Kathy Quinn


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 Alice 102 and Q104, that was awarded a 2006 Society of Professional Journalists honorable mention. 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.

Her children also keep her busy. The youngest daughter competes in Irish stepdancing all over the country. Her middle daughter is a student at Mizzou, and her oldest son plays with "Miss Cotton Candy and So Many Men." Kathy divides her time between her kids and her husband, who is the lead singer in the Celtic rock group, "The Elders."

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

  • One-car accident kills one on I-635

    Posted on: 6:02 am, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 05:00pm, April 22, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One man in his sixties died early Tuesday morning in a one-car accident along I-635 and...
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  • $300 equals 300 smiles, Hot Wheels for kids at Children’s Mercy Hospital

    Posted on: 8:18 am, April 21, 2014, by

    FOX 4′s Kathy Quinn meets a woman who Pays It Forward to another woman who commits herself to providing Hot...
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  • Kansas City family seeks answers in father’s disappearance

    Posted on: 6:04 am, April 21, 2014, by , updated on: 06:24am, April 21, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The family of a Kansas City, Mo., man is hoping someone will help them find their...
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  • Grandmothers Against Gun Violence gains members after Sunday’s shootings outside Jewish centers

    Posted on: 9:37 am, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 10:06am, April 16, 2014

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A local group of grandmothers are now more concerned about gun safety after Sunday’s shootings at...
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  • H.S. seniors showcase projects aimed at solving real-world problems

    Posted on: 1:44 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ingenuity and creativity were celebrated by students on Tuesday at Kansas City’s Union Station. 250 high...
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  • KC Forum: Protection, Drama and Human Trafficking

    Posted on: 2:31 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    In this week’s KC Forum, more and more women are buying devices to protect themselves, including handguns. We meet the...
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  • KC Forum: American Heritage Girls, Summer Camp and Charity Gala

    Posted on: 2:18 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    In this week’s KC Forum we learn all about the American Heritage Girls, a program similar to the boy scouts....
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  • KC Forum: Healthy Chef, Cristo Rey and Dr Lee

    Posted on: 2:05 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    In this week’s KC Forum we meet a chef who shares his healthy habits by delivering lunches in Waldo. Dancing...
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  • Thanks to one mom, there will be more smiles on the playground

    Posted on: 1:22 pm, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 08:34pm, April 9, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A mom who has worked tirelessly to get quality, safe and fun playground equipment at one...
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  • Mother warns parents about the dangers of daycares

    Posted on: 6:10 am, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 07:43am, April 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After authorities shut down Care-a-lot daycare for operating illegally, one mother’s nightmare came rushing back. Now...
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  • Kansas City Mayor to honor youngest male breast cancer survivor

    Posted on: 4:25 am, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 06:55am, April 3, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The youngest man ever diagnosed with breast cancer lives in the metro. Doctors diagnosed Bret Miller...
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  • Area swimmer suffers paralyzing accident on Spring Break, community rallies around him

    Posted on: 7:19 am, April 1, 2014, by , updated on: 04:39pm, April 1, 2014

    The Fraser family spent spring break in a Mexican hospital after their 18-year-old son was severely injured while surfing. Facing...
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    Alex Fraser