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: dajohnson@fox59.com, Twitter: @DariusJohnsonTV, or Facebook: Darius Johnson TV.


Recent Articles
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  • Power outages, down trees, windows blown out in Freedom

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  • Ball State police host active shooter training

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    BEDFORD, Ind. — 14 dogs, including five puppies, received critical medical care Wednesday after they were found living in deplorable conditions inside a home in Bedford. The dogs were a mix of Great Danes, Pit Bulls, and mixed breeds. Police say their owner, Nathan L. Shaw, is now facing charges of abandonment and neglect. According to court documents, Shaw left for Mississippi on May 28th. Shaw initially made arrangements with a friend to look after more than a dozen dogs. […]

  • East side residents share concerns over interstate shooting

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana State Police say a woman was injured after a shooting Saturday night on Interstate 70. East side residents who travel in the area daily say they’re not only concerned about their safety but the children as well. According to ISP, a woman and a man were traveling westbound on I-70 near Shadeland Avenue in a gray 2010 Toyota. The male driver told police a white or blue Honda with two men inside pulled up alongside them. […]

  • Indy house fire kills married couple

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A married couple died in a house fire early Saturday near Washington Park on the near northeast side of Indianapolis. According to the Indianapolis Fire Department, 911 operators received a call from neighbors shortly after 2 a.m., who said they saw the nearby house in the 3100 block of Adams Street possibly on fire. When firefighters arrived at the single-story residence, there was heavy smoke pouring out of the home. Firefighters located two victims inside the home: […]

  • Crowded animal shelters in central Indiana seek help to free cages

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Animal Care Services needs your help. Right now, IACS is at capacity and not a single cage is empty. But many at other local shelters say it’s normal this time of year. “We’ve had a lot of animals coming in. The number of animals coming in has been exceeded by the number of animals going out and we just really need to public’s support to come in and adopt,” said Animal Care Services Deputy Director Katie […]

  • Remains of WWII veteran return home to Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A World War II veteran’s remains returned to Indianapolis on Thursday. Army Private First Class Marvin Dickson arrived on Delta Flight 2281 from Atlanta around 6 p.m. The 19-year-old was killed in action while in Germany during the early morning hours of November 13, 1944. He was identified September 27, 2018, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Dozens gathered on the tarmac for the welcome home, 75 years after a fight that took the life of […]

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