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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
  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Overland Park man wants to warn others about home warranty company

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park man wants others to beware of a home warranty company which he says is worthless. It was during a heat wave this summer when George Marinelli’s air conditioner suddenly stopped working. “The air went out completely,” recalled Marinelli. Lucky for Marinelli, or so he thought, he had purchased a warranty from Choice Home Warranty a month earlier at the cost of $49 a month. The warranty is supposed to cover the repair or […]

  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers follow-up: MetroMacs repair shop fails to deliver on promise

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — MetroMacs’ owner Shane Blanchett told FOX 4 Problem Solvers he was having difficulty keeping his store open because he was in trouble with the city for not having an occupancy permit. But a spokesman from the Fire Marshall’s Office said there is no problem with the computer repair store’s permit. Blanchett promised Problem Solvers earlier this week that he would open his store on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. so that customers could pick up […]

  • There are few of us that would find the sound of a chain saw soothing, but we're not Tyson Jensen.

    Tree removal company rescues man left stranded

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. — There are few of us that would find the sound of a chain saw soothing, but we’re not Tyson Jensen. Jensen listened and smiled as the chain saw roared in the front yard of his Grandview home. “This is such a relief,” Jensen said as he watched Farage Tree and Stump removal get rid of the mess. Jensen’s saga started a few weeks earlier after he hired a different  company to take down a large dying tree […]

  • Customers frustrated with computer repair shop that’s always closed

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The sign on the front of the computer repair shop in Leawood, says it’s open, but the door is locked and there isn’t a soul inside. “It’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen,” said Jalonna Bowie, a customer who has been trying for more than a week to get her daughter’s iPod back. “We’ve called,” Bowie said. “We’ve left numerous emails. I’ve posted on the company’s Facebook page.” But MetroMacs owner Shane Blanchett hasn’t responded to a […]

  • Two people shared their experience with sewer line warranties and said they thought the investment was worth their money.

    Customers say they are satisfied with sewer and water line warranty after recent issues

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’ve all seen them in our mail, notices from the city or water department inviting us to buy a warranty for the sewer or water lines in front of our home. The promise is that if something goes wrong with your sewer or water lines, this warranty will pick up much of the cost. But now several years into those warranty programs, Fox 4 Problem Solvers wanted to know whether they are worth the price. Two […]

  • UpRoot Market owner Chris Riley

    UpRoot Market customer wants refund after learning disturbing information about owner

    GARDNER, Kan. — Take a walk through downtown Gardner, Kansas, and you can see what’s left of the stylish green grocer called UpRoot Market. “It was awesome,” recalled Kelly Gross. She was one of many in Gardner who paid $225 or more for a regular supply of farm-fresh produce. “Tomatoes, strawberries, stuff they grew here in Gardner.” But Gross had only received a few of what should have in 13 shipments when she got an email informing her the owner of […]

  • Grandview man contacts FOX 4 Problem Solvers after tree company fails to finish job

    GRANDVIEW, Mo. – A Missouri man is upset after paying a tree company for a job they never finished. It’s become a family affair cleaning up Tyson Jensen’s yard. Jensen said there were leaves and brush strewn across his yard after a company he paid to remove a dying tree left before the job was done. “I’ve been cheated obviously,” said Jensen as he stood next to more than 20-feet of trunk on his front lawn. “I paid him in […]

  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Couple wants to continue camping in residential area

    LINN VALLEY, Kan. — Take a drive to Linn Valley, Kansas and take a peek at the good life. This gated city is about an hour from Kansas City has seven private lakes and custom built homes. It’s an idyllic spot that doesn’t want Liz Smith or her husband Michael as neighbors anymore. The Smiths moved to Linn Valley two years ago after a friend gave them a piece of property. The problem is that the Smiths never built a […]

  • When bad gas at local gas station damages couple’s truck, they call FOX 4 Problem Solvers

    RIVER BEND, Mo. — A metro couple says they had to pay $624.00 to repair their truck after they bought bad gas from the Conoco gas station near 291 Highway in River Bend. Julie Freeman reported the gas station to the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Fuel and Quality division, which tested the fuel the next day and found water in the gas at two different pumps. The state ordered gas sales to stop until the station corrected the problem. Freeman went […]

  • 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 […]