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Alana LaFlore joined FOX 4 News as a reporter in March 2018. Originally from New York, this is Alana’s first time living in the Midwest. She’s excited to explore Kansas City and tell your stories!

Alana was born in New York’s Hudson River Valley, but grew up in Syracuse, New York. The city’s cold, weather helped spark her interest in reporting. She remembers her father recording her first “live reports” during Syracuse’s snowstorms!

Before joining the FOX 4 team, Alana was a multimedia journalist at NewsChannel 9 WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There, she reported on several national stories, including the deadly Woodmore Elementary School bus crash. Her first reporting job was at Time Warner Cable News in Utica, New York. After about a year, she transferred to the 24-hour cable news outlet’s main station in Syracuse, New York.

Alana has a Master of Science degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She earned her undergraduate degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Alana interned at several different news outlets and media companies in places like Atlanta, New York City, London and Washington, DC.

Alana enjoys volunteering and mentoring youth. While in Chattanooga, she was a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also volunteered with Read Aloud Chattanooga. Through the organization, she spent time reading to children at area elementary schools, teaching students the importance of literacy and education.

Connect with Alana and welcome her to Kanas City!

Recent Articles
  • 2 North Kansas City schools seeing success, better test scores with year-round classes

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — School just started back up this week for some students in the North Kansas City School District. This is the fourth year Winnwood and Crestview elementary schools have extended calendars with classes practically year-round. When the program started, Winnwood was one of the lowest-performing schools in the state in the bottom 15th percentile. But test scores and retention have improved since year-round school started, according to school administrators. To avoid drops in retention, Crestview and Winnwood added […]

  • Neighbors honor Parkville shooting victims while keeping focus on 14-year-old survivor

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — After a tragic shooting happened in their community, neighbors say a vigil for the victims of Sunday’s murder-suicide will focus on the positive. Platte County investigators say the suspected shooter, Doug Pauling, murdered his ex-wife, his mother and his mother’s new husband before taking his own life. Maggie Girard was one of the people killed. “I didn’t want her to be forgotten,” said Wilma Vandebrink, one of Girard’s neighbors. “I didn’t want that lady to be forgotten.” […]

  • While family of victim mourns, Raytown police seek woman in connection to shooting

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Raytown police released new video of the woman they say might have witnessed the deadly shooting at Applebee’s on 350 Highway Friday. The video shows her taking a seat at one of the tables. She’s not seen interacting with the victim in anyway. Police say she exited the restaurant shortly after and may have witnessed the crime. Raytown police won’t say if the shooting was targeted or random, but say the public should not feel any concerns […]

  • KC crews clean up after someone leaves 1,600 pounds of paint behind

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The KC Water Department doesn’t normally clean illegal dumping sites, but they helped with a rare emergency Thursday: Someone left 1,600 pounds of paint on East 31st Street. “They were ruptured, some of the cans, so we needed to get it cleaned up so it wouldn’t get into our ground water and our storm water,” said Robert Fort, environmental manager for KC Water. Fort said the paint could have also been flammable. The cans were so […]

  • Metro family that lost wife, mom to suicide urges those suffering to ‘reach out for help’

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A metro family who lost their wife and mother to suicide is speaking out, trying to let people who feel hopeless know there’s help out there. With the death of Kansas City native Kate Spade this week, people are talking about mental health and suicide prevention. The NYPD said Spade took her own life. The 55-year-old was being treated for depression and anxiety, according to her family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in the last 20 years, suicides have increased in […]

  • Kate Spade’s death spurs discussion on how to talk about mental health & help others

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fashion lovers all over the world continue to mourn Kansas City native Kate Spade. She was known for her talent designing iconic hand bags. New York police said a housekeeper found her dead from an apparent suicide Tuesday morning. Late Wednesday afternoon, Spade’s husband Andy Spade told The New York Times his wife suffered from depression and anxiety for years. He also confirmed they lived apart for 10 months but had no plans to divorce. Spade said […]

  • An iconic inspiration: Designer Kate Spade remembered for impact on fashion industry & KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Designer Kate Spade was found dead Tuesday, but the Kansas City native’s name and talent will live on in the metro and around the world. Her name is practically synonymous with designer handbags. Spade launched her fashion line in 1993, and it soared in popularity over the years. A KC native, Spade graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy. On Tuesday, St. Teresa’s released a statement saying she was a valued member of their sisterhood. Spade then studied at […]

  • KC native, fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York apartment

    NEW YORK CITY — Law enforcement officials confirmed Tuesday morning that well-known fashion designer and Kansas City native Kate Spade has died. A housekeeper found her dead around 10 a.m. Tuesday inside her New York City apartment on Park Avenue. She was just 55. Law enforcement officials said it appears Spade took her own life. A note from the deceased was reportedly found at the home. Born Katherine Brosnahan, she was a native of Kansas City, and graduated from St. […]

  • Metro schools, programs offering free lunch for kids during summer break

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Summer break can be the hungriest time of the year for kids, but school districts in the metro are fighting hunger with summer meal programs. Many of those programs around the metro kicked off Monday. Monday was also the first day of summer school at Briarcliff Elementary in the North Kansas City School District. It’s one of 17 schools in the district that offers free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and younger. “We actually do summer […]

  • 2 kids’ second-degree burns from hot playground spurs change in Grandview

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — The hot slides in a Grandview park that burned two little girls who were playing on them are now permanently closed. The burns happened over Memorial Day Weekend in two separate incidents. Both girls got second-degree burns. On Friday, the Grandview Parks and Recreation Department met with the slide manufacturer. According to city officials, the manufacturer is getting estimates for options to keep kids safe. Right now, the entrances of the slides at John Anderson Park are blocked […]

  • Gladstone cop shooting hoops with residents to build connections, trust

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — One Gladstone police officer is aiming high to score points with neighbors one basketball game at a time. Officer Blair Parker plays pick-up basketball with them to build connections, even in the metro’s recent hot weather. “I think it’s important so that we look humanized,” Parker said. “I think a lot of times we put the vest on, we put the gun on and people kind of get the misconception that we’re militaristic.” For about a year, Parker has been […]

  • Parent playing with kids in Merriam park finds marijuana, loaded gun and more left behind

    MERRIAM, Kan. — Merriam police say a parent playing with their children in Campbell Park found a quart-sized mason jar of marijuana and reported it to investigators. Whoever left the drugs behind also left a loaded gun, a phone and a scale. It happened on Memorial Day, according to investigators. “I called it the marijuana dealer’s starter kit,” Merriam Police Capt. Troy Duvanel said. “‘Cause you’ve got everything. You’ve got your scale here for weighing out the product, cell phone for communicating […]