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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    Woman’s stolen car nightmare goes from bad to worse before problem is solved

    TOPEKA, Kan. — When a woman’s only car was stolen more than a year ago she thought that was the worst day of her life, but the worst day turned out to be more than a year later. That day she received a notice in the mail from a tow lot. The lot had her car and now wanted more than $12,000 in storage fees before they’d give it back. Melissa Reveles spends a lot of time at her Topeka home […]

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    Daughter goes through painstaking wait ensuring late mom’s final wishes done to last detail

    LANSING, Kan. — Regina Santana considered her 91-year-old mother more than just a parent. She was a friend. When Santana’s mother passed away May 2 of 2015, Santana wanted the funeral and the burial to be just like her mother had hoped. Santana’s mother, Anna Jackson, had planned all the details before her death, not wanting to burden her six children once the time came. She was to be buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lansing next to her husband […]

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    Woman stuck without car gets a new ride after contacting FOX 4 Problem Solvers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s nothing like a free car to brighten your day. Just ask Lanita Hart. “I’ve been without a car for a year,” said Hart as she climbed inside the 2006 Ford Focus that Victory Automotive gave to her after hearing her story on FOX 4 Problem Solvers. “Thank you. Thank you,” Hart said. The last time Problem Solvers had seen Hart was in March. She contacted us after a Kansas City transmission shop refused to give […]

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    North Kansas City says collapsing backyard is homeowner’s problem

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You might think of an earthquake when you see the huge crack running along the back portion of Markus Lindley’s backyard. “This whole crack is where my problem is,” said Lindley. Storm water runoff is slowly causing a large chunk of his backyard to slide into the public park below his North Kansas City home. “I’m going to end up losing all of this going down this hill,” Lindley said. The retired veteran blames the […]

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    Veteran now rolling at full speed thanks to generosity of FOX 4 viewers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 Problem Solvers were back at the Northeast Kansas City home of 94-year-old Frank “Bo Bo” Nickerson. The cantankerous but lovable senior whom Problem Solvers had been trying to help get a power chair that actually has some power. We first told viewers about Bo Bo’s power chair problems on Monday. By Friday, the offers of help were pouring in. On Friday, Problem Solvers surprised Bo Bo with a slightly used $11,000 power chair that two […]

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    Woman fights to get money back from landlord after Raytown duplex is rented to someone else

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Quarters are a little tight right now for Richanda Richardson and her daughter and grandson. “I’m moving house to house,” Richardson said. She’s staying with various family members until she can find a place of her own. Again. You see, she thought she already found one. She put $1,850 down on a Raytown duplex on April 4. She even signed a one-year lease. “I was super excited to get out on my own,” Richardson said. “Oh yeah.” […]

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    When his wheelchair breaks down, U.S. veteran refuses help from V.A., wants house call to KC home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Frank Nickerson is 94-years-old and wants to hang on to his independence. That means getting his motorized wheelchair to work again. “I’m trying to get the damn thing fixed if I can,” said Nickerson who doesn’t like to mince words. Nickerson, who prefers being called BoBo, spent much of his working life as a juggler and entertainer for minor league baseball teams. He traveled the country back then, but now he has a hard time making […]

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    Grieving mother unable to pay for funeral after insurance policy expires

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “They won’t bury my child.” The emotional words from a Kansas City mother whose son D’Adrian Bell was murdered May 15. Ever since, Patricia (Warfield) Bell has been fighting with her insurance company to pay for the funeral. “I took a policy out on me and my family,” Bell said. She’s been faithfully making payments for 18 years, believing she and her three adult sons were still covered. But when she tried to use it to pay for […]

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    Dozens of break-ins at Public Storage in Independence leave customers feeling insecure

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Public Storage may be the largest self-storage company in the world, but customers say its Independence location is the last place you should store your belongings. Tina Hall said she learned that the hard way this past April. That’s when she opened her storage unit off Noland Avenue and discovered most of her belongings were missing, including a lawn mower, washer and dryer and freezer chest. “I always thought that if you put your things in something […]

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    Contractor banned from doing business in Johnson County, Kansas

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Remember this name: Todd Smith. He’s a contractor who owes so many people so much money that on March 25 a judge banned him from ever doing business again in Johnson County, Kansas. Unfortunately that court order came to late for teacher Laura Whitaker, who paid Smith $6,400 to paint her home and fix her rotting deck in time for her son’s wedding. Two months later, and with the wedding just a week away, much of […]

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    Neighbors’ complaints mounting as construction dump site moves closer to homes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Take a walk near E. 87th Street in Kansas City and Richard Riley will gladly show you a business that as it expands, he insists, is ruining the neighborhood where he has lived for more than 40 years. “We noticed they were dumping on the other side of the creek,” Riley said. “The other day I come down here and noticed it was clean across the street, clean to the road now.” He’s talking about Hoelzel […]

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    Identity theft battle leaves metro mom frustrated while she fights to recoup thousands

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Most of us have had our identity stolen, but we just don’t realize it. That’s according to a security expert who says you should never let your guard down because thieves can sit on your personal information for years before using it. Once they do, be prepared for a fight. “It’s time. It’s money. It’s frustrating,” said Heidi Ramsey. Ramsey is fighting to get her life back. The single mom is out more than $4,000. The […]