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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
  • Airline dispute delaying agreement on new KCI single-terminal airport

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mayor Sly James says a dispute among the airlines is holding up an agreement to pay for a new terminal at KCI Airport. City leaders remain confident that a deal will get done. James said the airlines must work it out among themselves. He said any deal must be fair and not reduce flights or air service to Kansas City. In a letter to the city, small carriers Spirit and Allegiant said they can’t support plans […]

  • Selfless kidney donor sparks chain of surgeries, saving 3 lives in Kansas and Missouri

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One unselfish kidney donor sparked a chain reaction of surgeries that saved three lives as a result. The holiday season is a time for giving, and perhaps no gift is more precious than one that saves a life. There are about 100,000 people across the country on dialysis waiting for kidney transplants. Unfortunately, doctors say less than 20,000 of those folks actually get new kidneys because there aren’t enough people willing to donate. Two weeks ago, 25-year-old […]

  • President Truman becomes Fort Leavenworth Hall of Famer

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The United States Army Tuesday inducted Missouri’s own Harry Truman into the prestigious Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame. Truman is joining the ranks of mighty military names like Eisenhower, MacArthur and Patton. President Truman served in the Missouri National Guard and commanded a field artillery unit during World War I. But not many know that Truman continued to serve as a reserve officer after the war, training at Fort Leavenworth and rising to the rank of […]

  • Snow in the metro makes Monday morning rush slippery

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Steady snow made for some slippery travel Monday morning as the storm struck just as drivers started making their way to work. Road crews said they could not treat the pavement as early as they wanted. This is the first storm of the season where the snow is actually sticking and it happened during the morning rush hour. That combination proved to be a recipe for trouble as many drivers found themselves unaccustomed to driving on […]

  • Group pushing United Methodist Church to fully include LGBTQ community

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Dozens of people from around the metro area want the United Methodist Church to fully include gay people in their congregations. Former Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland is leading the global campaign for change. With the elections of Sharice Davids in Kansas, a gay state representative from Lenexa, Kan., and a gay governor elected in Colorado, some say the church needs to recognize that people are more accepting of differences. The United Methodist Church currently […]

  • Branson duck boat captain indicted after sinking at Table Rock Lake kills 17

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Charges have been filed against the captain of the duck boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, in Table Rock Lake over the summer, federal prosecutors said Thursday. A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. The July accident occurred when an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank when a sudden and […]

  • Crews practice driving snow plow routes as temperatures turn cooler, snow appears in forecast

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — With possible snow in the forecast later this week, crews across Missouri are getting ready for winter Wednesday with a state-wide snow drill. It’s been a while since motorists in the metro area have had to drive in snow, and plow drivers say they haven’t had much to clear in the last two or three years. Wednesday morning, crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation and Lee’s Summit city crews are driving their snow routes, making […]

  • Ballot scanner problems in KC cause voters to wait, feel uneasy about leaving ballots in pile

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Strong turnout for Tuesday’s election also prompted some voters to report having trouble casting their ballots. For a time Tuesday morning, some worried if their votes would be counted at one polling place on Ruskin Way. People who lined up at 6 a.m. when the polls opened said it didn’t take long for a problem to pop up. There was one machine to accept paper ballots, and it broke down shortly after election workers started feeding […]

  • Facing recruiting challenges, US Army visits Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the first time in more than a decade, the United States Army failed to meet its annual recruiting goal this year. That’s part of the reason why an Army general is visiting the metro area Monday. The Army is competing against a strong economy where workers are in short supply. The Army said this is the tightest labor market its faced since the beginning of the all-volunteer force. Kansas City has been identified as one […]

  • Olathe family witnesses driver stab their dog to death; police say they’ve ID’d suspect

    OLATHE, Kan. — A woman says she watched in horror as a driver took out a knife and stabbed her dog to death after hitting the animal in his pickup truck. Olathe Police had been looking for the driver as part of an animal cruelty investigation, and say they know who he is on Friday afternoon: We have identified the individual involved in the animal cruelty investigation. The case remains under investigation. — Olathe Police (@OlathePolice) November 2, 2018 Kirstyn […]

  • Metro foundation using horse therapy to help combat veterans transition to civilian life

    STILWELL, Kan. — A foundation is helping combat veterans successfully transition back into civilian life through what can only be described as horse therapy. War Horses For Veterans teaches veterans how to groom, train and ride horses. Some wonder how horses can help prepare former soldiers for the return to society. Veterans say the majestic animals have proven to be a bridge for those struggling to overcome the trauma of war. Started by an Iraq war veteran who made horses […]

  • City leaders claim 18th & Vine investment spurring private development

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city’s finance committee is considering spending another $10-million in the 18th and Vine area as part of the second phase of nearly $28-million in upgrades for the entertainment district. The city hasn’t nailed down where all the money will come from for the Jazz District, but the city manager does say funding will probably be spread out over the next two or three years. City leaders claim $7 million spent in the first phase of 18th […]