"What defines Spirito! and makes it extraordinary are its gifts - the musical education and experience; the inspiration and commitment to serve; and the example and standards it sets for young women."~ Spirito! parent 2012
Rob Johnson, the principal news anchor of WBBM-CBS 2 in Chicago, embodies the commitment to service that is the foundation of Spirito!'s mission. For Rob, giving back tops his list of things to do and talk about, especially helping people with disabilities. In 2011, Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed September 22 "Rob Johnson Day" for his work with Neumann Family Services, a Chicago organization that has been helping individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness for 60 years. Rob Johnson was honored for his tireless advocacy for these individuals and their families. In fact, he puts the Governor's proclamation ahead of the five Emmy Awards he has received on his list of accomplishments: "I'm more proud of Rob Johnson Day than the awards I've received."
Congratulations, Rob - and welcome to the Spirito! family.
"I have a brother with Down syndrome who is turning 40 this year," says Rob. "So we support the Brain Research Foundation (BRF)." The Johnsons hosted an event in their Hinsdale home to educate friends, neighbors, and acquaintances about BRF's important work. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Research Foundation, and is an Honorary Board Member of the H Foundation (dedicated to providing assistance funding for cancer research). He dedicates a lot of his personal time to organizations that support people with disabilities.
Rob also emcees events and supports local organizations such as Access Living, Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Wellness House, and the Hinsdale Humane Society. He's known to dash off between the 5 and 10 pm broadcasts to emcee a benefit, and many of his and Stacy's date nights are black-tie affairs for philanthropic organizations.
When asked about his five Emmys sitting on the desk in his home study, Rob doesn't miss a beat, "I'm honored by the Emmys," says Rob. "It's a compliment to be recognized by peers for work that you do. But the most important thing I do day in and day out is deliver consistent, quality news reporting with my CBS team. What means the most is the relationship we have with the people who watch us. We are giving a voice to those who don't have one."
Rob's tireless advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities is part of what makes Rob an excellent role model of service to our community and to the young members of Spirito!
References: 1. Hinsdale Living Magazine, Feb 2, 2012, 2.