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
  • Commuters stranded in hot, crowded Trax trains

    MILLCREEK, Utah — More than 100 passengers were stranded inside UTA Trax trains when a power outage ground the trains to a halt around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Three trains on the blue and red lines between the Millcreek, Meadowbrook and North Murray stations were affected. “The hottest part of the day, greatest number of passengers and the power goes out,” said UTA spokesperson, Carl Arky. As passengers waited for relief, many vented their frustrations on social media. “No A/C on […]

  • Cache County man deceived teen girl on Snapchat before raping her, police say

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Cache County man was charged with rape of a child after investigators say he lured a 13-year-old girl to his apartment. According to a probable cause statement, 20-year-old Tristan Todd Larson posed as a middle school student on the Snapchat messaging app. Investigators said he sent messages to the teenaged victim who believed Larson was a female classmate. The probable cause statement alleges, on June 22, when the victim went to visit the person she […]

  • Formal murder, kidnapping charges filed in MacKenzie Lueck homicide

    SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors have filed formal charges in the murder of Mackenzie Lueck. The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office charged Ayoola Ajayi with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a human body. The body of Lueck, a University of Utah student, was found last week in Logan Canyon. A search of Ajayi’s home in the Fairpark neighborhood found a burn pit where police said they had recovered some human tissue believed to be […]

  • MacKenzie Lueck case: What’s next in the legal process?

    SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office are sifting through evidence to bring formal charges against Ayoola Ajayi. Ajayi was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping and other crimes in relation to the disappearance and death of MacKenzie Lueck. Prosecutors have 72 hours to formally charge him. “Our homicide team will get together the early part of next week.  We will review the materials as part of the investigation,” said Salt Lake County […]

  • Former roommates share experiences with person of interest in MacKenzie Lueck case

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former roommates of the man who police are calling a person of interest in the disappearance of MacKenzie Lueck are stunned by the most recent developments. “That is kind of mind-boggling,” said one man who shared an apartment with the person of interest. Due to the high profile nature of this case, he asked to not be identified. They shared an apartment in North Salt Lake in 2016. That apartment is across the street from Hatch […]

  • SLC Police gathering evidence at crime scene connected to search for MacKenzie Lueck

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police said they served a search warrant at a home in the Fairpark area that is related to the MacKenzie Lueck case. Neighbors tell Fox 13 police arrived at the home near 500 North and 1000 West around noon Wednesday. The home is near the park where Lueck was last seen. A gray Kia sedan was towed away from the home just after 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and neighbors said police have spoken with […]

  • SLC Police looking into ‘all facets of her life’ to find MacKenzie Lueck

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police have released the last-known photos of MacKenzie Lueck, taken from surveillance cameras at the Salt Lake City International Airport on the morning of her disappearance last week. Use the photo gallery below to see the photos. Salt Lake City Police Assistant Chief Tim Doubt said 31 minutes passed between the time Lueck was leaving the jetway and getting into the Lyft car. During that time, she picked up a suitcase from the […]

  • University of Utah student reported missing since Monday

    SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah student hasn’t been heard from since Monday, and family and friends are concerned for her safety. Mackenzie Lueck, 23, took a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City after attending a funeral in California last weekend. According to her father, she texted her parents around 1 a.m. Monday to let them know the flight landed safely. That was the last time they heard from her. Thursday afternoon, Lueck was reported missing […]

  • Man who killed wife with crowbar sentenced to life in prison

    SALT LAKE CITY — A man who admitted to beating his wife to death with a crowbar and nearly killing their teenaged daughter will spend the rest of his life in prison. Walter Brantzeg hit his wife Valerie with a crowbar more than 20 times during last August’s attack inside Valerie’s Mill Creek apartment. Valerie and Walter were separated and in a custody battle for their daughter. The girl, who is now 14-years-old survived the attack. Wearing a faded, yellow […]

  • Train carrying munitions derails east of Elko; I-80 reopened

    ELKO, Nev. — More than a dozen cars of a Union Pacific train derailed east of the town of Wells, Nevada, Wednesday morning. The accident caused a section of Interstate 80 to close for several hours because of the volatile nature of some of the train’s cargo. According to Elko County Sheriff Aitor Narvaiza, some cars of the train were carrying military grade munitions and chemicals. “According to the manifest, there was ammunition, grenades, explosives,” Narvaiza said.  “We were pretty […]

  • Big plans unveiled for Murray redevelopment

    MURRAY, Utah — A developer revealed plans Tuesday to make over a section of State Street in downtown Murray. Currently, the area on the west side of the street between 4800 South and 5th Avenue is dotted by several abandoned businesses and empty lots. Those working on the project believe the plans presented to the Murray Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday would revitalize the area. “There is an opportunity to help the city by revitalizing their State Street,” said Rob Cottle, […]

  • After man drowns at East Canyon Reservoir, boaters and swimmers urged to wear life jackets

    EAST CANYON STATE PARK, Utah — Calm returned to East Canyon Reservoir, a day after a man drowned during a swimming accident. According to officials with the park, 25-year-old Shervin Rayeneh struggled while swimming and didn’t resurface until his body was recovered late Sunday evening. He was not wearing a life jacket. To many who enjoy the water, the tragedy reinforces the importance of the safety apparel. “It’s so cold,” Troy Facer said. “Even in the heat of summer, when […]

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