NAME
John Johnston
TITLE
Communications Specialist
LOCATION
Los Angeles

John Johnston is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, experienced show runner and executive producer who’s created and built hit TV shows from the ground up. John brings more than 30 years of experience and insights in media to Clarity’s southern Californian clients. What makes John’s trusted counsel as a media coach uniquely valuable is not just the length, but the breadth of his experience. He is one of the few media experts who has excelled on both sides of the camera, in the field as an on-air correspondent for nationally syndicated shows and behind the camera as an executive producer. That experience gives John a keen understanding of what contributes to a flawless media appearance, and he teaches Clarity’s West Coast clients how to achieve that. He has worked with well-known celebrities, athletes, celebrity stylists and beauty experts, fashion spokespeople and executives, authors, network show runners for AMC, tech/digital clients and many more. John started as a local, hard news, reporter. For eight years he covered the biggest stories in the world as an on-air correspondent for the groundbreaking, syndicated television news magazine, “A Current Affair”. John’s unique sensibilities and insight also brought a rare, human quality to the world of sports, helping to create and shape several shows on Fox Sports Net.

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My story is complicated. I was a Confidential Human Source ("CHS") for the FBI on a $300 million fra...
- CHS Brewer
The media training with Bill McGowa...
The media training with Bill McGowan was a phenomenal experience, and a privilege! It completely re-...
- Tom Spaven
Comcast VOICES
The Clarity Media Group helped me to be a storyteller. I appreciated their guidance and feedback th...
- Paula Reid
A lesson in confidence
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to take part in this training session. I found it to be a...
- Lindsay Macadam
Jen was amazing!
Jen was amazing! Helped our team quickly with straight talk, very practical tools and honest feedbac...
- Jessica Appelgren
Jim has you covered.
Jim and his team are consummate professionals. My client left his workshop prepared for any stage...
- Anonymous Client
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- Justin Sacco
Thank you!
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- Yael
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The team at Clarity Media Group helped prepare us successfully for our annual trade show. Our spoke...
- Debbie Drury , Lixil
Mariko was phenomenal
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- Sarah Edelstein , Rent the Runway
David is a game changer! Can't tha...
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- Gregg Hasenfus , Anchor Associates
Mariko Panel Prep
Mariko helped me prepare for my first broadcasted panel event. After meeting with her for a few hou...
- Matt Bernes
Highly recommended
I’m a publicist who’s appeared on TV on behalf of client and hired to be the MC for many public even...
- Kate Hasenfus , Milestone PR
Thank you for your an excellent ses...
I very much appreciated such a seasoned television journalist taking the time to offer me advice. I...
- Dan DeLuce , NBC News
Bill meets you where you are and…
Bill meets you where you are and upgrades both your message and your messaging. He added value to o...
- Mr. Doyle , Asset Management
What a useful and inspiring session...
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- Chiru Murage , Instagram
Highly recommend!
Jen was excellent! She was very thorough, and took the time to help us identify and develop key topi...
- Molly Battles
Bill was brilliant
Bill was brilliant, Not just because he was so good at what he does but also because he was so good...
- Thomas Keown , Many Hopes
Five Stars!
Clarity Media Group and David have been great for our firm. Responsible and flexible to changing ne...
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Invaluable resource for executives
Clarity Media Group has been a great resource for many of our executives to become more powerful and...
- Erica Son
Stories worthy of attention
Bill McGowan and the team at Clarity have become great partners for our organisation in preparing se...
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Bill and the entire team at Clarity are exceptional. I've prepped executives in government and in bu...
- Peter Donald , Communications Executive
Extremely helpful exercise to convi...
Extremely helpful exercise to convince non-believers in the power of media training and the need to...
- Jessica Merz
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- Ana Marie Argilago , Hispanics in Philanthropy
Bill McGowan and his team guided my...
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- Aileen Boyle , Audere Media
Bill did a great job media training...
Bill did a great job media training one of our top execs. Good dive into theory and then a lot of on...
- KC Kavanagh , Bacardi
Bill McGowan is a true pleasure to...
Bill McGowan is a true pleasure to work with and his expertise is unmatched. He has for sure made my...
- Stephen Appel , ION Media
I've had nothing but excellent…
I've had nothing but excellent experiences with Clarity Media Group. I highly recommend them.
- Nicole Dewey , Public Relations
Jen was amazing
Jen was amazing! In addition to being super knowledgeable and experienced, Jen was charismatic and e...
