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. Quinn also produces a weekly franchise called “Pay It Forward” where she surprises viewers with $300.00.
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, http://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 http://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
  • City of Overland Park taking over fire investigation to determine extent of damage

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Overland Park Fire Department pulled out of the investigation at City Place Apartments after the fire was ruled accidental Tuesday. Now it’s time for the city to take over. The city is expected to get with their planning department and work up an assessment report with all damage that occurred to the 25 affected homes. As many as eight of those homes are uninhabitable. It will be up to the city, the developer and the residents […]

  • Woman who left her corporate job behind 10 years ago, now feeling more fulfilled in role helping community

    Leaving the corporate world behind, a metro woman has found her passion in a very different place. Tanya Wright said she wasn’t feeling fulfilled in her previous role, so she knew it was time for a career shift. Wright has worked at Grace Advertising for nearly a decade, and her coworkers decided it was time for her to be recognized for all the great things she has done for the people in her community and nominated her for FOX 4’s Pay-It-Forward. “We focus […]

  • First day of spring brings iconic Easter bunnies hopping onto the Country Club Plaza

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The iconic Plaza Easter bunnies are hopping onto the Country Club Plaza Monday to help kick off spring. The bunnies have been an Easter tradition for more than 80 years. J.C. Nichols came up with the idea as a way to drum up business near the Crestwood shops back in the 1930s. The five girl bunnies and four boy bunnies are spread out between the shops. There are also two collections of wonderland animals. Many families […]

  • Truck reported as stolen crashes into Independence home then bursts into flames during police chase

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A late night chase with police ended Monday morning when the suspect crashed into a house and burst into flames. Those flames then caught the home on fire, too. Officers were driving near 23rd and Noland Road around 10:30 p.m. when they spotted an F-250 truck, which had been reported as stolen. The pursuit began once the suspect in the truck realized police were following him. The suspect took off, and police went after him. The pursuit […]

  • Kansas City goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From green clothes to green doughnuts, Kansas City was up early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. FOX 4’s Rob Collins and Kathy Quinn were out in the fun! Take a look at what they found.

  • Final touches being made to floats as the St. Patrick’s Day parade quickly approaches

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The St. Patrick’s Day parade is just one day away. Before the parade can “float” down Broadway, families and businesses must put the final touches on their entries. FOX’s Kathy Quinn takes you inside J.E. Dunn’s logistic site for a sneak peek at their float themed, “peace, love, Irish.” “So this year’s theme is peace, love, Irish, and when we set down with the concept to conceptualize what we would have to do for our float, we […]

  • Smithville is in need of volunteers to continue tornado cleanup

    SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Smithville police are calling for volunteers who want to help clean up debris from the tornado that hit ten days ago. Officer Joanna Mayer said Smithville could not have made the progress they have over the last ten days had it not been for the volunteers. She said the first volunteers started calling minutes after the storm hit. Officer Mayer says so far the volunteers have helped clean up the area by walking the fields around homes […]

  • Decked in green, volunteers at Harvesters Food Bank work to fight hunger in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Irish are going for the green at Harvesters Food Bank. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day the parade committee and Harvesters are collecting food for the “Go For The Green Food Drive”. For the last 32 years the parade committee and Harvesters have distributed barrels at local businesses, schools and churches where people can drop off non-perishable food items. Thousands of volunteers from both organizations make the food drive a success every year. This year […]

  • New Walmart Supercenter opens in southern Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The world’s largest retailer is opening up a new store with hundreds of local jobs in southern Lee’s Summit. The new Walmart Supercenter is near 150 and 291-Highway and opens Wednesday. First of all, most cities appreciate Walmart stores because of the dollars they generate, and with this new supercenter also comes 200 full and part-time jobs. This new Walmart Supercenter on Southwest Market Street is just five miles from another Walmart store. A temporary hiring center […]

  • Union Station’s Science City celebrating Pi Day in a fun way

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Science City at Union Station is celebrating Pi Day Tuesday. It’s much more than just a mathematical number of 3.14. At Science City, they are using Popsicle sticks to explain the concept of pi in a fun way. “I hope I can be found in a lot of different places, and people just don’t know that we use it to talk about aviation and flying pretty regularly, not just in school,” Margaret Hoang with Science City […]

  • Man who pleaded guilty to killing KCK Detective Brad Lancaster to be sentenced

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The man charged with killing Kansas City, Kan., Police Department detective Brad Lancaster will be sentenced Tuesday morning. Curtis Ayers pleaded guilty in January to shooting and killing the detective outside a KCK casino last May. Ayers agreed to serve life without parole and no death penalty for the charge of murder, but  he could face additional time for nine other charges. Prosecutors say Ayers shot Lancaster shot seven times when he and Ayers exchanged gunfire outside the Hollywood […]

  • Major roadway project near Shawnee Mission Parkway and the I-35 bridge pushed back one week

    MERRIAM, Kan. — A major roadwork project expected to begin Monday near Shawnee Mission Parkway and the I-35 bridge has been pushed back a week. The work includes repairing and resurfacing the I-35 bridge. If you use Shawnee Mission Parkway on your commute, the eastbound and westbound lanes of Shawnee Mission Parkway over the I-35 bridge will be down to two lanes when the project begins March 20. The roads impacted during this project will be Mastin Street and Pioneer Crossing Park to […]