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Kathy Quinn is an Emmy award-winning journalist born and raised in Kansas City. She reports every morning on FOX 4’s number one morning show. Quinn also produces a weekly franchise called “Pay It Forward” where she surprises viewers with $300.00.
Watch her video bio here: http://bit.ly/xgMm2q
During her career, Kathy has been a radio news anchor and on-air personality, a television reporter and morning TV news anchor, as well as hosting TV shows including a public affairs and TV talk show. Kathy feels lucky to be working in her hometown. She feels that people here trust her and that contributes to her many “exclusive” interviews and stories she’s reported on.
Since Kathy’s background is Mexican and Irish, she has close connections with the community in her hometown. Since she is bilingual, it has been advantageous during her reports. During a house fire in the east bottoms, the victims were brothers who spoke no English. Quinn not only had the report on first, she was able to translate for the fire investigator on the scene.
Kathy got her start in broadcasting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where she double-majored in communication studies and history, and minored in women’s studies. Her family is so embedded in the community that they were awarded the “2005 Legacy Award” at UMKC. In 1997, she achieved a career highlight, winning an Emmy Award for a news series called “A Child’s Prayer.” Kathy detailed the trip of local doctors, including her brother, as they traveled to the Dominican Republic to repair cleft lips and cleft palates on children.
Kathy was also nominated for a second Emmy for her live reports during one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S., here in Kansas City. She received her first Emmy Award for a Children’s Series, “Be Cool, Be Smart”, which portrayed dangerous situations and ways to avoid them.
Kathy hosts KC Forum on Sunday mornings on KC 102 and Q104, that was awarded a 2006 Society of Professional Journalists honorable mention and a 2014 International “Crime Stoppers” award.
But radio is no stranger to Kathy who also worked at several stations in Dublin, Ireland including Radio Nova, while attending a year of college at the University College in Dublin.
On a dare Kathy auditioned for a part in a Merchant-Ivory film shot here in Kansas City, and she got the part of “Paquita” in “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” with Paul Newman. She also acted in another Kansas City film with Ray Liotta, “Article 99”.
When she’s not reporting the news Kathy volunteers her time as an auctioneer, career speaker and reporter for the FOX 4 Love Fund for Children.
Kathy’s husband and children work together in several family businesses including Celtic band, THE ELDERS, http://www.eldersmusic.com, Ian, her husband is the lead singer while their son, Kian, is the drummer. Andreina and Kaitlin with public relations for the band as well as working for the family art gallery, “Off the Floor Woodwork” at 71st and Wornall in Kansas City. Ian, Kian and Andreina create the wood wall art for http://www.offthefloorwoodwork.com, while Kaitlin keeps them organized with social media.
Since Kathy’s family owned one of the first Mexican restaurants in Kansas City, called “Las Palmas”, she also loves to make chicken tacos and Spanish rice for her family. Kathy also has a fourth child, her Chihuahua, Packy, who made his TV debut on FOX 4’s weekend morning show when Quinn filled in as anchor, and he also loves her chicken tacos.

Recent Articles
  • Two dead, third injured in single-vehicle crash near 33rd and Prospect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people are dead after a car crashed early Wednesday morning. It happened just after 4:30 a.m. near 33rd and Prospect. Investigators say the Chevrolet Impala was traveling south on Prospect when the driver lost control and crashed into a tree. A female in her 40s or 50s in the backseat and a man in his 20s sitting in the front both died. Neither was wearing a seat belt. The driver, who is a male, was taken […]

  • Resident pays it forward to local woman who is giving other women a second chance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local woman took a personal tragedy to give other women a second chance by opening the doors to a transitional home, and now one of her residents wants to pay it forward. “She’s special for several reasons,” Barbara said when asked why she wanted to nominated Johnnie Prince of Lisa’s Transitional Home for the award. “She runs this house as  manager, and she’s like a mother, a mentor. I love her dearly. She’s a beautiful lady.” Barbara […]

  • Child shot by 7-year-old on KC playground fighting for their life

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A young child is recovering in the hospital after another child shot them Sunday evening. Police said that a child, under the age of 10, was shot at a playground near 23rd and Wheeling Avenue around 7 p.m. Sgt. Kari Thompson with KCPD said the child’s injuries were considered life-threatening. A source told Fox 4’s Kathy Quinn the child underwent surgery and is in critical condition as of Monday morning. It is unclear how the seven-year-old […]

