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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
  • Used car quandary highlights need for inspection by independent mechanic

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brandy Lipp works full-time and has a family. She needs a reliable car. This past summer, she dipped into her savings and bought a 2005 BMW from a used car lot in Olathe. Right away, she said, there were problems. First the heat stopped working. Then the parking brake started rattling, but the car lot fixed both problems free of charge. She was satisfied until a week later when she said the car started overheating. “The […]

  • Same-sex couples struggle to find legal divorce options in states where marriage isn’t recognized

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Same-sex couples are now grappling with the same problem many hetero couples deal with, divorce. But as one woman discovered, it can be difficult to get divorced in a state that doesn’t recognize your marriage as being legal. “The weather was great. It was December 27, 2013,” Jane Larison said. That was the day Larison married her partner of four years in a civil ceremony in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. “We came home and I promptly got […]

  • Where to turn if you suspect misconduct from your attorney

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Joplin attorney will be spending the next two years behind bars after being convicted of stealing more than a half a million dollars from his clients. Although that’s an extreme example of a bad attorney, it prompts the question: What do you do if you think the attorney you’ve hired isn’t doing their job? According to legal experts, there are a variety of legitimate grounds to be concerned about an attorney’s performance: Are they not communicating with you? Is […]

  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Woman battling cancer gets help fixing her home from Zucca Roofing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A modest house in South Kansas City has been called home by Linda Cull for 50 years. It’s where she was raised and continued to live as an adult, caring for her father who has since passed away. “Now that he’s gone, I’ve had a harder time,” Cull said referring to her finances. At one point, she was heavily in debt but has spent the past few years getting back on her feet. She had hoped […]

  • New computer scam targets tech-savvy consumers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We’ve all been there: You’re using your computer and suddenly there’s a problem. A new scam that’s becoming alarmingly common actually connects you to a scammer when you call for tech support. As the public becomes more sophisticated about computers, the scammers keep coming up with new ways to find victims, and this is the latest and it’s one that caught people who consider themselves to be fairly tech savvy by surprise. Many of us head […]

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    Update: Police arrest woman suspected in door-to-door scam that cost Olathe woman $147

    Update: The Olathe Police Department arrested a 22-year-old female suspected of forgery in this case. She is being held in the Johnson County Jail where she will await her first appearance in court. OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe woman has gone to police, the Johnson County District Attorney’s office and FOX 4 News, trying to get the word out about a company she says stole money from her. It started with a knock on Rachel Bowerman-Deering’s front door. When she […]

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    Computer repair shop leaves student with Down syndrome without his computer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Park Hill High School Freshman Spencer Cantrell knows how to play by the rules. You’ll find him most afternoon helping with his school’s football team. When he’s not on the field, he’s in class where, like every high school student, he relies on his computer. But unlike many students, Spencer’s computer is necessary for him to take the special courses he needs to complete high school as a special needs student. He has Down syndrome. So […]

  • Website error by travel site Orbitz costs couple $5,000

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – A bride was worried her family wouldn’t be able to make it to her big day because of a communication error between two travel websites. They got to the airport and the names on their tickets didn’t match their passports. Chao Li has the Chinese marriage symbol for happiness and good luck all over her Lee’s Summit home. And if any couple needs some luck, it’s Li and her soon-to-be husband, Shikhar Sherchan. Just days before […]

  • Collecting grand prize ends up being a less than grand hassle for contest winner

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Tammy Porter has been a Smurfs fan since high school. So she was excited when she learned that it was possible to own your own Smurfs mobile. All she had to do was win the Smurf-tastic Smurfs Vehicle Giveaway by Sony Pictures. The Smurfs mobile is an all-electric car custom designed by West Coast Customs. Sony had four of them made to promote the release of last year’s Smurfs 2 movie. Each car is in different Smurf colors and comes […]

  • FOX 4 Problem Solvers: Window World steps up to solve problem

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When an elderly widow never received the 14 windows she’d paid a contractor to install, she called FOX 4 Problem Solvers wanting to warn others. What she never expected was that another company would come to her rescue. When FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met Carol Morris she was in desperate need of help. A remodeling company had taken $2800 from her with the promise it would install 14 windows in her grandson’s home. But the […]

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    Problem Solvers Hall of Honor

    Companies who have stepped in to solve problems caused by other businesses: SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED United Access (Handicap-accessible vehicles) Xmed Repair Services MASONRY Landscope Masonry Bryan McBride LANDSCAPING Beaver Creative Environments, Kansas City, Kansas TREE SERVICES Olathe Tree Service Farage Tree and Stump Removal of Liberty Tidd Tree Service Olathe ENERGY SERVICES Energy Doctor — 913.652.9046 APPLIANCES Dolsberry Appliance and Mattress in Leavenworth Heartland Electric in Belton HEATING AND COOLING AAA Air & Heating of Raymore AB May MANUFACTURED […]

  • Woman says reasons for missing paycheck grew stranger as time passed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a win for the Kansas City Royals on June 29th, but not for Alison Collins. She worked the game at Kauffman Stadium as a bartender, but she never got paid. Collins works for Acrobat Outsourcing, a temporary employment agency in Kansas City, Kansas. It’s a second source of income for Collins, who also works full-time at a day job. She said she doesn’t mind the extra hours and the money is always welcome, but […]