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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
  • Audio of 911 call from groping incident at USU released

    LOGAN, Utah –A newly released 911 call reveals a frightening moment for a Utah State University student. “I was just running, and someone attacked me I guess, tried to grope me I guess,” the 19-year-old student told a police dispatcher. She said she went on a 5-mile jog Saturday night that started at 8th East, 10th North in Logan and ended at USU’s Old Main Hill, where a stranger approached her. Caller: “I was about to run the stairs, and […]

  • Former federal judge joins Shaun Cowley’s defense team

    SALT LAKE CITY — The former West Valley detective who shot and killed Danielle Willard almost two years ago is trying to get a manslaughter charge dismissed well before a trial begins. Shaun Cowley appeared in court Monday for a routine scheduling appearance but this time he didn’t walk out alone — several family members were by his side. At times, Cowley was smiling. “The reason for that is he’s now been given the opportunity to respond to some of […]

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    Business sustains estimated $1 million in damages after fire engulfs building

    WOODS CROSS, Utah — A garage door company is a total loss after a massive fire erupted in an industrial park in Woods Cross Friday afternoon. Flames ignited just before 5 p.m. at 1560 West and 2600 South; Officials captured footage of the flames, see the video above. Officials initially reported there were two businesses in the structure and that both had been destroyed, but in a follow-up press release officials stated only one business, Overhead Door Company, was involved. […]

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    Fire near Levan burning on more than 3,000 acres

    JUAB COUNTY, Utah — A wildfire is burning on more than 3,000 acres south of Levan Saturday, and officials said that several homes were temporarily evacuated Thursday night due to the blaze. The fire started along State Road 28, near mile marker 27, in the area south of Levan Thursday night, and fire personnel from Juab County on scene requested additional units from other agencies. As of Friday evening, about 200 personnel had been assigned to the fire. Officials said […]

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    Homeowner hospitalized after explosion causes 2-alarm fire

    DRAPER, Utah – A man was hospitalized after an explosion sparked a house fire in Draper on Friday morning. The fire, located near 15000 South Junction Circle (235 East), was reported just after 7 a.m. Friday. Neighbors say they heard a loud explosion that shook their homes, and when they came outside, they saw flames shooting out of the home across the street. They say they saw the man stumbling out of his home just after the explosion. “I was preparing […]

  • Animal welfare groups in Utah opposed to crow hunting proposal

    SALT LAKE CITY – Animal welfare groups are working in opposition to legal crow hunting in Utah, which is scheduled to begin in September. Wildlife officials moved to approve crows for hunting earlier this year, and the hunt runs from September 1 to September 30 and from December 1 to February 28. The final decision will be made next week. Officials with the Humane Society of Utah and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah have launched petitions, and they […]

  • Ogden police shoot, kill dog; 911 tapes related to case released

    OGDEN, Utah — Ogden Police have now released 911 tapes from the call that led to a welfare check and a pit bull being shot and killed. Police said they were attacked, and an internal affairs investigation will determine if their actions were justified. The dog owners said it was excessive force, and they intend to sue. There are two very different sides to what happened outside 2965 Monroe Blvd. in Ogden. Police said an out-of-state phone call late Tuesday […]

  • 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 […]

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    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 […]