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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 and every afternoon on FOX 4 News at Noon. Her live shots vary from breaking news reports to overnight news to community happenings.

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 Alice 102 and Q104, that was awarded a 2006 Society of Professional Journalists honorable mention. 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.

Her children also keep her busy. The youngest daughter competes in Irish stepdancing all over the country. Her middle daughter is a student at Mizzou, and her oldest son plays with "Miss Cotton Candy and So Many Men." Kathy divides her time between her kids and her husband, who is the lead singer in the Celtic rock group, "The Elders."

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
  • She knew the moment she saw Kathy Quinn that she was getting paid forward

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At Posada Del Sol, 1735 Summit St., a retirement community, Lupe Aguilar takes care of seniors far beyond what she’s paid to do. “She has a heart of gold,” said the woman who nominated her for FOX 4’s Pay It Forward program. “She’s been very dedicated to the community here,” she said. Thank you, Lupe Aguilar!

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    America’s 2014 health rankings released

    America’s 2014 health rankings have been released. Overall, the state of Missouri improved. It’s up three points from last year, landing at 36. The state of Kansas stayed steady at No. 27. The report looks at statistics for smoking, inactivity and obesity. The report showed that quality of life in the United States could be threatened because of the rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity nationwide. Obesity increased by seven percent. But a long-term look shows that there’s been […]

  • KC police arrest car load of joyriders running stoplights overnight

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police took four people into custody Tuesday morning after an overnight pursuit across state lines. Police first noticed the car near 43rd and Gillham. The 2001 gold Dodge Caravan did not have its lights on and was running red lights, according to police. At about 12:25 a.m., police began tracking the car, keeping tabs on it and a helicopter that was already in the air joined the watch. The police car and chopper followed the car […]

  • Kappa Holiday Homes Tour exhibits homes full of holiday cheer

    MISSION HILLS, Kan. — For the 63rd year a holiday homes tour invites you into metro houses that are full of cheer! If you love what you see, there’s a chance to purchase holiday decorations. Watch the video where FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn is working for you at one of the Kappa Holiday Tour Homes.

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    Police: Man found dead in home following domestic dispute, police standoff

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police confirm a man involved in a domestic dispute and police stand off is dead. Police said they were not responsible for his death. According to authorities, the standoff began around 9 p.m. Tuesday following a domestic dispute between a man and a woman at a home near 132nd and N. Virginia in the Northland. Police said during the domestic dispute, a gun was fired, but no one was hurt. A woman got out okay. Clay […]

  • Mother of five gets unexpected surprise in time for holidays

    A mother of five received an unexpected surprise just in time for the holidays. After learning her house had been burglarized several times, and seeing how her kids love and adore her, a social worker nominated her to be a FOX 4 Pay It Forward recipient.

  • Police standoff ends after assault suspect surrenders

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police took a man into custody early Tuesday morning following a two-hour standoff at a home near 83rd and Wayne in Kansas City, Mo. Police said the 40-year-old man barricaded himself inside a home with a gun after allegedly beating his wife. He surrendered peacefully around 4 a.m. after speaking with a police negotiator. Authorities said a woman call police around 9:45 a.m. from a gas station after her husband left their home located near 107th […]

  • Woman gives back to friendly, helpful neighbor

    His neighbors call him ‘Mr. Chatters,’ and when they do call, he answers. “It’s difficult sometimes to meet the obligations and work and all the schedule,” Beverly Morris said. “He’s my back up and he’s there for everything.” Morris said Mr. Chatters helps her with her kids — everything from picking them up from school, taking them to doctor’s appointments. And he never asks for gas money, even though he’s on a fixed income. Morris wanted to show her deep […]

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    Gas leak prompts evacuation at Kansas City apartment complex

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fifty people were evacuated from their homes Monday morning for about 20 minutes due to a gas leak at an apartment complex in Kansas City, Mo. Missouri Gas and Energy said they were called to the Waldo Heights apartment complex at 80th & Campbell around 1 a.m. Residents were evacuated as a safety precaution. They were let back inside their homes at 1:45 a.m. MGE said there was some natural gas furnaces and boilers that weren’t […]

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    KC Forum: Seniors Dinner, Library and Finances

    11/23/14 In this week’s KC Forum a retired police officer hosts a Christmas dinner for senior citizens—he has been doing it for 39 years now. The KC public library hosts new exhibits and the most recent is a Kansas City artist. Jana Castanan helps with some financial tips.

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    KC Forum: Winter Readiness, Women’s Health and Youth Services

    (11/16/14) In this week’s KC Forum, an expert from Lowe’s gives us tips on how to be prepared for the cold weather and snow. Young men in the community get help from an organization designed to help them graduate, get a job and have bright futures. Mothers in Charge is helpful for women in so many ways as they try to make good decisions in their lives.

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    KC Forum: Flu, Astrology and Mothers

    In this week’s KC Forum, (10/5/14), we learn about a mother’s love for her son and how his passing from flu is something she wants to prevent from happening to another family. And mothers get assistance for an organization that helps them get on their feet when they need help.