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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.

Recent Articles
  • Problem Solvers: Palmer & Sons Gravestone Restoration company rights a wrong

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – A woman is thankful after a company made her a headstone for her parents that another company failed to deliver on. As the headstone was lowered on her parents’ grave, Janice Sollars couldn’t help but get emotional. “We told my mom and dad we would bury them together,” said Sollars who after many frustrating months finally feels she has kept her promise. A year ago, she wasn’t sure she ever would. That’s when she first paid […]

  • Problem Solvers: Metro construction company inducted into the Hall of Shame

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Ralph Armenta compares cooking in his kitchen to camping because he’s been preparing meals without the benefit of kitchen cabinets or countertops since February. “I don’t like someone taking advantage of me and my wife,” said Armenta, a retired caterer. That “someone” is Todd Smith, the owner of Massif Homeworks, a construction company in Johnson County, Kansas. Armenta said he paid Smith $30,000 to remodel his kitchen, and although some of the work is completed, like […]

  • Kansas soldier honored for his service now under attack by members of his own unit

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Fellow servicemen of one area solider say Brandon Garrison told several lies about his military experiences in order to receive unearned praise and free services he didn’t deserve. Some may have already heard about Garrison. He received a free house in Kansas City Kansas last year. Last February, he got a free service dog; all because of his service half a world away in Afghanistan. Garrison served in the Army and left with what he describes […]

  • Problem Solvers: What to do if you feel powerless, victimized by airlines’ cancellations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Stuck in an airport? Tired, Bored, exasperated? It’s not a happy state, but one that experts say is becoming all too common. Taylor Ruiz and her boyfriend Jacob Matthys can tell you about it. They were supposed to fly from Kansas City to New York City on a Tuesday in July fora family reunion. But after they landed in Detroit to change planes, they learned their connecting flight to New York had been canceled. Spirit Airlines insisted […]

  • Wheel falls off wheelchair, then steering problems, but woman with warranty still waits

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Geraldine Walker may no longer be able to walk, but she still likes to keep active.  She relies on her power chair to get her places. “I don’t know what I would be doing. Just sitting,” said Walker, a retired nurse, who has used a power chair for 15 years. But her latest power chair from SpinLife failed her just a week after purchasing it. “The first week I had it the wheel dropped off,” Walker said. More […]

  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Power chair problems

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — No one expects instant service when something breaks, but a Grandview woman has been waiting more than a month for her power chair to be repaired. That chair is her lifeline but she can’t even get a straight answer as to when help might arrive. That’s why FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar got the call. Watch her report in the video player above.

  • Problem Solvers: more customers have complaints about Northland auto repair shop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jersita Samo said she is another victim of a Northland auto repair company that Missouri’s attorney general is trying to shut down. Samo, who lives in Clay County, said she was forced to buy a new car after the auto repair shop she paid $1,200 to repair her old car never did the work. “Yes, I got ripped off,” said Samo, who was promised a refund but never received it. Samo’s complaint was one of three […]

  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Does your car key have a twin?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many of us wouldn’t think of leaving our car unlocked on a city street or a parking lot or even in our own driveway. But that lock may not be as secure as we think. As one Johnson County mom discovered, someone else could have the exact same key. Mom Christine learned that both her Hondas had the same key after 16-year-old son, Brad, grabbed the wrong set, but was still able to use it to […]

  • Two local artists helped restore a historic painting.

    Piece of world history saved by two Kansas City artists

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Pantheon de la guerre is 70-feet of history. It’s a relic of World War I that was rescued from destruction more than 50 years ago. The Pantheon hangs in Kansas City’s WWI Museum, but how it got here is a story only 77-year-old Jack Cox can tell first hand. “I really didn’t know the significance of this when I started,” said Cox. Cox, who retired from Fox 4 as a graphic artist, was an art […]

  • Generous Liberty furniture store offers new mom any bedroom suite after she loses $790 at another store

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Kearra Watson gave birth to a little girl seven days ago. She said it was the second blessing she received in the same week. The first blessing came from a furniture store in Liberty whose owner had heard about Watson on FOX 4 News and volunteered to solve her problem. “God has really blessed me in this business,” said Travis Kreutzer, owner of Cheapo Depo II. “I want to bless others or allow him to bless others […]

  • Problem Solvers: Local company offers to paint woman’s home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A woman contacted FOX 4 Problem Solvers after a painter she hired and gave money to, failed to complete the job she needed done. Desi Goans called FOX 4 Problem Solvers for help after the painter she gave a $750 deposit failed to do the job he promised. In fact, most of the time, she said he even failed to show up. The painter at first agreed to refund her money, but that never happened. Goans, […]

  • How well are you and your home protected in the event of a storm?

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo . — Mary Esther May knew something bad had happened, “I heard a big old sound cracking and everything,” she said of Friday’s early morning storm that tore through most of the metro, leaving thousands without power. The storm sheared off a huge section of the tree in the front yard of the home May shares with her husband Larry. The downed section of tree blocked their entry way to their home before resting on the roof. The first […]