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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
  • Food truck in KCK making its rounds to ensure local kids don’t go hungry this summer

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Free meals are being delivered using a food truck this summer to children who otherwise would go without lunch. Bethany Park is one of four stops that the truck makes to prevent kids from going hungry. Many families in this school district limit how much food they buy so they can pay rent or other utility bills. When their children are in school, they’re used to getting a free or reduced price lunch. During the summer they are […]

  • Fire on Southwest Boulevard impacts surrounding businesses

    KANSAS CITY — The warehouse fire closed Southwest Boulevard and shut down surrounding businesses overnight. Many who earn their living nearby are relieved Wednesday to see the fire department reopen the area to traffic again. The fire department determined that any collapse risk to the remaining structure is on the south side of the building, so all of the different businesses along Southwest Boulevard are being allowed to resume normal operations. That’s good for popular Mexican restaurants, like El Patron next door to the warehouse […]

  • Town of Mayview mourns loss of volunteer firefighter killed while loading gear after fire

    MAYVIEW, Mo. — People in the tiny town of Mayview are mourning the death of one of their volunteer firefighters killed in the line of duty Monday. Mayview is about 45 miles east of Kansas City in Lafayette County. With only about 200 people, it seems every one knows everybody here. And the loss of a man who volunteered to help his community is hitting folks hard. Jeffery Sanders, 55, and Jacob Hayward, 33, responded to a tree limb on fire along state […]

  • Hundreds of workers could lose their job as GM cuts 3rd shift at KCK’s Fairfax Assembly Plant

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — General Motors announced Friday that it’s eliminating the third shift of workers at the Fairfax Assembly Plant. The factory currently employs more than 2,800 people. GM inventory at new car dealers is 44 percent higher than at this time last year. The company says falling sales of family sedans and small cars are to blame for this change. Fairfax currently produces only one model: the Chevy Malibu. New car buyers increasingly are selecting crossovers and small SUVs like the Chevy Equinox instead. […]

  • Despite known political leanings, Northland man shocked that man he grew up with was Alexandria shooter

    KANSAS CITY NORTH — A Northland man who he grew up with James Hodgkinson says he was shocked to learn about his role in the Virginia ballfield attack. Even in childhood, Ken Coverdell says Hodgkinson, who people in Belleville, Ill., knew as “Tommy,” was not someone to challenge. “The one thing I do remember distinctly is that his father was a very staunch Democrat,” Coverdell said. “He hated Republicans.” Coverdell was not surprised to learn that Hodgkinson belonged to anti-Republican […]

  • Morning crash on I-670 forces it to close all day

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A crash involving two tractor-trailers shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 670 for about six hours Thursday. It happened on the Missouri side of the state line, near the Genessee exit. This unusual wreck involving four vehicles and some serious injuries happened just before 8 a.m. Kansas City police worked to clean up a crash involving serious injuries along eastbound I-670 at Genessee Street. According to police, two tractor trailers, one carrying an ingredient for concrete, rear […]

  • Homeowner blames KCP&L for fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A homeowner blames Kansas City Power & Light for a fire that damaged his property. He claims the utility is failing to maintain it’s service lines in the urban core. It’s not unusual to see vines, trees and other vegetation growing on power poles, and intertwined with electric lines in an older neighborhood like Sante Fe. Joseph Jackson said that combination of vegetation and electricity caused a fire here last month, which burned his garage and left […]

  • Community officers return to Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some neighborhood leaders are happy to learn of the return of community police officers. Interim Police Chief David Zimmerman is allowing commanders to make the change in neighborhoods where dedicated officers may be needed. Former Chief Darryl Forte eliminated dedicated community interaction officers nearly a year ago, saying all cops on the beat should be reaching out to know their neighbors. Many community leaders said having dedicated officers working side-by-side with citizens on quality of life issues helped […]

  • Constituents confront Kan. Senator Jerry Moran at Lenexa town hall meeting

    LENEXA, Kan. — Kansas U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran faced a standing room only crowd Monday for his first town hall in Johnson County this year. Moran listened to constituent concerns about the Affordable Care Act and the proposed Republican replacement at the Lenexa Conference Center. “I have a lot to learn,” Moran told those assembled. “I don’t know the answer to every question.” A sometimes raucous crowd confronted Moran, shouting slogans and waving signs, mostly targeted at health care and the actions of President Trump. “It’s important for […]

  • Teen shot on KC elementary school playground

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after a teen was shot while at an elementary school playground early Friday morning. According to police, a group gathered on the playground of Johnson Elementary School, near 107th and Marsh, around 3:45 a.m. Witnesses told police that upon arrival they heard gun shots. It was determined that a teen had been shot. That teen was taken to the hospital where he or she was treated for a non-life threatening injury. The school was […]

  • Crossroads coffee shop hosts Comey watch party, offers specialty drinks such as covfefe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress Thursday, dozens of people gathered at a Crossroads coffeehouse to watch the drama unfold. Thou Mayest hosted a self-proclaimed “Comeyunist” watch party. Customers started asking earlier in the week if anyone knew where there would be a watch party for this moment in history, and Thou Mayest seized the opportunity. The Crossroads gathering place created some specialty drinks for the occasion. One of the big sellers has been the covfefe, a word created by one […]

  • Neighbors stunned by triple murder at Gregory & Monroe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Multiple gunshots awakened neighbors on a quiet east side block early Wednesday. Police say when they arrived at a home near Gregory Boulevard and Monroe Avenue, they found three men shot to death inside a car. The shootings happened just before 1 a.m. The victims have yet to be officially identified by police, but those in the neighborhood told FOX 4 two were brothers, and one was an aspiring rap artist. One neighbor says he saw a man in a white tee shirt […]