A native of southern Louisiana, Virginia Johnson was born in Lafayette. She grew up in Devil's Swamp in Thibodaux with her large Cajun family — eight brothers and two sisters.

Thanks to bayou living, Virginia is desensitized to all forms of swamp creatures -- from alligators to nutria to water moccasins. It's been good training for her life in Florida.

Virginia has been working as a journalist in Tampa since 2002. She joined the Spectrum Bay News 9 family in 2007. She works on Chef’s Kitchen and On The Town segments, as well as other special event stories.

Virginia studied International History and Political Science at St. Joseph's College in Indiana. She received a master's degree in international business from Loyola University Chicago. She discovered her love of journalism while interviewing people in Malaysia for her final research paper.

Virginia finished her degree, quit her job, became a journalist in Chicago and got a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University. Since then she has worked as a Reporter and Anchor in West Lafayette and South Bend, Indiana. She's written a nature documentary, she's dived into a shark tank and she's milked a cow into her coffee.  She loves her work.

She resides in Manatee County with her young family and pets, and she cheers for Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers.