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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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    Problem Solvers Hall of Honor

    Companies who have stepped in to solve problems caused by other businesses: SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED United Access (Handicap-accessible vehicles) Xmed Repair Services MASONRY Landscope Masonry Bryan McBride LANDSCAPING Beaver Creative Environments, Kansas City, Kansas TREE SERVICES Olathe Tree Service Farage Tree and Stump Removal of Liberty Tidd Tree Service Olathe ENERGY SERVICES Energy Doctor — 913.652.9046 APPLIANCES Dolsberry Appliance and Mattress in Leavenworth Heartland Electric in Belton HEATING AND COOLING AAA Air & Heating of Raymore AB May MANUFACTURED […]

  • Many come together to solve woman’s electric wheelchair problem

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Marisa Rouser had been wondering what to do with her late mother’s electric-powered wheelchair when she suddenly found the answer on FOX 4 Problem Solvers. It was a story about Leigh Aviel. She’s an elderly woman struggling to hold on to her freedom despite the constraints of a wheelchair that was rapidly falling apart. Ms. Rouser remembered watching the television segment and knew she had the answer to the woman’s problem sitting in her garage. “Wow! This came right […]

  • Contract conundrum ensues after woman’s mom passes away, but T-Mobile kept making her pay

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patricia Elliot’s mom was 92 when she passed away. Among the many tasks that followed her mother’s death was cancelling the cell phone she had bought for her just a year earlier. Mrs. Elliott said she just assumed she’d have no problem when she called T-Mobile to tell them of her mother’s death, and ask to have her mother’s phone removed from the account. But that’s not what happened. “They told me, no, they were sorry […]

  • With store now defunct, woman having problems getting motorized scooter repaired

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Leah Aviel may be in a wheelchair, but she doesn’t let it slow her down. “I go to school,” said Ms. Aviel. “I go to the doctor. I go to temple. I visit friends. My life is not just in this room.” But the two-year-old power wheelchair she relies on to keep her that active is falling apart. “If it were a car it would be a lemon,” she said with disgust. To get it going, […]

  • Family steered in dangerous direction due to GM defect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Audrey and Jeremy Crook would never consider putting their children in a car that isn’t safe, but that’s what they say General Motors expects them to do. The couple’s 2006 Pontiac has been recalled twice. The most serious problem is a sudden loss of power steering, a problem they have experienced first-hand. Twice. Jeremy Crook was driving down a county road near Leavenworth when he said the car lost power steering and jerked into oncoming traffic. He […]

  • Bride asks for help with wedding videographer saga

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A wedding is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life. Allie Doss wanted hers to be captured on video. That’s why she hired Creative Impressions Productions in Kansas City, Kan. Doss signed a contract in October and handed over a $225 deposit. Days later she decided to go ahead and pay the entire $899 bill in advance. “I had the extra money, so I wanted everything paid in full,” Doss said. […]

  • Contractor pours excuses instead of concrete, leaving customers stuck with loss

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Take a walk into Kyle Wingate’s Overland Park backyard and you can still see the mess that contractor Bill Lahn left behind. Piles of debris and dirt from where Wingate’s old deck and patio were torn out. It’s all Wingate has to show for the $2,300 he paid Lahn as a deposit to build him a new patio. “He seemed legit,” Wingate said. ” He just seemed like a good old boy contractor.” Although Lahn was quick […]

  • Mom deals with monster problem trying to get tablet repaired

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every day 13-year-old Cameron Nedrow checks the email on her mom’s computer. “It’s been two months and I’ve actually been counting the days,” Cameron said. Counting the days until she gets her own tablet computer back from the manufacturer, who is supposed to be repairing it. It’s a story in frustration that starts in early June. That’s when the charging port broke on her three-month-old Monster tablet. It would no longer accept a charge. Cameron’s mom, […]

  • Company closes window problem for woman who lost money to contractor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An update on an elderly widow who paid a contractor to install windows nearly a year ago and  has yet to receive a single one. After FOX 4 Problem Solvers aired the story we heard from a window company wanting to solve the problem. For as many bad companies as we are forced to chase down at Problem Solvers, we deal with far more good companies. Companies that are willing to come to the rescue, and […]

  • Used auto parts salesman with dubious history strikes again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A used auto parts salesman who has been sued 50 times and accused of deceiving customers by Missouri’s Attorney General is back in business. FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar met the latest unhappy customer and has all the details on a salesman who keeps moving his location, but doesn’t seem to have cleaned up his act. Josh Merriman was trying to buy a reliable used engine for his Jeep Cherokee. He thought he’d found one on […]

  • Retired farmer raises concern about smelly fertilizer sprayed near home

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — A retired farmer called FOX 4 Problem Solvers upset that the fertilizer being sprayed near his home is actually treated human sewage. “It looks like a field of wet muck,” said Bob Myers who lives in Clay County near Liberty. Myers said the smell on a hot day is overpowering. “It puts tears in your eyes,” he said. Mr. Myers has complained to the state and the county concerned that the sewage-based fertilizer will contaminate the […]

  • Rats run amok in Kansas City neighborhood, threaten daycare

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City daycare may be in a poor part of town, but the building is freshly painted, the yard is always mowed and the property is free of trash. So why are there rats? One only needs to look at what’s next door. People routinely dump piles of garbage at the end of 68th street, near Prospect. It’s an unsightly mess and nobody knows that better than Yvetta Witherspoon who manages Educare Child Development Center. […]