Harvey Johnson is a news anchor for the fictional TV station KFLW-TV based in Los Angeles.
As Harvey was getting prepared for the weekly night news, reporter Richard Thornburg antagonizes him to try to convince his boss to cover the news occurring at Nakatomi Plaza. As Harvey angrily stared at Thornburg, the news went on the air and the cameraman reminded him that they were on the air. Harvey then briefly smiled on the air and introduced himself. After his news partner, Gail Wallens, introduced herself and started to make the news announcements, Harvey stared at Thornburg angrily as their boss tells Thornburg to take a truck.
Later on the interview to the psychologist about the Nakatomi Plaza takeover and the hostages, Harvey listened in as the doctor says to Wallens that the hostages may go through the early stages of the Helsinki syndrome. Harvey foolishly says, "As in Helsinki, Sweden.", which disappoints the studio boss. The doctor corrects him that it is Finland as Harvey (realizing his mistake) continues to listen in on the interview.
- He, along with the FBI's Special Agent Johnson and Agent Johnson, are named after actor Reginald VelJohnson, who portrayed Al Powell.
- Ironically, the condition by which hostages associate with their captives is actually known as ''Stockholm Syndrome'' rather than Finland. Stockholm is indeed in Sweden.