John Pepitone


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

  • Man describes feeling the fire that erupted quickly in his home

    Posted on: 8:26 am, April 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:33am, April 16, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Firefighters were battling a blaze that spread to two homes near East 29th and Brooklyn Wednesday morning....
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  • Police search for theft suspect who fled on foot in KC neighborhood

    Posted on: 12:59 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 02:55pm, April 15, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police on both sides of the state line are searching for a suspect who stole some...
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  • Student remembered for his talent and outgoing personality

    Posted on: 11:34 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood was a freshman at Blue Valley High School where there were no...
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  • Chimpanzee escape artists are put in ‘timeout’

    Posted on: 1:46 pm, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 01:50pm, April 11, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Workers at the zoo Friday are busy trimming trees and removing dead branches from the chimpanzee exhibit...
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  • National attention of Kansas City highway shootings could harm KC’s image

    Posted on: 12:27 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Leaders from Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Jackson County and Johnson County, Kan., gathered at Sporting Park...
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  • Kansas City among the worst cities with pothole problems

    Posted on: 1:25 pm, April 9, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A website ranks Kansas City among the worst cities in the nation for problems caused by...
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  • Raw sewage leak in neighborhood has residents upset

    Posted on: 1:05 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 06:07pm, April 8, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Raw sewage discharging into a creek in one neighborhood has people who live nearby upset. Neighbors...
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  • Kansas school funding bill affects teachers’ rights

    Posted on: 6:48 pm, April 7, 2014, by and

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — After staying at the capitol all weekend, Kansas lawmakers passed a school funding bill in hopes...
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  • Kan. special needs students compete in unique Job Olympics

    Posted on: 1:00 pm, April 4, 2014, by

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — Dozens of Kansas special needs students are competing in a unique Job Olympics. Special education students...
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  • 11,000 new streetlights now shine more efficiently in Independence

    Posted on: 11:52 am, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 12:36pm, April 3, 2014

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — This city Thursday completed replacing more than 11,000 streetlights with new, more efficient LED bulbs. The last...
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  • Group ranks Mo. in top 10 in clean energy industry

    Posted on: 12:34 pm, April 2, 2014, by

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An environmental group ranks Missouri as one of the top 10 states in the nation last year...
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  • LMV to bring 166 auto jobs to Clay County

    Posted on: 12:27 pm, April 1, 2014, by

    LIBERTY, Mo. — An auto supplier expansion may be just the beginning of a job creation boom in Clay County....
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