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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.

Recent Articles
  • Olathe woman victimized in tax scam believes company should have never hired preparer

    OLATHE, Kan. — It’s been a tough couple of months for Rachel Nunez- Harrison and her husband Henry. He’s fighting lung cancer and she recently lost her job, all reasons why they were counting on a nearly $4,000 tax refund to catch up on bills. But that money won’t be coming any time soon. Mrs. Nunez-Harrison, of Olathe, said she was notified that an employee of the tax preparation firm Jackson Hewitt had stolen her identity, filed a fake return […]

  • Auto repair shop hits truck owner with hefty ‘storage fee’ after promising free estimate

    NORTHMOOR, Mo. — It was April 23 and the day was already off to a bad start. Mark Audley had just rear ended a car on North Oak. Police showed up and so did a tow truck. The tow truck driver offered to take Audley’s vehicle “to a nice little family owned operation called Northstar Auto Body” for repairs, Audley said. Northstar Auto Body, on NW Waukomis Drive in Northmoor, Mo, is a repair shop that Problem Solvers has reported […]

  • Olathe man battling cancer forced to finish fence after contracting company took money, failed to finish project

    OLATHE, Kan. — By doctor’s orders, Joe Brashears isn’t supposed to be building a fence in his backyard. But the Olathe man said he has little choice. The fencing contractor he and his wife Stacey paid to do the job has disappeared. “He seemed like a straight forward guy,” Stacey said, referring to the owner of BR Remodeling and Landscape. The owner said his name was David Rodriguez. The Brashears found the company on Craig’s List, a site they had […]

  • Following months spent in South Korean prison for internet scam, Missouri women return home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a happy reunion for two Carthage, Mo., women when they arrived back in the United States this month after being imprisoned in South Korea. Osa Martin and her daughter Tiffany Sourjohn tell FOX 4 Problem Solvers that they thought they were working as international couriers for a legitimate bank, but discovered after being arrested in South Korea that they had been duped into taking part in an internet scam. The two women weren’t the only […]

  • KCP&L’s refusal to fix low power lines prompts homeowner to call Problem Solvers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gary Reiss is happy to show you exactly low the power lines are hanging outside his Kansas City home. All it takes is a tape measure. The lowest line is just about 7.5 feet above the ground. And that’s a problem if you want to pull into Reiss’ driveway in a big truck. “I can’t get a vehicle in here,” Reiss said. “You can’t get a fire truck. You can’t get nothing in here.” Reiss said […]

  • With drone ownership on a rapid rise, feds conduct study to enhance safety

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are an estimated 3 million drones that regularly fly over American skies, and by 2020 experts estimate there will be 7 million — the vast majority of those flown by hobbyists with little or no training. With the increase in drones, there has also been an increase in accidents. The blades on a drone can slice bone deep, falling drones have knocked people out and there’s the potential danger of fire or explosion from the […]

  • Former UMKC basketball coach has hot-tub problem solved

    LEE’S SUMMIT Mo. — At the count of three, a hot-tub with 33-years of memories was hoisted in the air and hauled out of Darrel Corwin’s Lee’s Summit backyard. But what FOX 4 Problem Solvers was witnessing was no sad farewell party, but a celebration for Corwin, a retired UMKC basketball coach. His old hot tub was being replaced by a brand new one, all for free. “Isn’t that something,” Corwin said, shaking his head. “This is amazing, I’ll tell […]

  • Neighbors cheer home repairs made by former Chiefs great Tony Richardson

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — From gaping holes in the roof to rotted wood around the windows, those were just some of the problems with an Overland Park home owned by former Kansas City Chiefs player Tony Richardson when FOX 4 first looked at it in February. Now, that home has been the site of an amazing transformation. “You know we are very pleased with the progress he has made,” said neighborhood spokeswoman Sheila Rodriguez, who first told FOX 4 Problem […]

  • An expensive ‘Free Trial’ offer leaves metro business owner fuming

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thang Nguyen runs his own nail salon — Sweet D Nails & Spa — and knows the secret to any successful operation is treating customers right. That’s one of the reasons Nguyen was perplexed over how poorly he said Time Warner treated him. This problem started last July when Nguyen decided to take advantage of an offer he received in the mail to switch his phone, cable and internet to Time Warner. The salesman assured Nguyen […]

  • Upset dog owners speak out after four die during or shortly after stay at Leavenworth kennel

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Sharon Dumlao said her 6-year-old lab Boston was healthy when she dropped him off at Deb’s Riverview Kennel in Leavenworth, but not when she picked him up four days later. “I could tell immediately there was something very wrong with him,” Dumlao said. “He was the type of dog that when I dropped him off could jump a six-foot fence and when I saw him coming up the stairs, his head was hanging down and he was […]

  • Problem Solvers ‘Hall of Shamer’ found guilty of deceit, faces possible prison time

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 78-year-old man who customers accuse of peddling bad engines in Kansas City for more than a decade could finally be headed to prison. A Jackson County jury last week found Wes Emert guilty of three felony counts of deceiving customers by selling them engines he knew didn’t work, according to the Missouri Attorney General, which joined with the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office on the case. Over the years, FOX 4 Problem Solvers has met many […]

  • Name mixup leads to arrest threat against Blue Springs man accused of not maintaining KC property

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s obvious from first glance, a vacant house on East 10th Street in Kansas City has become an eyesore. The grass and weeds have grown so tall you can barely find the front door, and neighbors have had enough. That’s why Kansas City’s code’s department did what it’s supposed to do: cited the owner for not maintaining the property. The owner, according to Jackson County property records, is Charles B. Harris. That’s where this problem starts. […]