William Johnson joined the KETK News team in November of 2019. He is originally from Houston, Texas, but moved to Tyler in 2012 and has lived here ever since.
In high school, William was involved in many organizations both on and off campus. He was Captain of the school’s Speech and Debate Team in which he advanced to the UIL State Level five times, Chief Editor of the Yearbook, President of the Tyler Morning Toastmasters / Student Chapter, and served several roles in Theatre.
William has always loved public speaking and storytelling, when he was younger, he would write short stories, poems, essays, and speeches all for fun. When he got older, William would put together speeches over legislative items on topics ranging from Immigration Policy to Economic Engagement with International Governments. He competed giving these speeches at the Texas State Capitol Building several times in high school. During his senior year, William got the chance to work for one of the congressmen in the Texas House of Representatives and was given the chance to discuss House Bill 3, a legislation dealing with teacher salaries, with Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonnen. Soon after, he was approached to help draft a potential legislation to bring before the United States House of Representatives.
William currently attends Tyler Junior College and will be transferring after finishing up his core-required coursework, there, to major in Broadcast Journalism.