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What a thrill it is to be back in the Show Me State! My news career has taken me all over the country, and it’s long been my ambition to get back to my Missouri roots. I couldn’t be happier to do so with FOX 4.

I am a native of a small Mississippi River town, Elsberry, just north of St. Louis. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and psychology minor from Webster University-St. Louis in 2006, and completed my Master of Arts in Communications Management through Webster’s online school in 2011.

After finishing undergraduate work, I started my television career as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor with KHQA in Quincy, Ill. I even filled in as a weathercaster a time or two.

Following a year in the Land of Lincoln, I headed to Tornado Alley in central Kansas to head up the Great Bend bureau for KSN-TV, where storm chasing was a frequent occurrence. During my time in the Sunflower State, I was recognized several times by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

I then swept off to Iowa in 2010 and spent three years as a reporter/fill-in anchor for KWWL in Waterloo, where my work included covering a slew of presidential candidate visits, more storm chasing, the “farm beat” and an extensive investigation into synthetic drug dealings, which ultimately led to criminal prosecution of a local store owner. I also successfully got a national food chain to change its advertising to remove a negative reference to Iowa.

In 2013, I made a big change of pace leaving the wheat and corn fields of the Midwest for the mountains of West Virginia as a reporter and weekend anchor/producer for WCHS/WVAH in Charleston. During my time in the Mountain State, I also became the chief education reporter, wrote a successful blog and spearheaded a community initiative getting high school dropouts back on the path to a diploma.

In July 2015, I was ready to leave behind snow storms for year-round sunshine as a reporter at ABC Action News in Tampa. While in Florida, I had the opportunity to cover major national stories, including presidential politics and the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub.

My husband Floyd, our son Drake, puggle Aleah and I are now proud to call Kansas City home–a community we often visited growing up, and where we have friends and family.

When I’m not chasing down the news, you might catch me outside running. I frequently compete in 5K races and have done a few triathlons. I’m also involved with my local church and Habitat for Humanity. Because apparently that’s not enough, I’m a certified Zumba instructor and dabble in portrait photography.

When I’m not busy with all of that, I love to travel, spend time with family, and catch up on St. Louis sports. We are huge Cardinals and Blues fans. (And following the bitter departure of the Rams, you might convince us to be Chiefs fans now!)

We like to say the Red Birds follow our life’s big moments–winning World Series championships the year we got married and again the year our son was born.

My job is to be a voice for you, and I welcome your input and suggestions for stories. I look forward to hearing from you!

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  • Two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputies shot in downtown KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. —  Sources are telling FOX4 that two Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputies were shot Friday morning in downtown Kansas City, Kan., not far from the courthouse and sheriff’s office. FOX4 is waiting to learn their conditions. Sources say one has critical injuries. The shootings happened during a transport from the court annex back to the jail, the source added. FOX4 has learned the suspect was also shot, and all were taken to hospitals. FOX4 has a crew at […]

  • One man in critical condition after being shot by masked men

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are looking for two men who opened fire Monday near several homes on the east side. One man was shot and is now fighting for his life. The incident happened at 13th & Winchester, not far from Sheffield Park on the city’s east side. Investigators had a grassy area between two homes taped off. FOX4 spoke to a neighbor who said she had just gotten out of her car with her brother when […]

  • Impeachment process for Gov. Greitens underway in Jefferson City

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The process to potentially impeach Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is now underway in Jefferson City. Tuesday, more rules for the process were laid out and lengthy testimony started. FOX4’s Kera Mashek went to the state capital to follow the process. The Mo. House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight was looking at two things Tuesday. The first is what arguments will be accepted as this impeachment process moves forward, and the second is the evidence against the […]

  • Warsaw police chief released from hospital after being shot in chest during chase with suspect

    WARSAW, Mo. — The Warsaw police chief shot in the chest Friday morning has been released from the hospital. Warsaw Police Chief Jason Wenberg was shot by a 16-year-old suspect that police had been searching for since a wild chase Thursday night. According to the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, the 16-year-old led officers on a high-speed pursuit Thursday night while driving a stolen car. At one point the suspect fired at a patrol vehicle, but no one was injured at that […]

