After 40 years of educating the masses both locally and across the nation, Dr. Timothy Johnson, the medical editor at WCVB, has announced his retirement from the Boston ABC affiliate.
Johnson first came to WCVB when it launched in 1972. He quickly gained popularity for his straight-foward, yet thoughtful approach to presenting viewers with medical information and guidance. Johnson has also appeared on ABC for the past 25 years as chief medical correspondent. As a senior medical contributor to ABC News, providing on-air commentary on medical problems for “World News,” “Nightline,” “20/20″ and “Good Morning America.” He will be replaced by Dr. Richard Besser, who joined ABC last summer from the CDC. Johnson will stay on as a medical contributor.
Viewers have always expressed a deep appreciation for his approach, which have made him a trusted member of both the WCVB and ABC network teams. During his tenure, Johnson received many awards at WCVB. His retirement will become official at the end of the year.
“I never felt like a television personality,” Johnson said in a statement. “I always felt like a physician who was talking to his patients. I thought of what we were doing as trying to teach.”
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