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Eric Burke joined the FOX 4 News Team in March 2002 as a general assignment reporter. After several years on the Breaking News beat, he's back on the streets covering a little bit of everything.

His career has taken him to stations in Midland, Texas; Waco, Texas; and Evansville, Indiana.

As a huge sports fan, 11 years in Kansas City has made him a rabid Royals fan. When it comes to college basketball, he waves the wheat! RCJH KU!

Eric remarried in 2011. He has two daughters, Jordyn and Kaitlyn. He and his wife Jeanene welcomed a new baby girl, Ainsley, in August.

Recent Articles
  • Addition to Roeland Park’s non-discrimination ordinance voted down 4-3

    ROELAND PARK, Kan. — The battle over a proposed addition to the non-discrimination ordinance in Roeland Park came to a head Monday night with a vote by the city council. More than 150 people sat in stunned silence when the council members made their decision. In a 4-3 vote, the Roeland Park City Council voted against the addition to the ordinance. The vote came two-and-a-half hours after the passionate pleas of dozens of supporters. At issue, whether or not the […]

  • Police investigate the death of a maintenance worker found injured in KCMO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police were called to investigate the death of a maintenance worker in a downtown building Friday night. Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Friday emergency personal were called to the south side of the new Century Towers, which is a city owned building located near Independence and Woodland Avenue which houses the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department’s headquarters and also the emergency operations command center for Kansas City. It was there that a maintenance worker was found […]

  • String of car break-ins solved in Grain Valley

    GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Grain Valley police have put an end to a string of car break-ins. Five teens are in custody and police found a lot of property they believe to be stolen. Officers following up on leads found both at a Grain Valley home, but police are quick to say don’t let your guard down. “Everywhere from loose change to electronic device, very glad to get back a loaded handgun stolen out of one of the unlocked cars,” said […]

  • Paul McCartney plays to delight of KC crowd, including a woman he’s never disappointed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Downtown Kansas City experienced a little Beatlemania Wednesday night. Sir Paul McCartney was back in town and performing at the Sprint Center. There may have been some Wings fans or even Sir Paul the solo artist fans. FOX 4’s Eric Burke ran into Barb Adams by chance Wednesday afternoon. She’s from Grain Valley and has seen McCartney nearly two-dozen times, the first not too far from the Sprint Center at Municipal Auditorium in 1964. It was a brief […]

  • Operation Breakthrough still feeling the impact of All-Star week two years later

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been two years since Kansas City rolled out the red carpet and hosted the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. MLB billed the game as a revenue producing, charity driven week of fun, and it lived up to the billing. When all was said and done, tens of millions of dollars were pumped into the economy and more than a dozen groups and organizations benefited. After decades of caring for and educating thousands of children, Operation Breakthrough […]

  • Police take suspects into custody following lengthy standoff

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Waldo man had a front row seat to a four-and-a-half hour standoff Monday afternoon, as a man and woman refused to come of the home right next door to him. “As I went out the back door to let my dog out, there was a cop standing there with a gun pointed at me, just said go back in the house and lock the door,” said neighbor Daniel Morris. Morris didn’t argue, he closed the […]

  • Stars crown the sold out Kauffman crowd during Big Slick weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The hottest tickets in town were punched at  Kauffman Stadium Friday night. Television and movies stars, dollar hotdogs and as fans found their seats, the Royals entered the game in first place in the American League Central. It was a hot afternoon and a warm night, but no one seemed to mind as they filed into the K a little early to see some famous hometown boys hang out with their hometown team. It wouldn’t be […]

  • A quick, painless cardiac exam can help ensure high school athletes’ safety

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every year hundreds of high school athletes die playing sports nationwide. Doctors say many times, there is an underlying heart condition that no one knew about. A clinic in Northland is hoping to help metro athletes with a special battery of tests at St. Luke’s Health System Athletic Heart Clinic. Alex Stevens was at the clinic Thursday evening. He will be a sophomore at Park Hill South this fall. His sports of choice, track and cross-country. He was […]


    Charges filed in Overland Park homicide where victim’s body was found severely decomposed

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — First-degree murder charges have been filed against Edward William Scott Jr., 22, in connection with the death of Chidozie “Joe” Ojiaka, whose body was found in severe decomposition at his Overland Park home. Police say he had been stabbed to death. Scott, a Kansas City, Kan., resident, is being held on a $1,000,000 bond. He’s expected to appear in Johnson County court on Thursday for formal charging at which time FOX 4 will fully identify the suspect. Ojiaka’s body […]

  • Good police work and help from FOX 4 viewers leads to recovery of stolen TV

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You could call it the perfect storm of crime fighting: Excellent surveillance video, good police work and alert FOX 4 viewers. The three came together recently to solve the daring, daylight theft of a 90-inch flat screen television. The TV was found and returned to its owner Tuesday afternoon. “I’m so happy to have it back and that police made an arrest,” said the owner, who asked not to be identified. Two weeks ago, two men pulled up […]

  • Dad recalls scary day after daughter crashes car and goes unheard from for hours

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After several hours trapped in her car, an Overland Park woman is recovering in the hospital. Thirty-nine-year-old Cassandra Wiggins’ family feared the worst when she didn’t arrive at work Thursday morning. “We couldn’t get her on her cell phone, so the only thing left was to start looking for her. When you start looking, all kinds of thoughts run through your mind,” explained Robert Wiggins, Cassandra’s father. Wiggins was on her way to work at a Lee’s […]

  • Athletes gearing up for competition get special sendoff at Longview Lake

    JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — More than two dozens athletes are gearing up for a busy week. They’ll be competing in the 2014 Special Olympics USA games in New Jersey. On Thursday night the athletes got together at Longview Lake for a barbeque sendoff. “It’s going to be a bit stressful this next week coming up so this is nice to have some fun with family and friends and get them all pumped up and ready to go,” said Amy Wurst, Special […]