Johnson has the distinction of keeping the guys on track. He’s the steering wheel behind the best basketball studio show on the air.
The TNT host has been involved in the sports world for a majority of his life. His father, Ernie Johnson Sr., was a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and the Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer from 1962-1999. E.J. followed in his father’s footsteps.
In addition to NBA coverage, Johnson covers PGA Tour events and the NCAA Tournament on CBS Sports and TBS. He’s also covered Wimbledon, the MLB playoffs, and worked in several capacities for the Olympics. He previously hosted Tuesday Fan Night on NBA TV.
Ernie is the leader of the Studio J team. The team most important to him, however, is the one at home.
Ernie Johnson’s Wife Cheryl Johnson
The sportscaster married his wife Cheryl in 1982. Cheryl is a licensed professional counselor in Braselton, Georgia. She serves as the brand ambassador for Street Grace, a non-profit that that utilizes evidence-based demand reduction strategies to eradicate the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
Together, Cheryl and Ernie have two biological children and four adopted children. Son Eric and daughter Maggie are biological while their son Michael was adopted from Romania, daughter Carmen was adopted from Paraguay, and daughters Ashley and Allison were adopted domestically through foster care.
Michael has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Jonson details bringing Michael home in his 2017 memoir Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary.
The Johnson family was right behind Ernie when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003. He worked until starting treatment in 2006. That year, he missed the network’s coverage of the British Open and PGA championship. He returned to his regular duties on Halloween.
E.J. is the glue guy of Shaq, Kenny, and Chuck. His team at home is what matters most.