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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
  • Piles and piles of trash continue to grow in historic Northeast KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tires and clothing, pillows and comforters, even a broken toilet comprise piles and piles of trash all dumped in an alleyway in the midst of a residential neighborhood in Kansas City’s historic Northeast. “It’s unsightly and scrappers go through it on a regular basis,” said neighbor Judy Woodworth. She and others have complained to the city for months, but the trash is still here, and with the warming weather, so are the flies and the smell. In […]

  • Woman lobbies Jackson County to include more wedding officiants on list of providers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you are looking for simple wedding in Jackson County, the county website lists the names of three men who you can hire to perform the ceremony. A metro woman is now fighting to be added to the list. She tells FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar it’s unfair for the county to advertise only three people when dozens more are in the same business. When you walk into Natalie Remington’s Clay County townhome you’ll find […]

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    Man living in constant pain gets relief from a reliable, comfortable leg brace

    OLATHE, Kan. — A Kansas man with polio who’s been living in constant pain received an amazing gift on Monday. His pain stemmed from a leg brace that was so old, it was held together with zip ties, tape and automotive parts. Once FOX 4 shared Reynaldo Diebolt’s story, there was an outpouring of support. Diebolt was ready to say goodbye to pain at the Hanger Clinic in Olathe. He was at the clinic to try on a leg brace […]

  • Left waiting months for wedding photos, photographer aims to reach solution for newlyweds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s was a beautiful wedding in a vineyard. But five months later, Staci and Tyler Stephenson were left waiting for many of their photos. “We have no photos of his two living grandparents or aunts, uncles and cousins,” Staci said. Plus, the couple is missing nearly every photo of the actual ceremony. The Stephensons were one of five couples to contact Problem Solvers with complaints about photographer Kendra Gough. Although in every case, Gough had provided hundreds […]

  • Frustrated newlyweds say months have passed without return of venue deposit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kenneth Personett can appreciate the beauty of an old home. He renovated the one he shares with his wife in Liberty. So when Personett got married last year, he searched for a historic setting. He found one in the Van Noy Mansion in Swope Park. If only he had known more about the man who runs the mansion, Michael Ledman. He didn’t and he’s paying the price. “I’m not saying don’t use this venue,” Personett said. “But if […]

  • Beware of phony tech support providers, even if they have prominent ads on Google

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You’re having problems with your Kindle, so you head to Google for help, typing in “Kindle,” “tech support” and “phone.” But instead of legitimate Kindle tech support sites, what you’ll find are scammers posing as legitimate. “These scammers have taken ads out on Google, so you think you are getting real advice,” said computer expert Burton Kelso of Integral Computer Consultants. To show just how bold these scammers are, Kelso agreed to call one while we were […]

  • FTC takes DirecTV to court for alleged deceptive advertising practices

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — DirecTV is the largest provider of satellite television services in the United States, but the feds say it’s duping customers into paying more than they bargained for with misleading advertising. According to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, DirecTV lures in customers by deceptively advertising a 12-month programming package, failing to disclose that a two-year contract is required. It’s in the second year that customers’ rates will increase by as much as $45 a month. Those […]

  • Taken to the verge of bankruptcy, many pitch in to solve KCK man’s home woes

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — First came the plumbers, then the stone masons, then the concrete company, all donating their services to help Josh Enyart. When we last met with Enyart, his house was a mess. The basement and front yard were torn up, the stone foundation was crumbling and Enyart’s bank account was drained. It was all because he put his trust in Rudy Ludemann of Shape Construction. Enyart said he shelled out more than $9,000 to Ludemann in both cash […]

  • Car dealership’s surprise move puts mom on road to success

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Shamonte Johnson had no idea when she arrived at Victory Chrysler Dodge in KCK that she was in for a surprise. But within minutes of arriving, she was letting out screams of happiness as owner Eric Gentry showed her the Hyundai he was giving the young mom and her three children. When FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met Shamonte a week earlier, she was in tears because she was stuck with a seriously troubled car that she paid Rick’s […]

  • Church members praying for a resolution to their roof problem

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pastor Otis Hooker and the members of God, Grace and Mercy Church on Brooklyn Avenue are full of faith. What they are missing is a roof on the church they had hoped to move into this spring. “See where that daylight is right there,” Hooker said pointing to a gap in what’s left of the ceiling. Church members had paid $2,000 last November to a roofing contractor who they said never showed up. There is even a […]

  • Woman feels she was misled to buy vehicle in poor condition

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shamonte Johnson has to pour two gallons of water into her car every time she drives it. She can’t drive far because as soon as she pours the water in, it rains back out. It’s bad news for any car owner but particularly for Shamonte who exhausted her savings when she bought the car just two weeks ago. “I really thought I was getting a good car for the price I was paying,” she said. She […]

  • “Obamacare surtax” documented in lease raises renter’s suspicions

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A Blue Springs man’s lease includes a monthly fee for something called an “Obamacare Surtax.” But when he couldn’t find any evidence that such a tax exists, he called Fox 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar for help. This story intrigued Problem Solvers because we’d never heard of such a tax, yet the owners of an apartment complex have been collecting it for more than a year and keep insisting to their tenants that it’s real. Russ […]