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Professional Woman's Luncheon set April 25

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jennifer Johnson
(Submitted photo)
Know a strong, motivated woman who deserves more public recognition for the work she does? Now's the time to do your part, and nominate her for one of the 19th annual Professional Woman's Luncheon awards.

This year's event -- sposored by WLIJ (1580) and WZNG (1400) -- will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Ribbon Circle. WSMV (Channel 4) news anchor Jennifer Johnson will be this year's guest speaker.

Four awards will be given to outstanding women in the community. Those awards include: Professional Woman of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Secretary of the Year, and Faithful Service Award.

Nominations are due by Monday, April 16, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 7, Shelbyville, TN 37162 or faxed to 684-3956. Tickets can be purchased at WLIJ and WZNG. You can also call for tickets at 684-1514 or 680-1214.

The speaker

Johnson got her first real TV gig in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1994.

She has worked all across the mid-South, most notably as a WSMV anchor. In 2001, Johnson -- who had won two Emmys and an Associated Press award for her exclusive interview with Nashville's most notorious serial killer -- became pregnant with her daughter.

Juggling motherhood and her unpredictable schedule eventually became too much to manage. In 2003, she left the station to spend more time with her family.

She went on to launch the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's first media relations office.

In the summer of 2007, station managers approached Jennifer about coming back to co-anchor their new 6:30 p.m. show. She's been happily doing it ever since.

"People said I was nuts to come back to television," she said. "It's a volatile business, but this is what I've wanted to do my entire life. I love the people I meet on stories. There's no better place to witness the history of your community as it unfolds."