- Derek Conrad , Olivia Palermo Group
Bill McGowan is a step above the re...
We have utilized Clarity Media Group and Bill McGowan for our sales training efforts for the past se...
- Jeff Quinn , ION Media
Bill McGowan is the BEST in the…
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- Mr. Andreessen , LAAF.org
Effective, Energetic Training
Bill McGowan's training sessions have made me and my colleagues stronger and better prepared on the...
- Nikki Waller , WSJ
I worked with Bill McGowan
I worked with Bill McGowan - he is a master. He made me look at presenting to audiences and media i...
- Monica Ray , Conde Nast
Simply Great
Bill and his team are masters in the art of media training. We've used Clarity for help with on-came...
- Mr. Christopher , Publishing Executive
Excellent support from Bill
Excellent support from Bill. Clear explanations and review. Good combination of role play and analyt...
- Mr. Ottomani , Audemars Piguet
Bill has an answer for everything
Bill has an answer for everything. He is phenomenal!
- Erich Schwartzel , The Wall Street Journal
Clarity Media cuts through the nois...
I've been working in communications and events for 15 years -- but Bill McGowan and the Clarity Medi...
- Jen Pitts , Communications Executive
100% Worth the Investment
We had an excellent experience working with Bill and Jodi at Clarity and plan to use them again this...
- Mr. Valasek , Moda Operandi
Stellar advice and guidance!
Bill's prompt advice and keen guidance were invaluable to making my project a success. Would highly...
- Drew Hogan , Author
Always a Highlight of the Year
Five years ago, I arrived at The Wall Street Journal with very little on-stage interviewing and host...
- Joanna Stern , The Wall Street Journal
IAA Training with Jim
Jim did a great job training the IAA executives. Only 2 had had previous experience with media. The...
- Jeannine Dowling , IAA
Best in the Business
I've had the privilege of working with Bill and the Clarity team for years and can attest to the exp...
- Lauren Riezman , L'Oreal
Best of the best in media training
Best of the best in media training! I have worked with Bill for two decades and he never disappoints...
- Robin Shallow , Tivity Health
Bill provided training and feedback...
Bill provided training and feedback that was insightful. He knew how to hone in on each person's str...
- Carol Oscarson , Dimensional
Top-notch counsel & training
Bill and Juliana were absolutely brilliant in the ways they trained and guided our team. Experience...
- Kate Kosior , Peakon
Clarity Media Group
Clarity's media trainers are some of the best in the business. I've had the pleasure of working with...
- Natalie Miyake , Sequoia Capital
I attended a training by Clarity Me...
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- Justine Olderman
The best in the business
The best in the business, Bill and his team helped me enormously.
- Sheelah Kolhatkar , The New Yorker
Bill was absolutely excellent
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- Alex Norstrom , Spotify
Outstanding Team at Clarity Media
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- LH Henderson
Bill is a master’s master
Bill is a master’s master. If you need the best he’s the guy to call.
- Josh Steinberger , Tipping Point
Phenomenal experience
the consultant trainers are phenomenal. Their expertise enables outstanding coaching and feedback....
- Blaine Rominger
The best in the business.
I have worked with Bill and his team for over a decade, and they are truly exceptional. The methodol...
- Stefanie Mohr , Beauty Industry Executive
A trusted expert & valuable resourc...
A trusted expert & valuable resource When it comes to media training, Clarity is the best in the bus...
- Malorie Lucich , Pinterest
I've worked with Bill McGowan on…
I've worked with Bill McGowan on several high level executive media training and communications sess...
- Jennifer Toner , Turner/WarnerMedia
It's all about clarity.
I worked with Bill for media training. He knows how to listen and, as the name implies, I learned h...
- Susan Jaffe , M.D.
High-Impact Partners
I have worked with Bill and his talented team in preparation for a range of media and speaking oppor...
- Emily Garbaccio , Communications Executive
Bill McGowan's coaching instilled m...
Bill McGowan's coaching instilled me with the confidence of a natural public speaker. He offered imm...
- Rose Xu , Cerberus
They make us better
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- R. Wood-Sailer
Bill McGowan is an excellent traine...
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Bill is one of the best media train...
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- Editor Kim , WSJ
Always a pleasure to work with Clar...
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- Tom Hinton , London Stock Exchange
Excellent course!
We learnt a lot from Cecilia in the course. The content was very well delivered, with Cecilia exempl...
