Emmy Statue

John Holt

While many people in the Ozarks consider Ned a Missouri native, he grew up in Haddonfield, N.J.  Ned is the middle child of three boys.  Ned has been doing radio and

John Holt has more than 39 years of experience as anchor and investigative reporter. He’s helped shape WDAF’s coverage of major events– from “OJ on Trial”, to political conventions, the St.  Louis visit of Pope John Paul II, and countless political races and debates in both Kansas and Missouri politics. John covered two World Series and he’s covered three Final Fours alongside Kansas basketball.

Holt joined WDAF in 1994. Prior, John spent more than 15 years anchoring and reporting in his home state of Kansas at KSNW-TV in Wichita for more seven years.

John was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but grew up in Great Bend, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1981 and in 1984, received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. His legal expertise is frequently invaluable in our coverage of court cases.

John has won numerous awards including Regional Emmys for anchoring, news writing, investigative reporting, general assignment reporting, and feature reporting. Media Mix, a media professionals group in Kansas City, named John its TV Personality of the Year in 2000, 2006, and 2008. In 2015, The Heart of America Boy Scout Council named John a “Ewing M. Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout.”

John is active as a volunteer – he serves on the boards of the Head for the Cure Foundation, the KU Advancement Board, and the Kansas Bar Association Media-Bar Committee. John emcees and hosts hundreds of events for metro area charities, including Reach out and Read, The American Cancer Society, The University of Kansas, and Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, John became an outspoken advocate for men to have screenings for the disease.

“I became interested in broadcasting in high school. Long hours driving a hay swather during a couple of summers working on a farm had me making up play-by-play games in my head. I wanted to do sports. But I had the opportunity to work at my hometown radio station (KVGB) and do everything, from news to farm reports to being a disc jockey. I fell in love with broadcasting in general. Law school by day, news at night, and I was set to remain in journalism post-law school. I’ve ever looked back!”