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
  • St. Agnes students put their books away for the day to focus on day of service

    ROELAND PARK, Kan. — More than 300 children at St. Agnes School will be closing their books for the day and giving back to the community. Friday is “Rams Reaching Out Day” where the kids put their books away and grab a shovel, or a broom or whatever they need to help others. This is the second year for the program. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn stopped by one of the preschool classes where three-year-olds bagged pasta for Catholic Charities. One of […]

  • Olathe Northwest makes changes to student parking after student was hit crossing street last month

    OLATHE, Kan. — New temporary security measures were announced at Olathe Northwest High School after a student was hit by a car last month. One month ago a 16-year-old was walking across the street when another student hit him with her car. That 16-year-old student had multiple broken bones but he is going to be okay, and at this point, it’s not clear if the driver is going to be ticketed or charged. The principal sent out an email to […]

  • Two local churches hosting fundraisers for Officer Tom Wagstaff’s family

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A church community is coming together to help an injured police officer and his family. They’re holding a dinner to raise money for Officer  Thomas Wagstaff’s family Thursday. The dinner is from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 9349 East 65th Street, Raytown, Mo. 64133. Diners have the choice of chicken, fish or pasta. There will also be a salad and dessert bar. If you can’t stay long, carry out is available. In addition to […]

  • KC Forum: Therapy, Fundraiser and Autism

    2017-17 In this week’s KC Forum we learn about therapy for children at the Children’s Therapy Services in Leawood. A family is stricken with a rare disease and one woman reaches out to spread the word and to help fundraise for a cure. We learn about autism and the various types along the spectrum. Executive Producer: Cadie Connors Associate Producer: Andreina Byrne Engineer: Ed Walker Voice: Doug Medlock Music: The Elders, http://www.eldersmusic.com

  • KCATA proposes bus route changes but wants public feedback before finalizing plans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of people who use public transportation could be affected by proposed KCATA bus service route changes, but KCATA wants your feedback before they are finalized. The KCATA is making these changes to 22 routes in order to make them more efficient because of lower ridership. Three routes are expected to change significantly. 55: Will be merged with 40-Crossroads Plaza route. The route name will be 55 Universities/Crossroads 57 Wornall: Route frequencies on Saturday and Sunday would […]


    2017-13 This week on KC Forum we meet an interesting nun, Sr Pauline Quinn, who started prison dog programs all across the country. Several veterans have teamed up to help other veterans who are down on their luck with “tiny houses”. And the Mission Project was designed to assist adults with disabilities live fuller lives. Executive Producer: Cadie Connors Associate Producer: Andreina Byrne Engineer: Ed Walker VOICE: Doug Medlock music: The Elders, http://www.eldersmusic.com

  • KC Forum: WWI Letters, March of Dimes and Homelessness

    2017-16 In this week’s KC Forum we learn about the continued good work of the March of Dimes and their latest fundraiser. Pat O’Neill retrieved letters from his grandfather to his mother during World War I and he has compiled them into a book. Teens who have aged out of the social services system in Missouri find themselves many times, living on the streets but the Rotary Club is working to help them. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Cadie Connors Associate Producer: Andreina […]

  • KC Forum: Teens, Banking and Men’s Breast Cancer

    2017-15 In this week’s KC Forum we find out about the difference between larger banks and community banks. There is an alarming number of teens who are living on the streets in Kansas City and there are organizations trying to help them. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Cadie Connors Associate Producer: Andreina Byrne Engineer: Ed Walker VOICE: Doug Medlock Music: The Elders, http://www.eldersmusic.com

  • Police back off scene of standoff near East 24th Terrace and Bales

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police voluntarily backed out of a standoff early Wednesday morning after determining there was no crime committed and no reason to call in extra units for an operation 100 at the reported home. For nearly an hour and a half they had their lights on surrounding a house near East 24th Terrace and Bales, and they set up a perimeter around Indiana Park. Police say for about 30 minutes they tried to communicate with the people inside […]

  • Local veteran’s family surprised with vehicle to help get daughter to and from hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Local organization Cars 4 Heroes along with a generous donor changed the life a local veteran’s family Monday. When the veteran’s wife arrived at Children’s Mercy Hospital along with her two-year-old who was in need of an IV treatment, they were greeted by more than doctors and nurses. Car Santa Terry Franz was there waiting with van that had their name on it. The mom of three was shocked to hear the van was for her. “We’ve been trying for […]

  • Crews spent weekend cleaning Center Middle School after 50 students went home sick last week

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Crews at one Kansas City, Mo., middle school were busy this weekend cleaning after as many as 50 students went home sick from Wednesday through Friday. Center School District sent out a notice to parents stating that what sent 50 students and 10 teachers home last week was the flu. All weekend long crews have been cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the middle school including the buses. Food poisoning was ruled out after the district contacted the […]

  • New KC business owner pays it forward to neighbor making difference in community

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new resident in Hyde Park is not only selling coffee, he’s also supporting a nonprofit neighbor. When Brandon Miller opened up a coffee shop in the Hyde Park neighborhood at Armour Blvd and Gillham he noticed one of his neighbors and the good work that they’re doing. That inspired him to nominate them for FOX 4’s Pay-It-Forward award. “We are going to donate some money to our nonprofit charity Cornerstones of Care,” Miller told FOX 4. […]