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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
  • 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 […]

  • Liberty couple left with deck dilemma after contractor takes thousands, doesn’t finish job

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Anthony Pizzulo is spending his weekends building a deck on the back of his Liberty home. It’s not how he had hoped to spend his free time, but he said he has no choice. “It’s an eyesore,” said Pizzulo, referring to the partially built deck that a contractor he hired started and then abandoned. Pizzulo and his wife Staci hired Swingin V Fence in July to build the two-story deck. They paid company owner Vern Porter $4,000 […]

  • Bad gas, worse customer service earns metro business a spot in FOX 4 Problem Solvers ‘Hall of Shame’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As soon as Travis Klein’s engine started sputtering, just hours after filling the tank on his truck, he knew he’d most likely bought some bad gasoline. So Klein, a mechanic, took a sample. What he saw was a cloudy, murky substance. “It looks like muddy rain water almost,” Klein described. Klein called the business where he’d bought the gas — Royal Liquors on Southwest Blvd., in Kansas City. Klein also reported Royal Liquors to the Missouri […]

  • Small ding leaves customer who rented van in Lawrence with an expensive cautionary tale

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Nancy Schwarting, of Lawrence, took her annual trip to Iowa this summer and now she’s paying for it – big time. Schwarting is facing a more than $2,100 bill from Budget Rental Car that she doesn’t believe she should owe. “It was supposed to be a nine -passenger van,” said Schwarting. “They upgraded me to a 15-passenger van. So I had this huge van.” As usual, Schwarting declined the rental car company’s collision damage coverage because her […]

  • Bride wants to warn others of metro photographer who bailed at last minute, setting off frantic search

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The day that Taylor Lathrom considers the best day of her life, didn’t start that way. “My jaw hit the floor,” said Lathrom of Lee’s Summit, who was talking about the day she was married on August 12. Just two hours before her wedding, Lathrom said she got a text message from her photographer informing her that the photographer wouldn’t be able to make the wedding because her car had broken down on the side of […]

  • KU sorority that’s been a part of Greek community for nearly a century suddenly dissolves

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Students are still living in the Alpha Gamma Delta House at the University of Kansas, but as of this week they are no longer members of the sorority. Alpha Gamma Delta’s international headquarters released a statement saying the 96-year-old KU chapter has been dissolved, citing low membership. No member of the sorority would speak to FOX 4 News, but Malik Jackson, a fraternity member, said Alpha Gamma Delta has struggled to recruit new members in recent years. […]

  • Metro teen whose spine is curving abnormally turns to overseas treatment after insurance denies coverage

    LONE JACK, Mo. — Madison Bruce is an active 14-year-old. She’d like to stay that way. “It’s hard to run and sometimes I can’t sleep,” said Madison, who is in constant battle with her body. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Her spine is curving abnormally. You can clearly see it an X-ray of her spine and the curve can even be visible through clothing. Left untreated, her condition could eventually compress her lungs, making it difficult for […]

  • Massive water bill forces family out of Belton home they’ve lived in for years, and they’re not alone

    BELTON, Mo. — Sara Plunkett is packing up to move her and her family from the mobile home where they have spent the last five years. She’s not happy about it, but she has no choice. “We’re being evicted because our water bill is outrageously high,” Plunkett said. Typically her family of six pays between $150-$200 a month for water. But in June their water bill was $425. In July it was a shocking $598. “I’m sure we have water […]

  • Grandview homeowner who believes sewage spill is city’s fault takes fight to city hall

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — A Grandview home owner has been in a fight with city hall since April. That’s when raw sewage flooded into the basement of his home. Kent Cable said he knew the sewage had to be coming from the main sewer line because he hadn’t even turned on the water to the house, which he had purchased less than a week earlier. When he saw the sewage spilling out of his basement toilet, sink and shower drain, he […]

  • Liberty couple discovers they’re not alone in disappointment with concrete contractor

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Eric Flickinger tried to sit in a chair on the new concrete pad encircling what is supposed to become a fire pit, but he could barely sit up straight. The pad is built at such a slope, the chair wouldn’t hold steady. Plus the concrete was poured so thin, it doesn’t even reach the top of the form. “It’s very depressing looking at it,” said Flickinger’s wife Sabrena. That same concrete company also poured another portion of […]