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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
  • James Horn’s ex-wife describes bizarre and abusive past behavior

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As police continue to search for double homicide suspect James Horn, a woman told FOX 4 that she’s spent the last 26 years looking over her shoulder in fear of him. FOX 4’s Linda Wagar spoke to Horn’s ex-wife, Nancy, who has testified against him twice and knows firsthand how violent he can be. We’re not revealing any more about her to protect her. “I always told my friends that he would kill somebody some day,” […]

  • Problem Solvers hunt for elusive owner of asphalt company elderly woman accuses of scam

    BUCKNER, Mo. — Inside a locked and gated property near Buckner, Missouri, is a home that asphalt built. It belongs to Jerry Alan Sawyer. The registered owner of an asphalt company that has been accused by a Kansas prosecutor of making money by taking advantage of the elderly. As FOX 4 Problem Solvers discovered, Sawyer doesn’t like to answer his door or his phone. Sawyer makes his living selling asphalt door-to-door. Customers tell FOX 4 that his standard line is that […]

  • Hospital fee surprises mom after son’s visit to doctor’s office

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a scab on Laura Wheaton-Werle’s son’s wrist wouldn’t heal, she suggested he visit his doctor. The doctor said it was nothing serious, but removed the lesion in his exam room. Wheaton-Werle said she thought nothing more about it, until the bill arrived. “That was $202,” she said. “That’s what I would expect from a physician,” she said. What she didn’t expect was a second bill for $746 from Truman Medical Center, a hospital her son had […]

  • A promise kept, another broken and illegal dump site gets costly in Problem Solvers roundup

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s time to check back on problems FOX 4 Problem Solvers told you about earlier this month. Remember the story about the headstone that had been paid for but never delivered to a family gravesite at Ashland Perpetual Care Cemetery in St. Joseph? We’re sad to report it still hasn’t been placed on the grave of Janice Sollars’ parents. That’s despite assurances to FOX 4 from cemetery owner Cora Bullock Opuiyo that the headstone would arrive in a […]

  • Social security mistake leaves KC man fighting for his life in federal government’s eyes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — I’m not dead yet! It’s a line from a Monty Python sketch, but it became reality for a Kansas City man who has spent the last two months trying to convince the federal government he’s still alive. Rena and Donald Sikes have been fighting for their money since March. The problem started shortly after their adult son Jacob passed away from complications with Multiple Sclerosis. “Approximately two weeks after his death I got a letter saying […]

  • Problem Solver tips: How to prevent getting ripped off

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Home improvement projects can cost thousands of dollars. Before you shell out that kind of cash, Fox 4 Problem Solvers has some tips on how to check out a company all from the privacy of your home computer. First, go to your state’s Secretary of State website and make sure the business is listed, as required by law. This site will also tell you who the owner of the business is and how long it’s been operating. […]

  • Once popular pastime of extreme couponing has become increasingly rare

    OLATHE, Kan. — It’s just a typical day at the grocery store for Chelsea Ruiz, except this time she’s recording it on her phone. Her cell phone video shows her getting into an argument with the cashier who Ruiz has accused of preventing her from price matching the items she wants to buy with the same items from another store, so that she can pay the lowest amount. Ruiz said arguments like this are typical every time she shops at this particular […]

  • Man solves roofing problem where former employer failed to fulfill warranty

    RAYMORE, Mo. — When Jake Kraus decided to replace the roof on his Raymore home, he searched for a professional company with a good reputation. That’s what he thought he found when he hired Kansas City Premium Roofing. “I went on their website and checked them out,” said Kraus. Or so he thought. Just a year later, his new roof started leaking. Luckily, the Kansas City Premium Roofing had given him a five-year warranty. “I called them up,” Kraus said. […]

  • Family left waiting nearly a year for headstone upset with delays, excuses

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — A cemetery owner already accused of misconduct and incompetence by state officials is back in the spotlight after a family accused her of never even ordering the headstone they paid for 10 months ago. Although Janice Sollars buried her mother and father last July, she’s still waiting for the headstone. “It’s depressing and it’s upsetting,” said Sollars. She said every time she asks the cemetery owner about the headstone, she gets a different answer. So does […]

  • Multiple agencies investigate Belton used car lot after same car sold to 2 different women

    BELTON, Mo. — An used car lot in Belton has attracted the attention of police, the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Attorney General’s office. It’s all over the sale of a used Chevy Cobalt and two young women whom police say were both led to believe they were the legal owners of the same car. “I’m shocked. I’m bewildered. I’m let down,” said Lalani White whose granddaughter was one of two women who were sold the same 2006 Chevy Cobalt. […]

  • Woman’s patience worn thin waiting on new paint job for home

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Cheryl Englund can’t help but get upset every time she looks at her KCK home. “It’s hard enough trying to stay positive about things and let alone look at this every time you go outside,” said Englund, pointing to her house, which has been missing most of its paint since last fall when the contractor she paid to paint it, disappeared. A cancer survivor who struggles with depression, Englund has been trying since last September to get […]

  • Experts’ findings may have gluten-free dieters rethinking their meal-planning

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’ve all heard about it — the gluten-free diet — but now consumer experts are poking holes in the craze, saying that some gluten-free foods are actually unhealthy alternatives to the real deal. Consumer Reports looked at 81 gluten-free foods and its findings may have some people rethinking what they buy in an effort to stay gluten-free. Many were higher in fat, sugar and sodium. For example, Rudi’s Gluten Free multi-grain bread was twice the price […]