Damian Johnson, now in his third year with Football Focus, will be covering his first World Cup for the BBC as a roving reporter in Japan.
Born in Hull, he began his broadcast career in 1986 as a reporter and presenter in commercial radio in Sheffield where he covered the Hillsborough disaster.
In 1989 he joined the BBC as a television producer, working for Look North based in Leeds.
He became their sports presenter in 1994 following Leeds United during several European campaigns as well as Barnsley's promotion to the Premiership.
In 1998, he joined BBC Sport becoming a reporter for Match of the Day and Football Focus.
He's also worked on the sports news show "110%" and football fanzine progamme "Row Z" on BBC Choice.
He lives in Sheffield with his wife and daughter.