Chuck Johnson is a distinguished sports writer who formerly covered boxing for USA TODAY. Before bringing his uniquely personable writing style and informative substance to the boxing beat, he covered major league baseball for 18 years with the paper, highlighted by frequent exclusive interviews with some of the game's most controversial and least accessible stars, including Barry Bonds, Albert Belle and Jose Canseco. He is a Hall of Fame-voting member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
A Detroit native and 1975 graduate of Michigan State University, Johnson's career spans nearly four decades as a sports journalist. He has also reported on the National Football League and National Basketball Association. Prior to joining USA TODAY in February,1988, he was a sports writer and columnist for nearly 13 years at the Flint (Mich.) Journal where he was the Detroit Pistons and NBA beat writer for Booth Newspapers. He also covered boxing for Booth's eight-paper chain of Michigan dailies, reporting on the Thomas Hearns-Sugar Ray Leonard welterweight showdown in 1981 among other major fights during Detroit's renaissance as a boxing hotbed in the 80s.
Johnson is the founding president of the former Mid-Michigan Association of Black Journalists and is a long-time active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. His body of work earned him recognition as the 2000 Sports Journalist of the Year by the NABJ Sports Task Force. Johnson made his movie debut in 2006, portraying himself as a boxing writer in "Rocky Balboa." In 2008, he was inducted into the State News Alumni Association Hall of Fame in honor of his illustrious career since writing for the Michigan State University campus newspaper. He lives in Temple Hills, Md. and is the father of two children, daughter Janay, 19, and son Julius, 15.
Posted 12:00 AM | Apr 1, 2009