Jesse Johnston

Jesse Johnston worked in private radio from 2004 to 2014 in Vancouver, Red Deer and Calgary. He spent the next five years based out of Surrey (his hometown) as CBC's South of the Fraser reporter until he joined the Impact Team in 2019. Jesse is a two-time recipient of the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for Best Short Radio Feature. He loves radio, running and dogs. He also loves the Detroit Lions, but if you follow him on Twitter, you already knew that. @Jesse_Johnston

Latest from Jesse Johnston

U.S. border towns rocked by COVID-19 border closures

Cars with B.C. licence plates are so rare in Blaine, Wash., these days that immigration lawyer Len Saunders does a double take every time he sees one.

First Nations, fishing guide push for jet-boat ban on Pitt River to protect salmon

Fishing guide Dan Gerak says this has been the worst year he’s ever seen for jet boats damaging salmon spawning grounds by tearing through shallow sections of the Pitt River.

Vancouver bike park that attracts dozens of children daily to be removed

They’re almost unnoticeable if you’re walking through Grays Park in East Vancouver — a few pieces of wood and a series of bumps that trace the edge of one of the grass fields — but they provide hours of entertainment every day to dozens of children who live nearby. 

June was the worst month for overdose deaths in B.C. history

For the second consecutive month, a record number of deaths due to illicit drugs has been reported in B.C.

Former B.C. pro wrestlers add their voices to industry's own version of #MeToo

Harmoni Cowan fell in love with wrestling watching her uncle stomp around the living room like the Bushwackers — a tag team famous for raising their arms above their heads as they marched to the ring.

Homeless man turned church caretaker may end up back on the street

There was no job interview when Gordon Petrie became the caretaker and security guard at Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church in Surrey, B.C.

Whistler prepares for tourists as B.C. moves to Phase 3 of reopening plan

British Columbians will soon be able to vacation within the province as the province enters the third phase of its four-part plan to reopen the economy, Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday.

A summer with no foreign travellers concerns Squamish businesses, but fall uncertainty is downright scary

The big Valentine’s Day reopening of the Sea-To-Sky Gondola is Squamish, B.C., was an exciting return to normalcy for general manager Kirby Brown.

NHL hockey in Vancouver is 'dependent on our progress' on COVID-19, says B.C.'s health officer

Bringing NHL hockey to Vancouver would be a “very good thing,” according to B.C.’s provincial health officer, but there is a long way to go before teams face off at Rogers Arena.

Raghbir Dosanjh died of COVID-19. This is why his family wants you to know his story

Raghbir Dosanjh had the kind of depressed look on his face that even strangers couldn't ignore. It was 1970, his young family still in India, and their future was in the hands of Canadian immigration officials who decided to review his case upon learning he only had five dollars in his wallet.

Mozart Mimms, who lived through segregation, calls for racial unity

If you’re looking to pick up a little wisdom on racial equality, Mozart Mimms is a good person to listen to.

Michael Smith died of COVID-19. This is why his family wants you to know his story

Michael Smith wasn’t famous but he was spotted so frequently by former students on the North Shore who would call out, ‘Mr. Smith!’ that he might as well have been. 

75 days and counting: Dale Edwards hasn't been outside since moving into her mother's care home

Dale Edwards has had lots of time to think about all the things she misses — growing food, culture, music — and how they all connect her to the world she's been separated from as she helps care for her 97-year-old mom at Vancouver's Point Grey Private Hospital.

Low COVID-19 rates make this 'perfect time' to reopen Vancouver, Coastal Health's top doctor says

The relatively low COVID-19 infection rate within the Vancouver Coastal Health region gives the authority's chief medical health officer confidence the next phase of reopening the city — which includes many businesses and playgrounds — will go smoothly.

Vancouver's Entertainment District reopens in survival mode due to pandemic

Reduced capacity following a lengthy closure has Granville Street businesses anxious about 'the great reboot,' and wondering when they can safely welcome back large enough crowds to pay the bills.