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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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    Health officials blaming the “anti-vaccine” movement for measles outbreak

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Doctors are warning parents and children that the recent measles outbreak might be making its way to Kansas City sooner than they think. Although the virus hasn’t hit Kansas City yet, doctors said its just a matter of time because the virus is so contagious. The “anti-vaccine” movement has been the blame for the measles resurgence. The recent outbreak also raised the debate whether vaccinated children should be banned from school during an outbreak. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. […]

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    She’s A Pistol resumes offering classes

    SHAWNEE, Kan. – A Shawnee gun store will resume offering classes Thursday after a deadly shooting that took place at the store a few weeks ago. She’s A Pistol co-owner, Becky Bieker, will begin contacting customers Thursday to reschedule classes. Bieker’s husband, Jon,  was shot and killed during a robbery Jan. 9. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn reported that the owner is not sure when the store will reopen for business but Bieker wants to get back to teaching classes. Bieker was showing a […]

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    Six people safe after Wellsville fire

    WELLLSVILLE, Kan. — Several people in Franklin County are safe following a fire at a local business. The fire broke out at Central Fiber late Tuesday evening.  Investigators said fire crews were still putting out flames early Wednesday morning. Police said the fire began with an explosion in the mulch area and spread to other buildings. Six people were inside at the the time of the explosion, but they were all able to escape safely according to investigators. No one was injured. The building manufactures […]

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    Early morning business fire causes thousands of dollars worth of damage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fire crews responded to reports of a fire at a business on the city’s east side early Wednesday morning. When crews arrived at Champs Blues and Jazz Bar, the business was engulfed in flames. Firefighters fought through heavy smoke and fire to put it out. Two people had been driving by 39th and Jackson just after 4 a.m. and saw flames shooting from the roof of the bar. The two called 911. The fire caused  more […]

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    Roeland Park City Council lifts ban on pit bulls

    ROELAND PARK, Kan. — The Roeland Park City Council lifted its ban on pit bulls Monday night. Roeland Park residents will now be allowed to own a pit bull. The city council has been debating for months whether to lift the ban that has been in place for years. Monday’s city council meeting was packed as people waited for the verdict. Those who were in favor of repealing the ban urged the council to install a new ordinance that would allow […]

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    Pay It Forward: Selfless woman shares piano playing talents

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman’s piano playing talents have done more than just entertain a crowd. Phyllis Lamonte is a volunteer piano player at New Mark Care Center where her large Italian-American family joined in for the big surprise. “She donates her time to the nursing homes and goes to five different nursing homes and plays the piano, entertains the people,” Jane Rutherford said. Rutherford said she wants Phyllis to use the three hundred dollars to treat herself. “She […]

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    Man dead after family fight ends in shooting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man was found dead after a family fight early Wednesday morning. Police responded to the home at 45th and S. Benton Boulevard after a woman called police to report that her son had shot her husband in the face. According to police the shooting was the result of a fight that began just after midnight. Police said the victim, 39, was dead when they arrived on scene. The suspect, 26, fled from the scene but […]

  • Pay It Forward: Convenience store owner adopts family over the holidays

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man’s kindness during Christmas had a lasting impact on one family. The convenience store at 24th and Brooklyn sells canned foods, soda and candy, but the compassion is free. “We had nothing under the tree, we didn’t decorate our tree or nothing until that day he blessed us,” said Danielle Wrinkle about the store owner, Howard Bettis. He opened the store because the neighborhood didn’t have one. Rhonda Robinson works there. “I told Howard she […]

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    Miniature horses make big impact in Raymore

    RAYMORE, Mo. — A local real estate agent with a passion to help others got quite a surprise when she received a donation to help pay for increasing expenses at her miniature equine therapy initiative. The miniature horses are a part of the “Legacy of Hope Initiative” in Raymore, Mo. The nine horses spend time visiting with the elderly and children, but the expenses for food and vet care associated with this project have added up for the organization. “I wanted to help […]

  • Smoke alarm saves two Overland Park families from duplex fire

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Two families escaped a fire early Monday morning in a duplex. Firefighters credit a smoke alarm for saving their lives. It happened at 77th and Kessler around 3:30 a.m., where the families have since been trying to salvage their belongings from the burned-out building. The Overland Park Fire Department says a smoke alarm woke up a woman who was asleep in the basement of one of the units. She smelled smoke and evacuated three or four […]

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    KC Forum: Decorated Vet, Flu and City Thrift

    2015-03  In this week’s KCFORUM with KATHY QUINN we meet Lt Colonel Hugh Mills, one of the most decorated vietnam veterans who was shot down several times and went on to a successful career in law enforcement.    Mills will be featured on “America’s Heroes”. Two children died of the flu this week and one mother knows all too well the heartbreak to lose a child.   She has advice for parents not to take the flu lightly. City Thrift and City […]

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    KC FORUM: Radon, Finances and Cold Wx Dangers

    2015-02 In this week’s KC FORUM we learn about the dangers of radon and how to prevent poisoning. Jana Castanon helps us get our finances ready for the new year with tips on how to have a plan. The recent cold weather is dangerous if a person isn’t prepared but for seniors, it is much more dangerous. We find out how to make sure our seniors are safe.