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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
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Teen and young adult suicides are an alarming fact of life. In just the first month of 2018, two students at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School took their own lives. Another student at Lee’s Summit West did as well. It’s alarming because the trend is a frightening one: In Missouri last year, health departments logged at least 17 suicides in the 19 and under age category in Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties. That total balloons to […]

  • Metro judge rules records will remain sealed in investigation into Kansas teen who disappeared nearly 30 years ago

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — A Leavenworth County judge ruled Monday the records in the case of a teen who disappeared nearly 30 years ago shall remain closed. The 46-page ruling by District Court Judge David King is a setback for Harold and Alberta Leach, who have long criticized the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s investigation into their missing son Randy Leach. The then high school senior vanished from a party in rural Leavenworth County in April 1988. The case generated numerous tips and […]

  • Retired sheet metal worker finds outlet for love of ‘tinkering’ with restoring juke boxes

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Darrel Rosebury has been tinkering on things since he was a kid. He started on toys, then lawnmowers, then motorcycles. He loves all things mechanical. Now as a retired HVAC sheet metal worker, Rosebury has found another outlet — and you don’t need to look any further than his living room, and his kitchen, and yes, his basement. Rosebury tinkers on juke boxes — a lot of juke boxes — shipped from all over for him to […]

  • Missouri lawmaker prefiles bill to change abuse reporting requirements for nursing homes

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A state senator wants to change Missouri’s mandatory reporting requirements for nursing homes. As Fox 4 reported, Missouri law only requires suspected abuse and neglect cases be reported to the Department of Senior Services. But under the measure prefiled by Missouri Sen. Wayne Wallingford, law enforcement would also have to be contacted in sexual assault cases. Supporters, including a Mid-Missouri woman who’s relative’s rape went unreported to police, said cases can fall through the cracks. Read […]

  • New report finds VA has concealed mistakes and misconduct, letting bad doctors keep working

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New reporting shows the Veterans Affairs healthcare system has failed wounded warriors yet again. The VA let bad doctors keep working by concealing mistakes and misconduct. Fox 4 has highlighted this issue in Kansas City — our “Scars of War” investigation revealed the Leavenworth VA hospital hired physician’s assistant Mark Wisner in spite of warning signs that were either missed or ignored. Wisner was accused in dozens of federal lawsuits of sexually abusing the very veterans […]

  • 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’

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  • 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 […]