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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!

Recent Articles
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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Church of Scientology might be expanding its footprint here in Kansas City. Some speculate its newest real estate venture could become the Midwest hub for the controversial church. Scientology currently calls a few small properties in Kansas City home, including one on E 39th Street. Signs out front say you can get a free IQ and personality test inside with no commitment necessary. But it seems the church has bigger plans and commitments to expand […]

  • Boy accidentally shoots himself at Kansas City apartment while dad is out of room

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 4-year-old boy is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in Kansas City. The shooting happened just after noon Thursday at an apartment complex near Blue Ridge Cutoff & 61st Street. Police say the little boy got a hold of his dad’s gun and shot himself. FOX 4 has learned the child’s father was not in the room when the little boy got his gun and fired it. Neighbors say at least one other small child was […]

  • Kansas City child shot after getting ahold of a gun inside apartment, neighbors say

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City paramedics and police rushed to an apartment home near Blue Ridge Cutoff and 61st Terrace to try to save a child who reportedly shot himself or herself early Thursday afternoon. “A shooting has occurred. A child was injured. All the details we have at the time,” said Kari Thompson, KC Police spokesperson in a brief email reply to FOX 4. According to dispatchers who receive 911 calls, an adult in the apartment was getting […]

  • Parents of Ruskin H.S. teen severely beaten at school enraged over attack, worried about son’s condition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Wednesday, a 38-year-old Kansas City father and his 17-year-old daughter were charged with assault for an attack on a teenager at Ruskin High School, 7000 E 111 St.  While prosecutors announced the charges against them, the teen they’re accused of attacking remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit. FOX 4’s Kera Mashek spoke to the victim’s parents, an interview you’ll see only on FOX 4. They are still trying to wrap their minds […]

  • Balloons left as memorial at site of Kansas City crash that claimed lives of two girls, ages 3 and 16

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bright pink and silver balloons fly from a post at I-435 and East 23rd Street, where a crash on Sunday ended the lives of two girls. One was 16-years-old. Her name is Sami Raudales.  The other was 3-years-old. Her name is Ryan Grace Hampel. Balloons flying now at site of Sunday's accident that's now claimed life of 16 & 3 yr old girls. #fox4kc — Kera Mashek (@KeraFox4KC) September 19, 2017 Ryan Grace and Sami […]

  • Greeted by mixed reception, Secy. of Education Betsy DeVos visits metro as part of nationwide tour

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is visiting the Kansas City area. It’s part of a nationwide tour looking at how some schools are rethinking education. Her visit is being both welcomed and protested. A group with Indivisible KC protested Thursday afternoon as Betsy DeVos met with leaders at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. While DeVos’ stances on education are controversial, schools hosting her visits are hoping to be a positive influence. There’s not much […]

  • Following summer of turmoil, Kansas City Comets will return to the turf this fall

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The future of Kansas City Comets Major Arena Soccer League franchise has been up in the air until now. This summer, lawsuits between owners led to losing the franchise license and players being made free agents. But now the club says things are getting back on track and the team will be playing the this fall. A lot of Kansas City Comets fans are die-hards. “Season tickets every year. Have been to all the games, and it’s […]

  • Three judges deciding if man convicted of drunk driving murder in KC should get new trial

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “You tell yourself, you know, the truth will set you free, and that’s what I’ve been holding onto,” said Angela Wolgamott, Drew Ryland’s mother. Three judges are now considering whether a Jackson County man convicted of murder in a drunk driving crash, should get a new trial.  Drew Ryland is serving a 20-year prison sentence.  He was found guilty last year for slamming his SUIV into another car, killing its passenger Michael Hernandez. The case could […]

  • Metro soccer teams lend helping hand to teams from Houston so they can play in Olathe’s weekend tournament

    OLATHE, Kan. — As Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida,  the state of Texas is still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey. This weekend, more than 100 soccer players from the Houston area are in the Kansas City metro for a tournament.   A handful of the players had homes destroyed, and others have lost their schools.  The teams went nearly two weeks without a place to practice, and weren’t sure if they could still make the trip to Olathe this weekend.  […]

  • Large police presence at Washington Square Park as several groups gathered to protest

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There was a heavy police presence at Washington Square Park near downtown Kansas City, Mo., as militia group, AntiFa and religious groups protested Saturday morning. Fox 4’s Kera Mashek was at the protest and noticed several of the AntiFa members armed with weapons. She also said the religious groups, which included people from various faiths, spent time praying, singing and offering peace. “We were doing it because it’s just time for the faith community to step […]

  • While waiting for KC Council approval, Edgemoor unveils more details about its KCI proposal

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’re learning more about the company that could build a new single terminal KCI. Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate of Maryland got the nod from the airport’s selection committee, and is now waiting for the council’s seal of approval. While the hometown team of Burns & McDonnell didn’t get picked by the committee, the company who did—Edgemoor—says it is committed to having a major local impact, including using Clarkson Construction and the Weitz Company, both of […]

  • Black students up to 5 times more likely to be suspended than white peers, says new study on KC schools

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