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John Holt joined FOX 4 News in 1994. He co-anchors “FOX 4 News at 5, 6 and 9 p.m.” John also serves as an investigative and special projects reporter for FOX 4 News.
John has won numerous awards including Regional Emmy’s for anchoring, news writing, investigative reporting, general assignment reporting, and feature reporting. Media Mix, a media professionals group in Kansas City, named John its TV Personality of the Year in 2000, 2006, and 2008. In 2015 The Heart of America Boy Scout Council named John a Ewing M. Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout.
John is also active in the community as a volunteer, including serving on the boards of the Head for the Cure Foundation, the KU Advancement Board, and the Kansas Bar Association Media-Bar Committee. He is a past board chair and member of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports, and past member of the KU Alumni Association-Kansas City Chapter Board. John emcees and hosts numerous events for metro area charities, including Benedictine College, The University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Hospital, Blue Valley Educational Foundation and The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association, to name a few.
He graduated from the University of Kansas Schools of Journalism and Law, and previously worked at WIBW-TV in Topeka and KSNW-TV in Wichita.
John and his wife Suzy are the proud parents of U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Jack Holt (Emily) and Katie Moes (Chad), Creighton University Nurse Practitioner Grad School.


Recent Articles
  • Kansas parents who want to know what happened to their son before they die, ask judge to release records

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — A Kansas mother and father went before a Leavenworth County judge on Tuesday, asking him to release approximately 2,000 records related to investigation into the disappearance of their son in 1988. During the hearing that lasted half the day, Alberta and Harold Leach’s attorney argued that Leavenworth County should release the records because of the Kansas Open Records Act. The Leaches have said they just want to know what really happened to their son before they die, […]

  • Missouri senior citizens fall through cracks in reporting law

    SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — Maribeth Russell is angry. She and her family trusted a Mid-Missouri nursing home to take care of her 93-year-old relative. “Loved her family, she was just a jewel,” she remembers. But when she and her husband got the call that Martha (not her real name) was on her way to a hospital back in 2010, that secure world was shattered. She was described as “disoriented” and in “obvious pain’ with “significant bruising on her arms,” according […]

  • Healing House founder had journey of healing herself before helping others

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When she tasted her first drink at 12, Bobbi Jo Reed had no idea that her journey of the next few decades would take her full circle. She grew up in a seemingly normal family. Her dad was a police officer and her mom stayed home. A “Leave it to Beaver” like family from the outside. “It was very chaotic,” Bobbi Jo remembers. A lot of screaming, a lot of cussing, a lot of beatings when […]

  • Judge declares mistrial in lawsuit against Chiefs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs were putting on their defense when a fumble by the plaintiff brought it to a halt. A visiting judge Thursday ordered a mistrial in a fan’s lawsuit against the football franchise. Adrien Caye alleged in his lawsuit that he suffered permanent injuries when another fan, drunk and unruly, threw him down some stairs during a game at Arrowhead in October of 2013. Caye testified last week that the injuries are permanent, and […]

  • Father Farnan’s Crusade: ‘I’ve buried too many’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Catholic priest for 30 years, Father Don Farnan has seen enough. The pastor at the Northland’s St. Charles believes suicides involving teens and young people are epidemic. He doesn’t cite statistics, but they bear him out. Records indicate Johnson County has seen 11 suicides through the end of June involving kids up to age 25. The suburban Kansas county had 19 all of last year in that same age range. Jackson County on the Missouri […]

  • Where’s Randy Leach?: Parents file lawsuit in Leavenworth County seeking case files

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — When 17-year-old Randy Leach vanished during a high school party in 1988, just weeks from graduation, Leavenworth County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives began an investigation. Now, nearly 30 years later, Leach is still missing, and the department faces a lawsuit demanding it release case records. Harold and Alberta Leach filed the suit in Leavenworth County District Court against the county and its sheriff’s department. Attorney Max Kautch of Lawrence filed it under the Kansas Open Records […]

  • Farmers, landowners and businesses step closer to end of river lawsuit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A massive federal lawsuit involving hundreds of plaintiffs in six states, including Missouri, are a step closer to learning if the government owes them money. Attorney’s for the plaintiffs and government wrapped up four months of presenting both sides before a federal judge, first in Kansas City, then in Washington, DC. Polsinelli attorney Dan Boulware, who represents the farmers and landowers, says more than 90 witnesses testified, including 44 farmers and landowners who are called “bellweather […]

  • Leavenworth County couple’s mystery of missing son is not forgotten

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — It’s a hot and windy day in Leavenworth County, and Harold and Alberta Leach don’t care. They’re on another hunt for any clue that can lead them to their son. “Hoping we find something,” sighed Harold. “But we don’t really want to.” Randy Leach was a senior in high school attending the kind of party that thousands of metro seniors attend weeks before graduation. It was the last time he was seen. His life had been […]

  • Apology to former Kansas City Chiefs player ends legal dispute over NYE party gone wrong

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An apology nearly two years in the making ends a dispute over a New Year’s Eve party that left hundreds of party goers demanding refunds, and for some, their coats. The party, promoted by the now defunct KC Connections, used former Kansas City Chief Joe Perez to promote the event on New Year’s Eve 2014. But “Hangar 9” at the National Airline History Museum ran out of food and drinks, and some who checked coats never […]

  • Airport news conference will detail private proposal for single terminal at KCI

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mayor Sly James’ office says the mayor will host a news conference at Kansas City International Airport on Friday morning, and it will feature “guests.” FOX 4 News has confirmed one of those guests will be the CEO of Kansas City engineering powerhouse Burns and McDonnell. Ray Kowalik confirmed he will be at the news conference to discuss a “proposal to the city to build the new privately financed terminal at KCI.” First reported in the […]

  • Successive series of alarms raised in Adrian Jones abuse investigation, whose parents are serving life for murder

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 obtained more than 500 pages of documents that shed fresh light on the life of young Adrian Jones, the boy found dead in a Kansas City, Kan., hog pen. The documents are from the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division. The records reflect that from early March of 2013 to late August of that year, when Adrian and his family lived in Clinton County, Mo., hotline reports led case workers to their Plattsburg […]

  • Federal trial underway in Kansas City centering on ‘Mighty MO’ flooding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Roger Ideker says farmers are environmentalists. That was his message when FOX 4 first profiled the northwest Missouri farmer who says he’s been a victim of major flooding, including the massive flood of 2011. Ideker and 371 other farmers from North Dakota to Missouri allege in a federal lawsuit that government mismanagement of the river is to blame. The trial for that lawsuit, first profiled by FOX 4 News in 2014, is now underway in a […]