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, 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 […]
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When Kim, who didn’t want FOX4 to use her last name, moved into Redwood of Independence, she didn’t know that three of her fellow nursing home residents were registered sex offenders. “No, no, they don’t tell you anything,” she said, now out of the nursing home after a 30-day stint to rehab from a minor stroke. In Missouri, Kansas and most other states, they don’t have to tell you. Indeed, there’s no requirement in the laws of […]
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: […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]