Phil Johnson truly loved New Orleans. For thirty-five years he was an on-air editorialist for WWL-TV, the New Orleans CBS affiliate. He was well known for his daily editorial on WWL (the longest-running commentary on American television), his passion for cooking, and his authentically New Orleans-flavored writing.
A native New Orleanian, Johnson attended Jesuit High School and graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 1950 with a degree in journalism. He then attended Harvard University as a Nieman Scholar and was later named to the selection committee to determine future Nieman Scholars.
Johnson received many awards, including three Peabody Awards, an Emmy, the Integritas Vitae Award (Loyola University's highest honor), which recognized him as “an individual who possesses a high moral character in a lifetime of unselfish service without expectation of material reward or public recognition.” A member of the Louisiana Broadcaster's Hall of Fame, he was also honored with several Gabriel Awards from the Catholic Broadcasting Association and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Press Club of New Orleans.
Johnson passed away in March 2010, at the age of eighty.
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