John grew up in Woodland Hills, where as a 10 year old he would tape the sports segment on ABC7 Eyewitness News and then record his own, dreaming of one day becoming a sportscaster.
John graduated from San Diego State University in 1992 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Business Management. While at SDSU, he got his first real taste of sports journalism as a writer for The Daily Aztec.
In 1995, he moved to the heart of Razorback Country as the weekend sports anchor at KFSM in Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Arkansas. Eventually, he took over as the primary sports anchor. Hartung was honored by the Arkansas Associated Press for Best Sportscast, Best Sports Reporting and Best Sports Special.
In August 1999, KSWB in San Diego lured John back home to Southern California to be its sports director and anchor. While there, he won a Golden Mike for Best Sports Segment, as well as an Emmy nomination.
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