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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
  • Two metro customers finally get help after Problem Solvers investigate unfinished work

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s finally some good news for two families who were both victims of companies that took their money but never finished the work. After their stories aired on FOX4 Problem Solvers, their lives took a turn for the better. John and Jennifer Powell from Bonner Springs contacted Problem Solvers in March after a concrete contractor named Gene Cole Swain dug up their backyard and disappeared, taking their $15,000 with him. See the original report here. Swain, […]

  • FTC warns KC metro of work-at-home company scamming people out of thousands

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Discover how a poisoned brain-damaged man rakes in a six-figure income.” That’s an advertisement for a company that drew in thousands of people on the promise of learning how to make money off the internet. Representatives from the Federal Trade Commission’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago were in Kansas City on Wednesday with a warning that the number of work-at-home scams is growing at an alarming rate. The victims range in age and race. However, many […]

  • Local nonprofit Vinelanders promises new homes, but fails to deliver

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Regina Valiente stared at the piles of trash on an empty lot near her home, just a block from Kansas City’s most prestigious public high school, Lincoln Prep Academy. Valiente said the lot is a magnet for illegal dumping and is destroying the value of her home. “Please clean up your property. Do something about this,” said Valiente, who acknowledged she has no idea who owns the property. She was surprised when we told her it’s […]

  • Debris from last weekend’s storms leaves metro homeowners concerned about flooding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a mess in Kim Jackson’s backyard. She and her son have spent the week cleaning up debris left by last Saturday’s storm that left her and her neighbors without power for three days. Although the power was back on by Monday, another concern remains: Some of the storm’s biggest debris is lying in a culvert that backs up to her home and several others. The culvert is blocked by a broken KCP&L power pole, power […]

  • Independence TV repairman pulls disappearing act after taking hundreds from customers

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — All Star TV Repair is housed in a modest shop on 23rd Street in Independence. The sign says it’s open for business, but customers say the door is always locked and the owner won’t come to the door even when he’s inside. “It’s criminal behavior,” customer Gentry Thomason said. “He’s just taking advantage of people.” Thomason paid James Reiken, the owner of All Star TV Repair, about $400 to fix his flat screen television. That was more […]

  • Metro contractor accused of taking thousands from families is running for public office

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After receiving complaints from two unhappy customers, the FOX4 Problem Solvers wanted answers from a metro contractor — but finding someone to talk wasn’t easy. FOX4 hoped to talk to Blake Segers or Nick Williamson, the owners of B&N Enterprises. Eric Bales and his wife hired B&N Enterprises to do work on their Northland home last year. “We wanted to add a pergola, add some steps off of our deck, just create a better entertainment space,” […]

  • Metro mom warns others after 2 kids suffer second-degree burns from Grandview playground

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — A Grandview four-year-old is one of two children being treated for second-degree burns after a visit to a playground over Memorial Day weekend. It’s a situation so alarming that the city has placed warning signs at the playground. “We went there to enjoy the water since it was so warm out,” said Dawna Wright, who took four children to Grandview’s John Anderson Splash Park on Memorial Day. Wright’s youngest, four-year-old Asia Smith, was more fascinated by the […]

  • Health insurance said his CPAP was covered, then left him with the bill

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “We’ve done everything that’s been asked of us,” said Marty Edwards, shaking his head as he explains the last eight months of frustration dealing with his health insurance company Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The problem is a billing dispute over a nearly $800 portable breathing machine (CPAP) that Edwards’ insurance company promised him was covered yet has failed to reimburse him. “That’s why we called you,” said Edwards who has been using a CPAP machine ever since […]

  • Metro tow company illegally running wrecks won’t give Independence man his car back

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — April 17 was a very bad day for David Ho. First his Lexus was rear-ended in Kansas City. Then a tow truck showed up. That’s when Ho’s very bad day suddenly got a whole lot worse. It’s illegal for a tow truck to stop at an accident in Kansas City without first being called by a customer. But some towers repeatedly ignore that law. 24/7 Tow and Recovery – the company that towed Ho’s car – has been […]

  • 2 patients’ cash goes missing after visit to metro doctor’s office on same day

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — When you go in for a medical exam, you can’t always keep your purse or wallet by your side. So what happens if your wallet vanishes? Is the doctor’s office to blame? That’s the fight two metro patients are now facing. When you’re at the doctor’s office, if someone tells you to do something like take off your shoes, you usually do it. After all, they have your best interest at heart, right? Not necessarily. “He said […]

  • Metro woman shocked after car repair shop ups bill by $1,000 with no warning

    STILLWELL, Kan. — Nobody likes to be surprised by a bill, but a Kansas woman sure was. Her auto shop promised a $3,000 repair but charged her for $4,000 instead and wouldn’t return the car without the cash. A 1991 Crown Vic with a troubled engine started the problem for Cheryl Wankum. “This is his baby,” Wankum said of her son Talar’s car. He’s currently station in North Carolina. “He left for deployment in June and he wanted this done […]

  • Harrisonville car lot owner sells vehicles but never hands over titles, customers say

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A metro family had planned to take a road trip to Tennessee this month, but that’s on indefinite hold — all because of a Harrisonville car lot owner who isn’t following the law. Tracy Vunovich and her husband purchased a 2012 Buick Enclave from Super Auto Sales in Harrisonville in January. Although it’s paid for in a full, the family can’t legally drive the car because they’ve never been given the title and can’t get it registered […]