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).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City, Kansas Police Chief Terry Zeigler announced Wednesday he’s retiring in September. His departure after four and a-half years as chief comes at a time violent crime is down. But questions remain about allegations Zeigler got a sweetheart deal to live in a county owned lake home and double dipped by taking time off to work on the home. FOX4 sat down with the chief and asked if that investigation was a factor in his […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City, Kansas Police Chief Terry Zeigler announced Wednesday afternoon he will retire on September 11, 2019 after 29 years of service with the department. “It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Kansas City, Kansas and the men and women of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department for the last four and a half years as chief of police,” Zeigler said in a news release. This comes just over a month after protesters […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City voters gave a resounding “no” to Question 1, a citizen’s initiative to curb tax incentives for developers of projects including hotels and luxury housing. The ballot question proposed capping tax abatements at 50% instead of the current 75%, a cap that was enacted by a city council vote in 2016. On Tuesday, with all of precincts reporting, 22,747 voters, or 34.2%, said yes to the proposal — while 42,949, or 65.8%, said no. Supporters […]
Editor’s note: Some of the photos included in the video above and story below could be considered graphic to some viewers. LIBERTY, Mo. — A 17-year-old Liberty High School junior, Audrey McBride has always had a love of history. But she had no idea. “It’s never really occurred to me that such a horrendous event could have happened,” she said. But it happened in her home county — twice. She had no idea until her family took a Christmas break […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The needle hasn’t moved, much. On the day the candidates for Kansas City mayor are set to square off in their third Kansas City Star/FOX4 forum, the polling by Remington Research Group for MO Scout, an online political site, shows a third of voters remain undecided. Quinton Lucas maintains his lead over fellow city council member Jolie Justus, 38% – 30%, with 32% of voters in the survey of 610 likely municipal election voters undecided. The […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Roger Ideker remembers a calmer, friendlier river that lured his dad into buying and farming land in Holt County. He even joined him in the family operation. “He had a vision that farm someday would be of value,” Ideker recalls about his dad. “Why? Because he could see the government was building levies and dams and eventually that essentially swamp ground would be turned into productive ground.” That was the central argument of a federal claims […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As a young lad, Tim Perry remembers watching “Hill Street Blues” with his dad. “And maybe mentioning that this is what law enforcement is like,” the now detective recalled. “It’s an old memory of mine and that’s kinda what pushed me.” It pushed him into his father’s footsteps. Retired Sgt. Jon Perry joined the Kansas City Police Department in 1968. His son joined as a civilian in 1992 because he was too young for the academy. […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The bitter cold winter temperatures may stop you in your tracks even before you get out of your garage. In fact, you may find yourself trapped in your garage. Experts say extreme temperatures can cause parts to wear out and break, leaving your garage door opener useless. “Cold weather puts a strain on all of the metal components of the doors,” said Kacy Burt, a technician with Overhead Door Kansas City. “It can stress them as […]
LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — A Leavenworth County couple, worried they are running out of time, is urging Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to help them find their son. Randy Leach disappeared in April 1988, just weeks before he was set to graduate from high school. His disappearance from a party in rural Leavenworth County has never been solved. His mother’s car he was driving that night, never found. His disappearance sparked rumors of drugs, satanic cults, and sacrifices to the devil. […]
PLATTE CITY, Mo. — On a recent afternoon in the Platte County Courthouse, a teen collapsed in tears outside a courtroom. She had just shared her difficult allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of a former family friend. As the tears flowed, she was surrounded by family, friends, and Rasta. The specially trained therapy dog sensed her sadness and moved into comfort her. Moments before, he had been at her side in the witness box as she told her […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Bill Johnson graduated from the KU School of Architecture in 1983, the North Kansas City native really had no “designs” on designing stadiums and arenas. But when he landed his first job at HNTB in Kansas City, “luck met opportunity,” he recalled. “I wasn’t particularly talented athletically when I was growing up,” Johnson chuckled. But his introduction into the world of sports architecture — in a city that, at the time, had a growing reputation […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The PGA Tour has sued a Lenexa-based company for breach of contract involving its sponsorship of the Web.com tour stop in Overland Park. The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court (Kansas) alleges that Digital Ally signed a five-year Title Sponsor Agreement with the Web.com tour, which at the time was being held at the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lions Gate in Overland Park. The contract called for the local tour stop to be named the Digital Ally […]