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Dave D’Marko joined the Fox 4 News Team in August 2015 as a general assignment reporter for the 9 & 10 p.m. newscasts.
Dave has both a Bachelor’s and Masters from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
He comes to us from Orlando where he was in the courtroom covering both the Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman trials. His coverage of breaking news including a propane plant explosion and mudslides earned him a nod from the Associated Press.
He started his career In Washington D.C. where he covered political conventions leading up to the historic 2000 Presidential election.
He also worked at stations in Georgia, and his native Ohio.
Dave’s first love was sports and Cleveland’s teams, which drew him to broadcasting, though he says he’s also ready to root on the Royals!
Dave still plays baseball and enjoys a trip around the golf course when he’s not spending time with his wife and three children.
His favorite part of the job is meeting people and telling their stories and wants to hear what matters most to you in your community. Send him a story tip at dave.dmarko@wdaftv4.com on Twitter (DaveDMarko) or Instagram (DaveDMarkoNews)

Recent Articles
  • State audit gives Harrisonville “poor” rating for mismanaged taxpayer money

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — “A complete lack of planning” by city leaders is costing Harrisonville taxpayers according to Missouri’s state auditor. Nicole Galloway gave the city the lowest rating possible of poor because of layers of tax districts, no bid contracts and money being pulled from restricted funds. Harrisonville residents started a petition drive in 2015 gathering more than 600 petitions to get Galloway to look into the finances of the city. She traveled to Harrisonville Wednesday to tell residents what […]

  • Report reveals Toni Anderson was intoxicated; ex-cop, attorney debate decision not to conduct sobriety check

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — North Kansas City Police released dash cam video Tuesday of their early morning traffic stop of Toni Anderson. It happened January 15th at 4:25 a.m., the same morning she is presumed to have accidentally driven her Ford Focus into the Missouri River and drowned. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Toni Anderson had drugs and alcohol in her system at the time of her death. It called ethanol, cocaine and amphetamine intoxication contributing factors to […]

  • Same ride company under investigation for toddler’s death in Wichita headed to Lee’s Summit Downtown Days

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The same Missouri company that put on a carnival where a child died in Wichita last week will bring its rides to Lee’s Summit next week. Plattsburg, Mo., based Evans United Shows turned to tragedy last week when a 15-month-old little girl died. Pressley Bartonek is believed to have touched a metal fence outside a bounce house that was in contact with a live wire. She later died from electrical burns. The group who puts on […]

  • Founder disputes police claims that his military charity is a scam

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police arrested a man who said he was soliciting donations for military care packages Thursday. Aaron Johansen of Ogden, Utah was arrested for trespassing and violating the city’s soliciting ordinance at the Arium Apartments. Overland Park police also warned residents the organization he was representing, Helping Heroes, is a scam. But its founder, Kody Morrison, also from Ogden, disputes those claims. Robyn DeLacy-Kelly had one of the men approach her on Mother’s Day at her Lee’s […]

  • Missouri Highway Patrol’s Marine Division trains in water survival

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A dozen Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers hit the water over and over again, wearing full uniforms, shoes and weighted gun belts. “If someone gets upset with you or decides they want to take you into the water, we’re training our officers how to disengage with them and then tactfully come on up in a different location than they would expect,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant David Echternacht explained. “You are apprehensive at first if you’ve […]

  • Attorney who filed Jackson County Jail rape lawsuit hopes it exposes other ills

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Where’s there’s smoke there’s fire, and there is a lot of smoke coming out of that building,” Nick Dudley said of the latest lawsuit Jackson County is facing. Dudley filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of a man who says a jail guard handed an inmate cocaine while he raped him. That man who was serving 30-days at the Jackson County Detention Center on a probation violation for a non-violent offense. The alleged rapist was […]

  • Independence police investigating homicide after woman is found dead in home

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A woman is dead in Independence and police are investigating her death as a homicide. The crime scene is near East Walnut and Lee’s Summit Road. The Jackson County medical examiner took the woman’s body from the home shortly before 10 p.m. and will perform an autopsy. Police remained on scene through the evening investigating. The victim was identified Wednesday as 57-year-old Holly D. Barnett, of Independence. FOX 4 is told that police were called to the home a […]

  • Loved ones have grave concerns about upkeep at Grain Valley cemetery for veterans

    GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — A Grain Valley cemetery where hundreds of veterans are buried appears to have plenty of work to do before their annual Memorial Day ceremony this year. Plots and grave markers at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens are free to veterans. The retired Army colonel who runs the place works for free, but some people aren’t happy with the way the cemetery is being kept up. Dawn Embree went to lay flowers on her mother’s grave for Mother’s […]

  • Beloved local comic book fixture killed in robbery; 911 caller left on hold while he lay dying

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local comic book fixture was killed Friday as he tried to stop a robbery. Now police need the public’s help to track down the villain. FOX 4’s Dave D’Marko went to Clint’s Comics near 39th and Main Street to see how Jim Cavanaugh is being remembered. Clint’s Comics just celebrated its 50th anniversary here in Kansas City last weekend, so his death is making a big impact. People were dropping off flowers at front of the store. Police said […]

  • KC man detained until trial amidst fears of terrorist ties

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man is accused of trying to join a foreign terrorist organization. The Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen said he was planning on visiting Canada, instead he went to Egypt. Isse Mohamud will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Friday behind bars. Thursday, a judge ruled he’ll be detained without bond until trial on passport fraud charges because he’s too much of a threat and a flight risk. It started as a Kansas City Police Missing […]

  • DIY Network host crashes local couple’s yard and their watch party

    SPRING HILL, Kan. — A Kansas City couple and landscaping company are featured on the most recent episode of the DIY Network show “Yard Crashers.” The host of the show, Matt Blashaw joined them at the Bowery in Spring Hill Wednesday night for a watch party. Matt Blashaw said it was the first time he’s attended a watch party and doesn’t like to watch himself on TV. He came back to Kansas City because a woman who happened to help […]

  • Video shows Dick’s Sporting Goods burglars in action as they pry open store door in Merriam

    Merriam Police released video of four suspected thieves who stole up to $20,000 in merchandise early Tuesday morning. They say they pried open a door and entered the Merriam Dick’s Sporting Goods on Antioch Road at 2:30 a.m. Watch as they carry out garbage bags full of Nike sportswear before driving a burgundy Chevy Malibu to the Leawood Dick’s Sporting Goods where they are suspected of carrying out the same crime in the same fashion.