Meisha Johnson Might Already Be Philly’s Favorite TV Personality
Even before she started her job this week as CBS3’s morning traffic reporter, Meisha Johnson was a hit in Philadelphia — at least judging by the some of the delirious Twitter reaction after the station announced her hiring. And then there was the delirious Twitter reaction to her debut. (A savvy social media user, Johnson cultivated her fandom by tweeting at and retweeting seemingly everybody who mentions her on the social media platform — all the Tweets in this post come from her feed.) That reaction has only gained momentum: Her morning appearances this week set off spikes in Philadelphia Google traffic for her name. It’s the reaction CBS3 execs must’ve hoped for when they hired her amidst a big shakeup that followed low ratings at the station.
The Minnesota native brings a trace of her accent to the job, as well as an intriguing history: Her dad was a boxer, her mother a ballerina, and Johnson herself was named after famed ballet dancer Mikhail “Misha” Baryshnikov.
Philly Mag talked with Johnson this week about her welcome to Philly, the differences between her new and old hometowns, and her favorite sports.
This city is so beautiful. I’m sure when you live here you get used to it. Coming from Minneapolis, we have some historical architecture, but it’s nothing like this. The people have been really, really wonderful to me, especially the ones I’ve met in person. It’s been great so far.
— PhillyGeekDave (@PhillyGeekDave) July 24, 2015
Gosh. I haven’t really felt like that. I just think they’ve been so welcoming to the city that they’re so proud of. Everyone seems so welcoming to get me integrated as quickly as possible. It’s good to feel that from strangers.
— Joe (@jcorrado19) July 22, 2015
(Laughs.) In that case, I’m flattered.
— Jim (@jgaynor0730) July 24, 2015
Aw, you’re cute. To me, the first thing I think about that is the city is so welcoming — they’re so happy and cute. I’m super grateful that anyone would care about a new traffic reporter coming from the Midwest. I’m just really grateful.
— Guss57 (@Guss5757) July 23, 2015
The difference here is you’re connected with a lot of different states, and lots of people going lots of different directions — that’s a lot different from Minnesota, because you have the Twin Cities, and everybody’s going one direction. Here it could be going any way. We don’t have big bridges like you do here. So it’s a lot of vernacular, trying to learn my way around. You have a very big city.
— Joe (@jcorrado19) July 24, 2015
I have not. That’s the main thing, they all want to tell me the best place to get one. I’ve got a list of 30 restaurants I’m supposed to try. I had a chicken steak, but I’m told it’s not the same thing, and that I need to go out and have the real deal.
@MeishaCBS3 Good morning! Your smile early every morning makes my day Have a wonderful day beautiful!!!
— Joe Weissman (@Flyersman13) July 23, 2015
No, because to be fair, I haven’t seen all of them. I will say, yesterday I went to my first Phillies game. I know everybody says they’re not playing the best, but I’m smitten with them. They’re sweet. I’m excited to see an Eagles game, because I’ve heard about the fans.
@MeishaCBS3 is the best thing to happen to this city since Phillies World Series win in '08
— kill me (@JackMasonPHI) July 24, 2015
I’ve heard the fans are incredibly passionate to the point of crazy. I’ve heard they throw snowballs at Santa Claus …
I wouldn’t tell too many people you’d heard that. They’re kind of tired of that story around here.
I’m sure, but when you’re not from here, that’s the first thing they tell you. I hope I’m not the target!
— Joe (@jcorrado19) July 21, 2015So what is your favorite thing about Philly so far?
The people. The people, definitely. I’m really happy to be here. This is a wonderful group of people. It means the world to me.
@meishapj YOUR ONE HELLUVA SEXY PHILADELPHIA NEWS ANCHOR-REPORTER MEISHA DEAR!
— ALEX MURPHY (@SONNYBOGGS) July 13, 2015
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