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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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    Cyber security company gives failing grade to Jackson County online tax payment system

    A big, fat F. That’s the dismal grade the international cyber security company Qualys gave Jackson County’s online tax payment system. In fact, Qualys wrote that it thinks so little of the software in county’s payment system that even an “F” is generous. “We don’t have a worse grade, so F will have to do,” a Qualys reviewer wrote. That failing grade is good to remember next time you log on to pay your taxes in Jackson County. Although the […]

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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers report a pair of resolutions to recently reported troubles

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All Edward Kunzler wanted was to visit his son. That’s why he contacted FOX 4 Problem Solvers last month, asking for our help. Kunzler’s son has been in Leavenworth Prison since August, but Kunzler is rarely able to visit because he’s in a wheelchair and the lift is almost always broken. “Like I said, I don’t condone what he’s done, but I won’t turn my back on him because he’s still my flesh and blood, and […]

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    Parents of Leavenworth prisoners frustrated because they’re unable to visit their children

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Edward Kunzler thumbed through photo albums looking for pictures of his only son. Photos are often the only way he can see his son who has been behind bars at the federal prison in Leavenworth since August. Visiting him isn’t easy. “Since August I’ve been there 10 times and have been turned away eight out of 10 times,” Kunzler said. Kunzler is in a wheelchair. The chair lift that the prison uses to take disabled visitors up […]

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    In light of Problem Solvers’ investigations, Mo. auditor demands answers from city of Randolph

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s state auditor is demanding answers and accountability from the city of Randolph after FOX 4 Problem Solvers shined a spotlight on what has to be the strangest town in the state. “What we are really seeing is that citizens are shut out of government in the city of Randolph and that is completely unacceptable,” said Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway, who said she ordered her staff to meet with city officials from the tiny Clay County […]

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    Debit card company to blame after man is charged for Air Jordans he never bought

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — How can you prove to your debit card company that you didn’t buy something? That’s a problem a Kansas City man is facing. He was being charged for shoes he never bought. It was a $140 pair of Air Jordans that Malachi Simpson had long coveted. On a pay day in late October, he decided to buy them. But when he handed over his prepaid debit card to the cashier, it was declined. There wasn’t enough […]

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    In a surprise to victims and police, theft charges against KC tow operator dismissed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “I woke up and my car was just gone,” said Shaeneece Lindsey, referring to a day last February at her Kansas City apartment complex. She had one of many cars reported stolen that day. As police later discovered, they were all towed by Private Party Impound, a nearby tow lot owned by Allen Jay Bloodworth. In April, the Jackson County Prosecutor charged Bloodworth with three counts of felony auto theft. The criminal complaint stated that he […]

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    Metro concrete company with new name stuck in old business ways according to unhappy customers

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The addition to Linda Fonseca’s Overland Park home still looks like a construction site even though she hired a company to build it last April. “I trusted these people,” said Fonseca, referring to Concrete Works Midwest. She said she chose the Kansas company because of a family connection. At the time, her son-in-law worked there. Because of that family tie, Fonseca didn’t think twice about paying Rick Huddleston , the owner of Concrete Works Midwest, the […]

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    Problems in Clay County town persist, leaving ticketed drivers needing their licenses renewed no recourse

    RANDOLPH, Mo. — Getting answers from someone in Randolph isn’t easy. That’s even when the man you are trying to speak to is a city alderman. His wife told us he probably wouldn’t talk to us when we came to the door. She was right. Don’t even bother trying to get answers from City Hall. According to the sign out front, it’s never open. “It’s ridiculous,” said Missouri State Treasurer-elect Eric Schmitt. “This is the United States of America, not […]

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    Records show city was dishonest about knowledge of streetlight cover that fell, damaged woman’s car

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If your car gets damaged by a pot hole or a broken city water pipe floods your basement, Kansas City has a standard response: It’s not responsible because it had no way of knowing the accident would happen. It turns out the city doesn’t always tell the truth. Courtney Keeshan, 25, was stopped at a red light at 59th and Ward Parkway when she felt her car shake. “It was just a loud crash,” Courtney recalled. […]

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    Sadness turns to outrage when Leawood couple discovers what happened to their dog while they vacationed

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Her name was Lola. She was an English Bulldog with all the distinctive charm. “She snored really loud. She had really bad gas. She was drooly,” said Stacy Miles, laughing as her husband Jason added that Lola was definitely the biggest personality in their Leawood home. She was one of three dogs they left in the care of a dog sitter when they went on vacation last year. They never expected it would be the last time […]

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    Furniture ‘fix’ leaves owner with china cabinet that’s too ugly to use

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — “It’s sad. I mean they actually ruined a very good piece of furniture,” said Barbara Stillman. Stillman, of Johnson County, is talking about a mahogany china cabinet that FOX 4 Problem Solvers helped her get back from the company she paid to refinish it. Problem Solvers first shared Stillman’s story in October, after that two-week refinishing job turned into a seven-month saga. Stillman figured she’d never see her cabinet again. “I don’t want this guy ever doing this […]

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    Bad coaches and costly disappointments leave metro parents disillusioned with youth sports

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the dirty little secret of youth sports teams: Bad coaches and managers can thrive because those they hurt often won’t talk. Until now. “We may have never seen a penny, but this guy can’t do this to anyone else,” said Shane Heit. She’s talking about Brett Vilott, the former coach of her son’s Phenom Baseball team. Heit and more than a dozen other families say they paid Vilott about $2,000 each for their sons to […]