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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    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 […]

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    Tow lot owner’s alleged notorious dealings land him a date with judge and jury

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was 2 a.m. and Drenda Slayden had just come home from work. She immediately noticed a tow truck in the parking lot of her east Kansas City apartment complex. She remembered asking the driver “is everything okay?” She said he assured her he wasn’t looking for her car, but three seconds later, Slayden’s car was being towed away. “‘Hey, hey, put my car down,'” she remembered yelling. “He just laughed at me and kept going.” […]

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    Royals come through in the clutch for fan left waiting and waiting for prized bat

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was the Kansas City Royals to the rescue and a big day for Wendy Crawford. The Royals Authentics Store Manager Justin Villareal handed a visibly excited Crawford a bat signed by catcher Salvador Perez. Villareal said the Royals wanted to help Crawford after learning about her story on FOX 4 News. Problem Solvers reported on Monday about Crawford’s ongoing struggle to get the bat, which she’d ordered from a private company last November, not long after […]

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    Disruptive dump truck leaves Independence mom searching for answers to sleepless nights

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Jessica Binney usually has her hands full juggling the needs of her three young children. By bed time, she’s ready for a good night’s sleep. But three times every week that sleep gets disrupted. “The truck itself is loud and has flashing lights in our window,” said Binney. She’s talking about the garbage truck that picks up the trash at her Independence apartment complex. She said the driver arrives between 1 and 2 a.m., three times a week. […]

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    KC man suspected of criminal behavior leaves behind mess to neighbors’ dismay

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As anyone on Lawn Avenue in a Northland neighborhood can tell you, the empty house at 5016 has become an eyesore. A huge pile of trash crowds much of the driveway and can easily be seen from the street. Neighbor Robert Smith is worried about what might come next. “Mosquitoes, rats, bugs and the smell,” Smith guessed. “I don’t know what is actually in there.” Smith said most of the trash was stored in a trailer. […]

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    Experts offer tips to protect you from getting duped into buying bogus Royals memorabilia

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Signed bats, balls, jerseys and even champagne bottles; all mementos of momentous season for the World Series winning Kansas City Royals. But for fans the glory comes at a cost. Experts like Nathan Halter of MO Sports in Liberty said an Eric Hosmer signed bat has more than tripled in price since the championship. Shortstop Alcides Escobar’s signature jumped from $30 to $80. Third baseman Mike Moustaskas and catcher Salvador Perez will set you back $100. High demand […]

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    Sudden closing of Wright Career College leaves uncertain future for students

    Anna Schulte just wants answers. “Do I need to start over?” she asked. “I just need to know. I have to make plans for my life. I have a small daughter.” Schulte was supposed to graduate Saturday from Wright Career College’s two-year nursing program. She and Savannah Eller were two of nine nursing students who had completed all their course week and clinicals and just needed to take their final exams. “All we want to do is be nurses,” Eller […]

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    Woman left without a roof on April Fool’s Day says it was no laughing matter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was April Fools Day, but it was no joke what happened to Shawn Buckles’ home. “I feel like they vandalized my house,” said the south Kansas City homeowner. Buckles had just driven home from work when she noticed something odd. “I had no roof on my house,” she said. “It was just tar paper.” So who took her roof? There was no note. But the next morning, Buckles noticed a crew one street over re-roofing a […]