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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
  • Man on a mission doesn’t allow disability to keep him from throwing strikes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Willis was born without arms or hands, but he’s a motivational speaker and shows regardless of how he looks, he can do anything, including throw a baseball. “Kansas City will be my 22nd major league stadium where I’ve thrown out a first pitch,” he said. Willis isn’t shy about his disability. It’s quite the contrary. He wants you to ask him about it. He often encounters a most inquisitive group, young children. “I’m a motivational […]

  • Woman says dinner with President Obama gave her a fresh perspective

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Obama’s whirlwind trip to Kansas City was packed with a speech about the economy and several side trips. One of those excursions included the president having dinner with four people who had written to him. “I don’t think it’s hit me, I’ve had everybody I’ve known since 3rd grad calling me,” explained Valerie McCaw. McCaw has become an instant celebrity of sorts, and it all started with an email she received a couple of weeks ago. […]

  • President Obama dines on a Kansas City favorite, minus the cole slaw

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Barack Obama had to make a tough decision on Tuesday night upon his arrival in Kansas City: Which famous barbeque restaurant to dine at? The Commander in Chief opted for Arthur Bryant’s at 17th and Brooklyn, where he hosted four people who recently wrote him letters. President Obama ordered a half-slab of ribs, bottle of water and Bud Light according to a pool report. He also asked for coleslaw, and was dismayed to hear that the […]

  • Return visit to Uptown Theater for President Obama eagerly anticipated

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A historic venue in Midtown KC is gearing up for a visit from the Commander in Chief. President Barack Obama will speak Wednesday morning at the Uptown Theater, primarily focusing on the economy. His appearance already has hundreds very excited. The line for free tickets started forming Sunday afternoon and lined several city blocks before the Monday morning giveaway. The Uptown Theater has been a staple in Midtown for decades. It’s hosted rock legends and political […]

  • Area police officer goes above and beyond to make sure elderly woman stays cool

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One Kansas City police officer includes cooling as part of his duty to protect and serve. Officer Patrick Bird answered a call of a disoriented woman near Linwood and Indiana. He drove her just a couple of blocks to her home where he discovered Helen Adams didn’t have a working air conditioner. Officer Bird to the Bishop Sullivan’s Elder Cool program and a little while later a new window air conditioning unit was delivered and being […]

  • Police engage in standoff with possible homicide suspect at KCK home

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police were involved in a standoff outside a home near 48th Terrace and Oak Grove Road in Kansas City, Mo. The standoff began around 11:45 a.m. Thursday and ended at about 1:30 p.m. when the person came out of the house and surrendered to police. FOX 4’s Eric Burke reported live from the scene. He said uniformed and plain-clothed officers armed with guns were outside the home during the standoff. There have been conflicting reports regarding the number of […]

  • Standoff ends with suspect’s arrest and stern warning for unruly observer

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A homicide suspect was taken into custody in KCK Thursday, but not before a standoff with police. A tip led officers to a home on North 48th Terrace and Oak Grove Road at about 10 a.m. A short time later, it was clear he wasn’t coming out. From beginning to end, the standoff was a little less than two hours, but a belligerent group of people and a possibly armed suspect made for some tense times. “He […]

  • Shoplifters targeting Overland Park beauty supply stores, cell phones

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Several Overland Park businesses are getting hit hard by shoplifters, and police need your help in tracking them down. When it comes to shoplifting, the stores are technically considered the victims, but police say the true victims are anyone who shops. “It ends up costing everyone in the long run, the merchants pass that loss down to the consumers,” explained Officer Gary Mason with Overland Park Police Department. Shoplifting is no longer a seasonal crime that […]

  • Family mourns loss of 12-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car while riding bike

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City family is grieving the loss of a 12-year-old boy. Jawuan Bettis was hit by a car at 71 Highway and 55th Street early Saturday morning. He survived the weekend, but passed away early Tuesday morning. Jawuan’s mother, Julia Bettis, described him as a bright, vibrant young man. He loved sports and riding his bike. Police say he crossed against a red light and was hit by a car shortly before 2 a.m. on […]

  • 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 […]