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Emmy Award Winning Linda Wagar brings 25 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 currently resides in Kansas City , Mo. , with her husband, her son and her dog Scooter. She enjoys traveling, entertaining at home and learning to speak French badly.

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    Two week refinish job for family heirloom turns into six month odyssey for Overland Park couple

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Barbara Stillman has been hearing empty promises for six months. She has a file full of emails regarding a china cabinet. It’s a family heirloom that she wanted refinished. The refinisher — David Roberts, owner of The Furniture Fixer — promised her he could do the job in two weeks. That was in April. When June rolled around and she still didn’t have her cabinet back, Stillman became worried. Not only did Roberts have a family […]

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    Once stuck in an unlivable situation, Kansas City mom given keys to an apartment her family can call home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lakendra Johnson was near tears. The mother of four was being shown a new apartment that her and her family can call home. “Oh I’m so excited,” she said with tears in her eyes as she picked up a pillow off what is to be her daughter’s bed. “It’s got Cinderella,” she said laughing. Her show on this day is a far cry from just a few weeks ago. That’s when FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met […]

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    Leawood businessman accused of using computer repair shop to steal customers’ identities

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The owner of a Leawood computer repair business has been accused of using his now closed business to defraud people out of thousands of dollars, according to court records. The Johnson County District Attorney’s office has charged Shane Blanchett with more than 20 felony counts of identity theft, computer crime, and theft. FOX 4 Problem Solvers first learned about Blanchett last year from multiple customers who had taken their computers to be repaired at his business, MetroMacs, but had […]

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    Kansas City moms living with kids in poor conditions feels preyed upon because they’re desperate

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — By any standard the house on Jackson Avenue in Kansas City is a mess. The roof is sagging, the paint is peeling, there are holes everywhere. Take a look inside and wires are hanging from the ceiling, almost every outlet is exposed and the refrigerator doesn’t close without the help of a bar placed between the door handles. Yet, the house rents for $1,400 a month. It’s run by a church as transitional housing for the homeless. Nine […]

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    Costumed characters make special appearance for kid’s birthday after party company’s no-show

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When it comes to party guests, you’d have a hard time topping the gang that showed up for 6-year-old Andrew Almada’s birthday bash. There was Darth Vadar, Kylo Ren, and even an Ewok , plus two Ghostbusters and Disney’s Princess Anastasia. They may never join forces on the big screen, but last Saturday they put their differences aside to fulfill a a little boy’s birthday wish. When they entered the party room at Cool Crest, Andrew’s eyes […]

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    After paying for climate-controlled storage unit for 2 years, couple finds belongings covered in mold

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — For the past few weeks, Cory and Megan Abbott have been going through most of their belongings and tossing most of them in the trash. It’s a heart-breaking experience for the young Bonner Springs couple, but they say they have no choice. Nearly everything they own is now covered in mold. The Abbotts blame the Kansas City, Kansas storage facility. They had almost an entire household of items stored at Delaware Storage in KCK for nearly two […]

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    Bride’s grandmother passes away still hoping to see wedding photos after Phillip Flores Photography fails to deliver

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Tamela Abenoja’s mother was determined to live long enough to see her granddaughter get married. She did, but there is only one photo from that day to prove it. There should be dozens more, but only about half the photos from her daughter’s wedding ever arrived. There are no photos of the bride’s father walking her down the aisle. There are no photos from before the wedding when the groomsmen were getting ready. Those are photos that would […]

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    When one tree trimmer proves rotten, another steps in to finish work promised to 80-year-old KC woman

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sound of a chain saw. That’s a beautiful noise to Stella Turner. “Oh I feel great, great, great,” said Turner. Which is far different than she was feeling last week when a different tree company took her money, but never did the work — leaving the 80-year-old Turner in a bind. When Glorioso Tree Service heard what happened it volunteered to do the work for free, trimming one large tree and removing a dead one. […]

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    Rocky start to marriage when newlyweds fall victim to fraudulent wedding photographer

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — His name may still be on the window of his Independence photography studio, but neighbors say they haven’t seen Phillip Flores in more than a month. A peek through the glass shows a stack of unopened mail. Slipped under the locked door is a note from a groom demanding to know where his wedding album is and why his phone calls aren’t being returned. That groom isn’t the only one upset with Phillip Flores Photography. “He needs […]

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    Forgotten sink hole leaves metro family waiting years for a fix

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lee Smithson Burd and her family have been dealing with a sink hole caused by a leaky sewer main in the backyard of their home near Ward Parkway for three years. The hole is so large and so deep that Burd no longer feels comfortable letting her children play in the backyard. “You could really get hurt if you fell in that hole,” she said. The Kansas City Water Department is the only agency that can […]

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    Widow living on her own upset with tree trimmers who took money, didn’t fulfill promises

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stella Turner can easily show you the two trees she paid to have cut down. That’s because they are both still standing. Two weeks ago, Turner handed over $400 for what was supposed to be a down payment on a $1,200 tree cutting job. But all she got for her money were a few limbs sliced off. Limbs that the tree cutters left lying where they fell in the backyard of her Kansas City home. “That’s all […]

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    Widow passes along to someone else in need the very gift given to her husband

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a loveable 94-year-old  curmudgeon named BoBo passed away last month, his widow had one wish.  She wanted to give the power chair a FOX 4 viewer had given to her husband to someone else also in need. That someone is 34-year-old Matthew Bushnell. He’s a father of three who has had great difficulty getting around ever since he was mowed down by an SUV while walking to work in May. Bushnell spent more than a month in the […]