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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
  • KC residents fed up with USPS moving at snail’s pace to reimburse them for damaged mailboxes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brian Amick was working from his home in south Kansas City when a neighbor called him and told him to look outside. That’s when Amick saw the damage. A brick and stone pillar holding six mail boxes had been reduced to rubble by a postal truck. “Obviously he hit it at a fair amount of speed,” Amick said, adding that he even spoke to the letter carrier who had been driving the truck and took a photo […]

  • Gun owners blame pawn shop for destroying firearms

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — All that’s left of First City Pawn in Leavenworth is a pile of rubble. William Gauger was driving to his cousin’s house when he saw the smoke. He had four guns and an EOTec system inside the store, all of which he’d pawned to help him get through a tough financial time while he was out of work after a hernia operation. “We was short on cash and we was behind on bills,” Gauger said. Brian Hensley also was […]

  • Drivers receive huge bills from tow company suggested by KC police

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was already a bad day for Tom McKown. “I got ready to hit my exit and I hit some black ice,” said McKown of Smithville, Mo. It sent him across three lanes of I-435 and into the path of an oncoming car. Then Mckown’s bad day got even worse. “I feel like it was the police department that put me in this position,” McKown said. At first he said the Kansas City police officer was helpful, asking McKown if he needed medical […]

  • Problem Solvers roundup: A warm surprise and a promise kept

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — A travel agent keeps his promise to an elderly widow, and a Kansas company delivers a warm surprise to a young Missouri family. Fox 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar has follow ups on two stories we told you about earlier this month. Company chops away at wood woes: It was the good guys to the rescue. They even arrived in a white truck. Alex Demoro, the owner of Superior Lawn and Tree Service in Basehor, Kan., drove […]

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    Woman didn’t deliver KC-area Valentine’s Day orders, now claims she fears for her life

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Christa McLaughlin ordered dozens of handmade treats for her daughter’s classroom for Valentine’s Day. “I was supposed to get everything Monday morning,” said McLaughlin who lives in Excelsior Springs. “It was supposed to be delivered to my home.” But nothing arrived and McLaughlin is out the nearly $500 she spent on the classroom gifts and gifts for her family. McLaughlin isn’t the only one complaining. There’s an entire Facebook page comprised of people who say they […]

  • Bonner Springs woman says travel agent cursed at her, hasn’t returned her money

    Update: Mrs. Torrence- Bey told us she received the check from her travel agent on Thursday. Problem Solved! BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — An 84-year-old widow, who’s a seasoned traveler has a warning about a travel agent she says she’ll never use again. Helen Torrence-Bey has a houseful of reminders of her well-traveled life, but the trips stopped for the retired Bonner Springs social worker four years ago when her husband passed away. Then, last year, a St. Louis friend invited her […]

  • Woman endures years of frustration waiting for contractor to fulfill promised work

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Debbie Wunsch thumbed through a large pile of photos on her kitchen table, all documenting the work of contractor Jeff Theno, who she hired nearly five years ago to install siding and windows. What Wunsch doesn’t have is a photo showing the job completed. That’s because Theno, who has been paid in full, never finished the $7,000 job on her tiny Kansas City home. “He told me he would have it done within months,” Wunsch said. […]

  • Woman frustrated by billing, late fees from defunct Northland gym

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All that’s left of what was once Active Family Fitness on Barry Road in Kansas City’s Northland is an empty room. The notice on the door says the Texas-based gym shut down in December over a “dispute with our landlord.” Although the gym is closed, Rebecca McGregor keeps getting billed. A month after the gym shut down, McGregor heard from ABC Financial, the company that handled its billing, telling her she’s late paying her monthly dues […]

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    Kansas City man learned car he bought was a stolen vehicle

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Next time you buy a car, you might want to check to see whether what you really have is a clone. Captain Nate Bradley with the Missouri Highway Patrol said cloned cars are all over the place and can be a nightmare for unsuspecting car buyers. Cloned cars are stolen cars whose vehicle identification numbers have been replaced with a stolen vin belonging to a car in another state. Bradley said a Kansas City man was […]

  • Woman warning others after she says she got burned by wood company

    LEXINGTON, Mo. — It’s a family job keeping up the wood pile at Rhonda Masoner’s home. She expects to burn through three cords this winter heating her 2,000 square foot home. But Masoner and her fiancé have already had an expensive lesson in what not to do when buying wood off Craigslist. “We called this guy and asked him if he could deliver two cords and he said he could do it that night,” Masoner said. A night time delivery. […]

  • Woman says car problems, lot that sold vehicle are driving her mad

    UPDATE: The owner of 3J Auto, Joe Brogoto, met with Fox 4 after the story aired  to further stress the multiple efforts he said he  has made to resolve this problem. He told us he remains willing to offer his repair services free of charge to Danielle Smith because he wants her to be a satisfied customer in a car she feels safe driving. ORIGINAL STORY: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A young mom says the day after driving her car off a lot, it started having major […]

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    Problem Solvers: Disabled 15-year-old gets independence thanks to bathroom remodel

    RAYTOWN, Mo. – A family in serious need of a bathroom remodel, is now the winner of a special contest which will enable their 15-year-old disabled son to be more independent. The old bathroom in the Wilson family’s Raytown home was a tight space for anyone. It definitely wasn’t designed for 15-year-old Brett Wilson who is in wheelchair because he has spinal muscular atrophy. The disease has robbed him of almost any movement in his arms and legs. Just to […]