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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  • Victims shot at Austins Bar & Grill on February 22: Srinivas Kuchibhotla – Alok Madasani – Ian Grillot. 
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed.

    Federal investigators looking into deadly Austins Bar and Grill shooting as a possible hate crime

    OLATHE, Kan. — The murder investigation at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe is now proceeding down two tracks – a local version, as well as a federal review. Olathe police revealed Thursday at a joint press conference they are working alongside the FBI to determine what’s next, including whether federal hate crime charges are possible. The FBI got involved after witnesses and victims’ family members claimed suspect Adam Purinton used racial slurs before shooting two men believed to be […]

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    Olathe police say one victim in Austins Bar and Grill shooting has died; suspect arrested in Missouri

    OLATHE, Kan. — Police arrested a man early Thursday morning who is suspected of shooting three other men in an Olathe bar Wednesday night. The shooting happened at about 7:15 p.m. at Austins Bar and Grill, 2103 East 151st Street, which is west of Mur-Len in south Olathe. The shooter fled the scene as the victims were taken to a hospital, and one man originally listed in critical condition has died according to police. Olathe police say that at about 12:40 a.m. […]

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    Olathe police searching for shooter who wounded three at Austins Bar and Grill

    OLATHE, Kan. — A gunman is on the loose Wednesday night after a shooting at Austins Bar and Grill. Three men were shot at the south location of Austins near 151st and Mur-Len at about 7:15 p.m. Two of the men were taken to the University of Kansas Hospital in critical condition and a third in serious condition. UPDATE: Shooter arrested early on Thursday morning; one victim dies at hospital One of the men in critical condition has stabilized, but the […]

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    Vandals shatter car windows in Independence neighborhoods, leaving dozens with a costly headache

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Shocked and angry, dozens of Independence residents woke up Tuesday morning to a costly mess. Police said 45 people filed reports, after finding their car windows were shattered overnight by vandals. “It’s a big mess!” said victim Carol Wheeler. “It really is, it`s very, very, very frustrating!” Most of the damage was done on the Southwest side of the city, from 35th and Blue Ridge Boulevard, to the Northwest side of the city, from 39th and Scott […]

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    Devastated Kansas City mom says teen cousins killed in crash were best friends, had bright futures ahead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City family is now planning a double funeral, after two teenage cousins died in a car crash this weekend. Ra’Shad Leggs, 17, and Quentin Leggs, 19, were on their way to the movie theater Saturday night when they wrecked their car near 86th Terrace and Ward Parkway. “Our life is destroyed and it ain’t never going to be the same,” said Ra’Shad’s mother, Adriana Seward. The close cousins were driving North on Ward Parkway, […]

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    Driver killed in wrong-way crash on 291 leaves behind three young kids, a close sister in shock

    BRUNSWICK, Mo. — A sister is in shock, after her brother crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a school bus head-on on Thursday afternoon. Investigators said 32-year-old John Gaage died on impact. No one on the bus was seriously injured, and the wreck happened on 291 Highway in the Northland. Investigators said Gaage was driving the wrong way when he hit the bus, which was carrying the Wellington-Napoleon boys’ and girls’ basketball teams to games in the metro. “I’m in […]

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    Immigrant business owners in Kansas City stand with others around country by shutting down for day

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dozens of businesses across the metro closed their doors Thursday to support “A Day Without Immigrants” – a nationwide movement to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Loyal customers showed up at Panderia de las Americas on Southwest Boulevard only to find the front door locked and a message posted outside that read: #ImmigrantsMakeAmericaGreat. It’s a bakery Luis Hernandez has dreamed of owning since he was a little boy, but growing up in Mexico City, he […]

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    Couple’s hearts raced when masked man held them at gunpoint during robbery at Northland ATM

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A routine trip to a Northland ATM went terribly wrong for one young couple – whose hearts were racing when a masked man wielding a gun demanded money as they tried to make a deposit. The interaction, which escalated when the victims tried to fight back, happened at the busy Bank of America ATM off Northeast Vivion Road around 9:30 at night. “There was a caravan right next to me, when they left, some white dude […]

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    Fellow coach recalls moment Eric Driskell collapsed as community continues to hope for turnaround

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Praying for a miracle but preparing for the worst – loved ones were with Blue Valley Coach Eric Driskell Tuesday night, as he remained in the hospital on life support. A neurosurgeon at Research Medical Center told reporters Driskell suffered cardio pulmonary arrest and had experienced irreversible neurological damage. His family is now making plans for organ donation, the doctor said. Driskell’s wife, Kari, said he was “doing what he loved – talking football,” when he […]

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    Blue Valley community pulls together to support football coach in ICU revered as a role model

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blue Valley High School students, alumni and parents spent Monday grieving and praying together, after learning a beloved coach is in intensive care. Eric Driskell is on life support after he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm late Sunday. As of Monday night, he remained in the ICU at Research Medical Center in South Kansas City. Driskell is a BVHS track and football coach, who also teaches weightlifting and physical education. BVHS students held a vigil during […]

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    Court papers say man charged with attempted murder in Johnson County thought uncle was Satan

    LENEXA, Kan. — A Lenexa neighborhood is still in shock, after shots were fired on their typically quiet streets. Prosecutors said the man who pulled the trigger was high on drugs and was trying to hurt his uncle, whom he referred to as “Satan” who needed “to die.” Devin Mason, 28, is now charged with three counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors said Mason opened fire near Pflumm and 109th Street, striking the car of an innocent family. “There were multiple […]

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    Vicious beating at Westport bar leaves metro dad battered, bruised and shaken

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro father thought he might die, after being beat unconscious inside a Westport bar and spending five days in the hospital with skull and facial fractures. Kansas City police are now investigating the attack that happened inside Throw Back near Westport Road and Mill Street into the early morning hours on Sunday. “The doctor said, ‘You were one kick away from dying,’” explained Eric Lines, the assault victim. It was a near-death encounter that’s left […]