Joe Johns Bio, Age, Height, Parents, Wife, Kids, CNN, Salary

Joe Johns

Joe Johns Biography

Joe Johns (Joseph Eduardo Johns) is an American lawyer and senior Washington correspondent for CNN based at the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau since 2014. He joined the network in January 2004 as a congressional correspondent. Previously, he worked as an NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent for TODAY and other NBC programs.

Joe Johns Age

He was born on April 17, 1959 in Ohio, United States.

Joe Johns Height

He is 5 feet 7 inches tall.

Joe Johns Nationality

Johns is American by nationality.

Joe Johns Education

He attended West High School in Columbus, Ohio. While there, he was a star discus thrower. He then joined Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he graduated Omicron Delta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. At Marshall University he was a four-year scholarship track and field athlete and he was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. He also earned a law degree from American University in D.C.

Joe Johns Family

When it comes to his family, Joe is very personal. He has not shared information about his parents with the public. It is not clear whether he has siblings or not.

Joe Johns Wife

Johns married Michelle Denise Bernard. Michelle, is a former MSNBC analyst, lawyer, author and President and CEO of the Bernard Center For Women, Politics & Public Policy. The couple eloped and wedded in Middleburg United Methodist Church In Virginia wearing casual jeans. In 2008, they divorced. Michelle remarried in 2014 and lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband Keith Bell.

Joe Johns Kids

He has two kids with his ex-wife, Michelle Bernard.

Joe Johns CNN

Johns is a senior Washington correspondent for CNN based at the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau. He is  responsible for covering a wide range of political and breaking news stories for the network. He joined CNN as a congressional correspondent in January 2004. Prior to his current role, he served as a justice correspondent, covering the Supreme Court, legal and crime issues. With his judicial expertise, he contributed to the network’s breaking news coverage surrounding the Affordable Care Act as well as the controversy involving electronic monitoring and surveillance involving the National Security Agency.

Previously, he served as a senior correspondent covering current news events and political events across the network’s programming. He contributed to the network’s America’s Choice 2012 election coverage, reporting at political events throughout the campaign season. He was also instrumental in the network’s Emmy award-winning election coverage.

Prior to joining CNN, Johns covered events on Capitol Hill, at the White House and at the Pentagon for more than 10 years with NBC News. He covered numerous breaking news and political stories at NBC, including the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, the entire “Beltway Sniper” saga and the Sago Mine disaster in January 2006. He also broke the story of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s first indictment on conspiracy charges and he traveled to Haiti with Marines ordered by Clinton to assist in that country’s transition from a dictatorship to a democracy.


Joe joined WRC-TV, an NBC affiliate in 1983. Before joining WRC-TV, he was a reporter at WSOC-TV, in Charlotte. He began his TV career as a reporter and anchor in 1980 at WSAZ-TV in Huntington, W.Va.

Johns is a former chairman of the executive committee of Correspondents of the Congressional Radio and Television Galleries and president of the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association. He is also a former member of the board of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Joe Johns Awards

Johns was among the NBC Nightly News team to receive an Edward R. Murrow Award for his “Beltway Sniper” reporting. He also won an Emmy for his reporting on the violent tactics used by the Nation of Islam to rid a district neighborhood of drugs.

His reporting contributed to two 2011 Emmy Awards for Anderson Cooper 360°’s Haiti earthquake coverage. He is also the recipient of two National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence awards. He was honored first in 2005 for a profile on lynching survivor James Cameron and then again in 2007 for a series of pieces on environmental injustice.

Joe contributed to CNN’s Emmy award-winning Election Night coverage in 2012 and 2006 and he was a member of the Peabody Award-winning Best Political Team on Television throughout the America Votes 2008 election coverage.

Joe Johns Raccoon Confrontation

On October 7, 2020, Joe went viral after a confrontation with a raccoon on the White House lawn. He was seen in a video throwing what appeared to be a work bag at the animal while attempting to shoo it away.

“Frickin’ raccoons, man. God, again! This is the second time! Jesus … It always comes around right around when I’m about to go on TV … get!”.

Johns was praised on social media for how he handled the situation, with others saying the interaction encapsulated a tumultuous 2020.

Joe Johns Salary

He earns an average salary ranging between $87,000 to $188,000 annually.

Joe Johns Net Worth

Johns has an estimated net worth ranging between $100,000 to $1 million.

Joe Johns Instagram

He does not have an Instagram account.

Joe Johns Twitter


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