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
  • Utah Doomsday cult leader pleads guilty to child rape, child abuse

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Doomsday cult leader Samuel Warren “The Seer” Shaffer, 33, has pleaded guilty to child rape and child abuse Wednesday. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office said Shaffer is believed to be the leader of a religious affiliation called “Knights of the Crystal Blade.” He is accused of helping a fellow member of the affiliation, John Coltharp, kidnap his children in Iron County back in Dec. 2017. That incident led to an Amber Alert and the children were rescued. Through […]

  • Snow storm causing crashes across Wasatch Front

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A strong winter storm is causing a number of hazards around the state Monday. Crews from the Utah Department of Transportation spent hours preparing for the storm’s arrival. “Our crews are going to be out there making sure the roads are as clear as can possibly be,” said John Gleason, a spokesperson for UDOT. “It’s going to be pretty heavy snow.” At its Parley’s Canyon maintenance site Sunday, UDOT workers made last-minute adjustments to snow plows. […]

  • Sandy business owner offers free concealed carry class to Utah educators, students over 18

    SANDY, Utah – A small business owner is offering a concealed carry class, free of charge, to Utah educators and students over the age of 18. Bryan Melchior owns He believes arming teachers could prevent tragedies like the shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people. “The biggest misconception about someone carrying a firearm is that they are a danger or a threat,” Melchior said. Melchior is a parent himself. “It’s high time we defend our children,” he said. […]

  • Construction project underway at water treatment plant in City Creek Canyon

    SALT LAKE CITY – A popular recreation area was closed for several hours Friday as construction crews moved a large crane. City Creek Canyon was blocked off for about two hours beginning at 10 a.m. The crane will be used to demolish a building at the City Creek water treatment plant. “The concrete is showing its age, so for safety reasons we are taking the building down,” said Jason Mietchen, the operator of the plant. The roof of the building, […]

  • Herriman community mourns teen killed in crash on Bangerter

    HERRIMAN, Utah – A community is grieving the loss of a life taken much too soon. Wednesday, 17-year-old Herriman High School student Bryson Hathaway was killed in a car accident on Bangerter Highway. Thursday, the school brought in 11 counselors to help students deal with their emotions. “I tell them that everyone grieves differently, that it’s difficult,” said John Blodgett, the head counselor at the school. “That the timeline for going through these things is different for everyone.” Blodgett estimates […]

  • Hundreds of recycled Christmas trees put to work along Jordan River Trail

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – People who walk and bike along the Jordan River Trail are noticing something unique along the riverbank – Christmas trees. County workers are placing the trees along the river to prevent erosion. “This bank has been moving about six feet in the last year,” said Bob Thompson, the Watershed Section manager for Salt Lake County. “It’s actually moving very quickly right now and that makes this whole section of bank unstable.” Erosion could threaten the […]

  • Man uses empty vodka bottles to break into Orem Police Department, meditates until cops arrive

    OREM, Utah — Police arrested a man for trespassing and drug charges early Saturday morning after they say he used empty vodka bottles to break into the Orem Public Safety Building. According to a statement of probable cause, Siosifa Lolohea was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass with knowingly unlawful entry, and possession or use of a controlled substance. Police say the man threw two empty vodka bottles through the front glass door of the […]

  • 1 dead, 2 seriously injured after truck goes off I-215 overpass and T-bones SUV below

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — One person was killed and two others were injured after troopers say a pickup truck went off an I-215 overpass and T-boned an SUV traveling below on 3500 South Sunday. Sgt. Nathan Croft with the Utah Highway Patrol said the pickup truck was traveling northbound on I-215 prior to the deadly crash, which Fox 13 News first heard report of around 4:30 p.m. “He went off the side of the road, launched himself onto 3500 […]

  • Fire officials respond to concerns about response time after deadly house fire in Sunset

    SUNSET, Utah — A house fire that killed an elderly woman Friday night is raising questions about a recent decision by the Sunset City Council to dissolve the city’s fire department. “They need to bring it back,” said Tammey Westover, who lives two doors down from the house that caught fire. “A lot of these houses are reliant on them to be here.” In May of 2017, the Sunset City Council voted for the city to be covered by the […]

  • Man arrested after SWAT situation at Sandy apartment

    SANDY, Utah – A SWAT standoff in Sandy is showing how police are reacting to the recent increase in violence against officers. Sandy Police responded to a domestic disturbance near 8100 South 1300 East early Friday morning. They say an estranged son tried to enter his parents’ apartment with a gun. When they refused to let him in, he went to his car and fell asleep. The parents called police, who responded with the SWAT team. After two and a […]

  • Fired employee arrested for robbing Utah County nursing home at gunpoint

    PAYSON, Utah – A Utah County woman is in custody after she allegedly held up an assisted living center in Utah County. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said a suspect went into Elk Ridge Assisted Living in Payson and threatened two employees with a handgun and a stun gun at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Chris Hermansen, the owner of the facility, says the suspect carefully planned the robbery. He says she called the front desk and claimed a resident was […]

  • Salt Lake Co. Animal Services seize 86 reptiles after rescuer admitted to hospital

    MIDVALE, Utah – Salt Lake County Animal Services and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources seized 86 reptiles from a warehouse in Midvale. The animals were stored there by local reptile wrangler Jim Dix. Dix is currently in the hospital awaiting quadruple bypass surgery. “I want to make it specifically clear: we didn’t abandon these animals,” Dix told FOX 13 from his hospital bed. He’s been in the hospital since Friday and thought he could leave the animals at his […]