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
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    Woman’s prolonged wait for custom furniture leaves her feeling deceived by designer

    LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. — It was supposed to Mary Ellen Rich’s last big splurge on her Leavenworth County home. Now all she has is regrets. “I’ve been deceived. I’ve been trusting and I’m very disappointed in her,” said Mrs. Rich. Mrs. Rich, 79, is talking about the designer she hired to update the living room and dining room of the home she has shared with her 81-year-old husband for 40 years. When Mrs. Rich first met the designer last March, […]

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    Woman fears worn out roof may cost her KC home she loves

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Juanita Sidmon has spent nearly half of her life in a Kansas City home on 9th Street, not far from Prospect Avenue. Now 87, Mrs. Sidmon raised her daughter in the home, and more foster children than she can remember. Now she fears she could lose the home she loves. “It just drained the strength totally out of me because I don’t know how to solve the problem and how to fix it,” Mrs. Sidmon said referring to a […]

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    Dire situation continues to deteriorate for patients, staff at Osawatomie State Mental Hospital

    OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — “A crisis in staffing. A crisis in funding. A crisis in capacity,” that was the way a lobbyist for the Kansas Mental Health Coalition described the situation at Osawatomie State Mental Hospital. Amy Campbell was describing to members just how bad things are at Osawatomie. The hospital is losing more than $1.5 million a month since the federal government yanked all funding, citing deplorable conditions, according to a legislative leader. It’s a problem FOX 4 Problem Solvers […]

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    Family says renovated bathroom will become perfect space for young daughter’s needs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you want to have a conversation in the Vejrosta home in Kansas City’s Northland, be ready to compete with the constant noise of a bathroom under construction. Terri Vejrosta doesn’t mind at all. The construction is preparing her main bathroom into the perfect space for her 11-year-old daughter Abby. The Verjrosta family is this year’s winner of Schloegel Design-Remodel Big Splash Giveaway. Every year FOX 4’s Love Fund searches for a metro area family with a special needs child to receive a free […]

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    Mo. AG brings suit against Hope Academy, demanding return of millions in taxpayer money

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rabbi Paul Silbersher said he wanted to scream after reading the scathing findings of a Missouri audit of the Kansas City charter high school he helped found – Hope Academy. At the time he said the people responsible should be prosecuted for what the auditor uncovered, including lying about student attendance, failing to bid contracts and even charging students to graduate. Although no one has been criminally charged, the Missouri Attorney General has filed a lawsuit […]

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    Days of waiting turn into months for family waiting on fundraiser check

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rhett Hall loved the Kansas City Chiefs, even when they had a losing record. The Mound City, Mo., eight grader refuses to give up on anyone, including himself. He’s been battling brain cancer since 2013. Doctors originally predicted he would most likely not live past September. But in true Rhett fashion, he proved them wrong. He even accepted an invitation for October to be the mascot at Flag Football Tournament. The organizer, Best Youth Sports of […]

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    Group claims KCK’s fire department work policies waste taxpayer dollars to tune of $1 million

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Some concerned citizens want answers from leaders in Wyandotte County. They claim the Unified Government, specifically the fire department, is wasting taxpayer money to tune of nearly $1 million a year. The accusations came in a letter delivered to Kansas City Kan., Mayor Mark Holland from a group calling itself “the business community of Wyandotte County.” Mayor Holland received the letter and said it raised “issues that, if true, would be very alarming.” The letter writers […]

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    Shuttered boxing club leaves new members punchy after they paid for full year upfront

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The lights are out and the doors are locked at the Title Boxing Club in Liberty, and Tracy Swehla is furious. “They sold me something they knew didn’t exist,” said Swehla who joined Title Boxing Club just about two weeks ago. She said she signed up to lose weight, but all she lost is the $1,180 she paid for a family membership. She said she paid for the whole year in advance at the urging of club employees. […]

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    Production company hits sour note with music fans by canceling festival, not providing refunds

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — It was supposed to be a great weekend for a dozen friends at a music festival, but the event was cancelled and refunds never arrived. Amber Rollins was supposed to go with friends as part of a bachelorette weekend to the ‘Phases of the Moon’ music festival in Mulberry Mountain, Arkansas “We all bought tickets, parking passes, the whole trip was planned,” she explained. “It had to be hundreds of people who bought tickets. This was a […]

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    Trucks constantly scraping underside of railroad bridge concern KC neighbors

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bobby Schofield pointed to the sheet metal still stuck to the underside of the railroad bridge crossing 107th Street in Kansas City. He said it’s from a beer truck that hit the bridge a few days earlier. “It peeled the whole top of the refrigerator truck off,” Schofield said. “But the driver didn’t lose a single bottle of beer.” Schofield lives just yards from the bridge near the Ruskin Heights neighborhood. He said trucks slam into the […]

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    No stranger to trouble, photographer back behind bars after no-showing couple’s wedding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wedding photographer Mario Antoine has been on FOX 4 News so often he’s almost a regular. Convicted two years ago of defrauding brides and grooms out of wedding photos, limousine rides, DJs and other services, he’s now back in trouble again. According to the Missouri Attorney General’s office, Antoine violated the terms of five-year probation by defrauding another couple out of $250 in September. Joe and Jessica Hanika had booked a photo booth for their September wedding […]

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    Neighbor fears Audubon Society’s land auction will end with sanctuary transformed into hunting ground

    MIAMI COUNTY, Kan. — Take a walk through the 158 acres of the Victor Shelford Wildlife Sanctuary and get a feel for the world that Lena Feighner loved. “She was known as Aunt Lena to everyone in the neighborhood,” said neighbor Richard Watson, whose farmland surrounds what was once her property in the southwest corner of Miami County, about 80 miles from Kansas City. During the school year, Feighner taught science at what was then known as Central Junior High […]