The OTHER Jeff Johnson, Your Media Guy, has more than 30 years’ experience in web design and development, broadcasting, journalism and public speaking, having worked in radio, television and online media outlets at the local, regional, nationally-syndicated and network levels. You may recognize Jeff’s face from his appearances on the Fox News Channel and other networks, his writing from the Media Research Center’s Cybercast News Service, or his voice from Focus on the Family’s Family News in Focus newsmagazine or Sirius Satellite Radio.
In the mid 1990s, Jeff expanded his media career into the then-new frontier of the Internet, a decision that would change his career forever as, years later, he would report on the September 11th attacks on America from the Pentagon, and break the story of the attempt by Terri Schiavo’s family to save her life, via the world’s first Internet-only news service. You may recognize one or more of the many online services Jeff has helped launch, upgrade or written for, including AgapePress.org, CNSNews.com. NRAnews.com, KVNE.com, KGLY.com, News4EastTexas.com, WAVA.com, WABS.com, TheBridgeFM.com, AmericanIdolStinks.com and GiveByShopping.com.
Jeff Johnson has more than 30 years’ experience as a communications professional, half of that with non-profit organizations such as Focus on the Family and The Media Research Center. He has hosted interactive talk shows on regional and national networks, including Sirius Satellite Radio. and was part of the first team in Christian radio history to earn dual, consecutive Station of the Year awards from both National Religious Broadcasters and Christian Music Broadcasters. If you were listening to the Mutual Radio Network’s news reports on September 11, 2001, you heard Jeff reporting live from the Pentagon. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former, full-time law enforcement officer.
Jeff is a cum laude graduate of the Excelsior College of the University of the State of New York with degrees in Communications and Political Science, and is currently working toward a Master of Arts degree in Communications through Amberton University in Garland, Texas.
Because I have worked in the media for more than 30 years, I am quite frequently asked this question when I am introduced to someone for the first time:
“Are you THE Jeff Johnson?”
The correct answer is, almost always, “No.”
This leads to the question I am most frequently asked: “Why are you called ‘The OTHER Jeff Johnson?’”
First things first…
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from The Jeff Johnson Band… though I play drums (but not that well) and do enjoy some of his music.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from the Underground Training Lab for Internet marketers… though I have designed and developed more than 150 websites.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Chemical & Engineering News… though I’ve been a working journalist since before there was an Internet.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Patagonia, Inc., best known for his writing and photography… though I have written thousands of stories, articles and blog posts… and I do own a camera.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson who is a photographer from Minneapolis… though I’m noticing a trend that people named Jeff Johnson like cameras. (So, I bought a nicer one.)
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Minneapolis who is a jazz bassist… though I do like jazz music, and it’s nice to know I’ll fit in well if I ever decide to move to Minneapolis.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from the Hennipen County, Minnesota, Board of Commissioners… though I am now fully convinced that someone would welcome me in Minnesota.
I am also not THE Jeff Johnson who owns the Chevrolet dealership in Woodlawn, Virginia, or the tattoo artist in California, or the professor at East Carolina University, or the actor from the movie Letters to God… though I have met him.
Finally, though I have been asked the question in person more than once, I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Black Entertainment Television… though I have worked in the media for more than 30 years… and have been on television… just not Black Entertainment Television… though I would appear on BET if they invited me… even though their studios are not in Minneapolis.
I am, and forever will be, The OTHER Jeff Johnson: Author, motivational speaker, coach, blogger, husband, father, journalist, web geek, photographer, percussionist, and ardent supporter of the Oxford comma.
(And, in my spare time, I research other people named Jeff Johnson.)