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Ernie Johnson, Jr.

Ernie Johnson, Jr.

Keynote Speaker: Sports Broadcaster for Turner Sports & CBS Sports

Ernie Johnson, Jr. Biography

Ernie Johnson, Jr. is one of sport's most respected and loved personalities. The six-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT's "Inside the NBA" has helped audiences break down games and belly laugh for decades. “Inside” was honored by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as the inaugural winner of the “Transformative Media Award” for its impact on the game of basketball. Johnson is also co-host of The Steam Room podcast and a host for Turner and CBS's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship coverage, as well as Major League Baseball on TBS. In his thirty-plus years at Turner his duties have included The PGA Championship, The Open Championship, NFL, Wimbledon, and the Olympics.

In addition to his professional accolades and lifetime achievement awards, Johnson 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. In 2023 he was awarded the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation’s “Award of Excellence.” He has also been inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. A 1978 graduate of the University of Georgia, he delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of 2017.

Maybe more impressive than his professional fame and recognition is Johnson's innate ability to connect with people on a human level. His willingness to discuss topics such as the adoption of his and his wife Cheryl's children, including their special needs son Michael; the death of his father and best friend, iconic sportscaster and pitcher Ernie Johnson; and his own battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer has endeared him and given hope to millions.

His New York Times best-selling book "Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary," takes readers behind the scenes of those very moments. With grace and humility, Johnson gives readers a look at TV's most popular shows and broadcasts, as well as into the privacy of his own home to share hard-won lessons in being open and slowing down to savor what he calls the “blackberry moments” that truly matter. “Unscripted” takes readers back to Johnson's early days, offering intimate insight into his athletic career, first jobs in TV, falling in love, his close relationship with his father and more. While the book is full of warm tales from Johnson's youth and hilarious outtakes featuring coworkers Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal, “Unscripted” does not stick solely to life's happy surprises. From the passing of his father, the adoption of their special needs children, the health scares of his son Michael, to his own cancer challenges, and much more, Johnson shares the gut-wrenching side of weathering the unexpected with grace, wit, and wisdom.

Johnson lives in Braselton, Georgia, with his wife, Cheryl, and their six children, four of whom are adopted, and they have been blessed with five grandchildren.

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What topics does Ernie Johnson, Jr. speak about?

Ernie Johnson, Jr. is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Football, Sports, Athlete, Sports Business, Sports Motivation, Motivational, Education Motivation, Personal Growth, Inspirational, Cancer, Cancer Survivor, Business, Basketball, Health and Teamwork & Teambuilding.

Where does Ernie Johnson, Jr. travel from?

Ernie Johnson, Jr. generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Ernie Johnson, Jr.?

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Ernie Johnson, Jr. is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Football, Sports and Athlete. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ernie Johnson, Jr. for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Ernie Johnson, Jr. generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bill Walton, Herman "Herm" Edwards and Eric Boles. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ernie Johnson, Jr. for an upcoming event.

Ernie Johnson, Jr. Videos

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Ernie Johnson, Jr. Reviews

  • Pinnacle Financial Partners - Nov 08 2023

  • Great experience with All American Entertainment and their team. I highly recommend Ernie Johnson, Jr. as a speaker. He was one of the best we have ever had for our event. So inspiring and funny!
    Texas Health Resources Foundation - Nov 13 2020

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