Born and raised in Chicago, Darius is thrilled to return to the Midwest after seven years of moving up and down the east coast.

Darius joins FOX59 and CBS4 after nearly two years at WSAV in Savannah, Ga. During his time he covered a deadly C-130 Plane Crash, Hurricanes Michael and Irma, and in-depth investigations of a Glynn County Police Lieutenant involved in a double murder-suicide and the deaths of two Effingham County teens found buried behind their home.

Darius earned his master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in New York and graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta.
While in Atlanta, Darius worked as a freelance news assistant for the national content center at CNN.

At CNN, Darius contributed to breaking news coverage on the Flint water crisis, Pulse Nightclub attack in Orlando and the death of Muhammad Ali and was assigned to work on national issues like gun violence.

In August 2016, Darius was asked to write an op-ed piece about his experience growing up in Chicago where his mother was a victim of gun violence when he was only six weeks old.

By training and temperament, Darius is a firm believer in getting it right the first time, telling stories that impact people, providing a voice for the voiceless and holding the powerful accountable.

When Darius is not chasing his next lead, you can find him looking for a new restaurant or coffee shop, enjoying all Indy has to offer, traveling, mentoring young men and women and spending time with family and friends.

Darius is a proud and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the National Association of Black Journalists.

If you see him around say, “Hi!” He’s bound to hold a conversation with you. You reach him via email:, Twitter: @DariusJohnsonTV, or Facebook: Darius Johnson TV.

Recent Articles
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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A two-day city-wide sting operation just wrapped up Wednesday evening Officers were targeting big box retailers known for shoplifters. Police have been after shoplifters for two days and have made a significant number of arrests. Police say up to 25 people have been arrested over the last two days. Our crews witnessed as one woman was arrested and taken into the back of a sheriff’s van. For the first time, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department teamed up […]

  • Storm impacts hundreds at State Fair, concert canceled

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Severe storms threatened many at the Indiana State Fair Sunday. Officials acted quickly by canceling the Mary Mary concert to prevent a possible tragedy. When our crews arrived, they saw dozens running out of the fair to take cover. Meanwhile, others were standing in nearby shelters waiting for the rain to settle down. “Everyone started running then wind came out of nowhere and it was like one side of the sky was light the other side was […]

  • Colts first home preseason game attracts fans, prompts security reminders

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Colts season is here. Saturday was the first home preseason game of the year, and hundreds of fans from both near and far filled Lucas Oil Stadium. “The Colts all the way. All the way,” said Indianapolis resident Colela Bouye. Alongside Bouye was her best friend, who is also an Indianapolis resident, but she’s representing the Cleveland Browns. “Here we go Brownies here we go, woof, woof!” said Shirley Jones. “I would go anywhere to see my […]

  • Proposed recycling plant causes controversy in Muncie

    MUNCIE, Ind. – There’s controversy in Muncie surrounding a proposed steel-dust recycling facility. Residents are outraged saying they knew nothing about it. City leaders are on edge after saying they were misled. At first, there was no opposition to the proposed Waelz Sustainable Products Steel-Dust Recycling Facility. “Millions of dollars of investment, a number of good-paying jobs,” said Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler. Not only that, but there’s also an opportunity for future growth, and enhancing the quality of life in […]

  • 12-year-old spends birthday cooking for the homeless

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A 12-year-old boy is celebrating his birthday a little different than most. Elijah Foster decided he wanted to gift those who are homeless with a sweet treat by baking cupcakes. This 12-year-old, about 4′ 5″ in stature, goes by “Chef E” for Elijah’s Eats and Treats. At the age of 8, he started watching his mother Ebony Ligon, his aunt and his grandmother cook. He quickly began to follow and pick up a few skills of his own. […]

  • Motel on Indy’s south side given emergency order to vacate

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Marion County Health Department has filed an emergency order for residents to vacate the Best Inn Motel on Harding Street. The health department says the property is unsafe and unfit to live in due to numerous violations. On July 31, after receiving complaints, the health department performed an inspection. They deemed the building unlivable due to bad plumbing, sewage & standing water, structural damage, and a lack of air, hot water, and electricity. Multiple residents on […]

  • Indy residents prepare for tragedy after 2 mass shootings over the weekend

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In a span of 13 hours, 29 people were shot and killed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. These deadly mass shootings are sparking conversations about the next steps in public safety and gun control. With Dayton being less than 150 miles from Indianapolis, many Hoosiers question, “Could it happen in central Indiana?” “I think it’s something that could easily happen here, and it’s something that you should be prepared for,” said Broad Ripple resident Brandon Manawat. […]

  • Neighbors react to Indy’s deadly officer-involved shooting

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Police have released the name of the man who was shot and killed by officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Police have identified the victim as 45-year-old Deshon Downing. The three officers involved are on administrative leave. Neighbors on the northeast side are calling this a tragedy while recounting the moments gunshots rang out just feet away from their doorsteps. “I was asleep, and my wife woke me up and said something going on down the […]

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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Some people call the Indiana State Fair the best 17 days of summer. Those days have arrived as the fairground opened its gates Friday morning for games, food, rides and fun. “We’re going to try to do everything we can at least until we get tired and sunburned,” said Indianapolis resident Mike Cardwell. Cardwell has friends visiting from Belgium. He says the fair is the best way to show them what central Indiana is all about. But […]

  • Security in place to keep gamers safe for Gen Con

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The biggest gaming convention in the country is now underway in the Circle City. Gen Con brings thousands of gamers to Central Indiana to mix and mingle over their favorite games. Since 2003, Gen Con has been held at the Indiana Convention Center bringing more than 70,000 people each year. The convention is dedicated to gaming, including tournaments, art, guest appearances, and a costume contest. “I am here. This is my first time coming to Gen Con […]

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