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John Holt joined FOX 4 News in 1994. He co-anchors “FOX 4 News at 5, 6 and 9 p.m.” John also serves as an investigative and special projects reporter for FOX 4 News.
John has won numerous awards including Regional Emmy’s for anchoring, news writing, investigative reporting, general assignment reporting, and feature reporting. In 2018, John was inducted into the NATAS Mid-America Emmy Chapter “Silver Circle.” Media Mix, a media professionals group in Kansas City, named John its TV Personality of the Year in 2000, 2006, and 2008.

In 2015 The Heart of America Boy Scout Council named John a Ewing M. Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout. He served as the 2018 Heart of America Council “School Night For Scouting” Honorary Chair. John is also active in the community as a volunteer, including serving on the boards of the Head for the Cure Foundation, the KU Advancement Board, and the Kansas Bar Association Media-Bar Committee. He is a past board chair and member of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports, and past member of the KU Alumni Association-Kansas City Chapter Board. John emcees and hosts numerous events for metro area charities, including Benedictine College, The University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Hospital, Blue Valley Educational Foundation, The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association, and The Johnson County Bar Association to name a few.

He graduated from the University of Kansas Schools of Journalism and Law, and previously worked at WIBW-TV in Topeka and KSNW-TV in Wichita.
John and his wife Suzy are the proud parents of U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Jack Holt (Emily) and Dr. Katie Moes, NP (Chad).

Recent Articles
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    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The vision of Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, Verrückt hit the drawing board in 2012, in part to impress audiences of a Travel Channel reality show. The waterslide began taking shape in Kansas City, Kansas, and by 2014, was certified “World’s Tallest Waterslide” by Guinness World Records. Its delayed opening in July of 2014 was much hyped and drew national attention. Just a bit over two years later, it would draw national attention a for tragic reason: […]

  • Scott Schwab speaks: As criminal cases loom, dad talks of journey forward after Verrückt tragedy

    OLATHE, Kan. — They both had job interviews that week ahead, with promising new opportunities in their futures. But first, a family trip to Schlitterbahn on a free day for local government officials. “I remember grabbing the keys off the hook, and I said, ‘Honey, our lives are fixin’ to change,'” Scott Schwab recalled. “I think about that. It was like, what the heck just happened to us?” It was a Sunday in August 2016, back-to-school time, and what happened […]

  • Northwest Missouri ‘nun with a gun’ heeds call to serve, but it wasn’t her first

    CLYDE, Mo. — She grew up in a middle class Catholic family in New York City, going to church on Sundays with her family. “I have five siblings,” Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa said. “I’m the second oldest.” Despite her devotion, becoming a member of a religious order as she is today didn’t really occur to her back then. “While I was a kid, none of the sisters ever asked me if I wanted to become a nun,” she said. Instead, […]

  • Kelly, Kobach locked in dead heat in Kansas governor race, new poll says

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A new poll obtained by FOX4 shows Democrat State Sen. Laura Kelly with a 42-41 percent lead over rival Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the race for Kansas governor. But that slight lead is within the Remington Research Group poll’s margin of error of 2.4 percent, making it a virtual dead heat. In the meantime, businessman and Independent Greg Orman is at 10 percent. Multiple sources have told FOX4 there is growing pressure, including […]

  • As one Overland Park family learned, finding mental health help can be daunting

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Teddy Briedenthal was the typical Johnson County kid. Loving parents, three adoring sisters, friends. “He was funny. He was a practical joker,” his dad Ted Briedenthal Sr. said. “He loved his family.” “He was a really good big brother,” his youngest sister Julia added. But for years he held a dark secret: sexual abuses at the hands of a cousin. It started when Teddy was 8 years old. He was 17 when he finally came clean and shared […]

  • Record family gift to KU Health System has special connection

    Editor’s note: Some of the interviews and footage in the video above were provided by the KU Health System.  KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas Health System will finish out the final three floors of the new Cambridge North Tower, which opened just last November. The Sunderland Foundation, formed with the sale of Overland Park based Ash Grove Cement in June, has pledged $66 million to the capital campaign for the tower, putting it over the top. In […]

  • Clay County burial program for poor leaves bodies on ice for months

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — They died with no one else to tend to them, and in Clay County, officials came up short in their duty to provide that final resting place in a timely manner. As Pam Mason and Debbie Gwin walked through a small Northland cemetery, flowers in hand, they tended to graves of the deceased they never knew personally, only officially. “For me, time to reflect,” said Mason, a former Clay County Clerk and presiding County Commissioner. For […]

  • Trump visits KC to address VFW convention, attend Hawley campaign event

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Donald Trump stopped in Kansas City on Tuesday for the first time since he took office. Trump’s first stop once the presidential motorcade left Kansas City International Airport was Municipal Auditorium in downtown where he spoke at the VFW National Convention. There, he touched on military themes from tough talk on Iran, to containing North Korea’s ambitions and, a residual benefit, negotiating the return of American remains left behind from the Korean War “I hope […]

  • Moon dreams: Prairie Village woman had ‘right stuff’ to go to space when US wasn’t ready

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  • Two retired colonels from KC metro recognized for Medals of Honor at MLB All-Star game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two metro All Stars of a different stripe were honored Tuesday night before the MLB All-Star game. Col. Roger Donlon and Col. Donald Ballard were among a group of Medal of Honor recipients recognized just prior to the national anthem. The Vietnam War veterans now call Leavenworth and Kansas City home, respectively. Ballard was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions as a hospital corpsman in the Vietnam War. Ballard’s Medal of Honor citation says on […]

  • Widow and KC Chiefs settle lawsuit over man’s death in Arrowhead Stadium parking lot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the eve of a trial in her wrongful death lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs, Jenni Van Winkle settled her case nearly five years after her husband’s death. A big Chief’s fan, Kyle Van Winkle and some family members attended a Chief’s home game against the Denver Broncos in December 2013. He was drinking, and disappeared during the game. Turns out he’d somehow gone back out to the parking lot and crawled into an unlocked […]

  • Sarah Palin coming to KC to endorse former Air Force pilot for Missouri’s US Senate seat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A retired B-2 stealth bomber pilot is banking on a big endorsement to boost his chances in the August primary for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat. FOX4 has confirmed that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who also ran as John McCain’s vice president hopeful in 2008, will travel to Kansas City later this month to endorse Tony Monetti. No firm details are being released, but a campaign spokeswoman said a public rally as well as a private […]