Linda Wagar

Problem Solver

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

  • Kid stuck at home without homework, worries he may have to repeat grade

    Posted on: 11:34 am, April 17, 2014, by

    If you ever wonder why some Kansas City school kids fail, the case of Aaron Porter might help you understand....
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  • Patient says clinic billing mgr. refused her calls, but bill inexplicably reduced by $1,400

    Posted on: 2:17 pm, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 02:18pm, April 11, 2014

    PAOLA, Kan. — Magnesium tablets turned out to be the magic fix for the chronic migraines that have been a...
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  • Residents fear 20-mile round trips to post office may be permanent

    Posted on: 11:07 pm, April 2, 2014, by

    EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. – It’s not that the mail doesn’t come to Edwardsville, it just doesn’t come to the Edwardsville Mobile Home...
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  • Missourians: Are you sure that car you’re buying doesn’t have a recall?

    Posted on: 12:49 pm, March 31, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When we buy a used car most of us pay attention to the mileage, the number...
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  • Problem Solvers: If you win a court judgment, here are tips for how to collect

    Posted on: 11:52 pm, March 26, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You may win in court, but can you collect? According to one legal expert, nearly 80...
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  • How you can avoid a car insurance disaster if your claim meets resistance

    Posted on: 11:15 pm, March 24, 2014, by , updated on: 08:50am, March 25, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you get rear-ended in a car accident, and the driver at fault even admits to...
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  • Problem Solvers take on GM after woman struggles to get loaner car due to recall

    Posted on: 10:01 pm, March 18, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A young mom says she’s afraid for her husband to drive his General Motors car ever...
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  • FOX 4 cleans up problem with Hurricane 360 Spin Mop

    Posted on: 6:00 pm, March 17, 2014, by , updated on: 10:22pm, March 17, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cleaning the floor is a never ending task for Jenny Bancks who shares her Liberty, Mo.,...
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  • Student discovers $41,000 someone else’s money in bank account, wants to give it back

    Posted on: 8:32 pm, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 11:23pm, March 12, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a UMKC student discovered her new job was part of an elaborate internet scam, which...
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  • Fruitless marketing makes business manager see red over Yellow Pages contract

    Posted on: 11:00 pm, March 6, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Like every business, Dr. Gregory Stiver’s South Kansas City dental office tries to keep expenses under...
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  • U.S. Postal Service sets up website to help victims of scams

    Posted on: 5:23 pm, March 6, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Have you ever won an international lottery or sweepstakes that you didn’t even realize you’d entered?...
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  • Busted furniture serves a reminder to carefully inspect return policies

    Posted on: 11:39 pm, March 5, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When you shell out money for a piece of furniture, obviously you expect to be able...
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