John Sears

John Sears: 13 Fascinating Facts
• In 8th grade I cracked 3 vertebrae in my lower back from the stress of growing. I had to wear a back brace (full with ‘bendable’ metal rods) for 1 year. To make things more embarrassing for a 14 year old, the metal detector would go off at the airport and I had to take off my shirt, then show and explain that I had a back brace on.

• I played the piano for 4 years. I can still play ‘Yankee Doodle.’ I played the trumpet for a week in 6th grade.

• I was an intern at channel 13 in 2002. My very first interview was with Tito Ortiz (the light heavyweight champion of the world), this before MMA was really big. I interviewed him about the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight and whether or not he could take Tyson. He said Tyson wouldn’t last 30 seconds in the ring with him. Pretty sure that interview jumpstarted his career.

• I’ve had a high metabolism my whole life. I rarely ever gain weight, and yes I’ve tried. I used to drink three 2200 calorie protein shakes a day, it did nothing.

• I played baseball for 1 year in high school. I was a 1st baseman and could do the splits. In my very first at bat, on the very first pitch, I hit a homerun over the center field wall. Some say the ball still hasn’t landed. I retired after that season.

• My favorite sport to watch is football. My favorite sport to play is golf. When I was younger I played all sports, but was best at soccer and baseball.

• I was incredibly shy when I was younger.

• I had white/blonde hair growing up, it’s now brown. My wife has brown hair. Our daughter has red hair, go figure. I love it.

• I taught swim lessons for 5 years as a college summer job, proof that even I can somewhat get a tan. My very first job was at Soccer Connections, a soccer sporting goods store.

• One of the very first stories I covered as a ‘paid’ sports reporter was Boston vs St. Louis in the 2004 World Series. My first job was in Jefferson City, MO…Huge Cardinal territory.

• I’m a sucker for good pepperoni pizza, BBQ, lasagna, pancheros burritos, mint chocolate chip shakes and hot tamales.

• I had 2 pet iguana’s growing up. 1 named Iggy, the other Bo (after Bo Jackson).

• I (along with 2 buddies) used to sweep the floor at halftime of our boy’s high school basketball games. We would dress up in full costume while sweeping.

John Sears joined the Channel 13 Sports team in July of 2012 after spending almost 6 years at KCRG in Cedar Rapids, IA as a Sports Reporter/Anchor. Prior to that John spent a year at KMEG in Sioux City and a year at KRCG in Jefferson City, MO. There’s a good chance John has covered every high school team in the state of Iowa, in some sport.

John is local, growing up his entire life in the Des Moines area. He attended Dowling High School and later the University of Iowa. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications. John has covered everything sports related. You name it; it’s likely he’s covered it.

In his spare time (not that he has much) John likes to play golf, go out to a good movie, hang out with friends and family, and cheer on his beloved Chicago Bears. John and his wife Maria married in 2008 and are kept busy at home with their wild daughter Adrienne, their beagle named Bob, and cat Belle.
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Recent Articles

  • SOUNDOFF SENDOFF: Opening week losses for ISU and Iowa

    Posted on: 10:51 pm, September 22, 2013, by

    It’s the Sears Soundoff Sendoff, a musical montage of the Iowa and ISU football games. Both the Hawkeyes and Cyclones...
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  • KC CHIEFS: Fans gather for watch party

    Posted on: 1:21 pm, September 20, 2013, by

    Kansas City Chiefs fans are some of the loudest in the NFL.  They believe they’re the loudest. KC is off...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Hawkeyes Meltdown, Cyclone Woes, Rough week

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    By: John Sears Deja Vu in Iowa City.  Iowa plays well, leads most of the game, but melts down in...
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  • HAWKEYE STUNNER: Hawkeyes lose to N. Illinois

    Posted on: 8:29 pm, August 31, 2013, by

    The Iowa Hawkeyes lost a stunning season opener on Saturday 30-27 to Northern Illinois. The Hawks led 24-17 at the...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Football time, Pelini’s prank, Adventureland

    Posted on: 11:42 pm, August 25, 2013, by , updated on: 11:43pm, August 25, 2013

    By: John Sears College football week is finally here!  Yaayyyyyyyyy!!!  Oh wait, now work gets really, really busy…No worries, I...
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  • CYCLONE FOOTBALL: Van Der Kamp a punting success

    Posted on: 9:27 pm, August 24, 2013, by

    Iowa State punter Kirby Van Der Kamp is one of the best kickers in the country.  Van Der Kamp is...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Urbandale survives, Heinen a national star, Rudock #1

    Posted on: 11:38 pm, August 17, 2013, by

    By: John Sears The boys from Urbandale survive.  After jumping out to a 6-0 lead Urbandale holds on to beat...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Urbandale loses, Kentucky comes calling, No fair

    Posted on: 10:46 pm, August 16, 2013, by

    By: John Sears The Urbandale little leaguers lost to Newark, Delaware Friday night 6-3 in Williamsport.  The nerves definitely got...
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  • UNORTHODOX SWITCH: From Running Back To D-Tackle

    Posted on: 10:41 pm, August 12, 2013, by , updated on: 11:43am, August 13, 2013

    For the first time in school history Iowa State has sold out of their season tickets. Over 43,000 season ticket...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Pierschbacher flips, U-Dale represents, Party Town USA

    Posted on: 9:30 pm, August 11, 2013, by

    By: John Sears Talk about a kick to the stones just before football season.  2014 Hawkeye football recruit Ross Pierschbacher,...
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  • CYCLONES PRACTICE: Spotlight On QB Richardson

    Posted on: 10:49 pm, August 5, 2013, by

    The popularity of football knows no bounds. Fans can’t get enough as the the season draws near. It was a...
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  • STATE BASEBALL: Boone Falls to Davenport Assumption

    Posted on: 9:16 pm, July 30, 2013, by

    It’s been 46 years since the Boone Toreadors won a state baseball title, but they’ll have to wait at least...
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