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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 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.

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    One dead in overnight shooting, two others arrive at hospital with gunshot wounds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in the 3600 block of Brooklyn in the overnight hours of July 29. Police said around 12:20 a.m. someone called to report a shooting. When officers arrived they located a black male in his early 20s dead in the street. Witnesses said a disturbance between several individuals broke out and shots were fired. A short time later two black males with gunshot injuries arrived at the […]

  • In KCK, robbers force gun into victims’ mouths, point them at their heads to steal electronics, money

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  • Firefighters respond to downtown apartment fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Firefighters responded to an apartment fire in the 1000 block of Broadway early Monday morning. According to the fire chief two people living in a third-floor apartment called 911 to report the fire. Sprinklers helped knock down most of the flames. The apartment suffered extensive water damage, as did the two apartments below it. No one was injured and the cause remains under investigation.  

  • Man gunned down in Gladstone dies at hospital

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