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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
  • Contractor pours excuses instead of concrete, leaving customers stuck with loss

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Take a walk into Kyle Wingate’s Overland Park backyard and you can still see the mess that contractor Bill Lahn left behind. Piles of debris and dirt from where Wingate’s old deck and patio were torn out. It’s all Wingate has to show for the $2,300 he paid Lahn as a deposit to build him a new patio. “He seemed legit,” Wingate said. ” He just seemed like a good old boy contractor.” Although Lahn was quick […]

  • Mom deals with monster problem trying to get tablet repaired

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every day 13-year-old Cameron Nedrow checks the email on her mom’s computer. “It’s been two months and I’ve actually been counting the days,” Cameron said. Counting the days until she gets her own tablet computer back from the manufacturer, who is supposed to be repairing it. It’s a story in frustration that starts in early June. That’s when the charging port broke on her three-month-old Monster tablet. It would no longer accept a charge. Cameron’s mom, […]

  • Company closes window problem for woman who lost money to contractor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An update on an elderly widow who paid a contractor to install windows nearly a year ago and  has yet to receive a single one. After FOX 4 Problem Solvers aired the story we heard from a window company wanting to solve the problem. For as many bad companies as we are forced to chase down at Problem Solvers, we deal with far more good companies. Companies that are willing to come to the rescue, and […]

  • Used auto parts salesman with dubious history strikes again

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A used auto parts salesman who has been sued 50 times and accused of deceiving customers by Missouri’s Attorney General is back in business. FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar met the latest unhappy customer and has all the details on a salesman who keeps moving his location, but doesn’t seem to have cleaned up his act. Josh Merriman was trying to buy a reliable used engine for his Jeep Cherokee. He thought he’d found one on […]

  • Retired farmer raises concern about smelly fertilizer sprayed near home

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — A retired farmer called FOX 4 Problem Solvers upset that the fertilizer being sprayed near his home is actually treated human sewage. “It looks like a field of wet muck,” said Bob Myers who lives in Clay County near Liberty. Myers said the smell on a hot day is overpowering. “It puts tears in your eyes,” he said. Mr. Myers has complained to the state and the county concerned that the sewage-based fertilizer will contaminate the […]

  • Rats run amok in Kansas City neighborhood, threaten daycare

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City daycare may be in a poor part of town, but the building is freshly painted, the yard is always mowed and the property is free of trash. So why are there rats? One only needs to look at what’s next door. People routinely dump piles of garbage at the end of 68th street, near Prospect. It’s an unsightly mess and nobody knows that better than Yvetta Witherspoon who manages Educare Child Development Center. […]

  • New home buyers trapped by bogus lien

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — The boxes are packed at Eric and Elisha Hesterberg’s home. The new buyers are supposed to close and take possession on Friday. But now the sale is in jeopardy after a title search by the buyer’s mortgage company revealed a $25,000 lien filed against the home last year. The Hesterbergs have learned that they are one of dozens of property owners in the tiny community of Pleasant Hill in Cass County, Missouri, that had liens filed […]

  • Woman waits and waits for Jiffy Lube to fix car after employee scuffs it

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City woman’s faithful allegiance to a national chain took a hit when an employee damaged her car. Although the company acknowledged the damage in writing, more than five months passed and she never saw any money for repairs. She’s only been promised that someone from Jiffy Lube is “looking into it.” FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar has the full report in the video.

  • Excuse happy contractor finds himself a place in Hall of Shame

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Injuries caused by a motorcycle accident were keeping him from working. That was the first excuse that Carol Morris heard from the contractor she’s paid $2,800 to install windows in her Independence home. Morris, a widow, felt bad for the apparently injured contractor and agreed to wait until he recovered. So you can imagine her surprise when she ran into him at a graduation party. “He looked fine,” said Morris, 74. “He wasn’t on crutches or anything.” […]

  • Classic car enthusiasts say rides were wronged by body shop

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Complaints continue to roll in from classic car owners who say they were taken advantage of by a body shop that took their money and didn’t do the work. Fox 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar talked to the shop’s latest victim and tried to get answers from the former owner, who still worked at the shop. You can mess with a lot of things, but you don’t mess with a classic car. Because if you do, […]

  • Woman struggles with bank to clean credit from ex-husband’s loan

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After 26 years of marriage, Shelia Edwards is divorced and ready to move on with her life. Standing in her way is a $10,000 loan on a Bank of America credit card, which she said she never agreed to and was taken out by her non ex-husband. “I will be under this forever,” said Edwards. “He was just trying to get a loan for himself.” Although the divorce decree makes him solely responsible for paying it […]

  • Homeowners faced peculiar problem trying to build above-ground pool

    PECULIAR, Mo. — A Missouri woman is in a dispute with city hall because it won’t give her a permit for a swimming pool. The city says the pool would violate the rules of her homeowners association. The problem is: There is no homeowners association. The developer went bankrupt before the homeowners association could be formed. But the city still wants to hold her to the rules the HOA would have enforced if it had actually ever been created. Amanda […]