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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
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — About 50 poverty stricken women are getting a fresh start in their lives after outstanding warrants for traffic and parking tickets have been wiped from their records. They are beneficiaries of an annual program called “Step Up.” The women are all either victims of domestic violence living in shelters, or single parents receiving help from Operation Breakthrough. Shikina Turner has three children and is receiving job training from Operation Breakthrough. But during the last year, she […]

  • A previous booking photo for Marcus McGowan, who was arrested under the suspicion of first-degree felony murder in addition to other charges in the killing of five-year-old Cady Harris. (Photo: Kansas Department of Corrections)

    Man charged with first-degree murder in death of Atchison girl

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A 30-year-old Atchison man appeared in court Wednesday morning charged with six felonies in the death of a five-year-old girl. Marcus McGowan is accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter, Cadence “Cady” Harris. In addition to first-degree felony murder, he also faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated child endangerment, being a criminal in possession of a firearm and fleeing and eluding police. All of this is the result of a domestic disturbance […]

  • KC North organization builds house for woman facing nursing home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A faith-based organization in the Northland is partnering with needy folks to build and rehab houses they can call home. The Fuller Center for Housing is a national group, started by one of the co-founders of Habitat for Humanity. The Fuller Center built one house for a disabled woman who faced going to a nursing home because she couldn’t find an affordable place to call home. One of the distinctive differences for the Fuller Center’s home […]

  • Lawrence police identify body found along K-10, schedule autopsy

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Police identified a man found along a busy stretch of K-10 highway on Wednesday morning as 37-year-old Nathan Thurman. Police say Thurman had been staying at the Lawrence Community Center and have scheduled an autopsy, but they do not suspect foul play at this point. A worker at a business park under construction found Thurman’s body at about 6 a.m., Wednesday. A 911 call brought paramedics to find him dead within three feet of the pavement. Police tell FOX 4 […]

  • People assessing damage feel like something worse than thunderstorm rolled through

    LINWOOD, Kan. — There’s a lot of cleanup underway in Leavenworth County Tuesday after strong winds in Monday night’s storms caused a lot of damage. Many people who’ve been cleaning up following the storm swear the damage must have come from something more powerful than a thunderstorm. In Linwood, homeowners like Gloria and Rick White spent the morning cutting up and cleaning up large tree limbs that fell on the roof of their home and blocked streets. This is the […]

  • Protesters gather outside Lawrence Hobby Lobby store

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  • Victims forgive KC woman accused of embezzlement after it results in job layoffs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former employee at Galvmet, who lost her job when the company declared bankruptcy as a result of embezzlement, says she can’t believe a longtime worker who helped build the company also played a crucial role in destroying it. Susan Sowerby now sells sheet metal for another firm. But she says she considered Irene Brooner a friend. The two often went to church together. Federal prosecutors have charged Brooner with embezzling nearly $3 million from Galvmet, […]

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  • Wyandotte County gets nod for creating more jobs than other Kansas counties

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    City to install sidewalk on street where 8-year-old boy was hit, killed

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