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John Holt joined FOX 4 News in 1994. He co-anchors "FOX 4 News at 5 p.m." and "FOX 4 News at 9 p.m." John also serves as an investigative and special projects reporter for FOX 4 News.

John has won numerous awards including Regional Emmys for investigative, general assignment, and feature reporting, and in 2007 won a Regional Emmy for his anchoring. Media Mix, a media professionals group in Kansas City, has named John its TV Personality of the Year in 2000, 2006, and 2008.

John is also active in the community as a volunteer, including serving on the boards of the Head for the Cure Foundation, University of Kansas Alumni Association Kansas City Chapter, and the KU Advancement Board. He is a past board chair and member of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports. He is also a member of the Kansas Bar Association Media-Bar Committee. John emcees and hosts numerous events for metro area charities, including Benedictine College, The University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Hospital, 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 1st LT Jack Holt (United States Army) and Katie Holt (Creighton University Grad School).

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  • Head for the Cure (WDAF-TV)

    “Head for the Cure at the K” will send Royals into All-Star break raising awareness

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the Royals and Tigers take the field for the final game before the All-Star break, they’ll share the diamond with an important message and cause. It’s the 6th Annual “Head for the Cure at the K” event to raise awareness and funds for the Head for the Cure Foundation. It’s a Kansas City based non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and money in the fight against brain cancer, in the memory of Chris Anthony who […]

  • Retired Leavenworth colonel recalls Vietnam battle for survival and humbling honor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  A 30-year-old Army captain finished up his watch duty and checked the call sheet in the hut to see who’s next. “I was gonna make sure I woke the right guy up,” he recalled of that moment, frozen in time. In a split-second, just six weeks into his first tour of duty in Vietnam, Roger Donlon’s world changed. Forever. With a flash of light. It was 2:26 a.m on July 6, 1964. “And I opened the […]

  • #Realtime social savvy consumers are the new frontier for businesses

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Katie Griffith is a tweeter. And she doesn’t mind letting a business know if she’s not happy. “I told them that their service was bad…” she said on a recent night out. And when the business didn’t respond? “I didn’t like it, cuz I was like you should answer me if I’m talking about your service in your store,” she said. Griffith represents the new frontier for business, more accustomed to sending out marketing tweets, rather than […]

  • Investigation: Stolen from the grave, an identity lives again

    OSCEOLA, Mo. — Grace Bough remembers it, almost like it were yesterday. The call. From the owner of a fishing camp along the Osage River near Osceola, Missouri. “They loved to fish. And they went down and set up trout lines,” she recalled. It was March 9, 1963. Grace’s sister, Mabel Wilson, and Mabel’s husband Lee joined another Liberty couple on the weekend trip. They brought their kids. The Wilson’s six and 12-year-old kids (an older son stayed behind), and […]

  • Private donations will spur educational growth in Blue Vallley schools

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The nearly $50,000 handed out in the Blue Valley School District on Monday morning didn’t come from property tax dollars, but private donations. FOX 4’s John Holt joined the Blue Valley Educational Foundation’s spring ‘Surprise Squad’ to hand out nearly $50,000 in Sunflower Grants. The grant winners will use the money for educational tools they want for their classrooms or schools. At Cedar Hills Elementary a $2,000 grant will fund books that demonstrate different types of […]

  • Farmers and landowners say they’ve been “taken”

    HOLT COUNTY, Mo. — Roger Ideker and his family farm 2100 acres in northwest Missouri, much of it adjoining the Missouri River in Holt County. “The river has become a way of life for most farmers up here,” he said. “Just the affects of being around it we all enjoy. But when the river’s flooding and taking your property it becomes an animal you really don’t like.” In 2011, that animal roared. Ideker figures all but 100 acres were under water when […]

  • Kansans unwrap state birthday present years in the making

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The business of state government in Kansas was ground to a halt on Wednesday, for 90 minutes at least. Battles over budgets and bills gave way to a festive celebration of the Sunflower State’s 153rd birthday, with a very nice “present” to unwrap. The moment was nearly 14 years and all of $332 million in the making. A state capitol makeover legions of lawmakers, leaders and four governors oversaw. Inside and out, restoring the Kansas capitol on […]

  • Bikers Against Child Abuse protect children and families

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When an abused child finds his or herself in the court system, facing the accused, it can be a frightening experience. They may feel intimidated, vulnerable, and scared. Yet, their testimony is often critical to the outcome of the case and to their ultimate protection. That’s where Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) come in. Chapters nationwide provide volunteer biker enthusiasts who join forces to escort and protect families, and children, involved in the court system. FOX […]

  • Coffee shop owner wants singled out customer to return to her shop

    LEAWOOD, Kan. – A coffee shop owner wants a customer to come back! She claims he was unfairly singled out by another customer who apparently was uncomfortable with his looks and mannerisms, and someone called the police. Lori Chandler of Take Five Coffee Bar said a customer complained to workers about the disheveled, homeless looking man who had bought some tea, but seemed shaky, and was nodding off in a booth. Some other customers were also apparently concerned. Chandler said […]

  • InternetSecurity

    Internet Insecurity: Your private life is more public than you think

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Forgive Curtis Smith if he’s having a little “internet insecurity.” On a recent afternoon, Smith agreed to let private investigator Ron Rugen snoop into his life, via the world wide web at the Westport Coffee House. Smith said he really had nothing to hide, and welcomed the search, using common sites and links available to anyone. “News articles, public records, criminal records, address history, phone records,” allowed Rugen. And indeed, he found Smith. In fact, he […]

  • Small town drive-in jumps the digital divide

    OSAWATOMIE, Kan. – Osawatomie’s Midway Drive-In Theater didn’t win a new digital projector in a nationwide contest. But that won’t stop the rural icon from providing spring and summer nights of family fun. Supporters of the Midway say they’ve come up with enough money to buy a digital projector, and the drive-in should open next May for the 2014 season. “We just want to thank all the supporters who helped raise this money,” said Osawatomie City Councilwoman Tamara Maichel. She led […]

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    FOX 4 duo brings home Emmy statues

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOX 4 co-anchor/reporter John Holt and photojournalist/editor Jon Haiduk brought home the gold at last Saturday’s 37th Annual Mid-America EMMY Gala in St. Louis. The pair won Emmys for two stories focusing on the recovery and resilience of Joplin following its massive and deadly tornado. The stories aired in live coverage that Holt anchored from Joplin on the one year anniversary of the May 2011 tornado. Both Holt and Haiduk were part of the team of reporters […]