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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
  • Problem Solvers get to the bottom of woman’s security deposit dispute

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the most common complaints from tenants is about landlords who don’t return security deposits. It’s an all too common practice, even though Missouri law is clear that landlords can’t keep a security deposit without proof they deserve it. That’s something renter Ruth Wilson says her former landlord failed to do. When Wilson moved out of her apartment on Cherry Street in Kansas City’s Midtown last August, she documented how clean she left her two-bedroom rental with numerous photos and […]

  • Construction noise a welcome surprise for family getting needed bathroom overhaul

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — The constant refrain of scraping and sawing and hammering from the men remodeling Kristal Wilson’s bathroom can bring her to tears. Not of sadness, but of joy. “Just the process of it and the fact that it is happening,” Wilson said. “Any time I think about it, my eyes water.” She becomes emotional because the changes underway in the Wilson family bathroom will make life a whole lot easier. Kristal and Nick Wilson’s only child Brett has […]

  • Problem Solvers: Area transmission shop steps up to help wronged family

    LIBERTY, Mo. — The last time FOX 4 Problem Solvers met the Herbranson family of Kansas City, they were getting ready for a modest Christmas. It would be a Christmas with few presents because Alan Herbranson, a carpenter, hadn’t been able to work in more than a month. He had been forced to turn down jobs because he had no way to get to them. His only vehicle was stranded in the driveway with a bad transmission. Making matters worse, […]

  • Problem Solvers find that Neon Dash busted in other cities, refunds may not come

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of metro runners are still waiting for refunds from a racing company that cancelled on them just days before the big event. But in a FOX 4 Problem Solvers follow up, Problem Solvers discovered those refunds may never arrive. The company has taken down its website and shut its doors. Now former employees are speaking out about a boss they say was bad news. “I feel like they forgot about us,” runner Jordie Malcolm told […]

  • Problem Solvers help shift fortune of family dealing with bad transmission

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alan Herbranson can start up the engine on the family van, he just can’t put it into gear. It’s a dire situation for Herbranson, who spent all of his savings paying a mechanic to fix the transmission on his family’s only car. The day Herbranson picked up the van from the repair shop, he knew there was a problem. “It was clunking into first,” he recalled. Repair shop owner Donnie White of Dependable Auto told Herbranson to […]

  • Problem Solvers examine causes behind delays for hopeful foster parents in Missouri

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri is at an all-time high for the number of children in foster care with 13,000 children in the system. So why has a couple who had hoped to become foster parents in time for the holidays been waiting seven months, and has yet to even start the training? A woman and her husband who live about an hour north of Kansas City hoping to become foster parents haven’t had begun the necessary home study. What’s […]

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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 Express (877-581-3733 or fixmypwc.com) 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 […]

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    Problem Solvers Hall of Shame

    Problem Solver Hall of Shame (Business and individuals who have refused to fix problems) Real estate website American Standard Online (see story) Consignment shop operator Brenda Cole/Curvy Divas (see story) Contractor, Roofer Alan McCluey Michael “James” Hughes of Hughes Rightway Heating and Cooling (see story) Alpha Locksmith and Manager Eyal Lugassi James Okelly and Blue Springs Party Place Mike Powell Blue Springs Furniture Gallery DJ James Ference Wes Emert Automotive parts dealer Tony Moses Handyman, contractor Square Deal Auto, Kansas […]

  • Elderly couple gets help with dangerous building violation and other Problem Solver updates

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — JE Dunn Construction Company brought out the heavy equipment to demolish the dangerous garage that had landed an elderly couple in hot water with Kansas City’s codes department. “I went to court with them and I pleaded guilty because I didn’t have the garage torn down by the date that they gave me,” said 90-year-old Robert Washington, a WWII veteran who shares the home with his 78-year-old wife Mary. A judge gave the Washingtons a new […]

  • Kansas doctor who co-authored Atkins Diabetes book going to prison for tax evasion

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Dr. Mary Vernon of Lawrence, Kan., coauthor of The Atkins Diabetes Revolution, is headed to prison after a judge sentenced her to three and a half years behind bars for not paying taxes on nearly $800,000 in income. Vernon, 62, also was the medical director for a number of Kansas nursing homes. Although Vernon may have been good at professing the benefits of following a low-carb diet, prosecutors said she was lousy at following federal law. She was […]

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    Failed bank transfer proves to be costly fiasco for Air Force veteran

    It’s not rocket science to transfer your automatic deposits to a new bank account, but as FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar explains, a retired Air Force Tech Sargeant has been waiting 10 months for his paycheck ever since he switched banks. Jim Courtney spent 20 years in the Air Force working on B-2 Bombers. “It was a great career,” Courtney said. “I miss it.” It was also a job that provided a steady income even in retirement, at least […]

  • Vacationers shocked by toll charges from Colorado months after trip

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A family vacation to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park seemed perfect, until a few months after the return home when a letter from an attorney arrived in the mail. It was a collection letter for $45 for two unpaid tolls on E-470 Highway, a road that circles most of Denver. The letter stated that because the two $10.20 tolls had gone unpaid for months, there were now late fees and a $20 legal fee. Lisa Ainsworth […]