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
  • Friends rally around family after teen killed in driveway accident

    SYRACUSE, Utah — Classmates from Syracuse High School are rallying around the family of Marli Hamblin. The 15-year-old died Sunday after she was accidentally run over in her driveway Friday evening. Now, friends have launched a campaign to help with medical expenses and funeral costs. It’s called “Marli’s Miracle.” “Marli’s family decided that she wanted to be an organ donor and so Marli’s miracle is she’s helping other people and that she’s living on through other people,” said classmate Kendyl […]

  • Land donated, fundraising underway for family who lost home in landslide

    NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah – Sky Properties is donating a plot of land to a family who lost their home in a landslide, and fundraising efforts on the family’s behalf are underway. The Utrilla family’s home was destroyed in a landslide that threatened several homes in the area and has prompted questions into whether or not the developer bears some responsibility for the loss. David Utrilla said they appreciate the efforts on their behalf from Sky Properties, which include a […]

  • City officials: unapproved construction a possible factor in landslide

    NORTH SALT LAKE — Two days after a landslide destroyed a home in North Salt Lake, the city manager says un-permitted construction and landscaping may have played a role. The statement came as crews are just days away from gathering data to try to understand how the earth shifted. By Monday, engineers hope to drill into the hillside and collect samples to determine water flow and the severity of movement. Crews from Kern River Gas Transmission company drilled Thursday, installing […]

  • Crews working to shore up hillside after landslide

    NORTH SALT LAKE — Crews are working on a hillside in North Salt Lake in the wake of a landslide that destroyed a home earlier this week, and several families have been told it may be some time before they can return to their homes. Questar gas crews are turning the gas in the area back on for the first time since Tuesday’s slide, and a group of engineers are planning to drill and put in monitoring equipment so they […]

  • Residents raise concerns at community meeting regarding North Salt Lake landslide

    NORTH SALT LAKE — Residents attended a community meeting Wednesday night to address concerns in the wake of a landslide, and a family who lost everything spoke about the incident. The Utrilla family’s home was destroyed, and at Wednesday’s meeting family spokesman David Utrilla said he believes the city is avoiding responsibility and should replace their home. “Even if they don’t have a legal obligation to do that, I believe they have a moral obligation,” he said. Other residents in […]

  • Update: More than 100 homes damaged in Carbon County floods

    CARBON COUNTY, Utah – More than 100 homes are damaged after flash flooding in Carbon County overnight. The Carbon County Sheriff’s office said the flooding damage totals are approaching $2 million and that total could rise. Officials said Helper, Spring Glen, Carbonville and the Westwood area were hit the hardest. Approximately 3/4 of an inch of rain fell within 20 minutes, according to officials. While the area is known for flash floods, the water came on so hard and fast […]

  • Second student claims sexual relationship with ex-Davis High teacher, more charges filed

    DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — Davis County prosecutors say a former Davis High School teacher had sex with, not one, but two students last year. Now, former English teacher Brianne Altice is facing multiple rape and sodomy charges. Court documents say the second student was 17 at the time and he confided to a couple classmates that he had sex with Altice. One of those classmates, who we’re not identifying, talked with FOX 13 Monday night. “He said, ‘hey let’s tell […]

  • Courtesy: WZZM, Mary Hagadus

    Body of missing boy living with felon in Utah to be exhumed, sent home to Michigan

    CLEARFIELD, Utah – He ran away from his home in Michigan more than 30 years ago and died in Utah after living with a convicted felon. Now, Clearfield Police plan to exhume the teenager’s remains to return him to his real family. Even though Clyde Lee Jourdan died decades ago, his mother had no idea. Until last year, she still thought he was alive. “I would say, please pray that someday I find my son and I kept doing this […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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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