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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 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, 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 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
  • Safety advocates encourage drivers to take extra precautions during “The 100 Deadly Days of Summer”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many safety advocates refer to time period from Memorial Day to Labor Day as “The 100 Deadly Days of Summer” because there are more people on the roads, which increases the chances of a car crash. Police said the increase of teen drivers, families who are taking road trips and  summer events, which might involve alcohol, mean there is a higher chance for a driver to be distracted or get into an accident. Sgt. Bill Mahoney said […]

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    Police arrest Butler, Mo. woman on Crime Stoppers’ Most Wanted List

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Police arrested a woman on Tuesday who was on Crime Stoppers’ Most Wanted list.  Krestin Hawk,25,  was wanted in connection to a deadly car crash. Hawk was arrested in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday. She was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors said that on February 15 Hawk was driving drunk — nearly 1.5 times the legal limit– when she crashed and killed her passenger. Kaitlyn Turner died at the scene. Turner left behind […]

  • Pay it Forward: Student’s giving attitude inspires teacher

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local student bakes and delivers food to homeless in Kansas City, and does it all before school. Now, a teacher wants to pay it forward to this fifth grader for all her efforts. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn has the full story in the video.

  • Strong winds cause extensive damage in Higginsville, Mo.

    HIGGINSVILLE, Mo. — Residents of Higginsville, Mo. are cleaning up their community after early morning winds hit Tuesday and left homes, vehicles and trees damaged. Higginsville is located about 50 miles east of Kansas City. Residents of Higginsville reported that they had trees uprooted, cars damaged and roofs damaged. Residents also reported that debris covered roadways. One resident posted a photo on  Facebook with the caption,” Here’s one of many pictures of what happened about 3 a.m. on Broadway in Higginsville can […]

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    Police identify KCMO homicide victim

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police ruled the death of a KCMO woman a homicide early Tuesday morning. Later in the afternoon, police identified the victim as 27-year-old Nicole Appleberry. According to police, they received a call from a woman who said she returned to her home near 28th and Walrond and found her friend, who she described as in her 20s, dead inside just after 10 p.m. Monday. The woman told police that she was at the store prior to coming home.  According to police the […]

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    Two children report stranger danger in Shawnee

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Police in Shawnee are on alert after two children said a man tried to lure them into his van. According to police, the stranger stopped two 12-year-olds  and told them to get into his van in the 6400 block of Zarda. The man allegedly told the two children that he would take them to a quiet place. Police said the two 12-year-olds ran to a neighbor’s house. The neighbor then walked the children home. Police said the […]

  • KCMO police find 3 Caimans in backyard of home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three Caimans were found the in the backyard of a KCMO home Tuesday night, according to a tweet from Police Chief Darryl Forte. The home is in the 4900 block of Euclid. Chief Forte described the reptiles as ranging in length from three to six feet. A resident of the neighborhood where the Caimans were found said the reptiles have lived in the home for nearly 40 years. The neighbor also said he helped make cages for […]

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    Tractor-trailer rolls over on 291 in Independence, causes delays

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A tractor-trailer rolled over on 291 Highway early Wednesday and caused one lane to close. Police said the second trailer of a FedEx truck rolled over and blocked the left lane of southbound 291 Highway near E. 39th St. The rollover caused police to direct traffic into one lane. The cab did not appear to be damaged. Nothing from the trailer spilled out onto the highway and a tow truck was on the scene working to clear […]

  • Veterans on board honor flight look forward to exploring war memorials

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two dozen veterans departed from KCI Airport Tuesday morning to travel to Washington D.C. for a special Memorial Day celebration. The veterans are a part of an honor flight that sends veterans on a tour of the war memorials. The veterans consisted of those who fought during World War II and the Korean War. Click here to nominate someone you know as a hometown hero.  

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    Fire at Shawnee home leaves man, 3-year-old dead and three others injured

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — A man and a three-year-old boy were killed in a house fire early Thursday morning. The fire broke out at the home in the 4800 block of Lucille Lane near 49th St. just before 7 a.m. The fire marshal said he believes the adult who died was the boy’s grandfather, born in 1951. Firefighters said that when they arrived at the home it was already engulfed in flames and smoke. Three people were rescued and transported to the hospital to be treated […]

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    KCK police investigate death of man found shot inside vehicle

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KCK police are investigating a homicide early Thursday morning. Police said the victim was found inside of a vehicle with gunshot wounds near 59th and Sewell. The victim was transported to the hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries, but he was later pronounced dead. According to police, neighbors called 911 after they heard shots around 1:30 a.m. and saw that the victim’s small black car crashed into a truck. Investigators are going door to door […]

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    Crews work to repair water main break at the “K”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A water main break caused crews to shut off water near Gate B at Kauffman Stadium early Wednesday morning. The break occurred on a large 12 foot water line, according to Kip Peterson with KCMO Water Services. Peterson said the water has only been shut off in an isolated area to allow for repairs, and he did not anticipate anyone in the area being affected. Peterson also said that both Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium still […]