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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. — One neighborhood in the Northland is having a difficult time navigating the streets because of all the downed tree limbs, but residents of the neighborhood say they are thankful no one was injured when trees and power lines came crashing down. At northeast 38th and North Michigan there are big trees blocking streets throughout the Sunset Dixon Neighborhood. The storm rolled through just after 2 a.m. and caused a giant hackberry tree to come crashing down. Amanda Tipton says […]

  • Farmers angry over proposed ethanol cut

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The federal government wants to cut the amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels sold in the United States. Farmers say reducing the ethanol mandate would devastate midwestern small towns. Corn already is selling for about half of what it used to just a year or so ago. Some fear turning less corn into fuel will depress prices even further. When the government implemented a renewable fuels standard and mandated that billions of gallons of biofuels […]

  • Historic Independence community concerned with plans to rezone land

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Homeowners in a historic neighborhood are upset over plans to rezone church property into a soccer complex and sports center. Lots of kids playing soccer into the night, with bright lights and traffic, doesn’t sound good to people who like the peaceful, quiet McCoy neighborhood just the way it is. A developer wants to transform the old St. Mary’s Catholic School gymnasium and adjacent land into three artificial turf soccer fields for tournaments and year-round operations. Homeowners […]

  • KC ‘Paintball War’ victim cries out in pain

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Paramedics rushed one man to the hospital Tuesday after police say he was shot with a paintball. Along Prospect Avenue, another victim says she too was shot in a paintball attack. “They just started shooting!” said Tina Martin, a paintball attack victim. “You don’t even know it’s coming. They just started shooting at you!” This is the latest incident in a so-called “Paintball War” FOX 4 News first reported Monday. Police now are investigating eight paintball […]

  • Protesters aim to raise awareness for those who are wrongfully convicted

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than twenty people marched in front of the Jackson County courthouse Monday and claimed that there are innocent people in prison convicted of crimes they did not commit. Many of the people protesting said they have friends or family members behind bars, and they believe those people are not guilty. Nationally, the KC Freedom Project claims there have been 143 exonerations that have resulted in the immediate release of those individuals from prison. The group […]

  • Metro ministers meet to discuss ways to keep local churches safe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  In response to the church shootings in South Carolina, ministers of different faiths spent Friday talking about how best to make their places of worship safer. Churches are supposed to be places where strangers are welcomed. Leaders told FOX 4 they don’t want that concept to change, but the senseless deaths of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church has them rethinking their plans so they don’t have to live in fear. Religious leaders say people […]

  • Emergency workers practice response to disaster scenarios

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emergency workers from across the metro area spent Thursday at KCI airport and practiced their response to a disaster they hope will never happen. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that the airport conduct a full-scale emergency exercise once every three years. But instead of a plane crash, this emergency involved a terrorist attack, where someone threw a bomb at a plane that was on the runway. In addition to putting out the fire and rescuing the […]

  • Pendleton Heights residents happy to see construction begin again on Buddhist temple

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  • Barbecue helps bring tourists to KC

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  • Manchester Bridge reopens, MoDOT says they’re out of money to replace more bridges

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  • High water levels cause boat ramps to close at area lakes

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  • Grassroots group launches campaign to limit amount payday lenders charge

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