Early Life & Education
Karen Johnson is of South Asian descent and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Johnson attended the Toronto elementary school , Ursuline School graduating in 1983. At the Ursuline she was involved in public speaking , drama , and music . In 1998 Johnson graduated from Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School where she was involved in public speaking, drama, band, and track and field .   
Johnson graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 1993, Johnson graduated from Humber College in Toronto with a Certificate in Broadcast Journalism .  
Karen Johnson began her first on-air television hosting position at The Shopping Channel in 1993 while still a student at Humber College in Toronto . At the same time Johnson also worked as an Intern at CFTO-DT .   
From 1994-2002, Johnson worked for CFMT and its parent company Rogers Media in Toronto. She initially worked as a general assignment reporter covering everything from news to entertainment. Karen soon began substituting as a host. In 2001, Karen took the helm of Bollywood Blvd, an entertainment show covering the Indian film industry where she had the opportunity to interview prominent celebrities and directors. She later became the host of The Veggie Table for CFMT. Before the show she had no interest, however she took the opportunity as a chance learn a new skill.   
In January 2000, Johnson covered the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as a freelance reporter. She also reported live from the red carpet at the 2000 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Global TV sent Karen to Global TV in May 2000 where she covered the Daytime Emmy Awards .   
In November 2001, Johnson moved to Edmonton, Alberta to work as a news writer and weather anchor for A-Channel. She was the Weather Anchor and News Writer (international and national news) for the Morning Show and Noon Newscast. She was also a Fill in Weather anchor for the 6:00 pm newscast.   
Johnson worked for Bell Media as a Fill In Weather Anchor for CTV's Canada AM breakfast television news show. She presented and prepared the National Weather forecast for Canada AM. She also read the sports highlights following the weather segment.