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
  • Residents work to keep large trucks off Legacy Parkway

    NORTH SALT LAKE — Residents are working to keep large trucks off Legacy Parkway. Trucks with more than four axels have been banned from the road since it opened more than 10 years ago, but that ban will end at the conclusion of 2019. “It absolutely is a possibility. It’s a strong possibility,” said Angie Keeton who is part of the group called Save Legacy Parkway.  “We are focused on the ban of heavy trucks.” Keeton is trying to drum […]

  • Roy teen builds 150 dog beds for Davis County Animal Shelter

    ROY, Utah — A teen’s love for animals is inspiring him to help shelter dogs in a unique way. Chance Call is in the process of constructing 150 beds for dogs of all sizes.  He plans to donate them to the Davis County Animal Shelter. “I’ve always had a soft spot for animals,” Call said.  “I remember as a kid, I would always watch TV and see those ads, you can adopt a pet and make their life better.” He […]

  • ‘The Lantern Fest’ accused of scamming Utah customers

    SALT LAKE CITY — Several Utahns say they were promised tickets to an event that doesn’t exist. They purchased tickets to an event called “The Lantern Fest” which was scheduled to occur in September 2018. Bad weather postponed the event until October. “They told us this whole big thing that we can keep our ticket and it will be honored in Spring when they come back to Salt Lake,” said Hannah Olsen, who spent $90 on tickets. Hannah was unable […]

  • Utahns rally around local Muslim community after terror attacks at mosques in New Zealand

    OREM, Utah — Dozens of Utahns showed support for their Muslim neighbors, who are mourning the terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand. “The sad thing is: They were killed for just being Muslims,” said Talaat Al-Shuqairat, the Imam at the Al Sahaba mosque. While members of the mosque prayed, people from other faiths gathered outside with signs and flowers. As people exited the mosque, they were handed a rose. “We are all connected by something,” said Sarah Buckley, […]

  • Power line upgrade proposal facing resident backlash

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A proposal to upgrade a power line is causing dozens of residents to organize in opposition. Rocky Mountain Power wants to replace a section that was first installed in the 1950’s that can accommodate 46 kilovolts.  The upgraded version would triple that voltage. “The line was put in back in the 1950’s,” said Spencer Hall, a spokesperson for the public utility.  “It’s old.  It’s time for it to be replaced.  It’s going to standardize it to our system.” Residents who […]

  • Hyde Park employees resign after gun incident

    HYDE PARK, Utah — Two city employees have resigned following a controversial decision by the city council. According to public records, the city’s director of public works, Mike Grunig, admitted to pointing his new, unloaded handgun at his coworkers during a meeting last November. Two employees at that meeting complained about the incident to the city. In response, Mayor Sharidean Flint disciplined Grunig by demoting him and forcing him to take a pay cut. “People have a constitutional right to […]

  • Many Utahns ready for spring as more snow hits the state

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns are putting up with another winter storm, but most aren’t shocked by this latest dumping of snow. “I just always figure it will snow up until June, then I don’t get disappointed,” said Salt Lake City resident Lenore Gerber. “I expect this type of weather because this is what it [spring] brings. You see the warm weather and you see the cold,” said Moses Moreno. Others believe this winter has been more powerful than others. […]

  • Teacher apologizes for Ash Wednesday mishap, family not buying it

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Davis County teacher who forced a fourth-grade student to remove an Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead is sharing her side of the story. Moana Patterson is currently on administrative leave from Valley View Elementary as the incident is investigated by the Davis School District. She delivered a prepared statement inside the Utah State Capitol. “A student came into my classroom with what appeared to be dirt on his forehead,” Patterson said. “I gave him […]

  • Teacher at Bountiful school on leave for telling student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah — An elementary school teacher has been placed on administrative leave by the Davis School District.   “The actions were unacceptable,” the Davis School District said in the statement.  “No student should ever be asked or required to remove an ash cross from his or her forehead.  We take the matter very seriously and are investigating the situation. The teacher is currently on administrative leave.” The teacher could face disciplinary action.   The fourth-grade teacher is accused of forcing a student […]

  • Utah teacher apologizes after making boy remove religious symbol on Ash Wednesday

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah — A fourth grade student says he wasn’t allowed to wear an important religious symbol to school. Like millions of Catholics and other Christians around the world, William McLeod received an ash cross on his forehead to commemorate Ash Wednesday. When he arrived at school, he noticed he was the only student in his class wearing the ash cross. “A lot of students asked me what it is. I said, ‘I’m Catholic. It’s the first day of Lent. […]

  • Cache County trail runner dodges charging bison at Antelope Island

    ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK — A Cache County man’s close encounter with a Bison was caught on camera. Michael McKnight is an avid runner and was on a 23-mile run at Antelope Island Friday, when he came across the animal on a trail. “I know that wildlife is meant to be kept alone,” McKnight said. “I definitely wasn’t trying to provoke it or anything.” McKnight kept his distance, but the video shows the bison wanted to make a point. “He […]

  • Dog left in freezing Cottonwood Heights car while owner goes skiing

    COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Police cited a dog owner for leaving the animal in a car for hours while he went skiing. Officers responded to several calls about a barking dog in a car at a park and ride lot, Sunday morning. Police arrived and found the dog anxious and without any food, water or blankets. “He was showing signs of, not duress, but needing to vacate the vehicle,” said Officer Kevin Salmon of the Cottonwood Heights Police Department. “The […]

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