Katie Banks is just a small town girl from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina living her dream as a TV reporter in the beautiful Midwest.

Katie joined the Fox 4 news team in April 2014 as a general assignment reporter for the 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She develops enterprise story ideas each day and typically covers breaking news, crime, court cases and community concerns.

Since arriving in KC, she’s had the privilege of rooting on her Boys in Blue and covering back-to-back World Series appearances by the Kansas City Royals. One of her most cherished memories was interviewing baseball fans along the parade route to celebrate the Royals’ 2015 World Series Championship – an experience 30 years in the making.

Prior to arriving in the Midwest, Katie was a reporter, fill-in anchor and producer in Greenville, N.C., at WNCT-TV CBS 9. Her daily coverage ran the gamut, ranging from crime to politics to education. In addition to her reporting job, she worked as a journalism adjunct professor at East Carolina University.

Katie has a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a 4.0 GPA and received the “Top Scholar Award” for highest graduate student ranking. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a certification in policy journalism and media studies from Duke University.

Katie is a true Southerner at heart who loves cowgirl boots, country music, NASCAR and comfort food – all things she’s happily discovered are alive and well in Kansas City!

She wants to cover the issues that matter most in your community, so if you have any ideas or concerns, email her at Katie.Banks@wdaftv4.com. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Recent Articles
  • Roommate shocked by sexual assault allegations against NKC middle school teacher on leave

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A roommate is shocked, after the metro teacher he was living with for the past two months is charged with having sexual relationships with underage boys. James “Russell” Green, 52, is now behind bars and facing six counts of sodomy for allegations that span more than a decade. Green has been a teacher at various schools across the metro for more than 30 years. He was most recently working as a teacher and coach at Northgate […]

  • KC Streetcar expansion rides on the decision of voters with property along proposed path

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Expanding Kansas City’s Streetcar line from Union Station to the UMKC campus – the decision now rests in the hands of voters who own property along the potential path, and not everyone along the proposed line supports the idea. Right now the Streetcar route spans nearly three miles, from River Market to Union Station. Its ridership numbers are exceeding expectations, according to the Kansas City Streetcar Authority, which anticipates ringing in 2 million rides in just […]

  • Man’s lunch date turned life-saver helps pull off CPR heroics at Plaza restaurant

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A romantic first date on the Country Club Plaza turned scary when the woman’s date nearly dropped dead. But her quick thinking, and the help of a waitress, eventually saved the man’s life. Janie Hall, who lives in Joplin, met her date online and traveled 2.5 hours to Kansas City to meet him for a lunch date at the Cheesecake Factory last week. “Oh we had a great conversation!” Hall said. “Just, he’s full of life! […]

  • More than 100 people pack meeting for heated discussion about future of former Indian Springs Mall

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Tensions ran high Wednesday night at a packed public meeting in Kansas City, Kan., where dozens gathered to hear ideas for the future of a massive empty lot that was once home to the Indian Springs Mall. More than 100 people crammed into a room that was overflowing and without a working air conditioner at the Neighborhood Resource Center off State Avenue. Frustration, anger and some confusion among the crowd was evident, as countless community members […]

  • KCK cold case murder victim’s brother calls dropped charge a ‘roadblock,’ vows fight for justice

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A metro family is frustrated, yet determined, after murder charges were dropped in a 1989 cold case. Sarah De Leon, 18, was killed nearly three decades ago in KCK. Her body was discovered with stab wounds and a head injury alongside some train tracks, and her car was found with its door open. After an initial investigation, no arrests were made and the case ran cold. It wasn’t until 2014, when KCK detectives cited “new DNA […]

  • Family of Kansas City boy badly hurt in hit-and-run prays for healing, wants driver arrested

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 4-year-old Kansas City boy is fighting for his life, after a driver in a gray or light blue Chevy Impala plowed into him and his family and then drove away. K’Nari Hill, a preschooler, is now in the intensive care unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The boy was hurt in a hit-and-run that happened early Monday evening at the intersection of 31st Street and Prospect. Police said the collision occurred when K’Nari’s mother tried to […]

  • Panicked parents rush in to help when school bus bursts into flames

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Panicked parents rushed toward a school bus that suddenly burst into flames on a quiet Leawood neighborhood street Friday afternoon. A bus driver and two middle school students on board escaped just in time. None of them were injured. The bus was making final drop-offs for Overland Trail Middle School, which is in the Blue Valley School District, around 3:30 p.m when it pulled over near 131st Street and High Drive. Witnesses described a frantic scene, intense […]

  • In a twist, woman who plucked package off a Kansas City porch returns with unusual explanation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman was caught on camera stealing a package off a Waldo porch, only to return 48 hours later to do something surprising. Surveillance cameras rolled outside Anthony Everhart’s home on W. 84th Terrace just before noon on Tuesday. The video shows a mailwoman dropping off a package. Less than an hour later, another woman gets out of her car, walking onto his porch and stealing a package that was just delivered to this doorstep. “You […]

  • Community grateful for arrests, pulling for Independence Officer Wagstaff’s recovery from shooting

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence police officer shot in the line of duty is now fighting for his life. As of Wednesday evening, Officer Tom Wagstaff remained in critical condition at Centerpoint Medical Center. Police said Officer Wagstaff was responding to a 911 call for a home burglary in progress when he was shot in the 3600 block of South Delaware Avenue. “All of the sudden we heard all these gunshots,” said witness Tracy Crookham, “and my daughter ran into […]

  • Families burned out of Overland Park homes by CityPlace fire struggle with life on hold

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Picking up the pieces – dozens of Overland Park families are struggling to recover from last week’s eight-alarm fire that destroyed an apartment complex and more than 20 homes. Sandra Bussell lives in a duplex on Bluejacket Street just blocks from CityPlace, where the fire began last Monday. Burning embers from the massive blaze fell from the sky and onto Bussell’s roof. She and her two children were not home at the time, but they lost […]

  • Metro school security director says proactive approach needed to combat escalating number of threats

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Threats like the one at Oak Park High School Monday are all too common at districts across the metro – prompting security experts to reassess their plans and responses. “I can’t imagine a worst situation than sending your children off to school and being afraid that they`re not coming home,” said John Douglass. Douglass is the former Overland Park Police Chief, and although he wasn’t involved in Oak Park’s emergency response, he has spent the past […]

  • KCFD firefighter watches intruder rummage through his home in real time as he’s on duty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City firefighter is anxious for an arrest, after someone broke into his home and stole his belongings while he was on duty. The break-in happened Tuesday night around 9 o’clock in a South Kansas City neighborhood near Little Blue Road and Breckenridge Avenue. The victim, Sammy Belgiere, is an 18-year veteran and captain with the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department. Belgiere was on duty at Fire Station 29 when his Canary security camera app […]