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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. 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.
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 and The Greater Kansas City Restaurant 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
  • 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

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — She really wanted to be in the pep club at Wyandotte High School. But Sarah Ratley didn’t make the cut, so she decided to try something completely different. “High school, I was more or less or a nerd,” Ratley remembers. But when she shifted gears to volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol, she was hooked. She did clerical work in return for rides in planes during training exercises. “Once I flew in the back of the T-6, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Greitens signs bill changing abuse reporting requirements for Missouri nursing homes

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In one of his final acts as Missouri governor, Eric Greitens signed a flurry of bills Friday, including a mandatory sexual abuse reporting requirement for long-term care facilities like nursing homes. The measure was profiled as part of a FOX4 News investigation into abuse cases falling through the cracks, specifically a mid-Missouri case of nursing home rape. Read the full FOX4 nursing home investigation here. Under H.B. 1635, nursing and other group homes must report sexual […]

  • She’s not “The Bomb,” but a common household item triggered TSA alert

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gladys McGlon is a retired nurse practitioner, so traveling to see her grand kids is one of her favorite pastimes. In April, she was on her way to do just that. “I love those kids, I love going to Atlanta.” But Gladys almost didn’t maker her flight. While going through security at KCI, she was randomly checked for traces of explosives. Boom. TSA had a “hit” and Gladys found herself pulled aside for the pat-down. “What […]

  • Missouri woman grateful after lawmakers change abuse reporting requirements for nursing homes

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With time running out, Missouri lawmakers added a mandatory reporting requirement for long-term care facilities Friday. Under H.B. 1635, nursing and other group homes must report sexual assaults to law enforcement. Current law only required reporting to the state agencies involved. The news was just what Maribeth Russell had hoped to hear but was fearing she might not, again. “She is smiling down now,” said Russell, who has asked us not to reveal the name of […]

  • 30 years later, mystery remains in missing Leavenworth County teen’s case

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — Randy Leach would be 47 this year, perhaps a father, working a job, caring for his aging parents. Instead, 30 years later, he remains missing and an unsolved mystery to his family and friends. To law enforcement, he remains an open case with tips followed up on. But after his disappearance from a high school party early the morning of April 16, 1988, Harold and Alberta Leach grow weary, knowing time is running out for them […]

  • Bob Newton looks back on 34 years with Jayhawk Radio Network

    Bob Newton announced his retirement from the Jayhawk Radio Network last fall, and says the talk began even back then. “The basketball staff was already saying they needed to keep my career going as long as possible with a Final Four,” laughs Newton. Sure enough, he made it to San Antonio and at least one extra game. Newton is in his 34th year as the broadcast engineer for the network. You won’t hear his voice, but without his expertise and […]

  • Judge rules in favor of Missouri, Kansas landowners who say government is to blame for flood damage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four years and millions of documents later, landowners in four states, including Missouri and Kansas, have won a major legal victory against the federal government. A Federal Claims Court judge ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is to blame for recurrent flooding that damaged farms and property along the Missouri River in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. In all, 372 plaintiffs filed the mass action lawsuit in 2014, claiming they relied on flood control efforts […]