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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.

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    Man struck by school bus in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An elderly man is in serious condition and three children are in the hospital after a school bus hit a pedestrian Friday. Just before 8 a.m. police say a school bus turning left from Swope Drive onto M-78 Highway hit a man who was crossing the roadway. Police tell FOX 4 News the older man who was walking is in serious condition. He suffered a head injury and was bleeding from his head, but police say he […]

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    New charges expected against man accused of killing 5-year-old Leavenworth girl

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — New charges are expected from the U.S. Attorney against an Atchison man accused of killing a 5-year-old girl during a shootout with Leavenworth police in July. The state case against Marcus McGowan, 30, may be dismissed in the next month. Instead, the U.S. Attorney is expected to indict McGowan for the murder of his girlfriend’s daughter, Cadence “Cady” Harris. “The U.S. Attorney’s office is looking at taking this case,” said Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County Attorney. “They are […]

  • Area skincare clinics shut down for good leaving customers and workers stranded

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sudden shutdown of a chain of skincare clinics have left clients in a lurch. One Northland woman says she spent more than $18,000 on treatments that haven’t been completed. Customers are complaining after the company closed more than 100 clinics across the nation, including two in the metro area. American Laser Centers had filed for bankruptcy protection three years ago. But this week, centers like the one on NE 81st Street appear to have shut […]

  • Small business owner says two women and a gunman robbed his midtown store

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A small businessman hopes someone can identify women captured on surveillance cameras robbing his beauty supply store. The owner says it’s not the first time he’s been targeted by criminals. It happened in October, at 39th and Central. Kansas City police also are asking for help in this case. Mamadou Aliou Balde says two women picked up hair and hair products while shopping in his store and then ran for the door. One woman got away, […]

  • Argentine neighborhood launches grocery gift bag program to feed area families

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A year ago, neighbors in the Argentine area called their homes part of a food desert. Now, they’re celebrating having not one, but two new grocery stores. For the holiday season, neighbors are buying food gift bags from one of the stores to help needy families. Many people in Argentine now say they can walk to the grocery store. And there aren’t many neighborhoods where that happens anymore. To celebrate, the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association is […]

  • Family donates dog after police K-9 Brunie passes

    KANSAS CITY — A new K-9 officer joined the ranks of police Friday, thanks to a donation from a family moved by the death of a police dog in September. When “Brunie” died in the line of duty, police received many sympathy cards from dog lovers across the nation. The Belgian Malinois became sick while in the woods while tracking a suspect in the city of Belton, Mo. Police believe that while pursuing a suspect, Brunie came into contact with […]

  • Independence launches Saturday kindergarten

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Some kindergarteners are going to class six days a week as part of a special program to help them catch up to their learning goals. The Saturday school sessions are unique in the metro area. The district has invited kids who need some extra help to come to class from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the next five Saturdays at three elementary schools. In Mercedes Mendoza’s kindergarten class on Thursday, kids learned how to associate sounds […]

  • Suspected Jewish center shooter cries out in court, complains of trial proceedings

    OLATHE, Kan. — The 73-year-old man accused of killing three people at Jewish centers in Johnson County, Kan., complained on Tuesday that he’s not getting a speedy trial. A judge ordered that mental health experts evaluate Frazier Glenn Cross to determine whether he’s competent to stand trial. The avowed racist and anti-semite is charged with capital murder and premeditated murder. Cross’s capital punishment defense team told a judge they’re concerned about whether the outspoken man can assist them in his […]

  • KC police praised for help given to elderly woman whose home was torn apart while in hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some elderly and disabled neighbors on the east side are praising the actions of police officers, who they say went above and beyond the call of duty to help a woman whose home had been burglarized and ransacked. Early Tuesday morning, Anita Alvery, 83, returned to the Lawndale Heights apartments near 14th & Topping after spending two weeks at Truman Medical Center. While she was away thieves tore apart her home to the point where she […]

  • WWII Veterans meet for the first time and swap stories

    OLATHE, Kan. — As the nation prepares to honor our veterans, two men who flew in bombers over Germany during World War II met for the first time Monday. Both Richard Yunghans and Charley Sibert were only 18 years old when they entered the Army Air Corps. Both served as gunners in bombers with some very different experiences. “Your life could be taken at any time,” Yunghans recalled. Yunghans, 90, flew 25 missions in Europe in both the B-17 Flying […]

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    Harvesters food distribution halted after neighborhood complains of traffic

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Some people in Western Wyandotte County are complaining that a Harvesters mobile food giveaway on Saturdays has been halted. They say the Unified Government is to blame. The dispute over feeding the hungry is centered along Parallel Parkway. For months people have been lining up in a church parking lot on two Saturdays a month to pick up fresh fruits, vegetables and other food that must be eaten right away. But it’s not going to happen […]

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    Charitable organizations hope you will give generously this holiday season

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charitable organizations say the upcoming holiday season largely determines their operating budgets for the next year. Volunteers are setting up a huge red kettle on the Country Club Plaza to remind shoppers of the importance of charitable giving. The display will be lit up during the plaza lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving night. Beginning Friday at more than 250 locations across the metro area, kettles will be out to solicit donations for Salvation Army programs like food […]