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. Quinn also produces a weekly franchise called “Pay It Forward” where she surprises viewers with $300.00.
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.

Recent Articles
  • promo309553764

    Police: 22-year-old man killed by police gunfire in Independence after suspects flee authorities

    SUGAR CREEK, Mo. — Independence police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning. Police say around 2:19 a.m. officers were pursuing a vehicle near Mcbride Street and Barreto Lane in Sugar Creek. At some point, both suspects were shot. One of those suspects was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified Tuesday afternoon as Dakota Lukecart, 22, from Lincoln, Mo. Police say he was driving the vehicle. The other person in the car sustained a […]

  • promo309529486

    City of Lake Lotawana and Blue Springs consider cooperative police services agreement

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — The Blue Springs Police Department may soon be working with the city of Lake Lotawana. The public is invited to hear about the proposal of a cooperative police agreement Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Howard Brown Public Safety building. Earlier in January, city leaders from Lake Lotawana and Blue Springs announced the idea of a cooperative police services agreement, and during Tuesday’s public forum they want to hear what residents think about it. If approved the […]

  • promo309450755

    During time of financial hardship Liberty woman gets helping hand for foundation that helps families of kids with cancer

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A volunteer with a non-profit that helps families of kids with cancer, recently received a helping hand herself. Tom Clarke says Staci Upham-Tubbs has helped dozens of families of kids with cancer, which is why he nominated her for FOX 4’s Pay-It-Forward award. From food to a place to stay the TNK foundation continues to help those in the community despite recent financial struggles. “All volunteer nobody makes a nickel at this place,” Clarke said. “She had a building, but she […]

  • promo309450896

    Shawnee Mission students take part in Great Kindness Challenge to promote inclusiveness

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Shawnee Mission School District is taking the kindness challenge this week as part of a national campaign that promotes inclusiveness and kindness. The Great Kindness Challenge begins Monday and lasts through the end of the week. The goal is to encourage everyone in the district to incorporate acts of kindness into their day as well as recognizing someone who is being kind. Shawnee Mission West already has a positive behavior intervention and support program that recognizes students […]

  • promo309203356

    Organizers say they want Women’s March on Washington in KC to bring people together, send message of unity

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As thousands of people travel to Washington D.C., for the Women’s March on Washington, area women plan to march in Kansas City to send a message to Trump’s administration. More than 2,000 women are registered for the event, which will begin at Washington Square Park Saturday at 1 p.m. and run until 3 p.m. The local march mirrors the national one happening in Washington D.C. Organizers say they hope to bring people together and send a message […]

  • promo309108852

    Mattie Rhodes Center partners with sportswear company to provide new shoes to more than 100 local kids

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Mattie Rhodes Center has been serving Kansas City for more than 122 years, and starting Thursday morning they are teaming up with Gribble Sportswear to make sure metro kids have shoes. Gribbles and Mattie Rhodes volunteers went shopping Thursday to buy 125 pair of tennis shoes for kids in the soccer program at Mattie Rhodes. “The kids they don’t have the opportunity to get new things for the most part, and a lot of these kids play […]

  • fire

    Vacant Independence building fire causes issues for those living nearby

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Firefighters were busy Thursday morning battling a fire at a vacant building in Independence, Mo. Firefighters got a call about 6:30 a.m. from people living in the area of 13th and Elm. Callers reported seeing flames coming from the building. Firefighters have been fighting in a defensive mode, which means from outside the building. They say the building was a foundry at one point, and they have questions whether there could be some chemicals inside. The cause of the […]

  • A mini van crashed into a pond at KCI Airport early Wednesday morning.

    Slick conditions may have caused driver to end up fully submerged in pond at KCI airport

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Slick conditions along with in attention may have caused a driver to crash into a pond near KCI Airport early Wednesday morning. It was about 5:15 a.m. when the mini van appears to have went off the roadway coming out of the terminals where the road curves just before the Paris exit. According to FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn, the tracks show the vehicle went straight instead of following the road’s curve and ended up fully submerged in the […]

  • scarf

    North Kansas City is feeling the warmth as volunteers “scarf bomb” Dagg Park

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the cold weather continues, volunteers in North Kansas City are stepping in to make sure residents have the proper gear to keep warm. Jennifer Kessler came up with the idea of “scarf bombing” and invited volunteers to join her during one at Dagg Park Tuesday. During a “scarf bomb” volunteers place scarves and hats around the fence of a park for people such as the homeless, students and commuters who might need to stay warm in […]

  • search-for-suspect

    Man suspected in aggravated assault arrested near 87th and Hillcrest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man suspected in an overnight aggravated assault is in custody Tuesday morning. Police blocked off an area around Jeremy Franklin Mitsubishi of Kansas City near 87th and Hillcrest as they searched for the suspect around 3:30 a.m. The suspect was wearing a Carhartt jacket and blue jeans, and police say he used a gun in the assault. The victim was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. There is no word on what charges he will face.

  • capture

    Police searching for 5 suspects believed to have abducted man in Independence, then forced him to withdraw money from ATM

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. —  Kansas City police are searching for five suspects believed to be involved in a carjacking and abduction early Tuesday morning. A man called police from the 7-Eleven at 27th and Van Brunt to say that he had been abducted from Independence and left at the convenience store after the suspects forced him to take money from his ATM. The victim said the abduction began with a carjacking. The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. Police […]

  • promo308854937

    Vietnam veteran and his wife surprised with van to help them care for 18-year-old son

    INDEPENDENCE Mo. — A Vietnam veteran and his family were given a handicapped accessible van for their 18-year-old son Monday, and the surprise instantly sent tears rolling down the mother’s face. Tonnie Brende said her son has Cerebral palsy, and they have been struggling with transporting him from place to place. The family said they saved for two years to raise $20,000 to buy a van, but that van has never worked properly. “What this means to my son is my […]