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Traffic reporter Paul Johnson dies at 75

June 30, 2010 |  8:54 am

Traffic Longtime Los Angeles traffic reporter Paul Johnson, who worked at NBC4 television for 22 years and was known for his signature phrase "Buckle up, be careful out there," has died. He was 75.

The "Today in L.A." morning show reporter died Tuesday at home surrounded by family, said his wife, Nancy. Johnson had been battling a brain tumor and had not worked since surgery in January.

In his soothing baritone, Johnson delivered reports on traffic snarls, and the popular reporter always finished with "buckle up, be careful out there." He worked for Burbank's NBC4 since August 1988 as both a weather and traffic reporter.

Johnson's broadcast career included positions at Los Angeles radio stations KZLA, KFAC, KUTE and KIIS.

-- Associated Press

Photo: Paul Johnson. Credit: NBC4-TV / Associated Press