brad Johansen can keep going and hope to see him in broadcasting soon. And in the meantime, they wish him well on his next career adventure. According to his LinkedIn, he has started freelancing as a business consultant for Brad Johansen Enterprises.
Brad also won the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Award for best broadcast writing in May 2023.