Born in Sidney, Nebraska, John Knicely is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln School of Broadcast Journalism.
John and his wife Sue raised five children and have five grandchildren.
John served as Sportscaster for WOWT from 1974 to 1981, at which time he moved to St. Louis in the same capacity for KTVI, the ABC affiliate. He returned to Omaha and KETV in May of 1984, and made the move back to WOWT Channel 6 in May of 1992, this time as Anchor of the 5, 6 and 10PM Newscasts.
Since that time John has become a favorite in the community through his John at Work and Knicely Done news features. Over the years he has given viewers a unique behind the scenes perspective through his reporter-involved segments that have included: sky diving, working construction on the First National Tower and West Dodge Expressway, joining TV tower repairmen at 1200 feet, riding an Olympic bobsled, a daredevil stunt plane ride, performing on stage at the Omaha Playhouse, and serving as a middle school principal.
John has received numerous awards, including the Journalism Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is actively involved in the community and emcees various charity events throughout the year.