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Emmy Award Winning Linda Wagar brings 30 years of newsgathering experience to her position as an investigative reporter and Problem Solver for FOX 4. She began her career covering crime news and local government for newspapers in Oregon and Indiana. She then worked for United Press International as an editor and later as UPI’s statehouse correspondent in Kentucky.
After leaving UPI, Linda spent seven years as senior editor for a national magazine that covered issues facing state governments. Her articles explored the rebuilding of Los Angeles after the Rodney King riots, the influence of lobbyist spending on state lawmakers and questionable use of lottery and gambling revenue in some states.
A television appearance in 1994 led to Linda’s move into television news. Linda was covering the National Governors Association’s annual meeting for her magazine when she was interviewed for a segment on C-Span. The general manager for WLEX-TV in Lexington , Ky., saw her and hired her to cover Kentucky state government.
Five years later, Linda joined FOX 4 as an investigative reporter. Her work prompted the Ray County prosecutor’s office to file murder charges in a case originally called a suicide. She exposed corrupt dealings by an Independence transmission-repair shop. Her stories shut down a Lenexa travel agency that was defrauding senior citizens, uncovered price gouging by local pharmacies and exposed a local minister who was passing bad checks.
Linda’s work has been recognized with three Emmy awards for investigative and general news reporting. In addition, she has several awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for best documentary, best news series and best feature story.
Linda holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Kentucky . Linda, who speaks Norwegian, studied history, politics and Norwegian for a year at Bjertnes Videre Goende Skole in Nittedal , Norway .
Linda resides in Kansas City , Mo. , with her husband. Her son Clay works as an economist in Washington DC. In her free time, Linda enjoys cooking, traveling and learning to speak French badly.


Recent Articles
  • Concealing the trail: As one Leavenworth man discovered, all too often flooded vehicles end up back on the used car market

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Nobody would knowingly buy a vehicle that’s been in a flood. So how is that so many of them end up in the used car market? To find out, Fox 4 Problem Solvers followed the trail of a flooded truck and discovered the dark side of an industry that resells these cars to an unsuspecting public. “I’ve been lied to by everyone along the way,” said Rolly Galliart of Leavenworth, Kansas. He’s talking about the supposedly reliable […]

  • Independence woman gets $1,600 bill from Kansas tow company nearly a month after it was stolen

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It was sad end to a nice vacation for Elizabeth Hicks. The day she returned was the day she discovered her car had been stolen from her Independence home. Although Hicks said she immediately filed a police report, another month passed before she found her car. The news arrived in a letter from Pro Tow, an Overland Park towing company. “We get a notification from Pro Tow that if you don’t come and recover this vehicle, we […]

  • KC company comes to Liberty couple’s rescue in time for Thanksgiving after previous contractor disappoints

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The last time Fox 4 Problem Solvers visited Eric and Sabrena Flickinger’s Liberty home, their brand new patio had serious issues. “It’s very depressing looking at it,” said Sabrena, pointing to the rough and uneven surface. The Flickingers had paid thousands of dollars for what was to be a stamped concrete patio and fire pit. But portions were poured so thin, they didn’t even reach the top of the form. That was last August. When Problem Solvers […]

  • West Bottoms store owner disappears with thousands of dollars owed to customers and boss

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — David Hibler and his partner Dustin are building their dream home on the banks of Lake Viking, about an hour north of Kansas City. With their budget already stretched thin, the two tried to save money by buying materials, including their front door, from a surplus building supply store called 2nd Saturday in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. “We had found flooring that we liked,” Hibler said. “So we wrote him a check for $4,600.” “Him” is […]

  • Slum house with sewage problem being rented to family tracks back to KC church

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You don’t even have to walk inside the house on Wabash near 41st street in Kansas City to know there are serious problems. You can smell them from the front yard. “Sewage is coming up from the basement,” said Rhonda Burns who lives there with her husband and three grandchildren. Burns points out a large hole in the ceiling of the dining room that she worries about every time it rains. “There is water that actually […]

  • Fox 4 investigates after local woman says pedicure left her with ‘shooting pain like knives’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cindy Dillon spent almost two months recovering from her last pedicure. “I bent over and saw this terrible, terrible burn on my foot,” she said. Dillon believes the burn came from the gel a nail tech was using to remove calluses on the bottom of her foot. That same gel was accidentally dripped on top of her foot, which was then wrapped in hot towels and plastic for 15 minutes. The next day, a doctor diagnosed […]

  • Man scammed by NKC automotive company travels from Oregon to confront business owner, but only finds gutted van

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The wires have been cut. The seats are missing and much of the molding is stashed on the floorboard. “It’s horrible,” said Jason Jones as he looked over the van he had given to a North Kansas City business to retrofit three months ago. “It’s absolutely horrible. This is my seven-year-old daughter’s way to get around in the world, and he took it away.” Jones flew out from Oregon to pick up the $70,000 van which […]

  • Army vet, family needing van for disability among those who lost thousands trusting NKC company

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “I’m a bomb tech, so I’m good at dealing with stress, but it’s infuriating that he took my money and there’s no recourse for it,” said Zach Hernandez, who lost so much money to a North Kansas City company he’s been forced to move from his apartment in San Diego to a more affordable life in Texas. Hernandez, an Army veteran who did three tours in Iraq, paid more than $120,000 to Chalmers Automotive for […]

  • GM reaches $120 million settlement with states over switches

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. has reached a $120 million settlement with 49 states and the District of Columbia over its defective ignition switches. GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide in 2014 because their ignition switches could slip from the “run” position to the “off” position, shutting off the engine. The switches played a role in at least 124 deaths and 275 injuries, according to a victims’ fund set up by GM. Every state but Arizona sued the […]

  • Metro lawncare customers get locked in billing battle for unordered services

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gloria Davis admits her yard was once an eyesore and that’s why she hired Green Grass Lawn and Sprinklers to. “I didn’t have grass on the southside of the lawn,” Davis said. “It was pretty bad.” Eric Williams, the owner of Green Grass Lawn and Sprinklers, assured her that was a problem he could solve. And he almost did. “By mid-end of September I had grass,” Davis said. “It was beautiful.” Davis, a middle school teacher, […]

  • Once-shuttered metro taxi service that left two customers seeking refunds is back in service

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Paula Wood had planned a trip to Tennessee, but she missed her flight when the taxi service she hired to take her to the airport never showed up. “Nobody came, so at 9:15 I started calling them,” said Wood, referring to the taxi service Quick Silver, one of several taxi services operated by Nik and Austin Saylor. Wood said no one ever called her back. She had to book a new flight for the next day […]

  • Bogus charges lead Problem Solvers to alert bank to metro business’ checkered past

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You might remember the names – Kansas City Limousine and Party Bus or Kansas City Limousine Tours. Both are booking companies for limousine drivers and both operated by Jeffrey Lee Harris. The first time FOX 4 Problem Solvers heard about Harris was last July. That’s when Forrest Clopton called us because of an unexplained charge on his debit card of $1,048.15. Clopton said the charge came from Kansas City Limousine and Party Bus, which he’d hired […]