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John Holt joined FOX 4 News in 1994. He co-anchors “FOX 4 News at 5 p.m.” and “FOX 4 News at 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 Capt. Jack Holt (Emily) and Katie Moes (Chad), Creighton University Nurse Practitioner Grad School.

Recent Articles
  • 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 […]

  • Federal judge in Kansas City approves settlement with gun maker for faulty trigger

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City-based Federal Judge Ortrie Smith approved a settlement in a nationwide class action lawsuit that has Missouri roots. The case involved a Missouri man’s lawsuit against Remington Arms Company for a faulty trigger. Thousands of Remington rifle users have claimed the triggers fire without being touched. The claims date back more than 30 years, and have included lawsuits for wrongful death or injuries. The lawsuit was certified a class action, and negotiations for a settlement […]

  • Leavenworth County family wins first round in bid to open records in Randy Leach’s disappearance

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Alberta and Harold Leach were too emotional to testify themselves at a Kansas Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. A friend did it for them, urging the Federal and State Affairs Committee to endorse a measure aimed at helping the Leach’s gain access to closed records. Their son Randy Leach disappeared nearly 30 years ago from a Leavenworth County party, weeks before his high school graduation. As FOX 4 News reported in a November investigation, the Leach’s and […]

  • Opponents claim Missouri tort reform proposal could ‘close the courtroom door’ on lawsuits

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was in the pre-dawn darkness of an April morning in 2013 that Rodney Batesel saw his life change forever. Driving from his home in Kearney south on I-35 into Kansas City, he hit a patch of black ice and became a part of a multi-vehicle crash. His pickup ended up in a median wedged against a Ford Econoline van leaking fuel. It sparked, and Batesel realized he was in trouble. “I remember looking out the […]

  • National settlement in Remington rifle case takes Kansas City spotlight

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The federal class action lawsuit that was highlighted in FOX 4’s report on federal gun recall power limits took center stage at the Whittaker Federal Courthouse in downtown Kansas City on Tuesday. The class action, which includes a metro area plaintiff, alleged Remington knew it had defective triggers in its 700 series rifles dating back to 1947, but failed to fix the flaw until 2006. It’s estimated more than 7 million of the defective rifles could […]

  • When it comes to guns, federal agencies have no recall power

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jim Welch of Harrisonville remembers the moment well. About 1995, hunting elk in the Colorado Rockies with a friend, and his trusty Remington 700 series rifle. Or so he thought. “I just sat down, and it barely tapped the ground and it went off.” It, is that trusty Remington, and Welch had one hand on the barrel, the other to his side. In other words, the trigger was untouched he insists. The gun fired anyway, thankfully […]

  • Nearly 30 years after his disappearance, Randy Leach’s family still seeking answers and closure

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — At the rural Leavenworth County home of Alberta and Harold Leach, memories of their only son linger. There’s the sign on the side of the garage that includes Randy Leach’s name. There’s his old bedroom, now an office, with his track medals and some old toys still displayed. “He had race cars on the wall,” his mom Alberta sighed. “I changed all of that, but that didn’t help.” Their only son has been missing, now presumed […]

  • Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots, clever political signs dot scene at second presidential debate

    ST. LOUIS — Any time you bring a presidential debate to town, it comes with all sorts of sights and sounds. Throw in a college campus? Well then you get something other than a lazy Sunday on the quad. Watch the video for John Holt’s postcard from Washington University, site of the second 2016 presidential debate.

  • Former VA physician assistant accused of sexual abuse facing new allegations from home town

    HORTON, Kan. — A former Leavenworth Veterans Administration Medical Center physician assistant, already facing criminal charges and a slew of lawsuits, now faces a new allegation of sexual abuse. This time involving high school athletes in his hometown of Horton. After seeing FOX 4’s initial investigation and other coverage, a former Horton High School football and basketball player came forward to say many of the veterans’ allegations also happened back in the late 1990’s. The man, now in his 30’s, asked […]