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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.

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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
  • domestic violence

    KC City Council votes to strengthen domestic violence laws

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City City Council voted to strengthen domestic violence laws. The sponsor behind the ordinance wants victims to feel safe. City Councilman Scott Taylor sponsored the ordinance and requested input from organizations like the Mattie Rhodes Center, which helps victims with counseling so they know first-hand what they go through. With the council vote it makes processing protection orders go more quickly. The ordinance also doubles the fines for people who violate those orders. A […]

  • house fire

    Bomb and Arson investigators called in to help determine fire cause

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bomb and Arson investigators joined Kansas City fire investigators to try and figure out the cause of an early morning house fire near 11th & Fremont. Neighbors called 911 just before 4:30 Tuesday morning to report the fire. A man who lived alone in the house was safe and staying with neighbors when firefighters arrived. “The fire was intense,” said Battalion Chief England, “We can’t figure out the cause so we’ve called in bomb and arson which […]

  • Parishoner gives back in hopes of helping Father pay for new roof

    He’s only been in the country for three years but already one parish priest has made quite an impression. One of his parishioners wants Father Darvin Salazar to know he’s a ray of hope. “He’s just a very kind person,” Joseph Cherrito said. “He came to this city about three years ago and didn’t even know the language, and as a result, he has been a tremendous asset to the westside, the wonderful people of this community, and he just […]

  • One-vehicle accident downs power lines

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A number of residents will be without power Tuesday morning after a one-vehicle accident downed power lines in the area of 40th and N. Oak in Kansas City, Mo. A car hit a power pole near a McDonald’s. The car did not go into the restaurant. Traffic is blocked in the area while crews make repairs. The driver was not injured.

  • Justin Adkins

    Suspect in Great Clips burglaries charged

    LENEXA, Kan. — Prosecutors charged a man with burglary and theft of two Great Clips hair salons in Johnson County. The arrest of Justin James Adkins, 33, came on Friday, hours after police investigated a break-in at the Great Clips located in the 14900 block of W. 87th Street in Lenexa, Kan.  An officer on routine patrol noticed the front window was broken around 5:30 a.m. Two other Great Clips were broken into in recent days — one in the 22400 block […]

  • Police search for man charged with stealing KC police patrol car and shotgun

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police from multiple jurisdictions have joined the search for a 30-year-old man who police say stole a police cruiser from midtown Kansas City, abandoned it about an hour north of the city, near Pattonsburg, Mo., and is now possibly on the run with a missing shotgun. The man has been identified as Joshua W. Boyd from Liberty. He is approximately 5’10”, 170 lbs, has facial hair, a goatee, and was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, […]

  • Cameras to catch drivers who don’t stop for school buses in Blue Springs

    Blue Springs, Mo. — A big red stop sign means stop if you drive near a big yellow school bus. If you don’t, you could face a hefty fine, not to mention you could injure — or kill — a student. Steve Brown, the Director of Transportation for Blue Springs School District, says they haven’t had any issues so far this year. Part of the reason is that they have installed $400,000 worth of new cameras on the buses. “We […]

  • Children's Mercy Hospital

    Children’s Mercy Hospital reports security breach

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of employees at Children’s Mercy Hospital have been involved in a security breach, but the information probably won’t put them at-risk for identity theft. The security breach involves more than 4,000 employees and their spouses who signed up online for a wellness program back in 2012. When the breach was discovered recently, all the information was pulled from the site. At this point, it looks like information from as many as 4.076 people may have […]

  • Fire displaces family of 9 in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family of nine is safe after a fire tore through their home near 69th & South Benton in Kansas City, Mo. Four adults and five children escaped the early morning house fire that started shortly after two o’clock Tuesday morning. Firefighters called for backup from police to help calm family members down because they were screaming at firefighters. The Red Cross is helping the family find a place to stay. The battalion chief says the […]

  • Coworkers pay it forward to kind receptionist

    A receptionist who greets hundreds of people always does it with a smile, something her coworkers say makes their day. Her kindness inspired them to Pay It Forward through FOX 4.

  • Volunteer pays it forward to selfless woman who provides meals for homebound

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — One local woman is making sure the homebound get at least one good meal every day. Now one of her volunteers wants her to know how much she appreciates her hard work. For nearly 20 years, Lee’s Summit shut-ins and the elderly get one good meal because of one good woman, Roberta McArthur. “Roberta is just a selfless woman. She goes out of her way to give people these meals whether they can pay for them […]

  • Courtesy: Using with permission from Kevin Moroney's family. From facebook

    Overland Park man, 52, killed when teen driver crashes into parked car, pedestrians

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park teenage driver could face charges in a deadly pedestrian crash.   The 17-year-old hit a legally parked car, and a man and a woman standing along the street near 85th and Tomahawk Road just before midnight Thursday night, according to police. The man died and the woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries to her face and legs. The man was identified late Friday morning. Kevin Patrick Moroney, 52, was pronounced dead […]