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, 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.

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    Season of Lent begins as Christians observe Ash Wednesday across metro

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The season of Lent for many Christians begins Wednesday with the observance of Ash Wednesday. Parishioners at Cure of Ars Catholic Church woke up early to get their ashes. The ashes will be marked on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. The ashes are made from palm branches used last year on Palm Sunday. “We’re just being reminded that we come from dust and to dust we shall return,” Father Richard Storey said. Many people may not realize […]

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    Callers report hearing as many as 15 gunshots fired at apartment complex

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Crime scene investigators are collecting evidence Tuesday morning from an overnight shooting at the Greenleaf Apartments. Police received as many as four separate calls from people living at the apartment complex or around the 12th and Hardesty area just before 1 a.m.  All the callers reported hearing what they described as gunshots. Some callers reported hearing as many as 15 shots fired. The victim is going to be fine but police are concerned because there were numerous […]

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    Man dead, two others, including officer, injured after accident along I-70

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man is dead and two others, including a police officer, are injured after an accident early Monday morning. Police identified the victim as 42-year-old Johnny Wilson of Kansas City, Mo. Investigators say Wilson was heading east on I-70 around 12:15 a.m. when he lost control of the Suburban he was driving near the Blue Ridge exit. His SUV hit a concrete barrier, either flipped or rolled over in the westbound lanes and caught fire. Wilson was ejected and […]

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    Witness describes shooting of suspect in KCMO as ‘nauseating’ and ‘not worth it’

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    New name and major renovations coming to Bonner Springs amphitheater

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    Woman in custody after leading police on chase from Independence to KCMO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –A woman is in custody Wednesday morning after leading police on an overnight chase. Police say just before 2 a.m., officers in Independence attempted to pull a driver over. The driver was a suspect in a car theft. The woman decided not stop for police and at one point crashed into an Independence police cruiser. The woman led police on a chase from Independence to 55th and Ward Parkway where she bailed from the car. Police brought […]

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    Three men on run after allegedly holding up Independence QuikTrip

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    Many metro residents without power

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As rain rolled through the metro Tuesday morning, many were left without power. Residents in the Westport area were without power for nearly two hours. As of 6 a.m. power had been restored to that area, but 29 outages remained. The remaining outages affect nearly 1400 customers. Kansas City Power and Light says they’re not sure if the storms or equipment failure caused the outage. Click here for the latest on power outages across the metro.

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    Two people in intensive care after double shooting in KCMO

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    Former inmate ‘pays it forward’ to organization that helped her become more compassionate

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When inmates are released, life can be very tough on the outside, so one woman wanted to thank the women who helped her get back on her feet. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet run a halfway house for women who have been incarcerated and Sandra Lightell says the organization helped her on her journey to a new life. “They changed my life because I no longer want to do drugs,” Lightell said. “They gave me compassion. I […]

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    KC Forum: Taxes, SPCA and Theatre

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