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
  • Maud’s Cafe helps at-risk young adults

    SALT LAKE CITY — A local coffee shop is brewing hope for at-risk young adults. Maud’s Cafe is celebrating two years of teaching job skills to young people experiencing homelessness. “We teach them life skills they have never learned before,” said Tonya Montano, the cafe’s general manager. “They come with nothing behind them.” Maud’s Cafe is made possible thanks to the Volunteers of America, Utah. “We want to see homeless youth moving out of homelessness as soon as possible, so […]

  • Tooele and Stansbury High Schools Help Community Heal

    TOOELE, Utah — Students at rival high schools put aside their differences to help the community heal. Fans of Tooele and Stansbury high schools ditched their own colors for Wednesday’s rivalry game and instead wore red, the color of Grantsville High School. The gesture was a show of support for a Grantsville community still grieving after four members of the Haynie were killed in a shooting earlier this month. The idea was born in a meeting of Tooele High School’s […]

  • Citizens voice concerns over Olympia Hills development in heated public comment session

    HERRIMAN, Utah — Hundreds of people packed into the theater at Copper Mountain Middle School to voice their opposition to a proposed development Tuesday night. Developers with the Olympia Hills project hope to build more than 6,000 homes on roughly 900 acres of land west of Herriman. Current residents of the area believe it’s a bad idea for several reasons, like overcrowded schools and traffic. They lined up to deliver that message to the Salt Lake County Council. “Who’s going […]

  • Jazz team and fans remember #24: A legendary competitor

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz and their fans paid tribute to one of the game’s all-time great talents Monday night. Before Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets, fans created a memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Vivint. Smart Home Arena. Many fans left balloons, flowers and memorabilia to pay their respects to a player they loved to hate. “Everyone in Utah, I feel like always had a grudge and disliked Kobe because he always beat the Jazz,” said Porter […]

  • Mayor Wilson joins social workers and volunteers at ‘Point in Time’ homeless count

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson put her boots on the ground Saturday to participate in the annual “Point in Time” count of people experiencing homelessness. Before the sun came up on a chilly and foggy morning, Mayor Wilson walked through several areas to survey people who do not have a place of their own to sleep. “As a policymaker, it’s important to see this in a real, direct way,” Wilson said. The count allows people […]

  • Health Dept. Condoms

    HIV awareness campaign reinstated — without Utah-themed condoms

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health is reinstating an HIV awareness campaign, but without condoms that riffed on Utah slogans and catch-phrases. In a statement Tuesday, the agency said the decision to move forward with the campaign was made in consultation with Governor Gary Herbert’s office. The governor objected to the campaign and the use of taxpayer money for “sexual innuendo.” The condoms featured Utah slogans and catch-phrases such as “Uintah Sex?” and “This is the Place” […]

  • You can now text 911 in Summit County

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — New technology is being used by dispatchers in Summit County, allowing people to text their emergencies to 911. Next Generation 911 was recently installed in the county’s communications center. It provides several upgrades. One of those allows people experiencing an emergency to have a text conversation with the dispatcher. “We ask people that when they do that, they put in very clear and concise wording,” said Lt. Andrew Wright of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Currently, […]

  • Salt Lake County Council hears public comment on Olympia Hills

    SALT LAKE COUNTY — The Salt Lake County Council is once again considering a rezoning proposal that would allow a large development to move forward. The Olympia Hills development would build more than 6,000 homes on roughly 900 acres of land west of Herriman. A recent traffic study found that by the year 2042, it would be responsible for thousands of additional cars on Utah’s roads. Residents who are opposed to the project believe it would add to traffic. “This […]

  • Utah opioid nurse sentenced to 5 years for spreading hepatitis C

    SALT LAKE CITY — A former nurse was sentenced to five years in federal prison for infecting several of her patients with hepatitis C. Elet Neilson was an emergency room nurse at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden when the crime occurred. She admitted that in 2014, she injected herself with pain killers meant for her patients. She then used the dirty needles on them, spreading the disease. Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office argued Neilson should receive the most severe sentence […]

  • Sen. Mike Lee slams Iran intelligence briefing at Utah Eagle Forum

    SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mike Lee addressed the Utah Eagle Forum on Saturday and gave more insight into his harsh words that came after an intelligence briefing last week. Lee said the briefing of the United States’ use of force in Iran was the worst he’s ever seen in his nine years in the Senate. Lee says he is still an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, but he believes the Constitution demands Congress should have a say in […]

  • Local grocery shoppers sign tax referendum petition

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the state’s largest grocery store chains is joining the fight against Utah’s revised tax code. Harmons Neighborhood Grocer is allowing volunteers with the Utah Tax Referendum group to collect petition signatures. The group needs about 115,000 signatures to get the issue on the November ballot. “It’s going to take everybody coming together,” said Kyle Green, a volunteer with the Utah Tax Referendum. “We are being very thorough with our process.” If the referendum gets […]

  • Teen Shares Survival Story after spending the night in Millcreek Canyon

    SALT LAKE CITY — A teen who survived a night stranded in Millcreek Canyon says he needed every ounce of motivation to stay alive. Nicolas Stay-Alcantara, 17, went hiking on Jan. 2. When the weather took a turn, he realized he wouldn’t make it to his destination. Nicolas spent hours in sub-freezing temperatures before he was found by some skiers the next day. “I didn’t want to die that way. It was just shivering and alone. I hated that feeling,” […]

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