Inside the Inspired Life: The Ambitious Anchor

When Kristine Johnson took a seat at the table of The Talk to guest host the daytime talk show in July, the CBS New York 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor shared her source of inspiration that has motivated her to pursue her career in broadcast news. In addition to mentioning her husband and children, Johnson said, “My doubters make me do better. I always try to turn it around into a positive and there have been many of those throughout my career. But I just say, ‘You know what? If that’s what you think, that’s fine. But I’m going to show you that I can do this.’ And look at where I’m sitting now.”

And show her doubters she did. Johnson recalled one particular instance at her first job in WPRI in Providence, Rhode Island, deciding even as a young journalist to push past a negative boss to achieve her goals.

“My earliest memory comes from the day I got my first job out of college. I was hired as a part-time assignment editor. The news director at the time made it a point to remind me of the job description and stated I would never be a reporter there,” she told THL. “I would spend the next 10 years at that station. Not only did I eventually report – but I was also anchoring before I left. At some point you have to decide if you’re going to believe in yourself or believe the doubters.”

But even after overcoming her doubters and climbing the ranks of the highly-competitive broadcast television industry to assume positions at MSNBC, NBC and eventually CBS, Johnson offered that achieving her goals hasn’t been the only challenging part of her career.

Instead, “time away from family, missed holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, school events” has been just as difficult for her. “News is a 24/7 operation,” Johnson said. “You need a good support system at home and love the business to survive.”

And Johnson knows just how demanding broadcast TV is: Since joining CBS New York in 2006, the news personality has been behind the anchor desk for coverage of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has broadcast live from Sandy Hook Elementary School following the December 2012 mass shooting and has even been cast to play a news anchor on CBS shows Person of Interest and Elementary.

Despite a healthy resume teeming with high-profile news outlets and television shows, Johnson told THL that she considers her ultimate achievement in life to take place off-screen, simply stating that motherhood is her life’s greatest triumph. But in order to enjoy both her personal life and professional endeavors, her 22-year career in television news has shown Johnson how to take one day at a time — something she said is “a simple idea but hard to live by.”

Yet, encounters with doubters, lost time with her family and lessons learned have all shaped Johnson; no matter how busy her life may become or how intense her work schedule gets, Johnson told THL that there’s one piece of advice she holds on to in the midst of her most hectic days: “Remember why you started.”

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