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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
  • 12345 Fit-Tastic Breakfast encourages healthier lifestyles.

    Wyandotte County hosts 12345 Fit-Tastic! breakfast to encourage healthier lifestyles

    WYANDOTTE, Kan. — The Kansas Health Foundation teamed up with several other organizations to get the message out about healthy lifestyles and hosted a breakfast to kick it off on Thursday. Wyandotte County has some of the worst health outcomes in Kansas, which is why the Kansas Health Foundation organized the breakfast. “There are many organizations across Wyandotte County working to improve our community’s health” said Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Mark Holland. “We are gathering to celebrate current efforts while […]

  • 291-Bridge

    291 Bridge set to reopen Thursday

    SUGAR CREEK, Mo. — The 291 Bridge is set to reopen Thursday after being closed since May. According to MoDOT’s Markl Johnson the barricades will come down then it will have to be re-stripped before it opens possibly in time for rush hour traffic. Drivers in the northland have seen the barricades that closed off the northbound lanes of the bridge which crosses over the Missouri River for nearly three months. The bridge connects Liberty to Independence. It’s closure affected […]

  • Family celebrates receiving clear title to new home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Nelson family was the first family chosen in 2009 to receive a rehabbed house as part of the “Constructing Futures” program. The family celebrated Wednesday as they discovered they were the first family to earn a clear title to their home.

  • Crime scene

    High-speed chase ends with three in custody

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A high-speed chase early Tuesday morning ended with three people taken into custody. Police say speeds reached as fast as 105 on the route from 291 Highway and Gudgel to 291 Highway and Cobble Street. According to police the chase began with a traffic stop around 3:10 a.m. The driver of a silver Pontiac Grand Am took off from the scene. Four people bailed from the vehicle. A canine unit checked the scene and helped police […]

  • Courtesy: One Direction website

    Your guide to the sold-out One Direction concert at Arrowhead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It may be the ‘best day ever’ for your kids because teen heartthrob band “One Direction” plays at Arrowhead Stadium Tuesday night, but the excessive heat warning which lasts through the concert is something to be prepared for. While Directioners may think these four are well-worth the discomfort, Louis, Niall, Harry, and Liam also do not want their fans passing out from heat exhaustion mixed with heartthrob exhiliration. The temperature is expected to reach 90 degrees, […]

  • Fire crews work to put out a house fire in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Crews battle fire at KCMO home, chief says home was vacant

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fire crews were on the scene of a house fire in Kansas City, Missouri early Tuesday morning. When fire crews arrived there was a lot of smoke coming from the rear of the home located near Thompson and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Half of a dozen fire crews showed up to help put out the flames. As of 5:30 a.m. firefighters were still working to put out hot spots. Investigators were working to determine the cause of the […]

  • Woman calls 911 when she sees neighbor’s house on fire in South KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Firefighters were wrapping up their work at a home that caught fire at 108th and Cambridge Friday morning. No one was inside at the time of the fire but that was what firefighters were initially concerned about. A neighbor passing by the house told firefighters she was worried because she thought the family who lives here was inside the house because their car was in the driveway. The neighbor knocked and knocked before fire crews arrived. There were […]

  • Emerald ash borer could be starving your trees

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A small, green beetle is causing big problems across the metro. The emerald ash borer is killing ash trees. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn showed FOX 4 Morning Show viewers trees that are diseased, and trees that have been treated for emerald ash borer. The problem is: People may not realize their trees are diseased until it is too late to treat them. The little Asian beetle hitched a ride decades ago on a boat that landed on the East […]

  • Dancers from Lenexa studio win national awards

    LENEXA, Kan. — The Star Struck dancers from Lenexa returned from national competition with many trophies. Their “Unbroken” dance routine won the highest score of any dance at the competition. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn met them Monday morning at the dance studio in Lenexa to tell them congratulations and find out what it takes to be a champ of this magnitude.

  • Nuns lose fight

    Group of nuns lose fight against Obamacare, ordered to provide contraception for employees

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A group of catholic nuns with ties to Kansas City recently lost their fight in court against Obamacare. A Denver court ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor when it comes to providing contraception through their health plan. The Little Sisters filed a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act Mandate that they provide contraception to their employees through their health insurance. A federal appeals court ruled against them, which means they either violate their faith […]

  • Deadly shooting

    Independence man dead after being shot, suspect taken into custody

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A man is dead after being shot in Independence, Missouri early Wednesday morning. Police say the shooting happened near 30th Terrace and Lee’s Summit Road around 4 a.m. The victim, who was identified as 41-year-old Arthur Ratcliff, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries, but he later died. Police arrested the suspect shortly after the shooting and recovered a hand gun at the scene. The suspect is described as a male. According […]

  • New AC from Bishop Sullivan's ElderCool program

    Woman gets new window AC unit and hugs from Project ElderCool

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman received a new air conditioning unit from Project Eldercool, which provides AC units to eligible elderly residents and others with medical conditions. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn was there when Betty received her new bedroom AC. For more on Bishop Sullivan’s ElderCool program, click the link below: http://www.programsforelderly.com/safety-bishop-sullivan-project-eldercool.php “We get lots and lots of calls every single day especially when the temperatures go up,” said Marie Antonio with Bishop Sullivan. Antonio said she recently received a thank […]