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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
  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]