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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.

Recent Articles
  • Woman struggles with bank to clean credit from ex-husband’s loan

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After 26 years of marriage, Shelia Edwards is divorced and ready to move on with her life. Standing in her way is a $10,000 loan on a Bank of America credit card, which she said she never agreed to and was taken out by her non ex-husband. “I will be under this forever,” said Edwards. “He was just trying to get a loan for himself.” Although the divorce decree makes him solely responsible for paying it […]

  • Homeowners faced peculiar problem trying to build above-ground pool

    PECULIAR, Mo. — A Missouri woman is in a dispute with city hall because it won’t give her a permit for a swimming pool. The city says the pool would violate the rules of her homeowners association. The problem is: There is no homeowners association. The developer went bankrupt before the homeowners association could be formed. But the city still wants to hold her to the rules the HOA would have enforced if it had actually ever been created. Amanda […]

  • Family says unruly employee has soured experience with rental car company

    MERRIAM, Kan. — A family who had used a rental car company for more than 20 years say they never had a problem until this month. That’s when, they say, they became the victims of an out-of-control employee. The dispute started at an Avis Rental Car office in Merriam, Kan. Margaret Tao and her husband Tony were there to return a car they rented a few days earlier. All seemed well, until Mr. Tao started to leave in his own […]

  • 911 outage leads to confusing and tragic delay for Kansas woman

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — We are told over and over again: If you need emergency help, dial 911 That’s why a Kansas woman wants answers as to why it took an ambulance nearly 15 minutes to reach her dying mother. That happened even though the station was just a few blocks away. FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar did some digging and has a surprising and disturbing answer that could affect any of us relying on 911 for help. “I […]

  • Woman locked in fight with gas station’s insurance company over “act of nature”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “I said, ‘that’s a gas pump on my car,'” Monika Hauschild explained as she detailed what happened after pulling into a Tonganoxie gas station to escape a storm. A gas pump landed on the back of her car, knocked out the back window and dented the side, causing $2,300 in damage. Hauschild was just glad her dog Fritzy wasn’t inside. “He usually rides in the back window,” Hauschild said. The flying gas pump was one of several replacement […]

  • Door-to-door meat company caught red-handed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Caught in the act. That’s what happened to a door-to-door meat company working illegally in Kansas City. Problem Solvers has been warning you about this for more than a year. Despite numerous attempts, Kansas City’s Health Department could never catch this company breaking the law, until they got a tip from a FOX 4 viewer. FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar was there and has the details in the video above.

  • Problem Solvers adds a member to Hall of Shame

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — She goes by Stephanie McBath, Stephanie Blaco, Stephanie Robertson and Stephanie Clark. She’s wanted for everything from writing bad checks to forgery to theft. After hiding from police for months, she’s now back behind bars. Police in Concordia, Mo. arrested her last Saturday at an apartment complex where she was living and working as a manager. Police say they got the tip from two anonymous sources who had seen McBath’s mug shot on a FOX 4 Problem […]

  • City turns $475 tax bill into $850+ after electronic snafu

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No one likes paying taxes, but how would you feel if you paid your city taxes on time, but then, nearly five years later, learned the city never received payment and now also wants penalties and interest? That’s what’s happening to a Kansas City family who’s been fighting City Hall for months, saying they are victims of the city’s own malfunctioning electronic payment system and are stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire trying to get it resolved. […]

  • KC family furious, confused after city comes calling for back taxes from 5 years ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — No one likes paying taxes. But how would you feel if you paid your city taxes on time, but then nearly five years later, learned the city never received payment and now also wants penalties and interest? That’s what’s happening to a Kansas City family who’s been fighting City Hall for months, saying they are victims of the city’s own malfunctioning electronic payment system, and are stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire trying to get it resolved. […]

  • Expert reveals danger in shopping for child safety devices at thrift stores

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thrift stores are popular places to get great deals. But if you are shopping for children, proceed with caution. Every year the Consumer Product Safety Commission takes dozens of products for children off the market, and strengthens the standards on others. But what happens to all those old products that are now considered unsafe? Many end up in thrift stores. FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar goes shopping with a safety expert in the video below […]

  • Problem Solvers update investigations in June roundup

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A wedding photographer who got five-years’ probation after being convicted of defrauding his clients could now be headed to jail. And an attorney who pulled a disappearing act on multiple clients has been disbarred. FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar reports on those stories and others in the video above.

  • Problem Solvers: Cell phone number leads to utility billing confusion, frustration

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It started with an automated message on Carol Johnson’s phone saying she owed $600 to Kansas City Power & Light company. “So I ignored that,”said the 65-year-old Johnson, who lives in Kansas and pays BPU for her electricity, not KCP&L. But KCP&L was persistent. The next month she received a text telling her she now owed $700. “The next month they texted me again,” Johnson said. In fact each month there was a new text, with […]