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Gene Kennedy is an award-winning reporter known for his "show-and-tell" style of live reporting. Since his career launched in March 2000, Kennedy has earned awards for breaking news, general assignment and investigative journalism.

After graduating from University of Missouri, Columbia in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, Gene started reporting in Davenport, Iowa where he interviewed political candidates such as Howard Dean and John Kerry. Kennedy later moved to Reno for a weekend anchor/reporter position.

During his time in the 'Biggest Little City,' he went to Los Angeles for a special behind-the-scenes story about the cable comedy show "Reno 911" where he landed a cameo playing himself in a 2004 episode. To this day, Gene still gets emails from across the country about the appearance. In the summer of 2005, Kennedy landed in Salt Lake City and after seven years in the market, he has reported for three of the four television stations.

His exclusive interview with Craig Gregerson, who murdered Destiny Norton, is among his most significant stories. Other noteworthy coverage includes the Crandall Canyon Mine Disaster, the rescue of a couple trapped in winter conditions in Iron County, the explosion of Josh Powell's home in Washington state and Elizabeth Smart's marriage. When Kennedy isn't reporting, he spends time with his wife Jenni and their son Joey.

Gene also leads a bit of a double-life. He's an experienced musician who sings, plays guitar, bass and produces local pop music which is currently sold on iTunes and CDbaby.com. Kennedy has played Warped Tour in Salt Lake City and has shared the stage with national acts such as Neon Trees, Unwritten Law, 12 Stones & The Lemonheads.

If you'd like to send Gene a story idea, you can email him at gene.kennedy@fox13now.com or follow him on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/genekennedynews">@GeneKennedyNews</a>

Recent Articles
  • 5K Foam Fest canceled due to organization’s bankruptcy; runners feel robbed

    SPANISH FORK, Utah — Runners are outraged a Utah company took their money then abruptly canceled foam runs in several U.S. cities. Round House Racing, the company that operates “5K Foam Fest,” is based in Spanish Fork. While the company’s logo remains on the front door, owner David Ballard wasn’t there Wednesday and declined to do an interview with FOX 13. However, he said over the phone there weren’t enough people registering for the races to outweigh the cost of doing […]

  • Soccer stadium plan may save Utah State Fair Park

    SALT LAKE CITY — Could big renovations save the Utah State Fair? The fair’s board of directors thinks so and unveiled ambitious plans Friday. After reviewing a state-commissioned study, the board felt the fair should stay at its home location off North Temple but undergo a massive make-over that includes a partnership with Real Salt Lake soccer. With its 100-year-old agricultural facilities, the fair has been hemorrhaging tax dollars, and renovations to 13 buildings are already underway. Meanwhile, the state […]

  • Fire at Redwood Road

    Redwood Road reopens after closure caused by fire

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Fire Department personnel responded to a large grass fire Friday afternoon, and the smoke from the fire was impacting visibility and led to the temporary closure of Redwood Road in the area. Jason Asay, Salt Lake City Fire Department, told FOX 13 News at about 3:45 p.m. that the blaze in the area of Redwood Road and 300 South is a two-alarm fire, and a short time later officials tweeted the fire had […]

  • Man who teaches fifth grade accused of touching female students inappropriately

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A fifth-grade teacher has been booked into jail, and the man is accused of inappropriately touching four girls who were in his class during the course of the 2013-2014 school year. According to court documents, 62-year-old James Rolland Carter faces two counts of sexual abuse of a child as second-degree felonies, and two counts of lewdness involving a child as class A misdemeanors. A declaration of probable cause indicates that three female students told police […]

  • Taylorsville officer involved shooting

    Police identify suspects in hospital after chase, shootout with officers

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Two suspects are in the hospital after a police chase and a shooting involving two officers early Thursday morning. Authorities said 31-year-old Ramon S. Franco and 19-year-old Celene J. Hernandez allegedly ran from officers in West Valley. Officers said the suspects fired several gunshots at lawmen as they drove across multiple cities. The chase ended in Taylorsville by the Salt Lake Community College Campus when officers used spikes to take out the suspects’ car tires. Deputies said […]

  • Tooele arson suspect Timothy West

    Fire that evacuated Tooele Co. was intentional, police have suspect in custody

    STOCKTON, Utah – Authorities said a fire that evacuated part of Tooele County was intentionally set and they have a suspect in custody. Crews evacuated Stockton residents Wednesday afternoon for a grass fire that burned hundreds of acres, damaged buildings and threatened homes.  Officials said they arrested Timothy West just after 10 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday fire officials said the fire was 100-percent contained and burned more than 200 acres. Firefighters said the blaze destroyed three structures but they were not […]

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    Family, friends hold vigil for victims of apparent double murder-suicide

    LOGAN, Utah — Family, friends and fellow Utah State Aggies gathered Tuesday night to remember the victims of a double-murder suicide near Utah State University. Roughly 50 people lit candles outside the Stilts Apartments at 636 E. 500 North in Logan, the scene of Monday’s shooting that killed 19-year-old USU student Mackenzie Madden and her 25-year-old friend Johnathon Sadler. The shooter, 23-year-old Jared Tolman, who was a Utah Guardsman, recently broke up with Madden, police say. Investigators think he snapped […]

  • Police: Alleged Logan shooter left note, murders stem from jealous rage

    LOGAN, Utah — FOX 13 News has learned there was a third potential victim in Monday’s apparent double-murder suicide near Utah State University. Logan Police say the shooter is 23-year-old Jared Tolman, a Utah Guardsman. Police say Tolman shot and killed 19-year-old Mackenzie Madden and 25-year-old Johnathon Sadler. Investigators also believe Tolman may have tried to kill another young man before turning the gun on himself. It appears to be the result of a jealous rage. Logan Police say the […]

  • Man cited after refusing to leave scene of blaze sparked by fireworks

    SANTAQUIN, Utah — Fourth of July fireworks sparked more than a dazzling light show in Santaquin. Tempers flared and handcuffs came out in one neighborhood. Now, a Santaquin man has taken to social media, outraged police handcuffed him while he was trying to put out a grass fire burning near his home. However, police officials said there’s more to the story. When a field fire ignited about 200 feet from Jason Thornton’s home, he and his neighbors started stringing hoses […]

  • Mulch fire flames

    Neighboring businesses upset after second mulch fire in week in South Salt Lake

    SOUTH SALT LAKE – Neighboring business owners are voicing concerns after the second fire in a week at a mulch facility near their properties. It wast just last Thursday when the Diamond Tree Experts’ mulch pile caught fire. This time things were more out of control. Utah Highway Patrol had to shut down I-15 at 3300 S. as well as on ramps to southbound I-15 coming from I-80 and State Road 201 Thursday night, and fire personnel were still on scene […]

  • Vigil held to advocate for immigration reform focuses on children

    SALT LAKE CITY — Business leaders and activists from across the country, including in Utah, participated in a National Action Day Wednesday, all stemming from a massive influx of undocumented children coming across the border. Just since October, some 52,000 children, mostly from Central America, have come into the United States unaccompanied by their parents. A group of roughly 40 activists gathered at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City Wednesday evening to show solidarity for children who’ve died while escaping […]

  • SLC police chief dog shooting

    SLC Police Chief addresses dog shooting incident

    SALT LAKE CITY – Hundreds of people are expected to rally outside the Salt Lake City Police Department, angry that an officer shot and killed a neighbor’s dog. Nine days after the incident, police chief Chris Burbank addressed the community for the first time. Burbank identified the officer during a press conference Friday. He expressed remorse for the incident but also said he’s disappointed by the public response which has included hate mail and even death threats towards officers. Some […]