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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
  • Unified Police warn of multiple sexual assaults along stretch of Jordan River Parkway

    TAYLORSVILLE — Police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for several sexual assaults along the Jordan River Parkway. Since April, police have received reports of three women randomly attacked along the trail between 4100 South and 4500 South. All have occurred in broad daylight and have become more serious. “He’s been grabbing women on the buttocks,” said Sgt. Melody Gray of Unified Police. “Recently, he has started grabbing women in the vaginal area making obscene comments to […]

  • Smithfield mother says daughters were targets of racial slurs at Sky View soccer match at Alta

    SANDY, Utah — Administrators at Alta High School in Sandy are investigating allegations of racial slurs on the school’s soccer field during a recent match. On Tuesday, the Alta women’s soccer team was playing Sky View. A mother of two girls who play for Sky View posted on Facebook that her daughters were the targets of the alleged slurs. To protect their privacy, FOX 13 is not showing their names. The post claims the heckling from Alta supporters included taunts like […]

  • Man in need of kidney transplant seeks help by posting on back of his truck

    OGDEN, Utah — A man waiting for a kidney transplant is using a unique method to spread the word about the need for organ donations. Jeff Byers has chronic kidney disease and has been waiting for a donor for three years. “This is one of the most daunting things in the world right now,” Byers said. The father of four endures 12 hours of dialysis treatments every week. “I don’t get to do the things I want to do because […]

  • Audit claims Unified Police not giving cities adequate information about amount of service they provide

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new state audit released criticizes the Unified Police Department for not giving enough information to cities about the services they pay for. The audit, published Monday, comes as Herriman and Riverton have recently announced they were leaving the UPD. “We recommend the Board clearly establish the information that UPD management must report to the Board and its Members. This information should include sufficient details to enable Members to review the adequacy of service levels provided […]

  • Utah Valley Express set to begin Provo-Orem service August 13

    OREM, Utah – Utah Transit Authority is putting the finishing touches on an express bus route connecting Orem with Provo. The Utah Valley Express (UVX) is set to debut to passengers on August 13th. “No doubt, it will alleviate stress in the Provo/Orem area,” said Mary DeLaMare-Schaefer, UTA’s Regional General Manager for Utah County. The route has been in the planning stages for more than a decade, and construction has taken place over the last 18 months. The new service […]

  • Missing Utah Boy Scout found in good health after becoming separated from group in Wyoming

    UPDATE: The Sublette County Sheriff Office confirms that missing Scout Garrett Hunter was found around 10:15 p.m. Sunday night. A volunteer searcher located the boy about 1 mile from his original camp site in a drainage near Junction Lake. He is in good health. Authorities say because it was already dark, Garrett and his rescuers set up camp and stayed in the area overnight. A helicopter was able to fly the boy off the mountain around 8:30 a.m. Monday. Previous […]

  • Two wildfires burning in the northwest corner of Utah merge, creating one that’s over 100,000 acres

    BOX ELDER COUNTY – Two fires burning since Saturday on the Utah-Nevada border have merged. The Goose Creek fire grew to 100,000 acres after it met with the China Jim fire. It is only 15 percent contained. Firefighters say the fire is being fueled by brush and timber in the area. They believe lightning strikes started the blaze. Currently, there are no mandatory evacuations but the small town of Grouse Creek, Utah is on standby. “It’s a very small community,” […]

  • Memorial Service held for Elizabeth Salgado, but family won’t have closure until her murder is solved

    OREM, Utah — Dozens of loved ones and friends gathered at the Windsor Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday to remember the life of Elizabeth Salgado. The body of the young woman was found in a remote area of Utah County in May after she disappeared from Provo more than three years ago. “Today is a day of memory,” Rosemberg Salgado, Elizabeth’s uncle said. “To remember my niece.” Many family members drove from California […]

  • Middle Canyon Fire burning on estimated 200 acres in Tooele County; evacuated residents return home

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — The “Middle Canyon Fire” in Tooele County has burned an estimated 200 acres, according to officials at the scene. Various air resources have been assisting with firefighting efforts, and the North Tooele Fire District has transferred command of firefighting operations to the Utah Department of Natural Resources. There are not enough resources to go around. “There are a lot of fires going on in the west and its hard to get resources,” LeAnn Fox with the […]

  • A South Salt Lake councilwoman suggests the Mayor didn’t get a raise because she’s a woman

    SOUTH SALT LAKE — Sparks flew at the conclusion of Wednesday’s city council meeting in South Salt Lake after a council member made comments about sexism. “I’m not making any accusations, but sometimes, I wonder if it’s a female mayor sometimes, because it was a boys club back then,” Sharla Bynum said to the other council members after they voted 4-3 to deny a pay raise to Mayor Cherie Wood. Video of the meeting shows others condemning the accusation. “That […]

  • Details released surrounding death of missing South Jordan man

    PARK CITY, Utah — Investigators with the Summit County Sheriff’s office are releasing details about the death of a man who went missing while on a camping trip. The body of 66-year-old Ray Humpherys was found in rugged terrain near the Middle Fork drainage area Tuesday afternoon. “At approximately 3 o’clock yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, aviation detachment from Utah Department of Public Safety located the body,” said Sheriff Justin Martinez. The body was found about a mile and a half from […]

  • Weber County couple says woman is making money on their son’s illness through fake fundraiser

    NORTH OGDEN, Utah — A Weber County family says a woman is using the story of their son’s illness to raise money, but the fundraising effort is a a scam. Friday, Amanda Stewart received a voicemail from a family friend. “She says, ‘you need to contact police, something is going on and someone is banking off of your son’s trials,’” Amanda said when describing the message. Amanda was alerted to a flier with older images of her son Teagan, advertising […]