About Ernie Johnson, Jr.
Ernie Johnson, Jr. is a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT's Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal. He is the studio host for NBA TV’s popular “Fan Night” and a studio host for Turner and CBS’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship coverage. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for Turner’s coverage of Major League Baseball and the PGA Championship and has also covered the National Football League, The British Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics.
In his book, Unscripted, Ernie shares stories from his life about adopting children, his battle with cancer, and all the challenges and hijinx of working in live TV in the sports world.
In addition to his professional accolades and lifetime achievement awards, Ernie has earned honors recognizing his incredible actions off-camera, including the first-ever John Wooden Keys to Life Award and a Musial Award, both of which salute characteristics such as integrity, faith and good sportsmanship.
Johnson’s unwavering faith has been the guiding light through the many personal hardships he’s faced. “I stand in awe on a daily basis of the way God orchestrates life –how he connects the dots in ways I could never dream of if only I have the eyes to see and the heart to feel,” he writes.
When Ernie is not behind the mic, sporting his signature bowtie, he is in Braselton, Georgia, with his wife, Cheryl, and their six children, four of whom are adopted.