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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
  • Attorney for Park University professor facing deportation explains why he isn’t a U.S. citizen

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After hearing about the deportation of Park University professor Sayed Jamal, many in our area have asked the questions: “Why didn’t he just get legal? Why didn’t he just become a citizen?” On Thursday, during a news conference attended by Jamal’s wife, brother, three children and attorney Rheka Sharma-Crawford, Crawford answered those questions, saying that while some immigrants succeed, the immigration process isn’t as easy as people think. She called it “unforgiving” if you make a mistake […]

  • Fake homeowners association files real liens on Northland neighborhood after fake bills go unpaid

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For years, people living in a quiet neighborhood in the Northland ignored the invoices that arrived in their mail demanding payment to a homeowners association. “Just want to let you know it’s a scam,” Tony Navarro said he was told when he moved to the Summerfield subdivision. “This is not an HOA neighborhood at all. There are no monthly fees.” But then, just before Christmas, a $445 lien was filed against Navarro’s home and more than […]

  • Tiny Clay County town and 4-year-old ticket cause big problems for woman trying to renew driver’s license

    RANDOLPH, Mo. — Carolyn Kirkman loves country living, but its difficult to survive in a rural area if you can’t drive — as she recently discovered when she tried to renew her driver’s license. “When she went to run it through for me to renew it, she told me that it was revoked right now,” she said. Yes, the Missouri Department of Revenue told Kirkman her driver’s license couldn’t be renewed because of an outstanding ticket from four years ago. […]

  • Jail in crisis: Taxpayers will foot the bill to solve numerous problems at Jackson County jail

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Study after study by high-priced consultants tells an embattled county government how to solve the problems at the Jackson County Jail. But critics say Jackson County isn’t listening. Instead of taking the dramatic actions the experts recommended — including an increase in employee pay and building a new jail — County Executive Frank White has appointed a task force to study the problem for another six months. But Ruth Garrison doesn’t need a task force to […]

  • The big reveal: Bathroom remodel unveiled for Belton family with two sons in wheelchairs

    BELTON, Mo. — Sharing a bathroom isn’t easy for any family. When you have two children with Spina Bifida, it’s even more of a challenge. The Coots family’s main bathroom isn’t nearly wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or even crutches. Plus climbing into the bath tub can be dangerous when you’re unsteady on your feet. Jennifer Coots worries about the safety of both her kids — two-year-old Joseph and 17-year-old Jonathan. Those concerns are exactly why the family was this […]

  • Lee’s Summit used car dealership closes after dozens of customers are sold cars without titles

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A used car salesman that FOX4 Problem Solvers has been reporting on for nearly a decade is back in the news again after dozens of customers were sold cars without titles. Zach Jones, 20, is one of those customers. He bought a truck on Oct. 30 from Rocky Mehrraffie at Auto Enterprise in Lee’s Summit. Mehrraffie’s wife is listed as owner of the dealership. When Jones talked to FOX4 Problem Solver, more than 60 days had […]

  • Two men investigated by Problem Solvers in 2015 are finally facing charges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two men FOX4 Problem Solvers first warned you about are now facing criminal charges, including scamming an 84-year-old woman. The Jackson County Prosecutor has filed charges against Adam Cline of Alan’s Asphalt for defrauding an elderly woman out of $10,000. The incident happened about two years ago. That’s when Ruth Barclay said Cline and several other men came to the door of her home in rural Jackson County and told her they had an extra load […]

  • Metro taxi companies frustrated by ‘impostor’ businesses run by man with long history of suspicious acts

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Richard Cybulski’s 5 Guys Transportation has been shuttling people to Kansas City’s airport and around town for nearly a decade. But now Cybulski is worried his hard-earned reputation could be ruined by an impostor. To prove his point, Cybulski typed 5 Guys Transportation into Google. “I show up second,” he said. The first site is for Five Guys Shuttle – a company that has copied Cybulski’s website down to the tiniest detail, including using the same […]

  • Belton family with two sons in wheelchairs wins metro company’s bathroom remodel giveaway

    BELTON, Mo. — “Can you throw to Momma?” Two-year-old Joseph Coots tossed the basketball to his mom Jennifer, flashing a huge grin. Coots is starting to show as much passion for sports as his 17-year-old brother Jonathan, who is manager and videographer for Belton High School’s football team. The brothers also share another trait: They both have spina bifida. Their backs didn’t completely close when they were in the womb. It’s a progressive condition that’s left them unable to walk […]

  • Renters, neighbors frustrated with Lawrence landlord with history of code violations as major problems go unfixed

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — There’s a hole in the wall and mold on the ceiling. When it rains, the basement floods. “We literally had three feet of standing water,” Rhonda Quinteros said. She and her two sons have been living in their apartment since June. Before she moves out, she wants everyone to know just how bad it is. “We literally have a family of possum living in our attic that we have no access to,” she said. Even the outside […]

  • Transportation department abandons proposal to make airlines more transparent about extra fees

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It can be confusing hunting for a good deal online when buying an airline ticket. Sure, you can compare basic prices at sites like Expedia or Priceline, but you often won’t learn about those extra charges — like the ones for checking a bag or reserving an aisle seat. A proposed regulation at the Department of Transportation was supposed to make airlines more transparent in their pricing by requiring them to include baggage fees in the […]

  • Former Missouri, Kansas prison guard arrested in Nevada for sexually abusing young girl

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kyle Ziemann spent years working as a prison guard in Missouri and Kansas. Now he’s behind bars in Nevada. The 34-year-old was arrested last month and has been charged with sexually abusing a girl under the age of 14. According to the charging documents, the abuse happened multiple times. A relative of Ziemann’s, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Fox 4 News that she hopes news of Ziemann’s arrest will encourage other potential victims to come […]