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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
  • Problem Solvers: Local company offers to paint woman’s home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A woman contacted FOX 4 Problem Solvers after a painter she hired and gave money to, failed to complete the job she needed done. Desi Goans called FOX 4 Problem Solvers for help after the painter she gave a $750 deposit failed to do the job he promised. In fact, most of the time, she said he even failed to show up. The painter at first agreed to refund her money, but that never happened. Goans, […]

  • How well are you and your home protected in the event of a storm?

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo . — Mary Esther May knew something bad had happened, “I heard a big old sound cracking and everything,” she said of Friday’s early morning storm that tore through most of the metro, leaving thousands without power. The storm sheared off a huge section of the tree in the front yard of the home May shares with her husband Larry. The downed section of tree blocked their entry way to their home before resting on the roof. The first […]

  • Fresh new paint job done right brings a smile to previously troubled homeowner’s face

    OTTAWA, Kan. — Schuyler Whalen couldn’t help but smile as she watched a crew from Elite Midwest Painting transform the once troubled paint job in her Ottawa, Kansas, home. When FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met Whalen about a month earlier, she had just fired a painter from a different company after he failed to show multiple times and, when he did show up, did such poor work that Whalen and her husband realized it would all have to be redone. Whalen […]

  • Woman afraid to drive her own car wants problem solved

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stephanie Jacobus calls it the death grip. She uses it every time she takes the wheel of her brand new Jeep Patriot. Jacobus, a working mom in Independence, Missouri, said if she doesn’t hang on tight to the steering wheel, the car will jerk violently when driving at highway speeds. “I almost went into a concrete barrier,” Jacobus said. “It scared me to death.” That’s why Jacobus took her Jeep, purchased just a week earlier, back to […]

  • Former postal supervisor investigated for mail theft strikes deal, may not serve jail time

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former post office supervisor facing felony charges for stealing the mail could serve no jail time. According to court records, Marcy Galapo has struck a deal with the US Attorney’s Office. In exchange for a guilty plea by Galapo on one felony count of mail theft, the prosecutor will recommend to the judge that she receive probation. The plea agreement comes more than a year after Galapo was first questioned by police and federal agents after […]

  • Problem Solvers: Woman loses hundreds of dollars to defunct furniture store

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One woman is left without the furniture she paid hundreds of dollars for from a business that abruptly closed up shop. Excuses are all Kearra Watson says she has heard since paying $790 for a new bedroom set last March. She ordered the furniture from Midwest Discount Mattress on Blue Ridge Boulevard in Kansas City. The furniture was supposed to be delivered to her home on March 27, but when it didn’t arrive, she called the store. The […]

  • Big-hearted crew solves woman’s contractor woes, fixing home eye-sores

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It was off with the old and on with the new at Cheryl Englund’s KCK home. For several days in May, a big-hearted crew from Pro Builders of KC transformed her home from an eye sore to an eye catcher. “They are fixing the termite damage that’s underneath, taking out a couple of windows that I wanted taken out,” said Englund. “It’s just everything I wanted and more.” Pro Builders of KC volunteered for the job after […]

  • Man finally reunited with lawn mower after fighting repair company for weeks

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The lawn at Ron Voll’s house has never been higher. Voll said his lawn mower has been missing since May 6 and the constant rain isn’t helping. “Somebody has to know where this lawn mower is,” Voll said. Voll said the last time he saw his lawn mower he had taken it to Sears to have warranty work done. Sears told him it no longer repaired lawn mowers and sent him to a small lawn mower […]

  • Woman frustrated TV company wanted to charge her to move service to new home

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — Randi Silvers loves her new home, but she’s not feeling so great about her television service. “I wanted to move my service with me,” said Silvers who moved to a new home a few blocks from her old one in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Silvers is a customer of DIRECTV and thought moving her service with her would be easy as she pointed out DIRECTV runs commercials that tout their moving service. Silvers said she was shocked when DIRECTV […]

  • When business doesn’t deliver parents’ headstone, another marker company helps family

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — To some he may have just looked like a guy with a measuring tape in the middle of a cemetery who was taking an unusual interest in one grave. But to Janice Sollars and her family Steve Palmer is a hero. Palmer and his wife Darlene came to a rain-soaked Ashland Cemetery near downtown St. Joseph, Missouri to help the Sollars after watching their story on FOX 4 Problem Solvers. Janice Sollars has been waiting for more […]

  • Two well-known companies popped with multi-million dollar settlements for deceptive online advertising, billing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are few things more irritating than a pop-up box, when you are online. A multi-state investigation shows that irritation was actually costing people money. By clicking a box, people complained they were billed for a service they had no idea they’d even ordered. Attorneys General in 22 states, including Kansas, allege that two well-known companies, Classmates and the flower delivery service FTD, were taking advantage of customers through deceptive advertising and billing. A spokesman for Kansas […]

  • Once controversial figure now upsetting others in his new line of work

    OTTAWA, Kan. — Painting her home is just one of the jobs Schuyler Whalen hoped to have completed before her baby arrives this summer. But four months and more than $600 later, she said her home needs more work than before. She puts the blame on painter Matt Creed, the owner of Incredible Home Solutions. FOX 4 first met Creed a couple of years ago when he owned a now defunct blog called Blabbermouth. Creed used the blog to post mugshots, but […]