Kelli Johnson, the longtime Orioles, Redskins and Nats reporter for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, is leaving the D.C. market and joining Comcast SportsNet Houston, the company announced.
CSN Houston, which will launch on Oct. 1, is the new TV home for the Astros and the Rockets. Johnson, the first on-air hire announced by CSN Houston, will be an anchor for SportsNet Central (the network’s signature news show), and will help with Astros and Rockets coverage.
Johnson covered the Orioles when she first arrived in D.C. in 2004 and has been on the Nats beat this season. She also served as an anchor for the station’s news programs. But she was probably best known for her years as CSN’s Redskins reporter, which spanned the Gibbs, Zorn and Shanahan eras. She often sat down with the team’s head coaches and coordinators, and interviewed players during the network’s post-game shows. She left the Redskins beat this season.
Just in the past year, Johnson made national news at least twice: when Rex Grossman told her the Redskins were ready to take over the NFC East, and when Davey Johnson told her the Nats could fire him if they missed the playoffs.
“Kelli’s hiring is another example of our commitment to being the region’s leading source for comprehensive sports coverage,” Comcast SportsNet Houston News Director Doug Brown said in a press release. “Kelli is an experienced, versatile sports reporter who will provide the type of in-depth reporting that fans have been demanding.”
Johnson previously worked in the St. Louis and Austin markets. Her departure for Houston was floated earlier this week by DCRTV.