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.

A Step Ahead looks for long-term fix to unwanted pregnancies

Published Sep. 1 2017

Rachel Schulson, the executive director of A Step Ahead Chattanooga, likes to think of herself as a pragmatist who would...

Survivors say attitude key to their cancer fight [photos]

Published Jun. 3 2017

When Casey Waddle was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly three years ago, it was her sense of humor that kept...

Healthy competition: Ozburn returns home to Chattanooga to head Parkridge Health System

Published Jun. 1 2017

For someone who supervises one of the largest health care teams in Chattanooga, it's surprising to hear Thomas Ozburn, the...


Into the world: Local baby born in an unconventional way -- at home and online

Published May. 14 2017

For many women, giving birth is one of the most private moments of their lives. But one local mom wanted...

Two Chattanooga area doctors warn against Obamacare repeal effort

Published May. 4 2017

Dr. Danielle Mitchell is a sports medicine specialist in Chattanooga who has completed several arduous Ironman competitions.

Chattanooga police detectives battle thieves targeting area storage units

Published May. 2 2017

For Chattanooga police detective Brad Brown, work can get personal.

Traumatic early childhood experiences can shape children for life

Published May. 2 2017

We learn how to be good — or bad — at a very early age, and any effort to improve...

Chattanooga pediatrician to head Tennessee's medical association

Published May. 1 2017

Dr. Nita Shumaker of Chattanooga has taken over as the new president of the Tennessee Medical Association, the state's largest...

TMA honors local doctor, organization for community service

Published May. 1 2017

Dr. David Bruce of Chattanooga was one of three winners of this year's Distinguished Service Awards presented by the Tennessee...

Can costs of big-ticket health care treatments be contained?

Published May. 1 2017

Are there ways to control America's rocketing cost of health care?

Chattanooga Market recovers fast from storm, but vendors lost several thousand dollars in merchandise

Published May. 1 2017

When Florence Moses got to her booth space outside the Chattanooga Market around 8:45 Sunday morning, her tent was gone...

Why do medical costs keep outpacing inflation?

Published Apr. 30 2017

The share of the U.S. gross domestic product spent on health care rose from 5 percent in 1960 to 17.4...

Lincoln Park residents oppose road, seek historic preservation protection

Published Apr. 26 2017

Lincoln Park neighborhood residents rallied Tuesday to oppose a road they say threatens their neighborhood and to urge the city...

Is that you? Picnooga seeks help identifying 16,000 historic photos

Published Apr. 25 2017

The hairdos are crew cuts and beehives, the automobiles are now all classics, and everyone in the 16,000 photos of...

Picnooga releases 16,000 photos of Chattanoogans in the '60s

Published Apr. 25 2017

The hairdos are crewcuts and beehives, the automobiles are now all classics, and everyone in the 16,000 photos of Chattanooga...

Weekend deluge delays schools, closes roads, Tennessee Riverpark on Monday

Published Apr. 25 2017

The surprisingly heavy rainfalls over the weekend have flooded the upper reaches of the Tennessee River and its tributaries above...

Erlanger reports solid earnings for third quarter

Published Apr. 25 2017

Erlanger Health System reported solid third quarter financial performance, with net income from operations of $8.4 million, better than a...

Orange Grove officials respond to mystery death of long-time patient

Published Apr. 21 2017

Orange Grove Center officials on Friday said they have been unable to publicly discuss the death of a longtime client...

Baylor students try their hand at robotic surgery [photos]

Published Apr. 21 2017

The robotic surgery gear incorporates robotics, biology, computers and elements of virtual reality, all topics students address in their science...

Report: Chattanooga air quality among best in U.S. [photos]

Published Apr. 19 2017

Chattanooga's air quality—once rated among the worst in the nation—continues to improve.