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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
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    OLATHE, Kan. — They’ve been in the same classes together since the school year started. Now, some students at one Kansas school are meeting each other face-to-face for the first time. Kansas Connections Academy is the state’s online public school. About 800 kids from all corners of the Sunflower State attend virtual classrooms over the internet. In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, students traveled to Olathe to perform a variety of public service projects, including: making blankets for the […]

  • Consultant says agreement on new single-terminal KCI airport ‘weeks’ away

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An aviation consultant told city council members Thursday that we may be only “weeks” away from a cost-sharing agreement among the airlines to build a new terminal at KCI Airport. Lou Salomon said the airlines are coming to grips with the $1.64 billion price tag. Salomon represents airlines serving KCI. He said the costs associated with a new terminal won’t be a surprise to airline executives. Eight carriers at KCI have been reviewing plans for a […]

  • KC referendum seeks cap on development tax breaks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A citizens petition is asking voters to put a cap on tax incentives for development projects in some areas. Some believe it may impact growth around downtown, one of the areas targeted by the proposal. The chair of the city’s finance committee says construction of the new convention center hotel probably would not be happening if the proposed incentive cap was law at the time. That’s because creating projects downtown and in the Crossroads, where the […]

  • Downed trees, power lines continue to block streets across the metro

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Downed tree limbs and power lines are still causing problems for folks across the metro. Grandview schools closed for a second day following the weekend storm. The school superintendent says 60 percent of the district’s bus routes remain impassable Tuesday morning because of downed tree limbs or power lines. After focusing on clearing more than a hundred miles of pavement over the last three days, Grandview public works crews are now clearing fallen trees that have blocked a […]

  • Postal service asks customers to clear snow to prevent delivery disruption

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s horrible to have health problems during a big weekend like this one. That’s why staff at Saint Joseph Medical Center staged a Chiefs pep rally before the big game. Getting people excited for football can help patients heal. “It’s infectious, as you can see,” one hospital staffer said. A long line of doctors and nurses waiting to get their photos taken with KC Wolf is a sign of how captivated Kansas City has become over […]

  • KC leaders consider guardrail For Parvin Road following child’s death in crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The death of a 4-year-old girl in a traffic crash Monday is prompting city leaders to look at installing a guardrail along Northeast Parvin Road. Neighbors at the Colonial Square Apartments have repeatedly asked the city to upgrade the road. City leaders say they’ve learned about dozens of crashes along this section of Parvin Road in recent years, and the city does have a plan for improving the entire corridor from Interstate 435 to the I-29-35 […]

  • KCMO considers allowing more taverns in the River Market

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  • Urban core convenience store needs church approval to sell hard liquor

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  • Repeated thefts prompt MoDOT to install overhead cables for highway lights

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  • Grandview students return to school with a lot more security cameras watching

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Students at Grandview High School returned to classes Thursday to find nearly 140 new surveillance cameras watching over them. The security upgrades are designed to make kids feel safer at school. New high tech cameras have been installed both inside and outside the school, recording areas like the football stadium, field house and parking lots. The cameras are equipped with sensors that detect movement and can learn to identify individuals by their clothing and shape. The main […]

  • KCMO says most illegally dumped trash could have been recycled for free

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