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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
  • KC dealership causes problems for JoCo. woman after giving her illegal tags for new car

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Danielle Carnes was just a block away from work when she was pulled over by Leavenworth Police for driving with a stolen tag. “Are you kidding me?” Carnes remembered asking the officer. But the officer wasn’t. He took her license plate and handed her a ticket for possession of stolen property. That’s a criminal charge that carries up to a $2,500 fine and a year in jail. Here’s the rub: Carnes had just bought the car […]

  • Court records reveal details into sheriff’s affair with his employee

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp resigned Wednesday after court documents revealed a five-year affair with a woman who quickly became the highest paid civilian employee in his agency. The explosive details come from recent court filings in the case of Christine Lynde vs. Jackson County, Missouri. Lynde, a payroll clerk for the sheriff’s department, first sued the county three years ago claiming sexual harassment and discrimination by three coworkers. Sheriff Mike Sharp was not one of […]

  • How to avoid having your card information stolen by skimming devices

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Next time you pay for gas at the pump, think twice about using your debit card. Security experts say you could be putting yourself at risk. “It’s really, really scary,” said Michael Jones with Commerce Bank in Independence. “Don’t use your pin number at a pump.” Jones said a growing number of thieves are targeting gas pumps and ATMs with skimming devices, which steal card information. That’s particularly bad with a debit card where thieves can empty […]

  • Metro crash victims warn of tow company illegally running wrecks, charging high fees

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Illegally running wrecks, strong-arming customers and charging outrageous prices: Those are the complaints by people who were towed by a Northland company. Caroline Foster said she became a victim of 24/7 Tow and Recovery after an accident at Main Street and 670 Highway in downtown Kansas City. Foster said 24/7 pulled up to the scene minutes after she dialed 911. She said the tow truck driver was insistent that he needed to get her off the […]

  • Outdated and poorly funded, Missouri has one of the worst 911 systems in the country, experts say

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pull out your cell phone and you can find the nearest restaurant or hotel. Your phone knows exactly where you are. Now trying calling 911. Chances are you’ll have to explain your location to the 911 operator if you want anyone to find you. Experts say Missouri has one of the worst 911 systems in the country — antiquated, poorly funded and under-staffed. It’s that troubling 911 system that 22-year-old Whitney Baker said she discovered after […]

  • Metro parents warn of local model and talent agent who they say didn’t keep his promises

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Modeling can be glitzy, glamorous and — as some models will tell you — a lesson in what not to do. “He doesn’t keep his promises,” Lawrence resident Alexia Martel said. “He doesn’t give you what you want to be. He will only bring you down.” Michelle Adam was equally upset: “I’m thinking, ‘How is my son ever going to do anything if he stays with this agent?'” They were both talking about Ray LaPietra, the […]

  • Kansas City man reunited with truck stolen from Belton repair shop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When it comes to paying a tow bill, there are few people as grateful as Dave Patmore. “Thank you, thank you,” Patmore told Kansas City Tow Lot Director Nate Pare. “This is my baby.” To understand why Patmore is so grateful, you need to know what happened in February. That’s when Patmore’s 1969 Ford pickup was stolen from the parking lot of a Belton repair shop, Jim’s Discount Mufflers. Patmore was understandably upset about his missing […]

  • North Kansas City business accused of fraud reopens under new name

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A North KC company accused of scamming customers out of their money is back in business under a different name. The last time we met Jason Jones was last October. He had flown from Oregon to Kansas City to try and get his van back. He had given $60,000 to the Northland business Chalmers Automotive to convert his van to meet the needs of his seven-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy. But in the end, Jones was […]

  • Metro contractor disappears on another family after taking thousands of dollars, not finishing the job

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — There are no two ways about it. It’s a muddy mess in John Powell’s backyard. “He destroyed my home,” said Powell, who lives with his wife Jennifer and their two children in a split-level home in Bonner Springs. Powell’s frustration is directed toward Gene Cole Swain — the contractor he hired to fix the drainage at his home and pour a new concrete walkway, patio and back driveway. The nearly $20,000 job was supposed to be […]

  • Tiny home in Lansing causing big problems for metro woman

    LANSING, Kan. — Misti Beer would offer you a seat, but her couch is still wrapped in plastic. It’s never been used because it’s inside a home where she’s not allowed to live. “At this point the city inspector said, ‘You are not meeting our requirements and can’t be here,’” Beer said. Meet the latest victim of the tiny house movement. Beer’s custom $60,000, 499-square- foot home is her dream house. An empty-nester from Kansas City, Beer had the house […]

  • KC man pays repair bill on truck then discovers it stolen from Belton repair shop

    BELTON, Mo. — For Dave Patmore, it’s the older, the better when it comes to what he drives. But one of his most reliable vehicles – a white 1969 Ford 100 truck – is missing. The last time he saw it was when he brought it to Jim’s Discount Mufflers in Belton. “I fear for anyone who takes their car there,” said Patmore, a musician who lives in south Kansas City. Patmore said he only discovered his truck was stolen […]

  • Kansas City used car lot under investigation after selling woman car seriously damaged by flooding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You would think that if you confronted a car dealer about a serious problem with a car he sold, he’d want to take care of it. But that’s not what happened when FOX 4 Problem Solvers paid a visit to a used car lot in Waldo that sold a flooded car to an unsuspecting mom. As soon as FOX 4 started asking Erfan Zareh (also known as Eddy) questions about that troubled used car he sold […]