John Franchi joins FOX13 as a Multimedia Journalist.
John joined KSTU after four years at KMTR in Eugene, OR where he served as the evening news anchor. In Eugene, John won an Emmy award for his coverage of the Umpqua Community College shooting. Before making the switch to news, John spent more than a decade covering sports.
When he isn’t covering the news, John likes to spend time participating in Crossfit, traveling and watching classic movies. He is also a proud owner of a rescue dog named Zurg. A native of San Francisco, John is a die-hard fan of the Giants, 49ers and Warriors. He says being able to cover the Giants’ win over the Tigers in the 2012 World Series and the inaugural College Football Playoff game were some of the best experiences of his career.

Recent Articles
  • A shrine in downtown Salt Lake City aims to bring good luck to the Utah Jazz, but scares some fans

    SALT LAKE CITY —  A shrine aimed at bringing good vibes to the Utah Jazz as the team continues its playoff run, is turning some heads in downtown Salt Lake City. Sometime in the last few days, the shrine popped up on 300 South and 200 East. It features photos of Jazz players from the past and present, candles, and an angel dressed in a Jazz jersey. A sign on the corner of the shrine reads “#JazzVooDoo, Positive Vibes,” but that […]

  • Salt Lake City woman sees her stolen laptop for sale on a classified ads website, confronts suspected thieves

    SALT LAKE CITY — A woman who says she found items stolen from her Sugarhouse home listed for sale on a local classified ads website, decided to confront the suspected thieves. Michelle Buette called the phone number listed on the ad, and set up a meeting at a convenience store parking lot in the area of Indiana Avenue and Navajo Street. She and her friends checked the serial number on the laptop and it was hers.  She told the people […]

  • Dry Creek project in Sandy will mitigate flood risk, expand trail system

    SANDY, Utah –Improvements are underway along Dry Creek to prevent flooding. The Dry Creek Improvement Project is bringing some major changes. “It gets out of mind, out of sight, and we forget that things can get very dangerous, very quick here,” said Tom Ward, the Director of Sandy Public Utilities. The project will lower Dry Creek’s flood risk by widening the channel. Crews will remove invasive trees and shrubbery, while adding rocks to reinforce the creek’s banks. “Mainly it’s a […]

  • Final preparations underway for Warriors over the Wasatch Air and Space Show

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Organizers are making final preparations for the “Warriors over the Wasatch Air and Space Show.” The two-day event takes place June 23rd and 24th at Hill Air Force Base. “This is our opportunity to open those gates for folks to come in and see what we do on a daily basis,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Thomas, the show’s director. The Department of Defense holds events like this with the hope of inspiring youth to […]

  • Utah Legislature votes to override pair of vetoes from Gov. Herbert

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Legislature has voted to override Gov. Gary Herbert’s veto of Senate Bill 171. The veto required a two-thirds majority vote, and the Senate voted 21-7 while the House voted 55-15 to override the Governor. The bill allows lawmakers to defend laws passed by the legislature if they are challenged in court–even if the Attorney General chooses not to defend the law. Gov. Herbert originally vetoed the bill, warning it could be problematic if […]

  • Police identify 3-year-old killed, baby critically injured in Provo crash

    PROVO, Utah — The Provo Police Department has identified the toddler killed in the fatal crash as 3-year-old Chelsey Parkinson. Police said the baby flown to the hospital in critical condition Sunday is a 15-month-old girl, not an 8-month-old boy as Provo Police originally said. She is still in critical condition, officers said. Det. Nick Dupaix of Provo Police said the crash occurred just before 5 p.m. at 3700 North University Ave. Dupaix said three vehicles heading southbound were waiting […]

  • West Valley City neighborhood comes together to support young girl facing terminal diagnosis

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A community is rallying behind a child suffering from a terminal illness. In less than a day, neighbors in West Valley City assembled bounce houses, clowns, horses, food and other fun to brighten the day of an 11-year-old girl. Karma McBride, 11, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called osteosarcoma in 2016. Her mother said that after 30 rounds of chemotherapy they thought she was cancer free in January, but just this last […]

  • Family of man shot, killed by West Valley City Police believes use of force was excessive

    WEST VALLEY CITY – The family of a 20-year-old who was shot and killed by West Valley City police Sunday believes the use of force was excessive. Police say Elijah Smith was the suspect in a theft at a cell phone store. He ran from officers and entered a home occupied by three children. He was shot inside that home. “Why did they have to do what they did,” asked Smith’s mother, Roshawna Carter. “Why did they have to kill […]

  • Hundreds gather for protest organized by Black Lives Matter in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of people gathered in front of the public safety building to protest what they believe is excessive violence by police against people of color. The protest was organized by Black Lives Matter Utah in response to the death of Stephon Clark — an unarmed, African-American male who was killed by police in Sacramento, California.  “Communities can bond over horrific tragedies like this one,” said Saida Dahir, the 17-year-old organizer of the event. For Dahir, the […]

  • Utah family raises funds for life jacket loaner stations in honor of son who drowned at Willard Bay

    CLINTON, Utah — A grieving family hopes something positive can come from their loss. Cheryl and Randy Bradley lost their son, Brigham, in the summer of 2013. He drowned in Willard Bay while helping a friend sell a jet ski. Brigham wasn’t wearing a life jacket. “It is obviously a life-altering experience, and there is no place in your brain to put that you’re burying your child,” Cheryl Bradley said. Through the pain and agony of losing a son, the […]

  • Citizens honored for rescuing Davis County correctional officer

    DAVIS COUNTY, Utah – Four women were honored Wednesday for their efforts in saving the life of a Davis County correctional officer. In late January, while out on his daily run, Deputy Steve Lewis suffered a massive heart attack. “If people had ignored seeing me on the sidewalk, yeah, I wouldn’t be here today,” Lewis said. Four people – Anne Olsen, Monica Deis, Nancy Mikkelsen and Elise Griggs – noticed Lewis was in trouble and stepped in to help. “He […]

  • Man who confronted suspect before deadly officer-involved shooting in West Valley City speaks

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A man who confronted a theft suspect minutes before he was shot and killed by West Valley City Police Sunday spoke to Fox 13 about the encounter. The shooting occurred at a home in a cul-de-sac at 3580 South and 2140 West. The incident began with a theft at a cell phone store about a mile away on Redwood Road. As officers approached the suspect, police say he ran and tried to get inside a […]