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 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 or follow him on Twitter: @GeneKennedyNews

Recent Articles
  • Father of murdered baby speaks about his child, man accused in her death

    OGDEN, Utah — His baby girl was murdered, police say, by the mother’s boyfriend. Now, the biological father is speaking out. James Labuy said 14-month-old Kensie Rose changed his life. He said he went from drifting to being a responsible adult. Labuy was fighting to get custody of his daughter when he learned she was killed in a brutal assault Monday at an Ogden motel where the mother lived with her boyfriend, Adam Barney, and two sons from another relationship. […]

  • State senator seeks criminal investigation in wake of audit of UTA

    SALT LAKE CITY — First a scathing audit, now a Utah lawmaker says the Utah Transit Authority should be criminally investigated. Auditors revealed bloated UTA salaries, underfunded services and financial mismanagement Tuesday but didn’t think it rose to criminal behavior. However, Senator Todd Weiler, R-District 23, questions whether auditors were misled and if taxpayer money was misspent. He wants Utah’s Attorney General to take a closer look. “I think the public is very concerned,” he said. “I’ve been getting calls […]

  • Couple who delivered baby in parking lot shares their story

    OREM, Utah — An Orem couple welcomed their baby boy to the world Monday on the side of the road with help from a 911 dispatcher. Kelly and Mike Anderson were hoping to give birth at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, but baby Benjamin decided 1600 S. State St. was a better spot. Kelly said she wasn’t due for two weeks, but just before 6 a.m. Monday, she said: “I was making enough noise that Mike woke up.” […]

  • Mom of dead Ogden toddler says she trusted Barney to watch her kids

    OGDEN, Utah — Ogden Police arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s 14-month-old daughter Monday. The mother, 26-year-old Kaci Rupert, said she trusted her boyfriend to watch her three kids while she was working and saving money for a new apartment for the couple. Rupert spoke with her boyfriend around the time of his arrest but said she couldn’t bring herself to ask specifics of what happened. “I don’t know if I can cope with it yet, if […]

  • Park City High students address body image issues

    PARK CITY, Utah — Weighing yourself can be the source of a lot of pain but at Park City High School, the scales were smashed Monday night. People who’ve suffered from eating disorders had a message for their audience – “you are more than your looks, more than a number of a scale.” On top of the smashed scales, specific messages about body image were written. The scales were also called “tombstones.” “So kind of what would you say to […]

  • Utah woman serving mission for LDS Church critically injured in Oklahoma

    SALT LAKE CITY – Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated Friday that a young woman from West Jordan serving as a missionary with the LDS Church in Oklahoma was critically injured in an automobile accident. LDS Church Spokeswoman Jessica Moody issued a statement indicating 19-year-old Nancy Ann Vea of West Jordan was critically injured Friday in an automobile accident and is on life support. Officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the crash was a […]

  • Suspect in SWAT standoff in Magna in custody

    MAGNA, Utah – SWAT personnel responded to a home in Magna where a suspect had barricaded themselves inside, and nearby homes were evacuated as police communicated with the suspect–who was eventually taken into custody. Det. Ken Hansen of the Unified Police Department said homes near a residence at 2278 S. Cyprus Grove Circle were being evacuated. Hansen said an officer observed a wanted individual and went to make an arrest around 2:30 p.m. The suspect ran inside a home, and […]

  • School district official: Staff who served student lunch from trash did so out of ‘panic’

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – School administrators apologized to a mother in a meeting Thursday after her daughter was served pizza from a trash can earlier this week. Sierra Prince is an eighth grade student with special needs who attends Pleasant Grove Junior High School, and she said she feels too humiliated to return to school after she was served a piece of pizza at lunch that came from a trash can. School district officials spoke about the staff’s decision to […]

  • Agreement aims to bring single-software system to 911 dispatchers in Salt Lake Valley

    SALT LAKE CITY — Recent complaints of delayed emergency response times have shined a light on a decades-old discussion–whether there should be unified 911 system in the Salt Lake Valley. Now, county leaders are one-step closer to putting a plan into motion before the year is up. There are two 911 dispatch centers in the valley, Salt Lake Dispatch and Valley Emergency Communications Center, or VECC. The computers at these dispatch centers don’t communicate well with each other, which can […]

  • Canyons School District puts new policies in place in effort to increase bus safety

    SANDY, Utah — On the night before school started, the Canyons School District announced a major change to bus safety after a former Canyons bus driver was arrested for allegedly molesting two special needs students. Bus drivers will no longer be allowed to buckle and unbuckle special needs students unless parents sign a waiver. Under a new plan, parents and aides are being asked to take that responsibility. Using a teddy bear in place of a student, administrators demonstrated at […]

  • Elementary school teacher in Park City faces charges relating to child pornography

    PARK CITY, Utah — A Park City elementary school teacher has been fired and arrested for allegedly possessing and uploading child pornography videos. Jose Maria Ardanaz Ezcurdia, 31, taught second grade dual immersion at Parley Park Elementary in Park City. Police said he was also a Boy Scout leader. Ezcurdia is from Spain and has taught in Utah for three years on a work visa. But in May, court documents indicate he, “uploaded a video file to which was […]

  • Vigil held for South Salt Lake man shot, killed by police

    SALT LAKE CITY — Friends of a 20-year-old shot and killed by police flocked to a Salt Lake City 7-11 Tuesday night for a vigil. Dillon Taylor was with his brother and cousin Monday night and relatives say no one, including Taylor, was armed when the trio encountered Salt Lake City police. “I can’t believe it. I’m mortified, what’s happened here isn’t OK,” said Josh Siegel, the victim’s friend. Wearing T-shirts saying “RIP” and holding flowers and balloons, more than […]

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