John Cádiz Klemack

General Assignment Reporter




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    John Cádiz Klemack is a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC4 Southern California. Joining the news team in 2008, he is lauded for his versatility and breaking news journalism skills. His most recent news stories can be seen here.

    Klemack has covered some of the highest profile stories in Southern California. He was the only local reporter on the Christopher Dorner manhunt to investigate Dorner's Las Vegas residence, and was in San Bernardino County when the Dorner Standoff came to a peak. He also covered the tragic Oklahoma Tornado, and continues to lead the coverage on investigations into the LA County Department of Child and Family Services.

    Additional national news stories include, the death of Michael Jackson and the criminal trial of his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray; the live report from Cancun, Mexico when authorities found the body of a Hollywood producer's wife; and the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Guanajuato, Mexico in 2012.

    Klemack has been honored with a number of industry awards, including being part of the team that that won an L.A. Emmy Award for NBC4’s special ‘LA Riots: 20 Years Later.’ He also is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Continuing Coverage’ of the West Virginia Floods, an Ohio Valley Emmy Award for ‘Producing’ news segment, ‘Gridiron Glory,’ an Ohio Associated Press Award for ‘Best Spot News,’ and multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for ‘Best Reporter,’ ‘Best Spot News’ and ‘Best News Series.’

    Prior to joining NBC4, Klemack spent four years as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, he covered the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping and the arrest and prosecution of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. Earlier, he served as the morning news anchor and general assignment reporter for WOWK-TV in Charleston, W.Va. He also worked as a statewide news correspondent for the station's three-affiliate network.

    Klemack holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The son of a Polish-American father and Cuban refugee mother, he is bilingual, having spoken Spanish since his childhood in Grove City, Ohio. He also is a member of the Radio-Television Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

    When not working, Klemack is dedicated to tackling marathons and triathlons and enjoys international travel with his wife. They currently reside in Sherman Oaks.