About Kris Johnson
Kris Johnson is a graduate of Middlebury College. He has spent the majority of his life working in sports and primarily writing about them. His career began at a Gannett newspaper in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where Johnson oversaw the production of a daily horse racing betting supplement called “The Pink Sheet” during Saratoga’s famed summer thoroughbred meet.
Johnson then worked for the Detroit Red Wings as director of media relations for the NHL’s top minor league affiliate in upstate New York. He then spent four years with MMI/IMG in Charlotte, N.C., where he ultimately served as publicist for NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett on behalf of sponsor UPS. Getting back to his writing roots, Johnson spent the better part of 14 years working in the sports division at American City Business Journals.
His work appeared in Sports Business Daily, Sports Business Journal, The Sporting News, and NASCAR Illustrated. Johnson received the Catlin Journalism Award of Excellence on two occasions along with various awards from the National Motorsports Press Association. Johnson’s interest in sports gambling led to him writing, “The Endgame,” a short novel that you can still find online if you look hard enough. It did not make the New York Times Best Sellers List, but he’s glad he wrote it anyway.
Johnson resides in Tega Cay, S.C., just outside of Charlotte, with his wife, Donna, and the couple’s two dogs, Macie and Ruby. An avid fan of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, he’s also excited about the arrival of Charlotte FC in Major League Soccer this year.
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