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Jason M. Vaughn is a Kansas City, Missouri, native and graduate of both Raytown High School and UMKC. Prior to coming to FOX 4 in 2008, he was an editor for FOXNews.com. He has also been - at one time or another - a ski lift operator, graphic designer, ghost writer, IRS clerk, studio guitarist, photographer, drywall hanger, landscaper, pool cleaner, grill cook, model (!), crowd-control guard, substitute teacher, book binder, sports writer, lead singer in a punk rock band, camel loader (!!), accounting software technical support engineer, janitor, newspaper reporter, delivery driver, book reviewer, radio station lackey, carpenter, roadie, tour guide and at least a couple of other things that he just can't remember at the moment in a variety of places ranging from Arizona to New York City.

He is married to a beautiful fifth grade teacher named Kirbi and has two cats.

Recent Articles
  • Independence Police investigating fatal hit-and-run

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police are investigating after a fatal hit-and-run incident involving two vehicles in Independence on Friday night. According to Independence Police, the crash occurred around 9:15 p.m. at US 24 and Blue Mills when a 2008 Dodge 2500 Pick-up traveling east on US 24 rear-ended a 2014 Mazda 6 that was stopped at a red light at Blue Mills. A witness told FOX 4 that the driver of the Dodge fled then fled the scene of the wreck […]

  • Kansas refuses to help family bury slain child

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kansas, family says they can’t catch a break. After losing their 10-year-old daughter to a driveby shooting last October, they just received a letter this week from the state saying it won’t help pay for the funeral. The reasoning behind it all has Machole Stewart’s family appalled. “All you really can do is take it day by day,” said Machole’s mother, Angela Fowler. Fowler’s home reflects the sunlight on a beautiful Saturday afternoon […]

  • Marlborough neighborhood fights back against illegal dumping

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Residents in east Kansas City’s Marlborough neighborhood gathered to help clean up their community on Saturday as they tried to fight back against illegal dumping. Residents cleaned up around 200 discarded tires alone in the neighborhood, along with all sorts of garbage including car seats, old computers, printers, syringes and lots of empty bottles. “Just take a look you can see it here, rather than putting it in a trash can or a dumpster they elect […]

  • Things to know before you go bunny shopping

    The STEAM Team from Science City at Union Station stopped by the station to talk about what parents should know before they get their child a pet bunny for Easter.

  • First birthdays for March 28-29

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – If you would like to submit a First Birthday picture, mail a hard copy of the photograph by the Wednesday before you want the photo to appear on air during the First Birthdays segment of FOX 4 Morning News. Mail the photo to: WDAF-TV Attn: First Birthdays 3030 Summit Kansas City, MO 64108. Please print the name as you want it to appear on the back of the photo. And include a self-addressed stamped envelope if […]

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    KCMO woman charged with child abuse, assault in death of toddler

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, woman faces felony child abuse charges in connection to the death of her one-year-old daughter. Donniesha Lasha Lee, 19, has been charged with first-degree child abuse and domestic assault charges, Jackson County prosecutors announced on Saturday. According to court documents, Lee was drinking on Thursday and holding the child—identified only as “DLF”—on her chest, repeatedly striking the child and telling them to be quiet. Authorities say that others at the home in the […]

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    Girl, 4, leaves home at 3:00 a.m. in search of a Slushie

    TACONY, Pa. — Annabelle wanted a frozen treat, so she headed down to the local convenience store to get herself a Slushie. The problem is that Annabelle is 4-years-old, and it was 3:00 in the morning. According to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, a good Samaritan flagged down a Philadelphia city bus and told the driver about the little girl wearing a purple coat and snow boots he found wandering down a city street early Friday morning. “Got to be kidding me! […]

  • Raymond Younger Jr. (courtesy St. Joseph, Mo. Police Department)

    St. Joseph Police asks for help in search for runaway teen

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Police in St. Joseph are asking for the public’s help in locating an endangered teenager who reportedly ran away from home on Friday afternoon. Raymond Younger, Jr., 15, was last seen around 1:30 p.m. on the east side of St. Joseph. He is described as 5’4″ and 152 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and tan “skinny”-style jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or […]

  • Mike Day (WTKR)

    Former Navy SEAL shot 27 times in Iraq now training for triathlon

    HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Former Navy SEAL Mike Day is training for his first triathlon, which isn’t surprising given that Navy SEALs have to be incredibly fit to do their jobs. The surprising part is that Day is even alive—much less doing any competitive distance running, biking and swimming. According to WTKR-TV, Day was shot 27 times on April 6th, 2007, when his unit caught up with Al-Qaeda fighters in a town near Fallujah, Iraq. Day was the first one […]

  • Jessyca Hoskins (KSFM)

    Police: Ark. woman forced teen into prostitution via pimp named “Allstar”

    FAYETTTEVILLE, Ark. — Authorities in Arkansas say that a woman faces prostitution and child pornography charges after she allegedly introduced a 14-year-old girl to prostitution through a pimp named “Allstar” and filming the teen having sex with an adult male. According to KSFM-TV, Jessyca Hoskins, 26, of Fayetteville was charged with introducing a minor to prostitution, distributing, possessing or viewing child pornography, computer exploitation of a child and other charges. She is being held without bond in the Washington County […]

  • Cirilo Duran-Diaz  was booked on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of  Jose Antonio-Guzman.

    Olathe homicide victim identified; suspect charged with second-degree murder

    OLATHE, Kan. — Police have a suspect in custody after a man was found shot and killed inside an Olathe home last week. Police identified the victim on Tuesday as 26-year-old Jose Antonio-Guzman of Olathe. Johnson County prosecutors charged 36-year-old Cirilo Duran-Diaz with intentional second-degree murder. He’s being held in jail on a $1,000,000 bond and is set to make his first court appearance on Wednesday. According to Olathe Police, officers were dispatched to the home in the 200 block […]

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    Two charged in fatal Independence burglary and shooting

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Authorities in Independence have charged two people in connection to a burglary and shooting that left one teen suspect dead and a homeowner clinging to life. Authorities say that the three suspects were allegedly burglarizing the home near 23rd and Ellison Way in Independence shortly after 11:00 PM on Friday when the homeowner returned home and confronted them. Police say that one of the suspects, identified by friends as 16-year-old Dylan Thompson, was shot and killed in the […]