- Khai Sheng , BlackRock
Great trainer
Great trainer, Super committed to us in the room and with extensive experience herself, inspiring!...
- Adam Pile , BlackRock
Love working with the pros at Clari...
Love working with the pros at Clarity!
- Katie Haun , Andreesen Horowitz
I have worked with Clarity Media Gr...
I have worked with Clarity Media Group throughout my career. They are without a doubt the best in th...
- Colleen Cleary , OXO
Best in Class Experience
Bill and his team are some of the most experienced in the business - they are incredibly professiona...
- Megan Salt , DSRC
Highly recommend Bill McGowan and h...
Highly recommend Bill McGowan and his team. They are the best at what they do and I couldn’t have be...
- Kathleen Janus
Clarity is always extremely…
Clarity is always extremely accommodating from a planning perspective, always well researched, and t...
- Perry Ascher , The New York Times
Media Training
Optimist has worked with Clarity several times over the years and has become our go to when clients...
- Paul Lerner , Optimist Consulting
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- Tatum Caldwell
The Communications Specialists
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- Will Dufton
The best in the business
I've been working with Bill and the Clarity team for more than a decade. I've brought their expertis...
- Maire Griffin , Communications Executive
Fantastic Speech Coaching
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- Kate White
Clarity training transcends countri...
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- Bryce Keane , Atomico
Bill McGowen and the Clarity Media...
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- Karyn Twaronite , EY
We've been working with Bill for a…
We've been working with Bill for a couple of years, and he and his team are stellar at what they do....
- Vojtech Horna , Index Ventures
Bill provided the most helpful trai...
This was the most helpful training I've had in my career. And not because I haven't had many trainin...
- Sarah Cannon , Index Ventures
Bird
I struggle to find who knows more than Bill on all things media.
- Rebecca Hahn , Bird
A stellar team.
The team at Clarity Media Group is the best in the business. They are complete pros whom we have use...
- Mr. Desai , DSG
Priceless training from top experts...
Priceless training from top experts!
- Kathleen LeFebvre , Realogy
Impeccable service, every time
Clarity Media has never let me down in ten years of working with them. Bill and his team are consumm...
- Angela Watts , PR Consultant
Clarity Media never disappoints--th...
Clarity Media never disappoints--they are always my go-to team for all of my clients. They are extre...
- Sandi Mendelson , Hilsinger-Mendelson, Inc
Game changer
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- Shan Ma Ma
The Best in the Business
Bill McGowan and his team at Clarity Media set the standard for work in the media training and commu...
- Wayne Kabak , WSK Management, LLC.
I don't consider someone to be a…
I don't consider someone to be a "spokesperson" until they have been trained by Clarity Media Group.
- Matthew DiGirolamo , L'Oréal
High Impact Media and Presentation…
High Impact Media and Presentation Training Clarity Media Group's media and presentation training se...
- Matt Traub , DKC
Fantastic team who puts in a…
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- Chantelle Darby
Bill McGowan and his team at Clarit...
Best media trainer out there! Bill McGowan and his team at Clarity Media Group are simply the best o...
- Amanda Schumacher , Communications & Brand Strategist
Bill McGowan is a master trainer wh...
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Clarity Media Group Review
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Pitch perfect master
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- Luca Mignini , Food Industry Executive
Bill is the best in the business!
Bill is the best in the business. A true professional and always willing to put in the extra effort....
- Daniel Lurie
Highly recommended!
Bill and his team are excellent media trainers. I’ve used them many times to train authors—from fir...
- Jennifer Robinson , Publishing House
Great frameworks and input to form...
The Clarity frameworks and guidance has helped me prepare for better interviews, speaking events and...
- Guthrie Collin , Dow Jones & Company
We have used Clarity Media Group fo...
We have used Clarity Media Group for several years and appreciate Bill and the team's flexibility to...
- Roberta Osborne , Asset Management Firm
We have always had such a great…
We have always had such a great experience working with everyone at Clarity. They are great at prep...
- Marnie Black , AMC
Bill McGowan was invaluable in…
Bill McGowan was invaluable in preparing me for meeting an onslaught of questions that would accomp...
- Patricia Chadwick , Author
Bill improved my speaking effective...
Bill improved my speaking effectiveness more in 4 hours than I'd improved working on my own in 4 yea...
- Angela Duckworth , GRIT
Happy with both faculty quality and...
Happy with both faculty quality and support services.
- Eileen Keng , Credit Suisse