Karen Johnson graduated from Humber College’s broadcast journalism program, never missing a step on her journey to becoming a household name in Canadian media.
Prior to graduating from Humber, Karen landed an on-air hosting position at The Shopping Channel. Already a veteran at juggling multiple roles, Karen paid her dues as an intern at CFTO at the same time she was hosting on The Shopping Channel.
Interning was short lived for Karen and she was quickly hired at CFMT Television as a general assignment reporter covering everything from hard news to entertainment. Karen soon began substituting as a host. In 2001, Karen took the helm of Bollywood Blvd, an entertainment show covering the Indian film industry where she had the opportunity to interview prominent celebrities and directors.
The road to Bollywood eventually veered off into an interesting direction when Karen was asked to host a half hour cooking show called The Veggie Table for CFMT. Never being much of a cook, she took this opportunity as a chance learn something new, a skill her family benefits from today. She’s now a self-proclaimed cooking expert, sharing her culinary expertise on a spinoff of her original cooking show, The South Asian Tasting Table.
Karen took her hosting and reporting skills to the freelance world as well, landing coveted jobs covering the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and reporting live from the red carpet at the 2000 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Global TV sent Karen to New York in May of 2000 where she covered the Daytime Emmy Awards, a career highlight for her.
A news reporter never truly earns their stripes without a stint in Canada’s prairie provinces and Karen did just that in 2001. She moved her life to Edmonton Alberta to work as a news writer and weather anchor for A-Channel but her desire to return to her hometown was never far away. She returned to Toronto in 2002 to take on the role of morning news anchor for The Weather Network where she stayed for ten years, becoming a trusted face in which Canadians relied on for the weather report.
In November of 2012, Karen landed her biggest role yet as a weather anchor and fill in host for CTV’S Canada AM. Audiences can catch Karen giving viewers the good, the bad and the ugly in Canadian weather and the occasional Leafs score.
In 2014, Karen took time off to raise her two boys. Motherhood didn’t slow this ambitious lady down. Between hockey rinks and soccer fields she managed to keep her on air profile current via social media by blogging about fashion, events, luxury items and motherhood.
In 2017, Karen made her way back to television. She is a weather specialist/reporter with CBC Toronto 6pm & 11pm and CBC Windsor 6pm. You can also hear Karen sharing her weather expertise on CBC Radio’s afternoon drive show Here and Now.
2017 CBC TORONTO, CBC WINDSOR, CBC RADIO HERE & NOW,
TV/Radio Weather Specialist/Reporter
2014 ~ 2016 CHCH TV, Weather Anchor/Live Eye Reporter
2012 ~ 2013 CANADA AM, On Call Weather Anchor
2011 ~ 2012 THE WEATHER NETWORK, National Evening Anchor for The Weather Network
2011~ THE SOUTH ASIAN TASTING TABLE (PILOT)
2002 ~ 2010 THE WEATHER NETWORK, On-air local morning weather and news anchor.
2001 ~ 2002 A-CHANNEL, Weather Anchor and News Writer
2002 ~ GLOBAL TV, NEW YORK, Reporter for Daytime Emmy Awards
2000 ~ GRAMMY AWARDS, LOS ANGELES, Reporter
2000 ~ CELEBRITY SOUND-OFF (Pilot), Host
1999 ~ 2000: CFMT TELEVISION, Co-host of the Veggie Table
1998 ~ 2001: CFMT TELEVISION, Host of Bollywood Blvd
1997 ~ 1998: CFMT TELEVISION, Reporter
1993 ~ 1999: THE SHOPPING CHANNEL, On air host
1994 ~ 1998: CFMT TELEVISION, General Assignment Reporter, South Asian Newsweek, Entertainment Reporter
1993 ~ 1998: THE SHOPPING CHANNEL, On-air host
- David Foster, Composer
- Jeanne Cooper, Actress
- Danny Glover, Actor
- Sinbad, comedian
- Tia Carrere, Actress
- Anupam Kher, Bollywood Actor
- The Canadian Tenors
- Alan Thicke
- Amitabh Bachchan
- The Bachelors (American)
- Grammy’s 2000 Red Carpet
- Daytime Emmy Awards Red Carpet 1999
- Toronto International Film Festival
CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2002- to present: CMOS SEAL AND CERTIFICATION (Weather seal equivalent to American Certification)
1990: Miss Toronto
KEY HOSTING EVENTS
2019: Brain Matters Brain Cancer Charity Gala
2019: The Markham Board of Trade Business Lunch Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti
2013/2018/2019: Nourish Hope Gala INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION CANADA
2018: Building Block White Party ( Los Angeles, California)
2018: Moderator Lean in Canada
2018: Markham Stouffville Hospital Gala
2017: CBC Sounds of the Season
2017: The Sikh Awards Gala (Honouring Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh
2017: The RoM Toronto Family Fun Day
2016: The India Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala
2012: Committee Member, Roots and Wings Spring Gala
2012: Host, Masala Momma’s Event
2010: Emcee, Luncheon for Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
2007~2016: Host, Miss India Canada Pageant
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