John Franchi

Sports Anchor

John Franchi
John Franchi
Sports Anchor
John Franchi is thrilled to be the weekday sports anchor at Newssource 16.

John comes to KMTR after spending time at KBAK in Bakersfield, CA. While in California’s Central Valley, John had the chance to cover three Major League Baseball All-Star Games, the Amgen Tour of California cycling race, and the 2012 World Series. John was proud to be a member of KBAK’s anchor teams that won the Emmy Award for Best Weekend Newscast in 2010 and 2011.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, John is passionate about Pac-12 Sports. He is looking forward to bringing you the stories of the Ducks and Beavers as they fight for conference titles and national championships.

When he isn’t reporting on the happenings at Ducks’ football practice or covering a high school game, John likes to spend time at the gym, make electronic music mixes, travel and watch classic movies. A native of San Francisco, John is a die-hard fan of the Giants and 49ers. He says being able to cover the Giants’ win over the Tigers in the 2012 World Series was the best experience of his life.

If you have a story idea for John or would like to nominate an athlete who goes the extra mile and is deserving of KMTR’s Prep Athlete of the Week honor, just send John an e-mail at jfranchi@kmtr.com

Recent stories by John Franchi

Prep Athlete 'We will be the best record team Junction City has ever had' 'We will be the best record team Junction City has ever had' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
McKenna Straube is leading the Junction City Tigers to their best soccer season in school history.

"We are hoping to get to 12 wins," she said. "We are 10 and 2 right now - and if we get to that point, we will be the best record team Junction City has ever had."

A 4-year varsity player, Straube is in her second season as the Tigers captain.

"You have some captains who are bosses," coach Chris Bolton said. "She is not that way. Her first instinct is to help others."

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week
Oregon 14 2014 Jr. Championships is TrackTown's audition for 2019 Worlds 2014 Jr. Championships is TrackTown's audition for 2019 Worlds (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships get underway Tuesday morning, marking the first time the IAAF has held an event of any kind in the United States since 1992.

This is the junior championship's first appearance on U.S. soil.

If all goes well this week local organizers with TrackTown USA hope its just the start of more to come: Eugene is one of three cities bidding to host the 2019 World Championships.
Sports Marist High tennis player: 'I'm competitive. I want to win every time I'm out there' Marist High tennis player: 'I'm competitive. I want to win every time I'm out there' (Video)
Winning seems to come naturally to Marist High junior AJ Bartko. The tennis doubles state champion has been playing the game for over a decade.

"I'm competitive. I want to win every time I'm out there,” said Bartko.

In the winter, Bartko leaves the tennis court for the basketball court. He said his time playing hoops leads to success in the spring.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week
Sports Team USA hopeful looks for Paralympic curling debut in Sochi Team USA hopeful looks for Paralympic curling debut in Sochi (Video)
Olympians competing in the sport of curling never fail to captivate viewers around the world in the Winter Games.

Oregon's only dedicated curling facility is in Beaverton. That's where you can find Team USA hopeful Cathy Cummins, who has her sights set on next month's Paralympic Games in Sochi.

“It's just so difficult to do, it requires so much focus. On the other end there is a chess game going on,” said Cummins.