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Emmy Award Winning Linda Wagar brings 30 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 resides in Kansas City , Mo. , with her husband. Her son Clay works as an economist in Washington DC. In her free time, Linda enjoys cooking, traveling and learning to speak French badly.

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    Controversial wind turbines divide town north of Kansas City, blow out TV reception

    AMITY, Mo. — Neighbors no longer talk. They won’t even wave when they drive by this town torn apart by technology. To understand why just ask Sam Perkins to turn on his television. After just a few minutes of watching, you can see the frustration on his face. FOX 4 is the best signal he gets, but even that is unwatchable. The picture either freezes, breaks up or goes to black every few seconds. “We have no useable channels,” said […]

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    Car buyer fumes when she discovers that used Nissan Altima was sold to her with unrepaired recalls

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Christine Teasley had her children in the car when trouble struck. “All of a sudden my hood just blew up on me,” said the KCK mom of two. Teasley said her car’s hood nearly came off of its hinges and was lying flat against her windshield as she drove down Parallel Parkway at 45 miles per hour. “I could see absolutely nothing but white,” she said. “I slammed on my brakes. Thank God there was nobody […]

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    Former UMKC basketball coach in search of missing hot tub

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — If Darrell Corwin looks familiar it’s because he won more basketball games for UMKC (1973-80) than any other coach in the Roos’ history. As the walls of his office in his Lee’s Summit home attest, Corwin has spent a life time dedicated to sports. He has the aches and pains to prove it, which is why Corwin likes his hot tub. He’s owned the one on his patio for 33 years. When it stopped working last […]

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    Missouri bill aiming to stop frivolous lawsuits may kill off consumer protections

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sponsor of a controversial Missouri Senate bill said his main goal is stop frivolous lawsuits from being filed in the state, but opponents said the legislation guts Missouri’s consumer protection act. Few are more familiar with how important the state’s consumer protection act (officially known as the Missouri Merchandising and Practices Act) than Erica Knoll. She’s a single mom who paid $12,000 in cash for a 2012 Subaru Legacy. Not only did Knoll never get […]

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    Blue Springs woman’s quest for new phone leads to frustrating calls to the Philippines

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — For more than two months Jessica Collins has been stuck in cell-phone hell. “I never want to deal with LG customer service again,” said Collins. By the time Collins had contacted FOX 4 Problem Solvers for help she had already heard countless promises from LG customer service that she would be receiving a new phone since her old phone stopped working while still under warranty. Collins story began in early December. That’s when she first mailed […]

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    Overland Park neighbors flag Chiefs great Tony Richardson for leaving home in disrepair

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Tony Richardson is among the greatest fullbacks in Kansas City history — rushing for more than 1,500 yards, scoring 24 touchdowns and earning a spot in the Chiefs Hall of Fame. Kansas City fans love him, but not so much for those who live next to house owned by the man nicknamed T-Rich. “We are kind of at our wits end,” said Sheila Rodriguez, a neighbor in the Overland Park subdivision where Richardson has owned a […]

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    Problem Solvers helps woman escape contract after carport company leaves her in limbo

    OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — “We are going to put it here where the gravel is,” said Eunice Mollett, pointing to an empty patch of land next to her home in Osawatomie, Kan., about an hour southwest of Kansas City. Mollett was happy to explain exactly where her carport will be located. What she can’t do is show you the carport. That’s even though a carport was part of the deal when she and her husband bought their home last November. “They were going to have […]

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    Cool design in remodeled bathroom for young boy with special needs revealed

    LENEXA, Kan. — When FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met 4-year-old Tristan Ramirez, we saw firsthand how his dwarfism made it so difficult to even turn on the faucet in the bathroom of his Lenexa home. To reach the faucet, he had to crawl up onto the counter. That’s why Schloegel Design Remodel chose Tristan’s family to be the recipient of this year’s Big Splash Custom Bath Giveaway. Tristan’s mom Leandria was in tears when company president Jake Schloegel showed her […]

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    Lee’s Summit homeowner fights for right to install solar panels

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Tim Ely wants to do something to his Lee’s Summit home that he believes is every homeowner’s right: install solar panels. But so far, Ely hasn’t been able to get his homeowners association — Arborwalk Community Association — to agree. His struggle is a common one all across Missouri. For the last three years, Missouri Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, has fought to get a bill through the Legislature that would prevent cities or homeowners associations from […]

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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. […]