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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
  • Former prosecutor helps unmask the mystery behind grand jury process

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Part of the reason for the growing tension in Ferguson, Mo. is because the grand jury process is shrouded in secrecy. While the proceedings are secret and often mysterious, experts say you shouldn’t read anything into the process. There are two ways someone can be charged with a crime, by a complaint signed by a judge or an indictment from a grand jury. The type of case doesn’t dictate one way or another, the decision is made at the […]

  • Police patrolling 69 Highway following complaints of drivers missusing the shoulder

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Tempers are flaring in Overland Park, especially during morning and evening rush hours. But this time it’s not construction or lane closures that have people fuming, it’s other drivers breaking the law. Workers from the Kansas Department of Transportation are doing bridge repairs on northbound 69 Highway over Interstate 435. It’s created some traffic issues between 119th Street and College Boulevard, so many in fact, drivers have filed complaints with the Overland Park Police Department and […]

  • Smokers looking to kick habit can get a kickstart with Great American Smokeout

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’ve been think about kicking the smoking habit, Thursday may be the perfect day for you. It’s the Great American Smokeout, a day when people are encouraged to quit all smoking. “It’s really important to set a date when you’re talking about quitting smoking,” said Dr. Joseph Stilwill. Kicking the nicotine habit isn’t easy and it takes a lot of hard work. Dr. Stilwill with Sarah Cannon at Menorah Medical Center says it can be […]

  • New squad of neighbors coming to crucial area of Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park neighborhood is about to get some new neighbors who specialize in saving lives. The city bought a home for sale and turned it into a ‘squad house.’ A home at the corner of Indian Creek Parkway and Reeds Road will soon house six people over three shifts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The location was chosen to be time-saving. When seconds count, it’s also life-saving. Brad Cusick […]

  • Police chief warns of opportunistic car thieves who emerge in cold weather

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Cold mornings are forecast for most of the week, which means extra time spent warming up your car. Just make sure you are in it when it’s running. “Criminals are opportunists and when they see an opportunity to steal a car, they’re going to take advantage of it,” said Overland Park Police Chief Frank Donchez. Overland Park police have seen a rise in stolen cars this year compared last. In 2013 there were less than 20 […]

  • First snow of the year will create some headaches on the road

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – We may not be getting a huge amount of snow Saturday, but it is the first snowfall of the season, and it can bring some headaches. No ruler, no snow boots, no hat!  This first snowfall is going to be a piece of cake for anyone who decides to stay in tomorrow. For those who venture out, be careful, FOX 4’s Eric Burke has tips from authorities to stay safe on the road in winter weather.

  • Realtors get schooled in self-defense

    MERRIAM, Kan. — The kidnapping and murder of an Arkansas real estate agent put a fear in realtors across the country. Here in the metro, a group is trading that fear for awareness. Forty-nine-year old Beverly Carter went to show a home just outside of Little Rock, Ark. in late September and no one ever saw her again. Her body was found in a shallow grave a few days later. Carter wasn’t a rookie, she knew to let people know where […]

  • Alleged unwanted sexual advances lead to charges against KU student

    LAWRENCE, Kan. – A 21-year-old University of Kansas student is charged with sexual battery and criminal restraint. The victim says she knew the suspect, but his advances were not consensual and she went to police. The charge is very specific, aggravated sexual battery. It’s defined as touching another person with intent to arouse the sexual desires of the offender without consent. Lawrence police said according to what the victim told them, the charge is accurate. Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Colvin is a student at […]

  • Friends come together to remember two Olathe Northwest students

    OLATHE, Kan. — Hundreds packed an Olathe church Tuesday night to remember two teenage girls who killed themselves over the weekend. The two were juniors at Olathe Northwest High School. One took her life Friday, the other on Sunday. The news hit the student body especially hard. Leaders of Grace United Methodist Church wanted to help and opened the doors for everyone to share their grief. FOX 4 was invited into the vigil. The two young ladies were loved by many, which was […]

  • KCK RBI working to keep baseball magic alive for metro kids

    KANSAS CITY, Kan.– The Major League Baseball season is over and we all know how exciting it was. The Kansas City Royals postseason run unified the metro, and it also created an opportunity for Royals charities to raise more money than usual. One of the organizations benefitting is the KCK-RBI program. “It’s been a long time coming on final lap of gettting to where we need to be to have this bad boy renovated and have the kids play come […]

  • Man carjacked at Shawnee Hy-Vee grateful to be alive

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — No more late night trips to the neighborhood grocery store for a Shawnee man. His stop Wednesday night ended in being robbed and carjacked at gunpoint. The 64-year-old victim, who asked not to be identified, was shopping at Hy-Vee on 63rd street near Pflumm. He said he put his groceries in his car and was returning the cart when he saw two young men looking and yelling in his direction. At first, he thought they wanted a […]

  • Police academy recruits run in honor of fallen Riverside officer

    RIVERSIDE, Mo. — A Riverside police officer who raced to help in Joplin after a deadly tornado never returned home. Wednesday night he was remembered one step at a time. Lightning struck Jeff Taylor during search and rescue efforts following the EF-5 tornado in 2011. He died later at a hospital in Springfield. More than three years later, his sacrifice is not forgotten. A group of men and women hoping to become police officers paid tribute to Officer Taylor. Every […]