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LA's NBC4-TV traffic reporter Paul Johnson dies

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.

Johnson's wife Nancy says the "Today in L.A." morning show reporter died Tuesday at home surrounded by family. The Burbank television station says Johnson had been battling a brain tumor and had not worked since surgery in January.

Johnson's soothing baritone-voice 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.

Information from: KVRQ-FM

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