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.

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    Sudden closing of Wright Career College leaves uncertain future for students

    Anna Schulte just wants answers. “Do I need to start over?” she asked. “I just need to know. I have to make plans for my life. I have a small daughter.” Schulte was supposed to graduate Saturday from Wright Career College’s two-year nursing program. She and Savannah Eller were two of nine nursing students who had completed all their course week and clinicals and just needed to take their final exams. “All we want to do is be nurses,” Eller […]

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    Woman left without a roof on April Fool’s Day says it was no laughing matter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was April Fools Day, but it was no joke what happened to Shawn Buckles’ home. “I feel like they vandalized my house,” said the south Kansas City homeowner. Buckles had just driven home from work when she noticed something odd. “I had no roof on my house,” she said. “It was just tar paper.” So who took her roof? There was no note. But the next morning, Buckles noticed a crew one street over re-roofing a […]

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    Now-defunct Wright Career College decried for failing to provide adequate education for students

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Marla Neher worked as a librarian for Wright Career College for three years. She said she was always worried that the students who spent thousands of dollars to attend the private for-profit college were not getting a good education. “I know students who went up to six weeks without a book,” said Neher, who left Wright Career College three years ago. She said students paid for the books in advance but Wright rarely kept enough in […]

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    Car buyer’s cautionary tale serves as reminder that you’re entitled to your title upon purchase

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — It’s a standard expectation: When you buy a car, you should be able to drive it. But that’s not the case for Michael Stewart, a Kansas City woman who has been forced to drive illegally for four months on an expired temporary tag because she can’t get the title. “They keep giving me the runaround saying they haven’t received the titles coming in,” said Stewart, who said she is one of four car buyers she knows of who […]

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    Car dealer touched by buyer’s problem at another dealership steps in to help

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Shelby Nielsen thought she was just running an errand with her dad when he made an unscheduled stop at Victory Automotive in KCK that had a surprise waiting. Victory Automotive owner Eric Gentry learned about Shelby from a FOX 4 Problem Solver report detailing how a car she recently purchased from Kidds Automotive in Olathe was taken away from her after the car lot’s owners discovered the employee who sold the car to Shelby never turned over […]

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    Community comes together to solve a variety of problems for KC woman in need

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met 87-year-old Juanita Sidmon last February. She was standing outside her Northeast Kansas City home showing us a warning from the city about her dilapidated roof. “Since this happened it just drained the strength totally out of me because I don’t know how to solve the problem and how to fix it,” Sidmon told us with tears in her eyes. She was worried that the overwhelming repairs she faced could force her […]

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    Woman devastated by ‘kind’ car salesman who she says scammed her out of thousands

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yvette Vallier hasn’t had an easy life. She’s on disability and in constant pain from a severe back injury. Plus she’s still coping with the loss of her husband who died a few years ago. She lives on a tight budget and is constantly looking for deals to make her limited finances stretch. That’s search for a deal that placed her in her latest predicament. She was looking for a used car when a woman she volunteers with […]

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    Lee’s Summit man’s final wish is to ensure his wife has no worries once he’s gone

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    Faulty washing machine issues flood customer with problems

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “$250 is not going to break me,” those were the words of La La Jones, the owner of a used furniture and appliance store on Prospect Avenue in Kansas City. “That’s chump change to me.” But apparently not chump enough to give back to Francesca Wynn who bought a washer and dryer from Ms. Jones’ store that she’s never been able to use. “I have had nothing but trouble,” said Francesca who works for full-time, goes […]

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    Not ‘Kidd’ing: Car lot blames illegal sale on buyer for not knowing dealer was a crook

    OLATHE, Kan. — Shelby Nielsen has been forced to catch rides to work since January. That’s when she discovered the car she bought from a Johnson County used car lot — Kidd’s Automotive — doesn’t belong to her. “He took my ID. Everything you would do to buy a car,” said Nielsen, who took out a $4,000 bank loan to buy the car, that was sold to her by Kidd’s general manager. In fact, everything seemed okay, she said, until […]

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    Problems in progress solved in a variety of fashions

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last time FOX 4 Problem Solvers met Mary Ellen Rich, she was upset. “I’ve been deceived,” Mrs. Rich told FOX 4. She said she was the victim of a Johnson County interior designer who she’d paid $14,000 to nearly nine months earlier, but had yet to deliver a single of her custom items. Plus the designer was no longer answering Mrs. Rich’s phone calls and had blocked her on Facebook. The designer was at first […]

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    Couple frustrated with city’s lack of help when trash truck damaged their car

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — February 22 is a day Megan and Donald Schwemin won’t soon forget because they’ve been in a battle with the city ever since. It marks the date a KC trash truck slammed into the back of their car, which was parked on the street in front of their Columbus Park home. “I was leaving for work and there was a city worker waiting outside in a white truck to talk to me,” recalled Megan Schwemin, who remembered […]