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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
  • Health Dept. Condoms

    HIV awareness campaign reinstated — without Utah-themed condoms

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health is reinstating an HIV awareness campaign, but without condoms that riffed on Utah slogans and catch-phrases. In a statement Tuesday, the agency said the decision to move forward with the campaign was made in consultation with Governor Gary Herbert’s office. The governor objected to the campaign and the use of taxpayer money for “sexual innuendo.” The condoms featured Utah slogans and catch-phrases such as “Uintah Sex?” and “This is the Place” […]

  • You can now text 911 in Summit County

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — New technology is being used by dispatchers in Summit County, allowing people to text their emergencies to 911. Next Generation 911 was recently installed in the county’s communications center. It provides several upgrades. One of those allows people experiencing an emergency to have a text conversation with the dispatcher. “We ask people that when they do that, they put in very clear and concise wording,” said Lt. Andrew Wright of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Currently, […]

  • Salt Lake County Council hears public comment on Olympia Hills

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — The Salt Lake County Council is once again considering a rezoning proposal that would allow a large development to move forward. The Olympia Hills development would build more than 6,000 homes on roughly 900 acres of land west of Herriman. A recent traffic study found that by the year 2042, it would be responsible for thousands of additional cars on Utah’s roads. Residents who are opposed to the project believe it would add to traffic. “This […]

  • Utah opioid nurse sentenced to 5 years for spreading hepatitis C

    SALT LAKE CITY — A former nurse was sentenced to five years in federal prison for infecting several of her patients with hepatitis C. Elet Neilson was an emergency room nurse at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden when the crime occurred. She admitted that in 2014, she injected herself with pain killers meant for her patients. She then used the dirty needles on them, spreading the disease. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office argued Neilson should receive the most severe sentence […]

  • Sen. Mike Lee slams Iran intelligence briefing at Utah Eagle Forum

    SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee addressed the Utah Eagle Forum on Saturday and gave more insight into his harsh words that came after an intelligence briefing last week. Lee said the briefing of the United States’ use of force in Iran was the worst he’s ever seen in his nine years in the Senate. Lee says he is still an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, but he believes the Constitution demands Congress should have a say in […]

  • Local grocery shoppers sign tax referendum petition

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the state’s largest grocery store chains is joining the fight against Utah’s revised tax code. Harmons Neighborhood Grocer is allowing volunteers with the Utah Tax Referendum group to collect petition signatures. The group needs about 115,000 signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. “It’s going to take everybody coming together,” said Kyle Green, a volunteer with the Utah Tax Referendum. “We are being very thorough with our process.” If the referendum gets […]

  • Teen Shares Survival Story after spending the night in Millcreek Canyon

    SALT LAKE CITY — A teen who survived a night stranded in Millcreek Canyon says he needed every ounce of motivation to stay alive. Nicolas Stay-Alcantara, 17, went hiking on Jan. 2. When the weather took a turn, he realized he wouldn’t make it to his destination. Nicolas spent hours in sub-freezing temperatures before he was found by some skiers the next day. “I didn’t want to die that way. It was just shivering and alone. I hated that feeling,” […]

  • Utah County school left with big mess around recycling bins

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah — Students, parents and faculty of Shelley Elementary returned to school from the holiday break and found a big mess on their campus. The school’s recycling bins, which the public is allowed to use, were overflowing with cardboard boxes and trash. Some items were strewn across the parking lot. “Apparently everybody had a really great Christmas, but it still doesn’t justify leaving your trash the size of the dumpster,” said Sydney Finch, a mother of three children […]

  • Residents sign petition opposed to Olympia Hills ahead of County Council meeting

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — A plan to develop more than 900 acres of land in southwest Salt Lake County is back on the desk of the County Council. It will soon be up for public comment. The Olympia Hills development proposes to build more than 6,000 homes on incorporated land near Herriman, Utah. A group of nearby residents who are opposed to the development has collected more than 1,600 signatures in an online petition. They hope that will urge county […]

  • Early morning car accident sends three to the hospital

    SALT LAKE CITY — Two men and a woman are in critical condition after a car accident in Salt Lake City. The crash happened just before 7:30 am near the intersection of North Temple and 900 West. Police believe a Tesla traveling at a high rate of speed ran through a red light before hitting another sedan. Two people in the Tesla and a person in the sedan were all taken to the hospital. “They were pulled from the wreckage. […]

  • Family and friends of fallen Provo officer helped by community support one year later

    PROVO, Utah — One year since Master Officer Joseph Shinners was killed in the line of duty, the Provo Police Department and the Shinners family continue to heal. On January 5, 2019, Shinners was shot and killed by a suspect who was trying to get away. Since the tragedy, the community has delivered an outpouring of support. “It will never hurt less, it just shows that people care,” his mother Kathleen Shinners said. “Joe was a good guy and he […]

  • UDOT workers prepared to sacrifice holiday if winter storm hits

    SALT LAKE CITY — As another winter storm bears down on Utah, snowplow drivers with the Utah Department of Transportation are prepared to spend hours away from their families. This is the 6th straight year the Salt Lake area could see a White Christmas. “For me, I usually miss a lot of the holidays,” said Robert Hall, a UDOT roadway operation manager. “She [his wife Alisha] usually gets to do it all. She runs it all.” Hall is describing the […]

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