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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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    Freelance photographer warns others about Boston-based sports photography company

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cole Sales knows a thing or two about photography. He’s got great gear and a good eye. He uses them both as a freelance photographer to help pay his college tuition. That’s why he’s so frustrated about a freelance gig in November that was supposed to pay him $50 an hour. He was hired by Gameface Media to shoot participants in a 5K race outside Arrowhead Stadium. Gameface Media contracts with amateur sporting events to provide […]

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    Airport shuttle service admits overcharging, but customer still hasn’t been repaid

    “When you are out $1,000 that’s a sleepless night,” said Johnson County school teacher Doug Faught. He was talking about the amount of money he had been overcharged by Quick Silver — an airport shuttle service based in Kansas City, Kansas. Faught is one of nearly a dozen people who have contacted FOX 4 Problem Solvers since we first aired a report about this shuttle and party bus operation with a dubious reputation. It operates under a variety of names, […]

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    Former tenant still fighting a Kansas City landlord who won’t return a deposit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chelsea Snyder can show the photos of the filth she confronted immediately after moving into a rental house near 80th and Main in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood. “It was cockroach infested and I was losing my mind,” Chelsea told FOX 4 when we first interviewed more than a year ago. For Chelsea, the breaking point came when the gas company arrived. “They put red tags in three different places,” including the furnace and water heater, Chelsea said. […]

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    Money-eating ATM leaves Blue Springs woman unable to pay rent

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A Blue Springs woman found herself in the middle of a bureaucratic nightmare when she tried to get her money back from the ATM that ate it. This problem started at Blue Ridge Bank and Trust about midnight on January 2. “I went to the ATM to get my money out to pay my rent, my light bill, and my phone bill,” said Cassandra Jennings. “All my bills come due on January 3.” Jennings said the […]

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    Lenexa boy wins a new bathroom that’s ‘just the right size’

    LENEXA, Kan. — Tristan Ramirez was excited to give a news crew the grand tour of his bedroom in his Lenexa home. The first thing a visitor notices is that everything is just the right size for Tristan who, at 4 years old, is just 31 inches tall. Tristan has dwarfism. It’s a disability whose limitations become rapidly apparent when he shows that same visitor the normal-sized bathroom he uses every day. To turn on the sink to brush his […]

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    Employee asks for state investigation when employer fails to pay taxes

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Clarissa Wood has been taking care of her disabled older brother Billy Jones for more than a year. Last March she learned about a Missouri program that would allow her to get paid for a few of the many hours she devotes to caring for him. The Medicaid-funded program is administered by private companies. Wood chose a company called All About You Health Services in Raytown. According to state guidelines, All About You’s role was to make […]

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    After FOX 4 Problem Solvers report, KCI bans shuttle company from airport

    UPDATE: After this story aired, the airport informed FOX 4 Problem Solvers that this shuttle service is now banned from doing business at the airport. KCI Police requested additional proof of insurance from the shuttle company. When it was unavailable to provide that proof, its permit to do business at the airport was revoked, according to KCI spokesman Joe McBride. KANSAS CITY, Kan. — As FOX 4 Problem Solvers discovered, it’s not easy getting answers from a metro limo and […]

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    Suddenly shut down hoverboard company leaves metro mom scrambling for refund

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri woman is fighting for a refund after a Hoverboard distributor she ordered a present from suddenly shut down. It turns out that she’s not alone. “If you need any further instruction, leave a message and customer service will call you back as soon as possible.” It’s a message that Bobbi Stevens has been listening to for a week, and no one has ever called her back. Stevens is trying to get her money back […]

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    Professional con man sentenced to 21 months for writing bad checks in Johnson County

    A well-known con man, who FOX 4 Problem Solvers has been tracking for nearly a decade, was sentenced Wednesday in Johnson County. John Dewey Lim received a 21-month sentence for writing two bad checks. That’s a lot of time for what some may consider a minor crime, but there’s a reason the Johnson County District Attorney wanted Lim off the streets. Lim’s latest victim was a woman who he had hired to work at his supposed high-finance company. When she […]

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    Independence man falls victim to scammers claiming he owed money in fines for missing jury duty

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It was a disturbing phone call. Paul Wilson was told he was going to be arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. “They were going to send two officers to pick me up and take me to jail,” Wilson said he was told by the caller, who identified himself as a deputy sheriff. The caller told Wilson he had three outstanding warrants for not showing up for jury duty. “As I was talking to him I was […]

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    Man fights with KC holiday lighting company that had his computer for 3 years

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s really nothing subtle about Robert Connally’s house at Christmas. It’s a noisy celebration of lights and animation. “I cause a traffic jam, but my neighbors don’t care,” Connally said. “My neighbors like it.” But behind all the cheer is a rather nasty tale with a Kansas City connection. Connally has been fighting with Animated Lighting, a Kansas City company, to reacquire the computer he uses to run his holiday extravaganzas. The last time he saw his […]

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    Mo. auditor, prosecutors back bill to levy harsher punishment against public officials who steal taxpayer funds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s state auditor is putting crooked public officials on notice. Nicole Galloway is joining state prosecutors to fight for legislation that would make it easier to prosecute officials for their crimes. If you are a public official and you misappropriate thousands of dollars, the worst state charge you’ll ever face is a misdemeanor. Now, prosecutors and Galloway are fighting to change that. The auditor appeared with Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker to back a Missouri […]