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.

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    Kansas City police engaged in standoff with homicide suspect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Operation 100 is ongoing in the 2500 block of Lister Avenue on Tuesday night. Officers were sent to the scene just after 6 p.m. when a 911 caller said he heard fighting, a gunshot, and then saw someone slumped over in a car. Kansas City police revealed at about 8 p.m. that the woman shot has died. A tactical team has been deployed outside a home where the shooting suspect is believed to be holed up […]

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    ‘Weird Monday morning’: Kansas City businesses left cleaning up giant mess from van crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A wild way to start their Monday – two local business owners were shocked to find their shop windows shattered this morning, after a driver lost control and slammed into their building. The crash happened just after 4 a.m. near 16th and Broadway, across the street from the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. A shop called Plug Your Holes marked the end of the road for a white work van, when it came to a screeching halt following […]

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    MoDOT says later kickoff in tandem with help from Mother Nature make travel easier for Chiefs fans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation says the Chiefs’ new later kickoff time for Sunday’s playoff game will work to its advantage, as Mother Nature can now lend a helping hand in de-icing roads. Instead of a noon game, the Chiefs will now play at 7:20 p.m. when MoDOT expects weather conditions to improve. “Since they moved the game to the evening, I think it will be a lot better for everyone because temperatures are expected to […]

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    Kansas City police investigating triple homicide at apartment complex; two others hurt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City homicide detectives are investigating three deaths on Thursday night at a Kansas City apartment complex. Officers responded to the 8600 block of E. 62nd Street at about 9:30 p.m., on a shots fired call. FOX 4’s Katie Banks reported from the scene that two others were seriously hurt in the shooting, including a juvenile who was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital. All five victims were from the same apartment, but it’s unclear if they were […]

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    Stranger follows teenage girl to Northland bus stop, caught committing lewd act as he approached her

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Scared and upset – a teenage girl couldn’t believe her eyes when a man followed her to her Northland bus stop and began touching himself. It happened this week on N. London Ave. in Kansas City, Mo., at an apartment complex called Northland Passage. KCPD officers were parked along the street Thursday afternoon, keeping their eyes peeled for a man accused of following a 14-year-old girl to her bus stop. “She told me she was walking […]

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    Curious noise leads teen to come face-to-face with burglar ransacking his Kansas City home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 15-year-old boy came face-to-face with a burglar, who pushed him to the ground while ransacking the teen’s Northland home. It happened along NW 86th Terrace in Kansas City, Mo., around lunch time Monday. Caleb Upshaw was home sick from school, when his mother left to go to a doctor’s appointment. Minutes later, he heard a buzzer on their front door go off. It was a familiar sound that Caleb heard from his basement bedroom, but […]

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    KCK mom and four young kids grateful to FOX 4 viewers who helped restore her power amid frigid temperatures

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kan., mom can’t believe the kindness of her community, after dozens of strangers pitched in to pay her electricity bill. “It shows you how many really caring people there are out there,” said mother Jessika Dukes. “How when someone needs help, they`re not scared to step in and help out.” Dukes and her four young children were thankful to have working heat and lights in their home again come Wednesday night, when temperatures […]

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    Prospect of plummeting temperatures terrifies KCK mom of 4 as her power gets disconnected

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A KCK mother of four is scared for her kids’ health and safety, after a utility company shut off her family’s power Tuesday morning. Around 11 a.m., Jessika Dukes and her four young children were left in the dark. “Oh, my heart stopped,” Dukes said. “I was like, ‘No it can’t be!’” Her mind was racing as to why her electricity suddenly shut off and then she realized all the things her family was suddenly left […]

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    SMSD leaders, contractors and experts to meet regarding demolition of Trailwood Elementary

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The demolition of an old elementary school is scheduled to take place in just a few weeks, but it could be delayed if Shawnee Mission School District leaders vote to postpone the project amid protests from parents. The decision to make any changes could be announced as soon as Tuesday, when SMSD leaders privately meet with contractors and several other stakeholders to talk about options for tearing down the old Trailwood Elementary School. An asbestos abatement […]

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    Following tense first meeting, respect rules the day in basketball rematch between Center HS, Warrensburg

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students at Center High School in Kansas City say they were determined to take the high road Friday night when the school’s basketball team had a rematch against Warrensburg High School. The two teams made headlines in December when Warrensburg’s student section turned their backs during Center’s player introductions. The atmosphere this time around was a 180-degree turn from the first meeting. Center completed a season sweep, beating Warrensburg 72 to 35, but students admitted there […]

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    Crews stay busy plowing roads ahead of another potentially treacherous morning drive

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Freezing temperatures and slick roads – drivers will need to take it slow during Friday morning’s commute, especially on city side streets. Kansas City, Mo., crews have been in action since Tuesday morning pre-treating roads before Wednesday night’s snowfall of nearly three inches. Since then, they have been working around the clock to plow primary roads and start moving toward clearing secondary roads. “What we really want to do is, of course, get those emergency routes […]

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    ‘Priceless’ Hall of Fame footballs signed by Chiefs legends taken in Northland home burglary

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just days after the Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West title, a lifelong fan had rare sports memorabilia stolen from his Northland home. Danny Stephens believes burglars were watching and waiting until he and his wife left for work Tuesday morning before breaking into their home and ransacking every room. He came home around 11 a.m. during his lunch break to find his back door bashed in, giving the thieves free reign over their house. […]