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
  • City sends scathing letter to North Temple motel, saying it harbors drug dealers, prostitutes and illegal activity

      SALT LAKE CITY — Chief of Police Mike Brown sent a scathing letter to the management of a North Temple hotel, demanding changes. In the 4-page letter dated September 19, Brown describes several “nuisance activities” police have witnessed on the property of the Gateway Inn. “This letter is a notice, saying we want some things to change at this business,” said Paul Murphy, spokesperson for Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “In this area [North Temple], businesses have expressed […]

  • Man drives car into Orem home

    OREM, Utah — A homeowner received quite a shock when he came home to find a car inside his living room. Ryan Yardley said he received a call from his ex-wife around 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon, asking if he was OK and letting him know about what happened. Yardley rushed to his house and couldn’t believe his eyes. “Basically, I was kind of in shock,” Yardley said. Orem Police said the man who was driving the car tried to run […]

  • Legislative audit finds Utah schools are charging students excessive fees for extracurricular activities

    SALT LAKE CITY — A legislative audit found Utah schools are charging students excessive fees to participate in sports or clubs outside of the classroom. The auditor looked at 20 unidentified schools across the state and found several cases of students being charged fees over $1000. The report indicated at one school, a cheerleader paid $2500 in fees and at another school, a student paid more than $1400 to be in the marching band. “I think the tone of the […]

  • Attorney general cracking down on Utah pawn shops selling stolen goods

    NORTHERN UTAH — The Utah Attorney General’s Office is cracking down on pawn shops selling merchandise that is stolen. Back in June, during phase 1 of their months-long operation, more than $1 million worth of goods believed to be stolen, were seized from seven pawn shops in Salt Lake and Utah counties. Now, during phase 2, investigators are reaching out to more than 100 of the most frequent pawners in the state. “They have been more than willing to talk […]

  • Elizabeth Smart speaks about upcoming release of kidnapper Wanda Barzee

    SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart spoke out Thursday regarding the unexpectedly early release of Wanda Barzee, who helped Brian David Mitchell kidnap Smart. Wanda Barzee will be released from the Utah State Prison on September 19, several years before it was anticipated she would be eligible for release. The development comes after the Utah State Board of Pardons realized they would have to give Barzee credit for time served in the federal system. Barzee served time in both the […]

  • Pole Creek Fire evacuees take refuge at Salem high school, watch the fire burn

    SALEM, Utah — Hundreds of people forced to evacuate the Pole Creek Fire are taking shelter at Salem Hills High School. The American Red Cross is stationed at the school providing water, shelter and other resources to displaced families. Many who came to the school knew the flames were growing and packed their most prized possessions before the evacuation order was given around 6 p.m. “I’ve been ready since early in the morning,” said Woodland Hills resident Zuraya Moore. The […]

  • Geneva Rock withdraws mining expansion application, residents dismayed they couldn’t voice concerns

    DRAPER — A special meeting of the Draper city council to hear public comment on a rezoning application ended abruptly Wednesday when the original application changed. Geneva Rock was asking the city council to consider its request to rezone about 72 acres of land at its Point of the Mountain mine. The application also said the company would place 78 acres in a conservation easement. But when a company spokesperson addressed the council, those numbers changed. “We do have some […]

  • More than 100 parents gather in Park City to learn of dangers of ‘dark web’ drug markets

    PARK CITY, Utah — More than 100 parents attended a presentation at Park City High School to learn about the dangers of drugs and “the dark web.” “It’s the Amazon of narcotics,” described Special Agent Clint Kehr of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Agent Kehr has 10 years of experience at the ATF. Some of that time has been spent as an online undercover agent. “It’s basically just downloading any kind of web browser,” Kehr said. “That’s […]

  • Victim’s family reacts to charges filed against accused murderer

    SALT LAKE CITY — Relatives of a woman who was murdered in a brutal attack remember their loved one as a loving mother with a big heart. Investigators said Valerie Brantzeg was killed by her estranged husband Walter on August 22. “She loved her children with everything she had,” Valerie Brantzeg’s sister Jeanne Long said. “She stepped up to help others with everything she had.” Valerie Brantzeg’s teenaged daughter was also beaten, but survived the attack. She suffered a fractured […]

  • Weber County sees uptick in car thefts

    PLEASANT VIEW, Utah — Law enforcement across Weber County are working together to combat a string of car thefts. Police believe young males are going around neighborhoods looking for unlocked cars with the the keys inside. Now, police are warning people to not let down their guard. “It’s hard to steal a car without being able to start it and drive away,” Pleasant View city Police Chief Ryan Hadley said. Recently, Tana Grover became a victim. As she and her […]

  • Skydiver flown to hospital after falling 30 feet during demonstration for 200 elementary students

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah — A skydiver was flown to the hospital after falling 30 feet while performing a maneuver for 200 elementary school students Tuesday morning. The group “Jump For Joy” was conducting a demonstration around 9:30 a.m. at Thunder Ridge Elementary School when the accident occurred. One of the skydiving demonstrators, identified as a 31-year-old man, attempted to perform a stunt move by swinging his body parallel to the ground when his parachute collapsed,  David Johnson, a Public Information […]

  • Man receives big gift after taking care of feral cats in need for more than a decade

    SALT LAKE CITY — A sanctuary for feral cats is growing at an unlikely location. Craig Yeaman has cared for more than 100 cats in a Salt Lake City industrial park. His efforts began 12 years ago when he noticed a cat who needed help near his office. “I looked out the window and I saw a little kitten — starving, obviously,” Craig said. “I ran over, talked to the people at IMS Steel, basically rescued the little thing, built […]