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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
  • Multimillion infrastructure plans coming to fruition on east side

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After more than 15 years of planning, work is underway on a roadway realignment project that will provide an important link between Crown Center and Interstate 70. FOX 4’s John Pepitone was at 22nd and Olive, where bonds approved earlier this year by voters are finally turning planning into progress in the neighborhood near 22nd and Olive streets. $2.9 million worth of improvements along 22nd and 23rd streets wouldn’t be happening without more than a million dollars of […]

  • Parents help urban core school compete for $600,000

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents are joining their children in the classroom Thursday as part of a competition to win a big grant from the Kauffman Foundation, that many believe will help make their school better. Wendell Phillips Elementary School faces lots of challenges with children who’ve experienced violent trauma in their lives, and a lot of children moving across the city that puts kids at different learning levels. And yet this urban core school is one of the more successful elementarys in the Kansas City […]

  • Victim’s family says drunk driver got off easy after judge sentences him to less than 10 years in prison

    OLATHE, Kan. — A Johnson County judge Wednesday sentenced a three-time drunk driver to less than ten years in prison for the death of a 24-year-old Stilwell woman. Less than 10 years behind bars is not justice for the family of Caitlin Vogel. Prosecutors say James McAllister had a blood alcohol content of .143 at the time of the crash last year at 191st Street and Nall Avenue. Vogel helped teach children with autism in the Olathe School District. McAllister has admitted […]

  • After almost 2 months, 3 Tonganoxie sisters located; KC police release man found with them

    TONGANOXIE, Kan. — Kansas City police confirmed on Tuesday that they were releasing a man they were holding on suspicion he may have been involved in the disappearance of three girls, after the girls were located and determined to be safe early Tuesday morning. It was initially reported that the sisters- 15, 14, and 12-years old ran away from their foster home in Tonganoxie on August 26, 2017. Kansas City Police spokesperson Darrin Snapp says that at about 1:00 a.m., […]

  • Reward offered to help police find ‘random’ shooter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A grieving family makes a public plea for someone to help them find the man who’s charged with killing their daughter, in what police are calling a random shooting. “There’s no such thing as the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Michael Addison, the victim’s father. “She didn’t deserve this.” Police believe it could have happened to any driver on the street. In April, a man in a car shot and killed Isabell Addison, 18, as […]

  • Judge hears convicted murderer’s claim of innocence in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A judge began hearing evidence Thursday in the case of a Kansas City, Kan., man who’s spent the last 23 years behind bars for a double murder he says he didn’t commit. The unusual hearing for LaMonte McIntyre is taking place at the Wyandotte County Courthouse. Attorneys for the Midwest Innocence Project say they have spent seven years investigating McIntyre’s case. They are expected to present evidence during the next two weeks to justify their claim that McIntyre, 41, should be exonerated and […]

  • Midtown neighbors fight another large apartment plan

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Midtown neighbors are circulating a petition to stop plans to build a new high-rent apartment building near Westport. Opponents say the proposed 5-story complex near 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway would dwarf existing homes around it. Renewed interest in apartment development around Westport has longtime homeowners worried. “All of a sudden we’re seeing a lot of interest from developers for building apartments in this part of town,” said Mary Jo Draper, of the Valentine Neighborhood Association. “The […]

  • Residents express frustration over Raytown police force cuts

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Some taxpayers are upset that police are bearing the brunt of budget cuts approved by the town’s board of aldermen Tuesday. The slashed spending is on nearly everyone’s mind at Doughboys coffee shop on East 63rd Street. It is estimated that 17 police officers in Raytown will be laid off as a result of more than $3-million in budget cuts approved by city leaders. Police Chief Jim Lynch told Fox 4 News Wednesday that five open positions also will not be […]

  • Driver taken into custody after fleeing from police in stolen vehicle with only three inflated tires

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A driver was taken into custody Wednesday after leading police on a chase with only three inflated tires. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, motorist assist responded to a Chrysler 300 broken down on I-635 at Kansas Avenue ramp Wednesday morning. While the motorist assist worker was helping the driver remove a flat tire, he noticed that the driver used the spare to try to block the view of the vehicle’s license plate. The worker suspected […]

  • Neighbors concerned Clay County religious group wanting to use RVs to house church members could depress property values

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Neighbors packed a Clay County commission meeting Tuesday opposed to a church’s request to use recreational vehicles as housing for church members. The religious group has been trying to occupy a former limestone mine near Excelsior Springs, Mo. The group, which calls itself the Church of Liberty, wants to keep travel trailers on land it rents to house six of its followers. The church’s plans have not met county zoning requirements. There is no development plan for the land on […]

  • Lots of cameras coming to watch over KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The police chief says new technology is going to make the streets safer for people in Wyandotte County. Chief Terry Ziegler says a federal grant will put a lot of cameras watching over KCK’s streets. According to the Chief, $842,000 in federal money will outfit KCK police with body cameras and build a network of real-time street cameras at busy intersections. “The citizens act better because they know they are being recorded and the officers act better,” Ziegler said. “I think you […]

  • KCPD says they’re using new recruiting tactics to attract more people to take on a career in law enforcement

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are streamlining their recruiting process, in hopes attracting more qualified applicants to become police officers. Commanders have challenges in finding people willing to take on an increasingly dangerous and difficult career. It’s been taking as long as eight months to process an application to become a Kansas City police officer. And during that time, commanders found they were losing good candidates to other law enforcement agencies. Without changing standards, police expect to get that applicant processing time down […]