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
  • Police search for serial garage theft suspects plaguing South Jordan neighborhood

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Police are searching for a group of thieves they believe have targeted several homes in the same neighborhood. Surveillance video shared by a homeowner shows a man riding a motorized scooter go into a garage that was left open. Moments later he comes back outside with a cartload of items. Residents believe the man on the scooter takes the goods to a car waiting nearby that drives away. “It’s maddening is what it is,” said homeowner […]

  • Salt Lake City Police: teen boy stabbed in domestic dispute

    SALT LAKE CITY — Police said a teenage boy was stabbed in an apparent domestic dispute. The stabbing happened just before 7 p.m. inside the 600 Lofts apartment building on 6th South and State Street. Investigators said an intoxicated man went to his girlfriend’s apartment, but she wasn’t home. Her son, who police said is around 14 or 15 years old, was home with his younger sister and he refused to let the man inside. Moments later, the boy’s mother […]

  • Judge hears arguments for Rep. Mia Love’s lawsuit against Salt Lake County Clerk

    WEST JORDAN — The battle between Republican incumbent Mia Love and Democratic challenger Ben McAdams for Utah’s 4th Congressional district seat is now in a courtroom. Thursday afternoon, State Judge James Gardner heard arguments after Congresswoman Love and her campaign filed a petition to stop Salt Lake County from counting ballots that require additional signature verification. Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said 3,136 ballots in Salt Lake County require additional verification. So far 878 affidavits have been returned and […]

  • Hundreds of people honor Major Brent Taylor as his body returns home

    NORTH OGDEN, Utah — Hundreds of people waited along Washington Boulevard to honor Major Brent Taylor as his body returned home. People began gathering before 3:30 in the afternoon, more than an hour before the procession passed through the area. “I would have voted for him for president,” said North Ogden resident Lisa Shinn. She didn’t know Taylor personally, but he was her mayor.  She felt compelled to show her appreciation for the sacrifice he made. “It just means a lot […]

  • Family ‘devastated’ after beloved dog found shot dead in Utah County backyard

    EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — A family is in shock after finding one of their dogs and mother of puppies shot to death in their backyard. Leanza Laub says she returned home from running errands Sunday when she noticed something didn’t feel right. “I realized she hadn’t come up to me, so I went back out and called her name,” Laub said. Roxy, the dog that greets Leanza every time she gets home,  didn’t do that Sunday.   After searching for a few moments, she […]

  • Jordan Hills Elementary celebrates anniversary by opening time capsule sealed in 1998

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — Jordan Hills Elementary is taking a trip back in time to commemorate its 20th anniversary. The school unearthed a time capsule that was sealed on Nov. 12, 1998. After sitting untouched for exactly two decades, it was pried open in front of current and past students and staff. Some of the archaic mementos inside the tube included an audio cassette, a newspaper from the day it was sealed, a beanie baby and a V-H-S videotape. The […]

  • Man shot, killed by police in Ogden near 21st Street

    OGDEN, Utah — A man was killed following an officer-involved shooting in Ogden Friday evening. Officials with the Ogden Police Department said two officers shot and killed the man, who is in his 30’s. Officers were dispatched to an area near a Walmart on 1959 Wall Ave Friday evening on reports of someone acting violently, officials said. When officers arrived on scene they located the male individual, who tried to drive away from police but crashed his car, officials said. […]

  • Hundreds attend vigil for Major Brent Taylor

    NORTH OGDEN, Utah — Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil to remember Major Brent Taylor, the Utah National Guardsman and North Ogden mayor who was killed in Afghanistan. Many held candles as the sound of quiet hymns echoed throughout the neighborhood where Taylor lived. “I want them to know that I love them and care about them,” said family friend Tess Bartholomew. Taylor’s wife, children and other family members attended the vigil. “I feel the love, my children feel […]

  • A look inside of Utah’s election Cyber Security Center on Election Day

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Governor Spencer Cox gave Fox 13’s John Franchi a look at what happens in Utah’s Election Cyber Security Center on election night. “We’re really focused on making sure our elections are secure,” Cox said. “We’re preventing hackers from trying to penetrate, and get access to our systems here.” Cox said some of the best and brightest minds were in the Cyber Security Center. State officials, Department of Public Safety officials, the FBI and Department of […]

  • Police: Officer fires weapon at suspect wanted for aggravated sexual assault of child, suspect outstanding

    SALT LAKE CITY — Police are investigating an officer-involved critical incident in Salt Lake City after a suspect wanted for sexual assault of a child fled from a police officer who was trying to arrest him. According to Sgt. Brandon Shearer with the Salt Lake City Police Department, on Saturday at around 2 p.m. at 1100 E. and 3300 S,  an officer discovered that an individual had a warrant out for their arrest for aggravated sexual assault of a child. […]

  • Search and rescue crews working to locate missing man in American Fork Canyon

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Crews are working to locate a missing man who disappeared in American Fork Canyon Wednesday after going trail running. Derrik Jenkins was last seen Wednesday, around 4:30 p.m., Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said. A Facebook page dedicated to finding Jenkins stated that he is “very experienced in the outdoors and is close to his goal of summitting 100 unique peaks in one year.” Jenkins was believed to be trying to reach Box […]

  • Family speaks after Utah grandmother found dead in Arizona

    SALT LAKE CITY — Family members of a Utah couple missing for months are looking for answers after two sets of human remains were found in Arizona. The Mohave County Sheriff’s office positively identified one set of remains as Susan McFalls. Susan McFalls and her husband Jerry  had been missing since January. The remains were discovered last month near the Virgin River Gorge. Investigators determined one set belonged to Susan McFalls, the other set has not yet been identified. “It’s […]