Accidental Twitter Star Mark Johnson Leaving KTVB

By Kevin Eck 

The man who went viral two weeks ago after his station tweeted his name and nothing else, is retiring from the Boise, Idaho station he’s worked at since 1996.

KTVB anchor Mark Johnson is retiring from the NBC affiliate in December.

“It has been a blessing and an incredible honor to serve our region while working at the most amazing station in America for the better part of my life. I never imagined I would go to so many places around the country and the world to cover events and stories that mattered to Idahoans,” said Johnson. “More importantly for me, being able to live and raise a family in such an amazing community while working with hundreds of colleagues who have been more like a family to me has been the greatest gift.”


He first worked at the station between 1983 and 1988 before moving to WISN in Milwaukee. He then worked at WTAE in Pittsburgh, Pa. before coming back to KTVB in 1996.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to work alongside Mark both personally and professionally over the decades. He puts his whole heart into his journalistic work and support of community service events. His immense contributions to the success of KTVB and his colleagues is immeasurable,” said director of content Lisa Chavez. “Mark has provided our audience with steadfast, trustworthy, authentic news coverage with a personality all his own. Please join me in thanking Mark for his dedication and congratulating him on an incredible career and new chapter of life.”

Johnson’s final broadcast on KTVB will be on Dec. 23.