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John Pepitone is a general assignment reporter for FOX 4. He joined the station in 1993 as a field reporter.
John came to FOX 4 from WMTV in Madison, Wisconsin where he was a reporter for four years. Prior to WMTV, John was a reporter for KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa. He also served as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Medill News Service, which provides localized news reports from the nation’s capital for several television stations.
John graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. He also earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern. He is an associate member of the Radio and Television News Directors Association.
John’s work has been recognized numerous times. The St. Louis chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated John for an Emmy in 2005 in the category of “Culture” and the Society of Professional Journalists, Kansas City Press Club, presented John with a Silver Award for public service for his reporting on street racing in Kansas City.
In 2005, John received the Gold Award for investigative reporting from the SPJ Kansas City Press Club, for his research into the lack of armor plating for military humvees and other vehicles used by American soldiers in Iraq. The press club also awarded John an Honorable Mention for an investigative report into worker compensation fraud. John also received a Silver Award from the SPJ Kansas City Press Club in 2005 in general reporting for alerting consumers about hospital-acquired infections. John received a Second Place award from the SPJ Kansas City Press Club in 2004 for his feature story on a small town murder.
In 1999, he was honored with a First Place KC Press Club award for Best Breaking News of “Kidnapper Captured”, and a Second Place Missouri Associated Press award for his coverage of the Pamela Butler kidnapping. He has been presented three “Story of the Month” awards by the Associated Press. In 1998, the Missouri Associated Press honored him with first place in “Spot News” for his coverage of a deadly flash flood in Kansas City. The Kansas City Press Club awarded John with a first place Heart of America award for “Spot News” in 1996 and 1994. The Missouri Associated Press awarded him second place in the category of “Spot News” for his coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. In 1995, he again was nominated for an Emmy in the category of “Spot News.”
In his spare time, John enjoys cycling and weight lifting. He also is a fan of baseball and hockey.
A native of Chicago, John and his wife, Mary, currently reside in Leawood, Kansas with their three daughters, Paige, Gina, and Mariel.


Recent Articles
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rising housing costs have more people facing eviction. The Jackson County court docket is filled with eviction cases on what some call “Eviction Thursday.” According to the Kansas City Eviction Project, an average of 42 evictions are filed every business day in Jackson County. Not being able to afford a place to live breeds frustration that can boil over into violence. Just last week, police say a man pointed a handgun at a sheriff’s deputy who […]

  • Finance committee moves to tighten control over American Jazz Museum

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city’s finance committee Wednesday unanimously approved measures to stop any new funding for the American Jazz Museum and eliminate the requirement that council members from the jazz entertainment district be part of the museum’s board. This is part of the latest effort to end the financial bleeding at the tourist attraction. After charges of financial mismanagement resulted in a taxpayer bailout totaling $1.6 million  for the museum last year, independent consultants recommended changes to the […]

  • Neighbors complain curbside trash is not getting picked up

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People in one neighborhood say they are fed up with trash piling up along the curb, not getting picked up. People In Oak Park, near 38th Street and Cleveland Avenue, say too much trash is dragging them down. A lot of the dump sites getting complaints are vacant homes or Land Trust properties, where the city does not regularly pick up trash. “I would like to see it cleaned up,” Oak Park homeowner Candy Higginbotham said. Bed […]

  • Police warn parents: Curfew crackdown is coming

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer curfew enforcement in the city’s entertainment districts. Large gatherings of young people have caused disruptions on the Country Club Plaza in years past. Anyone under 18 can’t be out on the Plaza, or the four other entertainment districts, after 9 p.m. beginning Friday without a parent or guardian. This is the seventh year police have enforced a curfew for the Plaza, Westport, Downtown, 18th and Vine and […]

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  • Crash staged at KCI tests first responders for emergencies

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A mass casualty exercise at KCI Airport Wednesday tested the skills of emergency agencies. Unexpected events were part of this incident. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that airports with passenger carriers test their emergency plans every three years. In this scenario, an airliner landing at KCI collided with a corporate jet that was trying to take off on a taxiway. About 150 volunteers are passengers on the airliner, and they received lifelike makeup depicting injuries like […]

  • Kansas’ wrongful conviction compensation law called model for the nation

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A new law that provides compensation for those wrongly convicted of a crime is being called a model for the nation. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed the law Tuesday at the Mount Zion Church of God. This is Lamonte McIntyre’s church. Kansas released McIntyre from prison last year after he spent 23 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit. “I can’t tell you how excited I am about this,” McIntyre said of the new […]

  • Kansas City cops test new uniforms

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  • Long delayed bike lanes finally installed in Midtown

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After years of delays, work finally is beginning Friday to establish a bike-way through Midtown. The bike lanes along Armour Boulevard are designed to make the neighborhood safer. These will be the first protected bike lanes in Kansas City, separating bicycles from motor vehicles on Armour Boulevard by using parked cars. Kansas City received federal funds for this project in 2013, but debate over how best to make the city more bicycle and pedestrian friendly stalled […]

  • KCK Police Chief says strong culture resulted in criminal charges against police

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  • Lee’s Summit road rage victim will give the gift of life as an organ donor

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  • Police trying to determine whether speed or distractions contributed to deadly Olathe crash

    OLATHE, Kan. — Police are investigating a multiple vehicle crash that killed one driver Tuesday. It happened at 6:40 a.m. at Parker and Sante Fe streets. Parker is also known as highway K-7 and vehicles must slow down from 65 to 40 miles per hour in the city limits. That’s one of the factors police are investigating as they determine why a box truck southbound on Parker struck an SUV that was stopped, waiting for a left turn signal at […]