Ernest Thorwald Johnson Jr – born August 7, 1956 – is a sportscaster for Turner Sports and CBS Sports.
Johnson is currently the lead television voice for Major League Baseball on TBS, hosts Inside the NBA for TNT, TBS and NBA TV and contributes to the joint coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for Turner and CBS.
His father was Ernie Johnson Sr, a Major League Baseball pitcher and Atlanta Braves play-by-play announcer.
Johnson is a devoted Atlanta Braves fan. Though he was born in Milwaukee, Johnson’s family moved to the Atlanta area when he was nine, and he considers it to be his hometown. He attended high school at the private Marist School in nearby Brookhaven, Georgia.
In 2003, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but continued his work through June 2006, when he began treatment. Due to his cancer, Johnson missed TNT’s coverage of the British Open and PGA Championship, the last two golf major tournaments in 2006.
Johnson returned to Inside the NBA on October 31, 2006, while continuing his chemotherapy treatments.
On October 1, 2018, Johnson announced that he would not be a part of the 2018 MLB postseason on TBS after being diagnosed with blood clots in both of his legs, which affects his ability to air travel.