Steve Johnson (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6673
Steve is an Emory University law school graduate and also holds an M.S. degree from Georgia State with a concentration in Urban Law and Criminal Justice. His first newspaper job was with the Chattanooga News-Free Press. Since then, he's worked as a reporter, editor and producer at places that include the Atlanta Constitution, Court TV,, the Associated Press and Most recently, he was assistant professor of electronic journalism at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Steve has covered all kinds of big stories, such as the date rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, the beating of Rodney King, the confirmation hearing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the Virginia Tech shootings.

Walker County raising water and sewer fees

Published Mar. 28 2017

Walker County residents will see their water and sewer bills go up by 36 percent to pay for the cost...

New research shows old teaching on how to put babies to sleep was wrong, led to infant deaths

Published Mar. 27 2017

Tennessee health officials have some clear advice for the parents of newborns: Don't listen to your grandmother.

Cross-country trekker stops in Chattanooga

Published Mar. 25 2017

Over the next four months, the 35-year-old Aspen, Colo., native will keep following roadways and trails across the entire country,...

Survey: Chattanooga among fattest towns in the U.S.

Published Mar. 24 2017

A higher percentage of people in Chattanooga are overweight than in any other city in the U.S., according to a...

Tennova patient set fire to his clothing Thursday morning

Published Mar. 23 2017

A patient set fire to his clothing and bedding in a room in the emergency department at Tennova Healthcare in...

Rural residents increasingly more prone to suicide than those in urban areas

Published Mar. 20 2017

People in rural areas are increasingly more likely to commit suicide than those in urban areas, according to a study...

Trump's proposed budget features steep cuts to fund military, homeland security and aid veterans

Published Mar. 17 2017

Local officials and nonprofit agency staffers are reacting with concern to President Donald Trump's proposed budget cutbacks, saying they may...

Hamilton County: Application withdrawn for tax break for affordable housing units

Published Mar. 16 2017

The real estate developer seeking a tax break for a 120-unit affordable housing apartment complex on Highway 58 asked the...

Busload of local Trump supporters heading for president's Nashville rally

Published Mar. 15 2017

Local supporters of President Donald Trump are heading for Nashville this afternoon to join the president for his rally there.

Chattanooga City Council accepts $6 million tax settlement with Alstom

Published Mar. 15 2017

The Chattanooga City Council approved a $6 million settlement with Alstom Tuesday to refund tax breaks the city and Hamilton...

Once a disease that mainly threatened seniors, colon cancer is now showing up in younger people

Published Mar. 14 2017

Even though she's now cancer-free, the anger shows when Flower Scalia, 35, remembers being diagnosed.

Doctors: Few people inherit dementia

Published Mar. 13 2017

Actor and singer David Cassidy recently made headlines by announcing he expected to be a victim of dementia because his...

Sleet, up to 2 inches of snow may hit Chattanooga area Saturday night into Sunday

Published Mar. 10 2017

Put away the T-shirts and short pants -- winter is returning to the metro area with a vengeance this weekend...

Health officials: Baby boomers need testing for hepatitis C

Published Mar. 10 2017

A new study shows that baby boomers are still not getting recommended tests for hepatitis C, a virus that can...

New interactive map shows area neighborhood's worst binge drinkers, obesity, health disparities

Published Mar. 9 2017

Who gets more sleep, folks who live in Alton Park or the North Shore?

Chattanooga police warn of rise in car break-ins, thefts

Published Mar. 9 2017

Chattanooga police officials are warning about a sharp increase in car thefts and in thefts from vehicles in the North...

Ex-UTC employee allegedly bought sex toys with stolen funds from Harvard

Published Mar. 7 2017

A former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga employee who resigned last week is facing charges that she and an accomplice...

Chattanooga still vulnerable to once-in-500-years flood

Published Mar. 6 2017

Could a great flood such as those that happened 100 years ago in 1917 and 150 years ago in 1867...

100 years ago this week: The year the Tennessee River flowed down Main Street [photos]

Published Mar. 6 2017

The town did make out all right, after a huge volunteer effort rescued thousands of families from their homes, but...

150 years ago: Tennessee River rose 58 feet above normal, submerging Chattanooga [photos]

Published Mar. 5 2017

At one point during the flood of 1867, the water pouring toward Lookout Mountain over the flatlands between Missionary Ridge...