Johnson began covering state politics for the Montgomery Advertiser in the 1970s and later worked as a reporter and editor at the Birmingham Post-Herald and for the Associated Press. In addition to covering politics, Johnson cultivated a reputation for engaging human-interest stories.
Outside of writing, Johnson was involved in community theater and was an avid traveler. He died as a result of a stroke in May 2016. He was survived by three children and several grandchildren.
- Brumback, Kate (May 14, 2016) "Retired Alabama political reporter Bob Johnson dies at 66." Associated Press