  • Police still searching for clues, suspect in deadly shooting at Ward Parkway Center

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are continuing to search for clues in a deadly shooting that happened Wednesday night outside Ward Parkway Center. On Thursday, all businesses at the shopping center were back up and running, less than 24 hours after rapid gunfire erupted. “I just started hearing what I thought at first might be fireworks, pretty loud bangs though, maybe like an M80,” Brett Gamso said. Gamso lives just off Ward Parkway. He could tell the sounds […]

  • Family mourns Cass County couple killed by alleged drunk driver

    BELTON, Mo. — A family is mourning the loss of a Cass County couple, hit and killed by an impaired driver. “If anybody was prepared to go to heaven, they were the ones. They did everything right, for the right reasons too,” said John Henning. The crash happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday, along Route D near the Jackson/Cass county line. Troopers said a man driving under the influence swerved into the wrong lane, hitting the couple head-on, killing them. “This […]

  • Former KCPD Chief Darryl Forte named interim Jackson County Sheriff

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a new leader of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and it’s a name you probably know. Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. announced Thursday a committee has selected former KCPD Chief Darryl Forte to serve as  the Jackson County Sheriff for the remainder of the year. Forte retired as KCPD chief in May 2017 after five and a half years in the role. At the time of his retirement announcement, Forte said he felt he was at a time in his […]

  • Firefighter equipment supplier among businesses that went up in flames in North Kansas City

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Smoke filled the air Tuesday for miles after a building in the heart of downtown North Kansas City caught fire. Thick plumes of smoke billowed from the Galls Building at 1900 Swift. “Black smoke coming straight from the ceiling,” two witnesses said. During the lunch hour, the building started showing just a little smoke, and those working inside could smell it right away. “One of the gals was talking about smelling barbecue then firefighter comes […]

  • Interviews for interim Jackson County sheriff conclude; panel to select 2-3 finalists

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City police chief was one of the five people who interviewed Friday for interim sheriff of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. A nominating committee interviewed all five candidates. The interview schedule went as follows: 9:00 a.m. – Rosilyn Allen, retired Kansas City Police Major 9:35 a.m. – Ramona Arroyo, retired Kansas City Police Sergeant 10:10 a.m. – Darryl Forte‘, retired Kansas City Police Chief 10:45 a.m. – Break 10:55 a.m. – James Ripley, retired Missouri State Highway Patrol […]

  • Charges against boyfriend in pregnant woman’s death brings relief to family, friends

    OLATHE, Kan. — A KCK man has now been charged in the death of a pregnant Olathe woman. Ashley Harlan, 23, was killed in January. Olathe Police announced the arrest in connection to her death Thursday. Her boyfriend, 26-year-old Devonte Wash, was charged with capital murder in Johnson County. “We won’t rest until there’s justice for Ashley and her child,” said one of Ashley’s friends. Justice now feels closer with an arrest in the 23-year-old’s murder. “It’s been hard for […]

  • Case dropped against Schlitterbahn in boy’s death on technicality; charges to be refiled

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A judge dropped the case against Schlitterbahn Waterpark of KCK on Wednesday in connection to the death of a 10-year-old. But it could be just temporary. Why? Technically, there is no such thing as Schlitterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City, Kansas. That company name does not exist. Now, the case will be taken to a new grand jury under the water park’s correct name: KC Waterpark Management. The KCK water park was charged in connection the death of […]

  • One person injured, police looking for suspect in shooting near 63rd and Troost

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person is recovering in the hospital following a shooting in Kansas City Monday. It happened just after 1 p.m., near 63rd and Troost. People at neighboring businesses said they heard commotion and arguing between people in two different cars. One person shot into another vehicle, and a bullet hit someone inside that vehicle. That individual was taken to the hospital where they are listed in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries. The next step in […]