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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    Violent attacks, few resources have complaints about KS State Mental Hospital at a fever pitch

    OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Troubles at the Kansas State Mental Hospital in Osawatomie have many concerned. This year alone, there were multiple accounts of patients attacking and beating workers. Those speaking out blame inadequate staffing, poor training and budget cuts. Among those demanding change is the mother of an employee who was raped by a patient in November. “He threw her on the bed. She was banging on the wall. She was screaming and he had a hold of her throat […]

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    Contractor’s empty promises draw attention of Johnson County, Kan., district attorney

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time FOX 4 Problem Solvers saw Todd Smith, he was trying to get away from us as quickly as he could. With a camera rolling, we tried to ask him about two homeowners who claimed he owed them thousands of dollars after never completing work on their homes. He promised he would reimburse people, except he hasn’t. Now those angry homeowners have company. This month the Johnson County District Attorney filed suit against Smith, […]

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    Car dealership leaves unhappy customers feeling stranded

    DE SOTO, Kan. — When Dustan Broom bought a car from a dealer in De Soto, Kansas, he never imagined the problems it would cause. Broom said his credit was ruined when Alliance Motor Group never paid off the loan on the car he traded in, as promised in the paperwork he signed. “They had possession of my car for two months and never paid it off,” said Broom, a single dad. Broom said he started getting threatening calls multiple times a […]

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    FOX 4 Problem Solvers help homeowner seal cracks in asphalt warranty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mark Proffitt never thought he’d fall victim to a door-to-door salesman, but he says that’s exactly what happened. “Guy pulled up in a shiny pickup,” Proffitt recalled. “He told me `I’ve got a special right now. I’ve got extra asphalt I need to get rid of.” And soon Proffitt was agreeing to have Show Me Paving resurface his entire driveway for what seemed like a great price $6,800. The deal was sealed with a handshake. That […]

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    Upset brides seeking wedding photos are fed up with photographer’s excuses

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Amateur video taken by a family friend is all Ashley Newton has to remember her wedding ceremony last August. The professional photographer she hired to shoot pictures has never delivered the photos. “It was the most important day of my life,” Newton said. “So it’s pretty upsetting.” The photos were supposed to arrive by October, but now Newton said she can’t even reach photographer Tanya Hite Snedden of Fall-N-Photography. Newton is not the only upset bride. FOX […]

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    Before you buy, check out these online tools when shopping for health insurance

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Even while fighting advanced ovarian cancer, Theresa Costello rarely cancels on a client, who have learned to sit patiently while she clips their hair. But Costello, who owns a pet grooming store in Shawnee, does not know how much longer she can keep working if she doesn’t get the chemotherapy her doctor ordered. She said her insurance carrier Coventry has yet to approve it. “Every time you call there it’s something else,” Costello said. Costello said her doctor wanted […]

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    Woman left waiting months for answers after mysterious street hole leads to car damage

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — At first, Leslie Mahone thought she had been rear ended. “I just felt this boom,” recalled Mahone of Kansas City, Kansas. “I looked around to see who hit me. But it wasn’t anybody behind me. It was in front of me.” It was 9 p.m. and Mahone had driven into a large hole at the intersection of 86th and State Avenue. She took a picture of the hole, which was evenly cut and had what appeared to […]

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    Problem Solvers update: Man keeps home; con man back in court again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Looking older and pudgier than when FOX 4 Problem Solvers last spoke to him six years ago, long-time con man John Dewey Lim appeared before a judge in Johnson County, Kansas on Thursday. Lim is facing two felony counts of writing bad checks, relatively routine charges for a man who has spent much of his adult life behind bars for everything from computer fraud to defrauding a store out of more than $100,000 in jewelry. Problem Solvers […]

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    Man renting other people’s property hides face when Problem Solvers find him

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Miles Thomas may be Kansas City’s most interesting real estate tycoon. To understand why talk to Gwendolyn Nicholson, one of his former tenants. “Miles Thomas needs to be exposed to the greater Kansas City,” said Nicholson who suddenly found herself and her son homeless after renting a home from Thomas on 67th Terrace in Kansas City, Mo. “The house looked nice and decent,” said Nicholson, but a few months after moving in she got a surprise […]

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    Drivers hit by garbage trucks frustrated over company’s silence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The memory is still vivid for Lauren Dhans. “The garbage truck came out of nowhere and rear-ended me,” said Dhans, a nursing student who lives in Kansas City, Kansas. At the time of the accident, Dhans was waiting to turn left on State Line Road. Dhans said the driver would not give her any information, so she called police and the driver’s employer, Town and Country Disposal. She spoke to a man who identified himself only […]

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    Disturbing problem with mortgage company for KC man who paid his bills

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — James Roberson has lived in this home on Tracy Avenue in Kansas City for 30 years, but now he worries he could lose it. In October, he received a foreclosure warning notice from his mortgage company. PHH Mortgage has accused Mr. Roberson of missing his last six payments. “I pay every month,” said Mr. Roberson, who depends on a breathing machine to allow him to do even simple tasks around his home. And you don’t have […]

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    RushCard woes impact hundreds of customers, leading to many complaints

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Like many Americans, Quinesha Henley lives paycheck to paycheck. So it’s understandable why she was worried when her prepaid debit card — where her paychecks are directly deposited — stopped working. “I had to go to the doctor and I had no gas,” Henley said. “I had no money and I have two little children, and I’m pregnant.” Henley is one of thousands of people nationwide who rely on the RushCard to pay their bills. The card […]