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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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Authorities catch up to elusive thief from KCK once again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Dewey Lim has been in and out of prison since the 1990s, when he was first convicted of defrauding an Omaha jewelry store out of $109,000 in jewels, which were never recovered. Not long after getting out of prison for that crime, Lim was back in trouble again. He was convicted of defrauding people who thought he was helping them sell their businesses and paid him hefty fees. FOX 4 Problem Solvers first heard about […]

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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Man says tow company refuses to release his vehicles to him

    CENTERVIEW, Mo. — Ronald Semler doesn’t have a lot to keep him busy these days. His car lot in Centerview, Missouri is empty. “I’m ruined,” said Semler. He puts the blame on a tow company which towed 11 cars Semler was storing in the back of another company’s car lot on 40 Highway. The owner of that lot wanted to use the space for something else. Semler thought he had time to comply, but was in the hospital when the […]

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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Kansas City neighborhood left with storm damage and debris from months ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You may not remember the storm that hit the Kansas City Metro June 26, but those living on Crescent Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri can’t forget it. Ever since that stormy night Clara Goucher said she and her neighbors have been fighting with the city to pick up the limbs that are now piled up three-feet high outside many of the homes on her street. “We’re very frustrated,” Goucher said. Neighbor Richard Lewis said he and […]

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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Woman searches for missing wedding dress

    GARDNER, Kan. — A young mom recalls the day she got married five years ago to FOX 4 Problem Solvers. “It was a beautiful wedding with the perfect dress,” said Susanna Satterlee. Satterlee had such fond memories of her own wedding that when a coworker, who was struggling financially, told her she was getting married but couldn’t afford a dress Satterlee immediately offered to loan her’s. “They didn’t have a lot of money and they were getting married in their backyard,” […]

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    KC mechanic sued more than 50 times fails to show up in court to face felony stealing charges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wes Emert has been successfully peddling bad engines and transmissions in Kansas City for decades and he has the lawsuits to prove it. He’s been successfully sued more than 50 times and at 76-years-old was still going strong until Missouri’s Attorney General took action. Attorney General Chris Koster has charged Emert with four felony counts of stealing and deceptive business practices. The suit names seven customers, all of whom once trusted Emert with their vehicles only […]

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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Overland Park police and Guier Fence team up to help 79-year-old metro man

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    KC woman forced to move out of home after landlord discovers he doesn’t own building

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tina Miller has lived in a home near 37th and Prospect since March. She’s painted, patched the roof and added two new windows. Now she wonders why she bothered. “I thought I was going to make my dream come true and now I can’t,” Miller said. That’s because the house that she thought the owner was going to sell to her, is actually owned by someone else: a church. That church wants her out. What does […]

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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Lawn company pays damages when weed-eater shoots rocks, breaks woman’s car window

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  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Overland Park man wants to warn others about home warranty company

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  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers follow-up: MetroMacs repair shop fails to deliver on promise

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    Tree removal company rescues man left stranded

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — There are few of us that would find the sound of a chain saw soothing, but we’re not Tyson Jensen. Jensen listened and smiled as the chain saw roared in the front yard of his Grandview home. “This is such a relief,” Jensen said as he watched Farage Tree and Stump removal get rid of the mess. Jensen’s saga started a few weeks earlier after he hired a different  company to take down a large dying tree […]

  • Customers frustrated with computer repair shop that’s always closed

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The sign on the front of the computer repair shop in Leawood, says it’s open, but the door is locked and there isn’t a soul inside. “It’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen,” said Jalonna Bowie, a customer who has been trying for more than a week to get her daughter’s iPod back. “We’ve called,” Bowie said. “We’ve left numerous emails. I’ve posted on the company’s Facebook page.” But MetroMacs owner Shane Blanchett hasn’t responded to a […]