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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
  • The City Council Thursday is expected to approve a plan to turn a vacant city building into a dog grooming school.

    City Council to approve plan to create dog grooming school aimed at helping single moms get jobs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The City Council Thursday is expected to approve a plan to turn a vacant city building into a dog grooming school. The idea is to help single moms living in poverty learn a skill that will lead them to a good-paying job that’s in demand. 43-year-old Michelle Jones will be one of the first students to enroll in the training program. The mother of three children is struggling to get off welfare and must take the […]

  • Terri LaManno, 43, was gunned down outside Village Shalom, a retirement complex, where she was visiting her mother.

    Family says Terri LaManno’s spirit will live on through scholarships

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of one of the victims in the Jewish centers shootings Wednesday presented scholarships to two children with special needs. Terri LaManno worked for eight years as an occupational therapist at the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. A reputed white supremacist is on trial for shooting and killing LaManno outside of Village Shalom in April of last year. LaManno’s family is determined to carry on her spirit of giving to others by establishing a […]

  • It's been more than 25 years since a deadly explosion took the lives of six Kansas City firefighters and prompted the creation of the memorial.

    New art added to firefighters’ fountain to help preserve memorial

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Workers are installing new art Tuesday in Penn Valley Park to enhance the firefighters’ fountain. It’s the first phase of multiple upgrades for the memorial. It’s been more than 25 years since a deadly explosion took the lives of six Kansas City firefighters and prompted the creation of the memorial. But over the years, while the fountain has remained a centerpiece, the rest of the memorial plaza hasn’t been used as much as many hoped. In […]

  • Petitioners are trying to prevent a large piece of land along Blue Ridge Boulevard from turning into a dumping ground.

    Neighbors gather petition signatures to prevent wooded area from being a dumping ground

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A group of neighbors is gathering more than 3,000 petition signatures to prevent a wooded area from being turned into a dumping ground. The site is along Blue Ridge Boulevard, where people who live nearby say the woods should be preserved. The city council recently rezoned the forested land for industrial use so the owner could cut down the trees and dump construction debris on the site. Monday morning, members of the “Save the Woods” group gathered petition signatures at the Independence DMV office and […]

  • Move-in day can pose challenges for students headed off to college for the first time.

    More than 300 students move into dorms at Park University

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — As school started in many places across the metro area this week, students also are moving in at area colleges starting on Friday. It’s a scene that’s taking place at colleges across the nation this month. At Park University more than 300 students are moving in to their dorms. Jade Moody is looking forward to getting settled in after moving to Missouri from Georgia. The freshman chose Park University for its expanding nursing program, which just received […]

  • Natasha Ellington says she's frustrated that Kansas City Public Schools is charging for early education programs.

    Parents frustrated that Kansas City Public Schools is now charging for early education programs

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  • Bobbi Baker of the Northeast Chamber of Commerce

    Independence Avenue allows you to travel the world without leaving KC

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  • Law enforcement practices fighting attacks along the Missouri River

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Dozens of emergency responders were on the Missouri River Tuesday to test their response to dangers and attacks the could happen along the water. The Missouri River is home to many critical control centers including bridges, pipelines and power plants, any of which could be a tempting target for terrorists. Tuesday morning at least six boats from the Missouri Highway Patrol, state conservation department and other local agencies launched into the river to see how these different […]

  • Tonganoxie now home to the largest elementary school building in Kansas

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  • People who plan to attend First Friday in the West Bottoms will have to start paying for parking starting Fri. August 7.

    Free parking is disappearing from the West Bottoms

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Huge crowds are expected for First Friday in the West Bottoms, as shoppers from around the nation are attracted to one of the most talked about vintage flea markets in the nation. But some are upset that shoppers may go elsewhere because free parking is disappearing. The West Bottoms has become home to some of the best antique shops and vintage vendors in the nation. And on First Fridays, huge crowds come to the area to […]

  • 56-year-old Mark Groom owned and operated Groom's Appliance and Heating and Cooling in Lee's Summit for nearly 30 years.

    Community grieves loss of popular Lee’s Summit businessman and 2 family members

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Many are grieving Wednesday after learning that a popular businessman and two members of his family died in a car crash. 56-year-old Mark Groom owned and operated Groom’s Appliance and Heating and Cooling in Lee’s Summit for nearly 30 years. Friends tell FOX 4 that Mark Groom and his wife, Kelli, were taking their three grandchildren on a vacation to see Colorado. Also traveling with them in their Chevy suburban was Kelli’s father, 85-year-old Richard Nieweg. […]

  • Gov. Nixon visits KC and calls for upgrades to police training

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