I work in the web world at FOX 4 and bring our on-air product plus a lot more right to your fingertips through online, mobile and social platforms. I joined the FOX 4 Newsroom in 2012.
While I’m originally from Arlington, Texas; Missouri has been my home for the most part since August of 2005 when I began attending the University of Missouri in Columbia. I am a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and hold both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school.
I’ve worked in a variety of facets as a journalist, including a stint as a graphics artist for the Columbia Missourian newspaper, an online editor and writer for The Lutheran magazine in Chicago and as an assignment/web editor for KOMU-TV. My experience at KOMU led me down I-70 to Kansas City.
I enjoy bringing a compelling blend of both interesting and important stories to fox4kc.com. I particularly enjoy writing stories about crime, sports and the offbeat, wacky stories that make you chuckle.
When I’m not at my desk looking over Signal Hill, you can probably find me at a sporting event. I’m an avid Mizzou fan and still love the teams I grew up with in DFW, particularly the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars. Kansas City is a lot happier when the Chiefs and Royals are playing well, so I root for them most of the time and root for Sporting Kansas City all of the time.
I look forward to the days when the Sprint Center has a professional hockey or basketball team and still hold out hope that the Missouri/Kansas rivalry will find its way to a court or field sometime in the near future.

Recent Articles
  • Man accused of firing shots at Waldo Bar, QuikTrip told witnesses he was federal agent, made threats

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who claimed to be a homeland security agent allegedly pulled out a gun at one Waldo bar and threatened to shoot up the area at another bar is facing weapons charges. Jackson County prosecutors charged Wesley G. Barnes with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action. Prosecutors say Barnes did open fire from his car after he was kicked out of Waldo Bar at about 1 […]

  • Third suspect arrested in connection to Lawrence shooting where three were killed

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lawrence police say a third suspect is under arrest, and is the first suspect facing first-degree murder in a deadly shooting that happened on Massachusetts Street on October 1. U.S. Marshals arrested Anthony Laron Roberts Jr., 20, on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. Once Roberts is extradited to Douglas County, he’ll be booked on charges that include one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. On Tuesday, authorities […]

  • Two struck, one critically injured in Kansas City shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting where two men were wounded, one of them has life-threatening injuries. Police dispatchers initially said this was a triple shooting, but investigators updated that number at about 8:30 p.m. The shooting happened in the 400 block of Denver, which is a couple of blocks north of Independence Avenue, and a couple blocks south of Budd Park. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern reports that a large scene was taped off and […]

  • Police find no one inside a Liberty Hardee’s after lengthy standoff

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Police surrounded a Hardee’s restaurant near 291 Highway and South Withers on Tuesday evening where there were reports of a gunman inside the restaurant who was refusing to come out of the building. Liberty Police wrapped up their work at the standoff at about 8:30 p.m., and found nobody inside the restaurant. Earlier on Tuesday night, employees said a customer came in and muttered something, then pulled a gun and barricaded himself in the bathroom. SWAT approaching […]

  • One driver dead in two-vehicle collision on Parallel Pkwy just east of I-635

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KCK Police say there’s been a deadly crash on Tuesday afternoon at 33rd and Parallel Parkway. KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler tweeted about the crash just before 4:30 p.m., the scene is a few blocks east of Interstate 635. KCK Police working fatal crash 33rd & Parallel Pkwy. Driver of blue car died. Elderly man. SUV driver hospitalized minor injuries.#fox4kc pic.twitter.com/eoqpDmhhxA — Kera Mashek (@KeraFox4KC) October 10, 2017 FOX 4’s Kera Mashek reports that investigators a […]

  • Police say man charged towards officers with knife before he was shot at Overland Park apartments

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park Police say there was a shooting on Monday afternoon involving an officer. Police tell FOX 4 that a man suspected of  threatening an officer was shot, and he is a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting happened near W. 133rd and Melrose at an apartment complex called “The Sovereign at Overland Park.” The complex is near Blue Valley Northwest High School and the Blue Valley Sports Recreation Complex, but neither the school nor […]

  • Yust admitted to strangling, hiding bodies of Kara Kopetsky & Jessica Runions per investigators

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — The man long-believed to be a killer is now suspected of murder. On Thursday Cass County prosecutors formally charged Kylr Yust with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse related to the disappearances and killings of Kara Kopetsky in 2007 and Jessica Runions in 2016. Runions disappeared after she left a party with him in September 2016. Kopetsky vanished more than 10 years ago after she was last seen walking […]

  • Focused on justice, moms of Kara Kopetsky & Jessica Runions react to murder charges

    BELTON, Mo. — Another step in the path to long-awaited closure for a pair of families was taken on Thursday as prosecutors filed murder charges against the man accused of killing their loved ones. Already behind bars, Kylr Yust is charged with murdering Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions. The Cass County prosecutor also filed two charges of abandoning a corpse against him. Yust had been the primary focus for investigators into the disappearances of Kopetsky from Belton in 2007, and from […]

  • Kylr Yust charged with murdering Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A man long suspected of killing two young women who were reported missing is now charged with murdering them. Cass County prosecutors charged Kylr Yust with two counts of murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse related to the deaths of Kara Kopetsky in Belton and Jessica Runions in Kansas City. Both murder charges are dated when both were reported missing. His bond in this case is $1 million. He’s already going through a pending court […]

  • One person killed, two people hurt in KCK crash

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police say a deadly crash happened Wednesday evening at about 6 in the area of 5th and Washington. The scene was three blocks east of N. 7th Street Trafficway. KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler says that one person was killed and two people were hurt. Officers say that the driver of a silver SUV collided with a gold sedan. The initial investigation revealed that two black males were in the SUV and driving fast while going […]

  • Man charged with murder in crash where two passengers were killed as he allegedly fled KCK Police

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The driver accused of fleeing police following a reported theft at Cabela’s on Monday and causing a crash where two of his passengers died is facing murder charges. The Wyandotte County District Attorney charged Zackery Smith, 20, with two counts of felony murder in the first degree and other charges related to the pursuit. A man and a woman were killed in the crash near 94th and Parallel Parkway: 27-year-old Jason Edwards and 23-year-old Amber Bledsoe. […]

  • Bank robbed in the area of Westport and Country Club Plaza

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The FBI reports that Country Club Bank was robbed on Wednesday afternoon. The bank is located at 43rd and Belleview, in between entertainment districts Westport and the Country Club Plaza. No injuries have been reported. The FBI hasn’t said how much money was taken or given a suspect description, but did release these photos: We’ll provide further updates about the robbery as we get them.