  • Drivers who use the downtown loop may experience delays as crews shut down lanes for resurfacing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Roadwork beginning Friday morning could cause some delays for drivers who use the downtown loop. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be resurfacing near the south end of the loop, and for that work they will completely close  the southbound lanes of I-35 from Broadway through I-670. The closure includes the west side of the loop and the two right lanes from I-670 to Cambridge Circle. Other closures include: Broadway to westbound I-70 Westbound I-70 to southbound […]

  • Legacy of sportscaster Bill Grigsby will live on through new statue in Parkville

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — The late Bill Grigsby was honored Thursday night in Parkville when the city dedicated a life-size statue to the Chiefs broadcaster. Former Chiefs players were there as well as the voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus. That event was at Pocket Park off of First and Main streets in Parkville. Related story: Inside estate sale of legendary KC sportscaster Bill Grigsby

  • As summer schedules ramp up, OP police warn busy parents to take steps to prevent crimes of opportunity

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A warning for Johnson County moms, thieves are watching you as you stay busy with summer activities. According to Sgt. Keith Hruska with Overland Park, with summertime comes more crimes of opportunity. Things such as auto burglaries and valuables being stolen from unlocked cars. Kids are out of school, and more moms are out and about taking kids to summer activities. It just takes that minute or two for a mom to drop the kids off at […]

  • Liberty celebrates longest day of the year by making music

    LIBERTY, Mo. — From bands to choirs to orchestras in the park, lots of music will be made in Liberty Wednesday as part of the Make Music festival. Liberty is just one of the many cities in the US celebrating the beginning of summer with this type of fun. The celebration is open to people of all ages, skill levels and genres.  The best part is that it’s all free. Throughout the day, you may hear music being performed on a […]

  • KC man recovering in hospital after family pushes him out window to save him from house fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quick thinking may have saved the life of a man who is disabled Wednesday morning. That man was pushed out of a window and to safety when the home he was staying in near 37th and Wayne caught fire. The fire started around 1:40 a.m. Fox 4 spoke with a family friend who said three men, two older and one younger are all cousins, were all staying in the home at the time of the fire. […]

  • United Way will be winning big at Community America Ballpark when T-Bones take on Redhawks

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City T-Bones will be hitting it out of the ballpark Tuesday to raise money for the United Way. The United Way of Wyandotte County and the Kansas City T-Bones  launched the Featured Charity Partner of the Game program at the beginning of the T-Bones’ 15th season in Kansas City, Kan. The Featured Charity Partner of the Game program provides a partnership between a charitable organization and the Kansas City T-Bones allowing a fundraising event […]

  • Pedestrian trying to cross I-670 at Genessee Street struck and killed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pedestrian is dead Tuesday morning after trying to cross the interstate. It happened around midnight on I-670 at Genessee Street. Witnesses say the man was walking along I-670, trying to cross over when he was hit by a car. That driver stopped, but police say the man was then hit by multiple other vehicles and dragged along the interstate. Police got several 911 calls from drivers who did not realize they were running over a body. […]

  • Tears of joy as Crescendo Conservatory dance teacher receives FOX 4’s Pay-It-Forward Award

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A dance teacher at the Crescendo Conservatory was recently recognized by her students for the special moves she’s making in their lives. “So because she’s really kind and compassionate with the kids,” Lauren Spector said when nominating Michele Hamlett-Weith for FOX 4’s Pay-It-Forward Away. Spector said Michele teachers lesson to students who have special needs. “I’ve always loved students with special needs, and I know what they’re capable of,” Spector said. “So I think it was just for […]

  • Police identify Lake Jacomo missing swimmer, whose body was found Sunday night

    JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. —  The search for a missing swimmer is over. His body was recovered at Lake Jacomo late Sunday night. Police identified the victim later on Monday as Preston Henderson, 50, of Kansas City, Mo. Several agencies worked hours looking for the missing swimmer. Around 11:20 p.m., they found his body 200 yards north of the bluffs. Family members called 911 after the man jumped in to go for a swim but never came back up. It was […]