Careers in Motion: Robert Johnson


Thursday, Feb 6, 2014
Friday, Feb 7, 2014


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Carlson Auditorium
Portfolio Review: GAN-2241


Robert Johnson is director of photography at The Weather Channel where he oversees photography at the network. Johnson is responsible for setting the brand and engaging viewers using photography across of the all the Weather Channel’s digital and television platforms.

Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Johnson worked as a Photo Editor for, specializing in photographing ordinary people’s lives for stories not typical of the mainstream media. He helped create the award-winning CNN Photo Blog, one of the most successful blogs of its kind He also traveled the nation with CNN’s acclaimed writer Wayne Drash, photographing the events and struggles of the everyday man.

Johnson and Drash were the keynote speakers in Prague, Czech Republic, at a State Department-sponsored event on racial reconciliation. Johnson was named a 2011 Kiplinger Fellow at The Ohio State University where he honed his skills in new social media techniques. He is a member of the Kalish photography workshop in editing excellence. He also served as a photography and multimedia instructor at the Arts Institute of Atlanta. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum of Harlem.

Johnson holds a master's degree in New Media from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and earned his bachelor's of fine arts degree in Photographic Illustration from the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Robert Johnson will share his career story and photography. Johnson will discuss how photography is used at The Weather Channel and CNN. He will also share examples of his photography in this richly illustrated talk. Johnson will be available to review student portfolios Friday, February 7th from 10:00am-12:30pm in GAN-2241. To sign up for the portfolio review please visit the SPAS Main Office.

Note: Robert Johnson will also be speaking on Friday (Finding My Path Series) - check the event information out here.