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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
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    KCK man killed when car hits telephone pole

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One person is dead following an accident early Monday morning. Police said the accident occurred near 18th and State Avenue around 1:30 a.m. According to police, the driver’s Honda Civic hit a telephone pole and then knocked the pole over. The driver of the vehicle was dead when first responders arrived on scene, according to police. Police have not yet released the identity of the driver but did say the victim is a man in his 20’s […]

  • Woman opts to pay it forward instead of taking money herself

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman from Caldwell County doesn’t let anything stop her from volunteering. Mona Brown has Multiple sclerosis but hasn’t let it stop her from helping others. For almost 30 years, Brown has worked at the Caldwell County Health Department. “She’s just our go-to girl in the county,” Shelly Reed of Caldwell County said. “In Bremer if we need something done, she’s the girl.” Brown also raised her children as a single mother. Brown’s son Colin, a former player […]

  • New regulations for payday loans in the works

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New regulations for payday loans could limit the high-interest short-term loans. The Consumer Financial Protection Agency drafted the new rules and are expected to announced them Thursday at a public hearing in Richmond, Va. President Obama will address the subject from Alabama. The agency’s actions were the first step towards curbing the debt traps. The long-awaited rules would include payday loans, car title loans and installment loans. Under the new regulation lenders would be required to […]

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    KC Forum: Pets, Fitness and Police

    2015-12 In this week’s KC Forum, the KC animal shelter works to adopt out dogs and cats. Keeping fit has taken on a new look with the Warriors Academy. KC Police solve crimes every year with tips they get from the Tips Hotline.

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    KC Forum: Hotline, Singers and Volunteers

    2015-11 In this week’s KC Forum, Volunteers are vital to one non-profit that works to help young women get ahead. The mother of a shooting victim who died organized a songwriter’s contest in his honor and memory. Detective Boehm talks about the cases solved by the TIPS HOTLINE.

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    KC Forum: Ambitions, Parks and Hotline

    2015-10 In this week’s KC Forum, KC Parks and Rec fills us in on the latest happenings in their department. Awesome Ambitions celebrates two decades of helping young women work toward bright futures. The TIPS HOTLINE has helped capture thousands of suspects over the years.

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    KC Forum: Breakfast, Songs and AT&T

    2015-09 AT&T is working on some new technology. Mayors from across the metro meet for their annual breakfast. Songwriters are wanted for a contest in honor of a shooting victim.

  • Locally based organization aims to protect children around vehicles

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A locally based organization is taking strides to prevent tragedies that involve children Kids and Cars is the only national non-profit  dedicated solely to protecting kids around vehicles. The organization said that backovers are not only predictable but also 100 percent preventable. According to Kids and Cars, at least 50 children each week are backed over because the driver could not see them. 70 percent of the drivers are parents or relatives, and the victims are typically 12-23 months old. […]

  • Lee’s Summit North students dress to support classmate

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Students at Lee’s Summit North High School wore T-shirts that read “#ClothingHasNoGender” Monday when they returned from spring break. The gesture was in support of Morgan Ball, the teenager who was told to change clothes after he showed up at school wearing women’s clothes. 17 year-old Morgan Ball said he wore a beaded shrug, jewelry and a wide belt to  school on his birthday. Ball said administrators told him that his clothing was too distracting and made him […]

  • Mother surprises day care provider who helped her through nursing school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A single mother of two and new nursing school graduate wanted to pay it forward to  the day care provider who helped her get her diploma. Mhlabase Miller said her and her children are thankful for their day care provider Miss Mimi. “Miss. Mimi gave me an opportunity to finish the nursing school that was and that I was in just and just calling her calling her without any advance notice that I was bringing my […]

  • Police investigate attempted KCMO kidnapping

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police were looking for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a KCMO teen early Friday morning. The victim’s father said a masked man armed with a knife entered their home around 2 a.m. and tried to kidnap his 16-year-old daughter. The suspect allegedly got the victim out of her bedroom window near 59th and Norfleet. The father said he immediately called police to report the incident. Police describe the suspect as 6′ male wearing a dark-colored […]

  • Students spend spring break volunteering at KC Pet Project

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX’s Kathy Quinn, stopped by the KC Pet Project in Kansas City, Mo. and met with Brandon Ediger to chat about PEAK student volunteer week. Watch the video above to meet some of the furry friends that are available for adoption.