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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
  • With many more people traveling, boating and celebrating with fireworks, officers say safety is key.

    Missouri State Troopers plan to be out in full force

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri State Troopers will be out in force on the highways and on area lakes over the holiday weekend. Troopers said they don’t want to repeat the Fourth of July statistics from last year when hundreds were injured on Missouri roads. In 2014 nine died and 525 were injured. On Missouri lakes two died and 16 were injured. With many more people traveling, boating and celebrating with fireworks, officers say safety is key. The Missouri State Highway Patrol […]

  • Neighbors say Overland Park double homicide victim was “just a kid”

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Police are investigating after two people died in a double shooting in Overland Park Tuesday night. Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the area of West 61st Terrace and Robinson on a reported shooting.  When they arrived at the scene, police located one male victim, who was in the street. The man was described as having  life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. […]

  • Woman dies from injuries suffered in KC fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 54-year-old woman who escaped a fire Tuesday, June 23, has died from her injuries. She was one of two people fighting for their lives after suffering significant burns during the house fire near 47th and Elmwood that broke out at about 1:45 that morning. When first responders arrived on the scene they found a man and woman outside of the home. Both suffered extensive injuries while trying to escape the fire. They were immediately transported to the hospital. […]

  • FOX 4 Love Fund teams up with mattress company to donate beds to kids in need

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – The FOX 4 Love Fund teamed up with a local mattress company Tuesday to help out two teenagers in need of a bed. Burlington Mattress Company and the Love Fund give away nearly 300 beds per year. The donations help serve 37 counties. “Medical necessity, foster care, emergency shelter situations, we see it all, we hear it all,” Lisa Herron with the Love Fund said. One of the recipients, Sa’reena Kyle, told FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn […]

  • Two men allegedly fire shots at vehicle driving down Olive Street

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KCMO police are trying to determine what led two suspects to fire shots at a vehicle driving down Olive street early Tuesday morning. Police said they got a call around 4 a.m. from a man and woman who said they were driving down Olive Street near 53rd when two unknown men shot at them. According to police, the victim’s car crashed into a house off Olive, and both of the suspects took off running. The two suspects […]

  • KC FORUM aired 6/14/15 Veterans, Kids and Women

    2014-24  In this week’s KC FORUM we learn how one organization is working to help wounded veterans get back into the workforce.   Volunteers work tirelessly to make sure kids don’t fall through the crack when it comes to sleeping on a bed. And women who find themselves without a home can count on one shelter to help them get back on their feet.

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    KC FORUM aired 6/21/15 Peace, Project and Budget

    2015-25  In this week’s KC Forum we learn about the struggles of children in Northern Ireland and how a summer vacation in Kansas City can change their lives.   It’s that time of year when people need to check in on their elderly relatives and neighbors with Eldercool.   Buying on a budget can be easy if you know how.

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    KC FORUM: Airs 6/28/15 Moja, Madd and Safety

    2015-26 A special summer camp for special people, Camp Moja. has been serving the sometimes forgotten community for decades.    A woman wanted for a deadly car crash was found and arrested.    Keeping everyone safe online is getting more difficult.

  • Local veterinarian gets special recognition for providing care despite owners’ economic situations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local veterinarian who practices in the inner city is dog’s best friend, and his patients are barking about the way he cares for them. Charlotte Lane said she wants everybody to know that Dr. J.L Goosen has a clinic on Blue Parkway and one on Prospect. “He’s there for the people,” said Lane who nominated Dr. Goosen for FOX 4’s Pay It Forward award. “Because he could’ve moved out, but he didn’t, and he’s right there, and we do love […]

  • William Shatner hits the road to raise money, awareness for the American Legion

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. – William Shatner is on an eight-day journey along Route 66 to benefit the American Legion. Shatner said the journey helps benefit a scholarship fund for children of fallen soldiers. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn caught up with Shatner at the Kansas Speedway to learn more about his journey and Rivet. To donate or learn more visit: http://www.rivetmotors.com/

  • TSA breaks down what is and is not allowed on planes to make traveling smoother

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travel tips might be redundant for the seasoned traveler but for the occasional traveler, the tips can help lines move smoother and make traveling easier. In an effort to correct some very disturbing security breaches, TSA will hold a news conference Wednesday to speak about what travelers are allowed and not allowed to carry on a plane. At the news conference a representative from Homeland Security is set to go over the 311 rule for liquids, […]

  • “Red nose angel” spends extra time volunteering at VA Medical Center

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group of volunteers at the VA Medical  Center like to have fun, but they weren’t clowning around when they decided to recognize another volunteer who has spent countless hours and dollars helping celebrate veterans. Diane Reynolds who is also known as “Smiley” is a member of the 4-ever Young Clown Alley Group. Reynolds is recognized by her fellow clowns as a “red nose angel” for all the volunteer activities she has done. “She is so special because […]