John Holt

John Holt began his 27-year television career at WIBW-TV in 1980, between his junior and senior year at KU. He worked in both radio and TV, mostly on the weekends, and continued to work at the station while attending the University of Kansas School of Law. John was inspired by another WIBW alum, Bill Kurtis, who turned his law career into a very successful journalism career. John had the chance to meet him a couple of times when Kurtis returned to Topeka to make public appearances. By the time John entered his 3rd year in law school, he was anchoring the Monday-Friday 10 p.m. news. And after graduating from law school in 1984, he began working full-time at the station. John left WIBW-TV in 1987, accepting an anchoring and reporting job with KSNW-TV in Wichita.

Currently, he is the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. co-anchor at WDAF-TV in Kansas City and also works on the special projects unit, doing investigative and long-term reporting. John has won several Regional Emmy Awards and in 2000, the Kansas City Media Professionals named him "TV Anchor of the Year". In 2006, K.C. Media Mix named him "TV Personality of the Year".

John has a lot of terrific memories of WIBW. He worked with Steve Physioc (now the voice of the Los Angeles Angels) and Mitch Holtus (voice of the Kansas City Chiefs), learning from a number of those who guided his career. He loved working in a political town, and credits that with his interest in politics and election night coverage even today. John grew up in Great Bend, Kansas. He and his wife, Suzy, have two children.


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