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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
  • As Kansas City’s homicide rate soars, leaders look for long-term solutions

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In 2017, Kansas City is expected to surpass the number of homicides in 2016. ‘Per capita’, Kansas City’s homicide rate is described as worse than Chicago’s The health department believes targeting the root causes of homicides is more important than ever. As Fox 4’s John Pepitone reports in the video player above, the solution to lowering the homicide rate is to provide jobs, eliminate discrimination and improve schools.  

  • Council member proposes massive east side investment zone

    KANSAS CITY — Council member Scott Taylor is introducing an ordinance Thursday designed to speed up redevelopment of the city’s blighted east side. Taylor believes without incentives the east side may not grow with the rest of the city. Taylor is a candidate to be the next mayor, but he says this in not an attempt to win support on the east side, but something he feels is necessary for the city to be successful regardless of who’s mayor. Taylor is proposing […]

  • Report shows more students graduating from Kansas City Public Schools

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More Kansas City Public School students are graduating on time, according to Missouri’s annual progress report for schools. Teachers at Northeast High School say they’re keeping more kids on the path to college and careers. Just a few years ago, Northeast was plagued by reports of fighting and drug activity. But this year, nearly seven out of ten students graduated in four years. “My freshman year was kind of rough because it was like pressure and […]

  • New sod makes sure Kauffman Stadium stays green

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Crews are laying new sod at Kauffman Stadium in the first major rehab of the baseball playing surface since artificial turf was removed in 1994. The Royals director of grounds and landscaping says keeping the grass green in Kansas City is no easy task. This field has been totally rebuilt from the bottom up. Crews dug down about 20 inches to remove sod, sand and gravel. The Royals are spending about $1-million to install a new irrigation system and improve the […]

  • Five homicides in three days have police seeking public’s help to curb gun violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Five shooting deaths during the last three days have police pleading for the public’s help. Police say they’re taking new steps to stop the shootings. This year’s homicide count currently stands at 130, compared to 131 total for all of last year. The most recent shooting death happened Sunday night about 6 p.m. near 63rd Street and Beacon Avenue. Police say it appears there was a shootout between two cars traveling on Beacon between 63rd and 64th streets. One man […]

  • Officer accidentally fires gun after truck speeds through yards, hitting home

    KANSAS CITY NORTH — A police officer accidentally fired a gunshot late Sunday night while pursuing a man in the Northland. Police say there’s been a recent rash of thefts in the neighborhood near Northeast 67th Street and North Lawn Avenue, where there’s a lot of new construction underway. Officers on patrol at about 11 p.m. Sunday spotted a pick-up truck prowling slowly through the area. When police tried to stop it, the truck took off, speeding through the yards of homes, running over a homeowner’s fence […]

  • Kansas City teens urged to honor veterans by succeeding in school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students at Paseo Academy are taking time to honor military veterans Friday from the urban core. Some are telling the teens they owe veterans their best efforts in the classroom. Some veterans say they believe they can serve as role models for struggling students, to show them that service in the military can build character, leadership and discipline needed to be successful in life. “These young kids today need a whole lot of that man,” said […]

  • Hickman Mills partners to ‘grow its own’ teachers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As schools face a growing shortage of teachers, a small group of students in Hickman Mills is exploring careers in education through a unique partnership with Avila University. At Ruskin High School, administrators believe their success depends on “growing their own” teachers. High schoolers who are interested in teaching are getting college credit to learn what leading a classroom is like, in hopes that will further their desire to teach. The Hickman Mills school district pays […]

  • Students as young as kindergarten get iPads in North Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY NORTH — About 14,000 elementary and middle school students in the North Kansas City district got iPads on Wednesday to help expand their learning opportunities. The schools say they’ve have added this technology without spending an extra dime from the taxpayers’ budget. North Kansas City had been providing laptops to high schoolers. But this is the first time the district has put this sort of technology into the hands of kids as young as kindergartners. “It’s like with anything, just like learning a language, the younger […]

  • Local music artists using talents to discourage violence in KC’s urban core

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Music artists say they have a role to play in reducing violent crime in the urban core. Hip hop performers are collaborating at the Arts Tech center to bring neighbors together in peace. Local artists are planning events like demonstration driving and boxing for the most violent neighborhoods. The idea is to bring people together with music as a common theme. Many of the performers say they’ve experience the pain of bloodshed in urban core neighborhoods. And though music has helped […]

  • Group tackles largest urban redevelopment project in the metro

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A nonprofit group is working to buy 425 blighted homes for what would be the largest scattered site redevelopment project the metro area has seen. The rehabbed homes may help improve other problems that are dragging neighborhoods down. The “Restore the Core” campaign seeks to make homes livable again in Kansas City, Independence, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. “It’s the only way to make a difference,” said Bill Kimble, a developer with Neighborhoods United. “As long […]

  • WATCH: Outburst in court-Man whose wife’s body was found in cooler yells about Johnson County injustice

    OLATHE, Kan. —  Police found his wife’s body cut up in a cooler at a Lenexa, Kan. storage center. But Justin Rey, 35, screamed out in court Thursday that his rights are being violated. Rey told a judge there’s no proof that he’s done anything wrong. “You are talking about law and justice, and you guys are doing so much illegal stuff,” Rey shouted in court. “The most wealthiest county in the United States and they think they are going to get away with it! It’s not […]