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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
  • Elderly couple gets help with dangerous building violation and other Problem Solver updates

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — JE Dunn Construction Company brought out the heavy equipment to demolish the dangerous garage that had landed an elderly couple in hot water with Kansas City’s codes department. “I went to court with them and I pleaded guilty because I didn’t have the garage torn down by the date that they gave me,” said 90-year-old Robert Washington, a WWII veteran who shares the home with his 78-year-old wife Mary. A judge gave the Washingtons a new […]

  • Kansas doctor who co-authored Atkins Diabetes book going to prison for tax evasion

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Dr. Mary Vernon of Lawrence, Kan., coauthor of The Atkins Diabetes Revolution, is headed to prison after a judge sentenced her to three and a half years behind bars for not paying taxes on nearly $800,000 in income. Vernon, 62, also was the medical director for a number of Kansas nursing homes. Although Vernon may have been good at professing the benefits of following a low-carb diet, prosecutors said she was lousy at following federal law. She was […]

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    Failed bank transfer proves to be costly fiasco for Air Force veteran

    It’s not rocket science to transfer your automatic deposits to a new bank account, but as FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar explains, a retired Air Force Tech Sargeant has been waiting 10 months for his paycheck ever since he switched banks. Jim Courtney spent 20 years in the Air Force working on B-2 Bombers. “It was a great career,” Courtney said. “I miss it.” It was also a job that provided a steady income even in retirement, at least […]

  • Vacationers shocked by toll charges from Colorado months after trip

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family vacation to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park seemed perfect, until a few months after the return home when a letter from an attorney arrived in the mail. It was a collection letter for $45 for two unpaid tolls on E-470 Highway, a road that circles most of Denver. The letter stated that because the two $10.20 tolls had gone unpaid for months, there were now late fees and a $20 legal fee. Lisa Ainsworth […]

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    Help comes to KC elderly couple on limited income, facing fines for unsafe garage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 90-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife are headed to court this month to explain to a judge why they haven’t removed the dilapidated garage behind their Kansas City home. Mary Washington and her husband Robert are in trouble with the city for not repairing or demolishing the garage, but the Washingtons say they haven’t got the money. “The are going to fine us $200,” said Mrs. Washington, shaking her head. She has lived in the […]

  • Following 2013 storm, neighbors still waiting for homeowner to make repairs

    MISSION, Kan. — For nearly two years many living in a Mission neighborhood near 53rd Street have had the same question: When will that house be fixed? The house is a neighborhood eyesore ever since a tree crashed through its roof during a storm in January 2013. The tarp that once covered the gaping hole in the roof has disintegrated and it every time it rains, it just pours inside the now vacant house. FOX 4 Problem Solvers learned about the […]

  • Johnson Co. woman warns of “free” skincare product trial that cost her $800+

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — We’ve all seen the commercials: The beauty product that comes with a 14-day free trial. The ad tells us there’s no risk. A Johnson County mom begs to differ. She’s out nearly a thousand dollars after signing up for that supposedly free trial. Cindy Littrell still looks forward to Christmas, even though this year her family’s budget is unexpectedly tight. It started with an ad she saw on TV. “I thought that looks interesting,” Littrell said. […]

  • Real estate website proves too good to be true for relocating family

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a few weeks Markie McClendon and her family are saying good-bye to Kansas City. They’ve sold their home and started the search for a new one in their soon-to-be-new hometown of Denton, Texas. It was that house search that led McClendon to a website she now wishes she’d never seen. The website is www.americanstandardonline.com. McClendon said a company employee told her that for $199 she could have an exclusive list of soon-to-to-be foreclosed homes that could […]

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    Problem Solvers Hall of Shame

    Problem Solver Hall of Shame (Business and individuals who have refused to fix problems) Real estate website American Standard Online (see story) Consignment shop operator Brenda Cole/Curvy Divas (see story) Contractor, Roofer Alan McCluey Michael “James” Hughes of Hughes Rightway Heating and Cooling (see story) Alpha Locksmith and Manager Eyal Lugassi James Okelly and Blue Springs Party Place Mike Powell Blue Springs Furniture Gallery DJ James Ference Wes Emert Automotive parts dealer Tony Moses Handyman, contractor Square Deal Auto, Kansas […]

  • Loved one’s final wishes in limbo as family waits for final paperwork

    GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — A Missouri family has been waiting nearly a year to place a headstone on a family member’s grave. Ernest Hopkins lived a a full life. As a young man, he parachuted into Korea for the 101st Airborne and a wowed audiences across the United States as a basketball player for an all-black team called the Harlem Road Kings, recalled niece Kelly Pruitt. Pruitt got to know her uncle after he settled down in Kansas City where […]

  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers track down missing wedding photographer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 Problem Solvers got an exclusive interview with a wedding photographer who disappeared from Missouri two months ago, taking the photos of many brides with her. At first photographer Samantha Woosley Crowell didn’t want to talk, speeding away in her mini-van when a television crew approached her at the home she had moved to in Mississippi, since mysteriously disappearing from Missouri. But after a few minutes of waiting, Woosley Crowell pulled back into her driveway […]

  • Racers upset with 5K that ended up a runaround for a refund

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 5K race scheduled to be held last August was supposed to raise money for charity and provide a good time. So why are so many of the runners upset, and now warning others about an event company they no longer trust? If you are a runner, you know there are a lot of races out there that you can pay to enter. Many are run by private companies, and this race was no exception. The […]