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 Christmas Miracle in September: Beloved Kaysville star survives Francis Fire

    KAYSVILLE, Utah — A popular landmark sits undamaged, in the middle of the burn scar left by the Francis Fire. Since the early 1960’s a large star constructed out of lightbulbs and steel has shined every year at Christmas time on the side of a Kaysville mountain. As the Francis Fire burned out of control on Monday, those who maintain the star worried years of tradition would go up in smoke. “I saw it was pushing it to where the […]

  • Judge denies Poulson’s request to withdraw plea

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Christopher Poulson asked a judge to withdraw his guilty plea to first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony manslaughter in an American Fork courtroom on Tuesday. Attorneys on both sides agreed over a month ago that if Poulson led authorities to find the bodies of Emily Quijano and her then-3-year-old son Gabriel, he would then plead guilty to the felonies and face a maximum of 30 years behind bars. Earlier this month, Emily and Gabriel’s bodies were […]

  • SLC government addresses increasing problem: electric scooters on sidewalks

    SALT LAKE CITY — Electric scooter companies are on notice after city officials say they have been flooded with safety complaints about the transportation devices. John Larsen, Salt Lake City’s Transportation Manager, sent a letter to scooter companies warning them of changes that could soon be on the way. “I had two ladies who retired and moved to downtown, and they told me they regret that decision because they no longer feel safe walking downtown,” Larsen said. “It’s a scary […]

  • Francis Fire in Davis Co. was lightning-caused, officials say

    FRUIT HEIGHTS, Utah — Evacuations for the Francis Fire were lifted Monday night, and the most recent estimate puts the blaze at about 365 acres Tuesday morning. The U.S. Forest Service issued a news release Tuesday indicating that the wildfire was caused by lightning. Fire officials said Tuesday morning containment is at 10%, and weather has helped settle down fire activity and they don’t anticipate much more growth Tuesday. Officials believe the fire was sparked by lightning about a week […]

  • Victim of Gun Range Fire has no hard feelings against those who started fire

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah — A family who lost their home in the Gun Range Fire says they don’t hold any hard feelings against the people who investigators believe caused the fire. “We are exhausted and we have zero energy to be angry at anyone at this point,” said Sheila Hare, whose parents lost the home they owned for decades. Authorities have not yet officially charged the the people they believe are responsible, but they could face a federal charge of not […]

  • Green Ravine Fire grows to 2,117 acres

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — Crews continue to fight the Green Ravine Fire on the mountainside east of Lake Point in Tooele County. The fire has burned 2,117 acres as of Thursday afternoon. 160 firefighters, including engine crews, hand crews, hotshot crews and helicopter crews are assigned to fight the fire. Thursday’s efforts are focusing on “mopping up” the western perimeter, putting in a containment line around the southern flank and using four helicopters to aid the ground crew suppression efforts, […]

  • Fire crews save Tooele Co. neighborhood from close call with ‘Green Ravine Fire’

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A wildfire that began Tuesday afternoon in Tooele County has grown rapidly through the evening. At the latest report, officials estimate the “Green Ravine Fire,” near Lake Point, at 1000 acres with no level of containment. The blaze initially had a minimal threat expected to homes, according to Utah Fire Info, but it was threatening important communication towers on Farnworth Peak as it grew aggressively uphill. After a wind shift, the fire made its way down […]

  • After 32 years, one of Utah’s last-standing video rental stores closing in Springville

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah — A small business is closing its doors after more than three decades serving its customers. Larsen Video opened in 1987. Its primary source of revenue came from renting movies on VHS tapes. In 32 years, the price to rent a movie stayed the same. “Same as we do now, $2.75. Never changed,” said store owner Leon Larsen. In its prime, the store was one of the most popular on Springville’s Main Street. “There were Saturdays we’d rent […]

  • Man says Ogden gas station wouldn’t allow his service dog inside

    OGDEN, Utah — A disabled man says he was forced to leave an Ogden convenience store because he was with a service dog. Travis Lott’s left leg was amputated last December. “I’ve been fighting with vascular bone tumors since 2008,” Lott said. Since losing his leg, Lott relies on his trained service dog “Bowie” to help with balance. “If I start to fall he’ll brace himself, stiff as a board, and I can utilize that to help not fall,” Lott […]

  • Man sentenced for killing Unified Police K-9 ‘Dingo’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A man convicted of killing a Unified Police K-9 will spend more than a decade behind bars. In April, Torey Chase Massey was found guilty on five counts, including possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and death of a police service animal. On Monday, Massey was sentenced to 1 to 10 years for the killing of Unified Police dog K-9 ‘Dingo’ while he was being chased by officers on July 6, 2017. He […]

  • Eagle Mountain teens forced to walk extra distance to school without direct path

    EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — Families with children who attend Cedar Valley High School believe some things were missed during the school’s planning. Students who live more than a mile and a half south of the school, in the Sweetwater subdivision, don’t have a direct bike or walking path. Instead, they are forced to take a route that is at least 2/3 of a mile longer, making their walking commute about two and a half miles. “It seems like it should […]

  • Truck crashes through Bear Lake intersection, buildings for 3rd time in a year

    GARDEN CITY, Utah — Utah Highway Patrol is investigating after a runaway truck crashed through a storage building in Garden City — the latest of three similar crashes at the same spot in the past year. Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the truck carrying a load of asphalt couldn’t stop as it was traveling on U.S. 89. It crossed Bear Lake Blvd. before crashing through the building and coming to a stop in a parking lot. Tuesday’s crash occurred five days […]

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