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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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    Costumed characters make special appearance for kid’s birthday after party company’s no-show

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When it comes to party guests, you’d have a hard time topping the gang that showed up for 6-year-old Andrew Almada’s birthday bash. There was Darth Vadar, Kylo Ren, and even an Ewok , plus two Ghostbusters and Disney’s Princess Anastasia. They may never join forces on the big screen, but last Saturday they put their differences aside to fulfill a a little boy’s birthday wish. When they entered the party room at Cool Crest, Andrew’s eyes […]

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    After paying for climate-controlled storage unit for 2 years, couple finds belongings covered in mold

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — For the past few weeks, Cory and Megan Abbott have been going through most of their belongings and tossing most of them in the trash. It’s a heart-breaking experience for the young Bonner Springs couple, but they say they have no choice. Nearly everything they own is now covered in mold. The Abbotts blame the Kansas City, Kansas storage facility. They had almost an entire household of items stored at Delaware Storage in KCK for nearly two […]

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    Bride’s grandmother passes away still hoping to see wedding photos after Phillip Flores Photography fails to deliver

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Tamela Abenoja’s mother was determined to live long enough to see her granddaughter get married. She did, but there is only one photo from that day to prove it. There should be dozens more, but only about half the photos from her daughter’s wedding ever arrived. There are no photos of the bride’s father walking her down the aisle. There are no photos from before the wedding when the groomsmen were getting ready. Those are photos that would […]

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    When one tree trimmer proves rotten, another steps in to finish work promised to 80-year-old KC woman

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sound of a chain saw. That’s a beautiful noise to Stella Turner. “Oh I feel great, great, great,” said Turner. Which is far different than she was feeling last week when a different tree company took her money, but never did the work — leaving the 80-year-old Turner in a bind. When Glorioso Tree Service heard what happened it volunteered to do the work for free, trimming one large tree and removing a dead one. […]

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    Rocky start to marriage when newlyweds fall victim to fraudulent wedding photographer

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — His name may still be on the window of his Independence photography studio, but neighbors say they haven’t seen Phillip Flores in more than a month. A peek through the glass shows a stack of unopened mail. Slipped under the locked door is a note from a groom demanding to know where his wedding album is and why his phone calls aren’t being returned. That groom isn’t the only one upset with Phillip Flores Photography. “He needs […]

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    Forgotten sink hole leaves metro family waiting years for a fix

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lee Smithson Burd and her family have been dealing with a sink hole caused by a leaky sewer main in the backyard of their home near Ward Parkway for three years. The hole is so large and so deep that Burd no longer feels comfortable letting her children play in the backyard. “You could really get hurt if you fell in that hole,” she said. The Kansas City Water Department is the only agency that can […]

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    Widow living on her own upset with tree trimmers who took money, didn’t fulfill promises

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stella Turner can easily show you the two trees she paid to have cut down. That’s because they are both still standing. Two weeks ago, Turner handed over $400 for what was supposed to be a down payment on a $1,200 tree cutting job. But all she got for her money were a few limbs sliced off. Limbs that the tree cutters left lying where they fell in the backyard of her Kansas City home. “That’s all […]

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    Widow passes along to someone else in need the very gift given to her husband

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a loveable 94-year-old  curmudgeon named BoBo passed away last month, his widow had one wish.  She wanted to give the power chair a FOX 4 viewer had given to her husband to someone else also in need. That someone is 34-year-old Matthew Bushnell. He’s a father of three who has had great difficulty getting around ever since he was mowed down by an SUV while walking to work in May. Bushnell spent more than a month in the […]

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    BoBo Nickerson, WWII vet and subject of past Problem Solvers segment, passes away at 94

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was just this past June that FOX 4 Problem Solvers helped Frank “BoBo” Nickerson get his independence back. A FOX 4 viewer donated a power chair to the 94-year-old veteran of World War II. The new chair allowed BoBo, a lovable curmudgeon, to roam his Northeast Kansas City neighborhood to the delight of many. As it turned out, that donation ended up helping BoBo in the final months of his life. BoBo passed away August 3rd. […]

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    City of Randolph leaves hold on woman’s driver’s license despite ticket being paid years ago

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — If you were unfortunate enough to be slapped with a ticket while driving past the tiny town of Randolph, Missouri’s most notorious speed trap, good luck trying to take care of it. Sandra Shannon of Blue Springs has spent the last two weeks trying to get someone at Randolph City Hall to return her phone calls or answer the door. A sign next to the door states that summer hours vary. In fact, they vary so greatly […]

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    Teachers upset after KCK schools cut recycling programs

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Rebecca Crowl’s fourth grade class is getting two math lessons: the one every student sees as they learn how to identify ones, tens, hundreds and thousands, and the one that happens at the end of the day when most students are gone. That’s when Mrs. Crowl takes home the class recycling bin to dump with her own recycling. It’s a chore, but one she felt she had no choice but to accept after the Kansas City, […]

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    Some in Belton wait weeks to have their trash picked up

    BELTON, Mo. — From the waving flags to the hanging flower pots, Belton’s Main Street has never looked better. Until you look at Linda Medlin’s house. There’s an overflowing dumpster in front of her three rental properties because the trash hasn’t been picked up in five weeks. “This is ridiculous,” Medlin said. “It’s a health issue.” She pays $400 a year to the trash company WCA — formerly Town and County Disposal. She said she’s called so often to complain […]