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Emmy Award Winning Linda Wagar brings 30 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 resides in Kansas City , Mo. , with her husband. Her son Clay works as an economist in Washington DC. In her free time, Linda enjoys cooking, traveling and learning to speak French badly.

Recent Articles
  • Employees claim bosses at metro shuttle company hid from feds in bathroom  

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — “They would lock themselves in the bathroom. They would lock themselves in the closet. And then they shredded every piece of paper in the place.” That’s what Tonya Smith and Amber Ramsey said they saw the owner and his brother do as a federal crackdown began on the shuttle and party bus company where they worked. It’s a company that FOX 4 Problem Solvers warned you about repeatedly after more than six customers told us they […]

  • Survey finds freedom from credit card fees is often achieved by simply asking

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A national survey found that when credit card holders asked for a lower interest rate or wanted late fees waived, they often got exactly what they wanted. According to www.creditcards.com, of the nearly 1,000 creditcard users surveyed (in both English and Spanish and on cell phones and landlines) those who asked for better terms on their credit cards said they were rarely disappointed. * 87 percent of those who asked had late fees waived * More […]

  • For those looking towards retirement, here’s how not to be Madoff(ed)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bernie Madoff. It’s the name that strikes terror in retirees. The name Madoff will forever be linked to his elaborate Ponzi scheme that resulted in thousands of people losing millions of dollars. It was a tragedy that provided important lessons for the rest of us on choosing a financial adviser worth your money and your trust. Andrew Stafford, chief operating officer of Lawing Financial, said it’s important for investors to trust their instincts. “If it’s something […]

  • Overland Park fire that spread through neighborhood provides stark warning for all homeowners

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park Attorney Brad Russell watched the fire unfold from his 12th floor office in Corporate Woods. Russell, who litigates insurance claims, said most fire victims have one common wish — that they had done more to protect their property. “I think one of the most important things homeowners need to realize is the importance of documenting your personal property,” said Russell of Sanders, Warren and Russell LLP. Documentation can be done on your cell phone […]

  • Police find multiple stolen vehicles at tow lot after owner refuses to cooperate

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s hard to see anything behind the fence of the Kansas City tow lot where a half dozen police officers have gathered. Police believe there are multiple stolen vehicles stored inside, but they say the tow lot’s owner isn’t cooperating. “He doesn’t want to show us any records,” said Corporal Nate Bradley with the Missouri Highway Patrol. “We’d like to see some records and just write the vin numbers down.” Bradley is referring to Jay Bloodworth […]

  • Problem Solvers report on a trio of resolutions

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When FOX 4 met Sam Perkins in January, his television reception was so bad that it was unwatchable. Unfortunately, even after a visit from FOX 4 Problem Solvers, he still has no reception. Perkins’ family is one of about 70 who say they’ve lost the ability to watch television because of the dozens of wind turbines installed near their homes by Amity, Mo., about an hour north of Kansas City. The turbines have created a sharp divide […]

  • Jury awards $500,000 to Lee’s Summit woman hounded by debt collector

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For months Lynn Dingwall never told anyone about the debt collector constantly calling her Lee’s Summit home and demanding $10,000 for an unpaid credit card bill. Dingwall knew she didn’t owe the money, but she couldn’t get the caller to leave her alone. “If I had felt that I owed it, I would have paid it off,” said Dingwall who, until then, had a nearly perfect credit history. When the debt collector wouldn’t give up, Dingwall […]

  • Kansas City housing program sued, leaving renters searching for a place to live

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Doris Shinn and her daughter Brooke are packing up their belongings, preparing to leave the house where they’ve lived for less than a year. The two-story Kansas City rental was supposed to provide them with a fresh start. Instead, they are in worse shape than before. They blame a transitional housing program that they accuse of letting down the very people it was supposed to be lifting up. “We are the ones who were lied to,” […]

  • Bus company comes to rescue for metro woman’s birthday after shuttle service suddenly shutters

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quinique Pike has 40 people coming to her birthday party on Saturday. She’d booked a party bus more than a month ago for the celebration. She never had a clue anything was wrong until she recently discovered the party bus company had already billed her credit card. When she called to ask why, she discovered the company was shut down. “I was highly upset because I was out $770 and I wasn’t going to have a […]

  • KCK shuttle service owner claims to be out of business, but is he telling the truth?

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The headquarters in Kansas City, Kan. appeared almost empty. The office door was locked and most of the cars and buses once parked there were gone. But customer Brian Hesse knows appearances can be deceiving and wants to know what’s really going on with this shuttle, party bus and limo service now under state and federal investigation. Hesse said he was overcharged more than $2,500 by the company last November. When he called last week to inquire about his […]

  • Missouri mom and daughter on business trip overseas get caught up in elaborate Nigerian scam

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It started as a mother and daughter business trip. It ended a week later behind bars in South Korea. Andrea Combs, of Carthage, Mo., still can’t believe her mother Osa Martin and sister Tiffany Sourjohn have been unable to come home since August. “She just turned 68 and hasn’t even had a speeding ticket in her entire life,” Combs said. But now her mother and sister have been convicted of fraud. Combs said it’s all a […]

  • Veterinarian hears owner’s plea for his very sick dog

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Meet 8-year-old Chili Rivera. She’s a miniature pinscher with a serious problem: a rapidly growing tumor. It’s so large that it nearly drags across the floor as she walks. FOX 4 Problem Solvers heard about Chili after her owner Ricardo Rivera showed up at a live report by FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn. He handed Quinn a note with a simple, but compelling message: My dog needs help. We invited both Rivera and Chili to FOX 4 […]