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Will Johnson

Executive Producer, Audio and Podcasts

Will Johnson serves as TEGNA’s executive producer, audio and podcasts. In this role, he is responsible for developing and producing high-quality, serialized true crime audio content for distribution on all major podcast platforms and smart-speaker listening devices. Previously, Johnson spent 15 years with Discovery Communications’ Digital Media division in roles encompassing online video, digital partnerships and podcasts. Most notably, he produced, launched and oversaw Discovery Networks’ first-ever audio and video podcasts, winning a Webby Award and an Emmy nomination in the process.  Johnson also helped guide the editorial focus and strategy for numerous YouTube channels and shows through his collaborations with the company’s San Francisco-based original online video business. In addition to producing, Johnson’s background includes hosting Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl Pre-Game Show and one of Discovery’s longest-running podcasts. Some career highlights include interviewing the captains of the Deadliest Catch in Alaska and Man vs. Wild’s Bear Gryllis on a rooftop. He began his career in radio as an anchor and lead morning reporter for Atlanta’s NewsRadio WGST-AM.