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
  • Former USU football player Torrey Green testifies at rape trial

    BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — A former Utah State University football player took the witness stand in his own defense, Tuesday. Torrey Green is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women between 2013 and 2016. Green testified about the details of the each of the encounters he had with his accusers. He said the sex was always consensual. “The conversation of sex came up and from there I asked her, ‘what’s your favorite position?’ and she said, ‘what’s yours?’ and […]

  • Fashion Place Mall says unrelated fire alarm went off moments before shooting occurred

    MURRAY, Utah — In a press release sent to Fox 13 Monday, Fashion Place Mall clarified information on what mall officials say transpired prior to and during a shooting that took place Sunday. Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, a member of the Utah State Legislature, said that during the incident, Fashion Place Mall may not have responded well. “I am concerned that response was not what should have happened,” Moss said. “There should have been a different kind of alarm system.” In […]

  • Volunteers tie ribbons in preparation for fallen Provo police officer’s funeral Saturday

    OREM, Utah — Dozens of volunteers spent Friday afternoon preparing the procession route before the funeral for fallen Master Provo Police Officer Joseph Shinners. He will be laid to rest Saturday. One of the volunteers who helped tie thousands of blue ribbons to poles and trees along the route donated her time for a personal reason. Kara Mueller is a student studying criminal justice at Utah Valley University.  She hopes to be a law enforcement officer. “It kind of makes me […]

  • Wildlife officials to eradicate bighorn sheep population on Antelope Island due to disease

    ANTELOPE ISLAND, Utah — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says it must eradicate the entire population of bighorn sheep from Antelope Island State Park. A respiratory disease has nearly wiped out the entire population of rams and ewes.   The herd that was once 150 strong is now down to just 26. “Much like pneumonia, it has gotten into this herd and these pathogens get into these wild sheep herds and they pass quickly from animal to animal,” said Mark […]

  • Family, friends share memories of Officer Joseph Shinners at candlelight vigil

    PROVO, Utah — Hundreds gathered outside the Provo Police Department for a candlelight vigil honoring Officer Joseph Shinners who was killed in the line of duty. As candles flickered in the cold breeze, those who knew the fallen officer best addressed the crowd. “The boundaries of his heart were limitless,” his mother, Kathleen Baker said. Fighting back tears, his father described a man who was driven to serve. “Our Joey is about love,” John William Shinners said. Those who worked […]

  • Lifelong Jazz fan leaves legacy with team, donating valuable memorabilia to be auctioned off for charity

    SALT LAKE CITY — A lifelong fan of the Utah Jazz, who recently passed away, is leaving behind a legacy. Janet Wootten was a season ticket holder for 25 years. This summer, she died after a brief battle with cancer. In her will, she left her entire collection of memorabilia to the Jazz to auction for charity. “That just melted my heart,” said Camden Jensen, Janet’s grandson. “She was beyond loving and caring,” said Paul Green, a family friend. The […]

  • Road remains closed in North Ogden after avalanches send down feet of debris

    NORTH OGDEN, Utah — The North Ogden Divide remains closed after avalanches dropped up to 10 feet of debris. The road has been shut down since the avalanche occurred around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Crews couldn’t start the work to clear it Monday, because conditions still were not safe. “We talked to Utah Avalanche Control and they advised us to wait at least 24-48 hours until the snow stabilizes,” said Joe Hadley, Weber County Roads Director. Hadley estimates crews will be […]

  • Utahns fall victim to phone scam after calling back international phone numbers

    SALT LAKE CITY — Several Utahns are warning others about an annoying and potentially costly phone scam. FOX13 was alerted by several viewers who say they are receiving dozens of unwanted calls from international phone numbers. “It’s just very much a nuisance,” Debbie Hall said. “They are happening every few minutes.” Making matters worse, Hall gets the calls in the middle of the night. “These started at 12:41 this morning,” she said. Both she and her husband have each received […]

  • Man who plotted to set off pipe bombs arrested second time after clerical error led to his release the first time

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — A West Jordan man is back in police custody. He has been charged with possession of explosive parts, a third-degree felony, after he plotted to set off pipe bombs around Salt Lake County on New Year’s Eve before changing his mind. Police first arrested 40-year-old Rocky Graczyk on December 20, after a family member contacted police to report several concerns about Graczyk. According to the probable cause statement from Graczyk’s arrest, the family member told police […]

  • Jazz season ticket prices increase dramatically for 2019, leaves fans in disbelief

    SALT LAKE CITY — Some season ticket holders of the Utah Jazz will have to fork over more money if they want to keep their tickets next season. Landon Jones has been a season ticket holder since 2010. “As soon as I turned 16 and could drive, I pitched in with my parents and we bought these two upper bowl seats that I kept throughout the years,” Jones said. “It’s just fun to be there and be a part of […]

  • Ogden grandmother heartbroken after wallet lost, money and memory cards with precious photos stolen

    OGDEN, Utah — A grandmother says she lost hundreds of family photos when her wallet was stolen after a recent trip to the grocery store. Sherry Thompson had the photos stored on three memory cards. “The reason they were in my wallet is because I was going to make a collage for my husband for Christmas,” Sherry said. She believes her wallet fell out of her pocket after shopping on the evening of December 20, 2018. She didn’t realize it […]

  • Crowds gather at The Gateway despite cold temperatures to usher in 2019

    SALT LAKE CITY — Despite cold temperatures throughout Utah, many people flocked to downtown Salt Lake City Monday night to usher in the New Year. Fox 13’s John Franchi went down to The Gateway to watch revelers prepare, and stay warm. Watch the video above to see how crowds planned to welcome 2019.