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
  • Air Force Thunderbirds honor Utah cop who rescued boy who fell into frozen pond

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds honored a Washington County Sheriff’s sergeant for saving the life of a young boy. Last Christmas, Sgt. Aaron Thompson jumped into an icy pond near New Harmony in southern Utah to save an 8-year-old boy who was trapped in the frigid water. “I was just doing my job,” said Thompson, who doesn’t believe he is a hero. “I was the right guy, at the right place, at the right time.” […]

  • 3 North Carolina family members killed, 1 critically injured in Millard Co. crash

    SCIPIO, Utah — Three people have died and others are in the hospital after a crash on US-50 near Scipio. According to Utah Highway Patrol, it happened near mile post 134 around 8:35 p.m. Tuesday. A news release from UHP said a white Porsche Cayenne was traveling east on SR-50 when it passed another vehicle and the driver did not immediately return to her lane. The Cayenne struck a black Ford Fusion head-on, which caused the Cayenne to flip on […]

  • Neighbor recounts hostage situation that turned deadly in South Salt Lake

    SOUTH SALT LAKE — A usually quiet neighborhood experienced tense moments Sunday morning when a man held an elderly couple hostage at 451 East Stanley Avenue. “Yeah, not much happens around here,” said 23-year-old Steven Pascual. Pascual was startled to wake up to the sound of several police officers shouting at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. “Then I do a double take because one of them has a big gun, and I’m like, ‘Oh dang. Something’s going down,’” he said. He […]

  • Elderly woman killed by suspect, suspect killed by police in South Salt Lake standoff

    SOUTH SALT LAKE – An elderly woman was killed and an elderly man was wounded in a standoff that resulted in a suspect being shot and killed by police in South Salt Lake. The incident happened in the area of Stanley Ave and 400 East Sunday morning, officials with the South Salt Lake Police Department said. Police initially responded to an incident where two elderly residents were involved in a hostage situation with an adult male. SWAT responded to the scene. […]

  • Utah couple at Hoover Dam Bridge during police standoff shares their story

    CLARK COUNTY, Nevada – A Salt Lake City couple found themselves feet away from a man who barricaded himself on the Hoover Dam Bridge Friday. Police say the man was driving what they believe was a homemade armored vehicle when he stopped traffic on U.S. Highway 93. Merrill Ford and his wife were on their way to Sedona, Arizona when their trip came to a sudden halt. “All of the sudden, the traffic just stopped and we didn’t know what […]

  • Herriman residents protest proposed Olympia Hills development

    HERRIMAN, Utah — Dozens of residents voiced their concerns about a proposed high density housing development in Herriman. The Salt Lake County Council recently approved rezoning for the Olympia Hills development. Plans call for 9,000 housing units to be built on roughly 900 acres of land near Herriman. “It is not appropriate to build an entire city in my backyard,” said one resident at a town hall hosted by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams at Herriman High School. “It’s […]

  • Numerous families evacuated by Moab fire, city officials work to gather donations

    MOAB, Utah – Moab City officials are working to gather donations after a fire destroyed eight homes and caused more than a dozen families to be evacuated Tuesday evening. A local hotel called the Gonzo Inn took in about 15 families who were evacuated due to the fire. The hotel was at capacity Tuesday night, with managers working to make sure that no one who was evacuated went without a place to stay. Many of the families were waking up […]

  • Police identify woman killed in crash at Millcreek Starbucks

    MILLCREEK, Utah – One person is dead and others are critically injured after a truck crashed into a patio at Starbucks near 4800 S. Highland Dr. Unified Police said 48-year-old Joslyn Nicole Spilsbury of Salt Lake City died in the incident. Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said a truck traveling at “a high rate of speed” crossed Highland Dr., jumped a curb and crashed into a group of people on the Starbucks patio around 9:15. A man was driving […]

  • Salt Lake City shooting sends two to hospital; two people in custody

    SALT LAKE CITY — Two people were injured after a shooting near 500 North and Redwood Road Thursday morning. Salt Lake City Police say two suspects are now in custody for the shooting. At around 9 a.m., police responded to a call of shots fired near the Jordan River Trail. While investigating that call, they heard the gunshots fired on Redwood Road about 20 minutes later. When they arrived on the scene, they found two victims. Police say a witness […]

  • Agriculture students at Utah charter school devastated after dogs kill livestock

    WEST VALLEY CITY — Agriculture students attending the Roots Charter High School are devastated by the loss of several of their animals. They say the animals were attacked on two separate occasions by a pair of dogs. They say the most recent occurred on Wednesday morning. “I just cried,” said Sarah Sherwin, a student at the school. “There wasn’t anything we could do.” Two goats, two sheep and several chickens were killed in the attacks. Other animals suffered serious wounds. […]

  • One wounded in West Jordan shooting

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — One person drove himself to a hospital and police have detained several people after a shooting in West Jordan Sunday. The police department tweeted that officers are on the scene of a shooting in the vicinity of 7000 South and 4800 West. Police first tweeted about the shooting at 6:53 p.m. Police at the scene said the incident began with a dispute between a group of people in a car and a group of people on […]

  • Utahns participate in ‘Wear Orange’ campaign, call for action to address gun violence

    SALT LAKE CITY – People across the country are wearing orange this weekend to bring awareness to the issue of gun violence. The “Wear Orange” campaign was inspired by a woman who was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013. The movement is spreading across the country. In Salt Lake City, several groups including Moms Demand Action and March for our Lives organized a benefit concert in support of the Wear Orange movement. Dozens of people gathered at Canyon Rim […]