Ernie Johnson is one of the biggest names in North American and global sportscasting. His reputation precedes him, considering the fact that he acts as a television voice for one of United States of America’s most followed sports leagues, Major League Baseball, which is a part of TBS. He also has a part to play with TNT as he hosts a show called Inside the NBA. Ernie also jointly covers NCAA Division I sponsored Men’s Basketball Tournament, which is a part of Turner and CBS. Let us find out more about Ernie Johnson’s net worth in 2018.
Ernie Johnson came into his world as Ernest Thorwald “Ernie” Johnson Jr. on August 7, 1956. There does seem to be some dispute surrounding his official date of birth, with some websites stating it on of November 5, 1956. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was born to Ernie Johnson Sr., who played the part of a play-by-play announcer and a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. Johnson Jr. married Cheryl on August 21, 1982, and the two have remained together since. The pair has four children.
Ernie Johnson was attending classes at the University of Georgia in 1977, the year in which his career began. He accepted the job as a sports and news director for a radio show, aired at the station by the name of WAGQ-FM. The station was situated in Athens, Georgia. Ernie stayed at the job for a year or so, until 1978, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, at a rank of summa cum laude. He then moved to Macon, Georgia and started a broadcasting career at the channel WMAZ-TV. He also worked as a news reporter at another channel called WSPA-TV. He joined Turner Sports in 1989.
Ernie Johnson is fondly called as “E.J.” when he covers the studio shows for the coverage of NBA games by TNT. This includes pregame shows, halftime shows and also postgame show Inside the NBA. Ernie has been at this stage since the beginning of 1990. His section of the show has been sponsored by Vitaminwater and Geico. He is often joined by famous faces of the NBA for his shows, which include Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Dennis Scott, Charles Barkley.
He also hosts, Tuesday Fan Night for NBA TV, and also moderates and hosts NBA TV’s Open Court. This includes Johnson along with six other panelists. They discuss a diverse range of topics related to the NBA, from its history to the current situation. He also works as a play-by-play announcer for the PGA tour.
Awards and Achievements
Ernie Johnson has won the Sports Emmy in the category of Outstanding Sports Personality, as a Studio Host, an award which he shared with Bob Costas, who worked with NBC and HBO. This was in the year 2002. In 2006, he won the award once again, beating Costas and breaking his dominance over the award which lasted for the past 6 years. In 2015, Ernie Johnson won a third Emmy award, for the category of Best Studio Host. He dedicated the award to daughters Stuart Scott, who unfortunately passed away earlier. He also has a sportscaster for video games, which are NBA Live 98, and from NBA 2K15 to NBA 2K18.
Net Worth of Ernie Johnson
Considering his various achievements in the field of sports and sportscasting, it is evident that Ernie Johnson has accumulated a great amount of wealth. His net worth stands in at $1.8 million. His annual salary is around $300 thousand.
His work ethic is commendable, as he battled non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, continuing with his work and with his chemotherapy sessions.