Broadcaster Magazine

CBC News Announces New Reporter for News Segment ‘Go Public’


CBC News is pleased to announce Erica Johnson will be the new reporter for its investigative news segment Go Public, beginning February 1, 2016.

Go Public is an award-winning investigative news segment featuring stories that hold those in power accountable. The stories all come from people wanting to “go public.” Based out of Vancouver, Go Public stories are featured on all local and national CBC platforms. Go Public’s Calgary-based reporter Rosa Marchitelli, will continue to investigate stories for this segment.

“Erica is a phenomenal investigative journalist,” says Jennifer McGuire GM and Editor-in-Chief, CBC News, English Services. “These kinds of moves speak to the diversity of talent and programming at CBC News. We’re thrilled for Erica and for CBC Vancouver.”

With this move, Johnson, who is based in Vancouver, will be leaving marketplace, CBC Television’s prime-time investigative consumer show. Johnson joined marketplace as a reporter in 2000, and became a host of the program the following year. She is a four-time Gemini nominee for best host of a news/information series, and won a Leo Award for best host of an information series. Among other television and radio awards, Johnson has won a Freddie, a New York Festival Award, a Golden Sheaf Award, a Gabriel Award, and several RTDNA and Jack Webster Awards.

After winning a scholarship from the Canadian Association of Journalists, Johnson travelled to Kenya to produce an award-winning documentary for The National, focusing on the lack of education opportunities for Kenyan girls. She also produced an award-winning radio documentary for The Current, examining the disturbing trend of babies being abandoned in remote regions.

Johnson began her journalism career in radio in 1987, working at several private radio stations, including CFRB in Toronto, where she reported, hosted and became the first woman at the station to read morning newscasts. Johnson joined the CBC in 1990 as a radio news reporter in Toronto, becoming a national radio reporter and hosting various CBC radio programs, including Radio Noon and Ontario Morning.

In 1993, Johnson moved from radio to CBC Television, helping to launch The Health Show and filing for The National. She then moved from Toronto to Vancouver to be the health reporter for Vancouver’s supper-hour news program and anchor the weekend news.