Makenzie Koch has always called the Kansas City metro home. After being raised in Odessa, Missouri, she took her passion for storytelling and building relationships to the Missouri School of Journalism.

There, she emphasized in magazine editing and social journalism with minors in English and Theatre and worked at the Columbia Missourian for more than two years as the assistant director of community outreach.

After graduation, she took her first real-world job as a digital producer at the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah, and moved halfway across the country. The beautiful mountains, unique culture and exciting news cycle of the Beehive State kept her busy for a year.

But ultimately, Kansas City called her back. She began working as an interactive content producer at Fox 4 in November 2017 and is overjoyed to be back in city she loves. At Fox 4, she focuses on social media, digital content, copy editing and all things internet.

When she’s not working, Makenzie enjoys watching superhero movies, reading any book she can get her hands on, working out at the gym, cheering on the Mizzou Tigers and playing with her puppy.

Recent Articles
  • Negotiations break down between KC council & company selected to build KCI single-terminal airport

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Council has rejected the memorandum of understanding with Edgemoor, the company selected to design a new, single-terminal Kansas City airport, and the city may be negotiating with another firm in the future. Kansas City Councilman Jermaine Reed tweeted Thursday that the negotiation was unsuccessful, and the MOU failed in a 9-4 vote. Councilman Quinton Lucas told Fox 4’s Dave D’Marko that the four votes in support of Edgemoor’s MOU came from the project’s […]

  • Man charged with dismembering wife’s body, living in Lenexa storage unit sent to hospital for mental evaluation

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — A man accused of child endangerment and abandonment of his wife’s corpse has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. A Johnson County judge found Justin Rey to be incompetent to stand trial on Thursday. Rey’s attorney filed a motion in November, saying Rey was unfit because he’s unable to fully understand the gravity of the charges against him. The judge ordered Rey to go to Larned State Hospital. He’ll be there for 90 days to get treatment. […]

  • Police searching for missing Buckner man who might be running out of medication

    BUCKNER, Mo. — Police are searching for a missing 36-year-old man from Buckner, Missouri. Officials said Jeremy Cooper was last seen Dec. 11, wearing a gray t-shirt. Cooper takes medication that he might be running out of, police said. Anyone who knows Cooper’s location is asked to call 911 or contact local law enforcement.

  • KCK police say house fire where three bodies found now a homicide investigation

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — After three people were found in the aftermath of a KCK house fire, police officially deemed it a homicide investigation on Wednesday. Three people were found dead Tuesday after their bodies were discovered inside a house that caught fire. The fire broke out around 3:22 a.m. near 8th Street and Troup Avenue. Crews arrived on the scene four minutes later and found at least two people dead inside. Tuesday afternoon KCK police said a third person was […]

  • North Kansas City man checks off bucket list item by competing on Wheel of Fortune

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A North Kansas City man will be on TVs across the country Wednesday night when he competes on Wheel of Fortune. Jeremie Ballinger said he’s been a Wheel-watcher since he was a little kid, frequently tuning in with his family. Now the Lawson native gets to check an item off his bucket list. The KC Corporate Challenge employee tried out for the show over the summer at The Westin in Kansas City. After being chosen, he […]

  • 18-year-old Kansas City man charged with Dec. 7 murders of father and convenience store clerk

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 18-year-old has been charged in the fatal shootings of his father and a convenience store clerk, prosecutors say. Reginald E. Jones Jr. faces two first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of 36-year-old Reginald Jones 57-year-old Darryl Singleton. The 18-year-old is also charged with two counts of armed criminal action, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Tuesday. The two shootings occurred on Dec. 7, at a grocery store in the 4500 block of East […]

  • Man charged with theft, murder of 86-year-old KCK man killed in November carjacking

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A 31-year-old man is now facing charges for the murder of an 86-year-old KCK man who was killed while trying to stop the man from stealing his truck. Dominic McGee has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of theft in connection with the Nov. 29 death of Frank Davila. Police said Davila was carjacked in November at his sister’s house near 7th Street and Pacific Avenue in KCK. Davila tried to […]

  • Police identify woman who died in apartment building fire on Farley Street in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A woman died Monday afternoon in an apartment building fire in Overland Park, officials say. The Overland Park Fire Department said the fire, which has now been extinguished, occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Monday at Overland Towers Apartments in the 8500 block of Farley Street. Jason Rhodes with Overland Park Fire said when fire crews arrived, they found an active fire on the second floor of the building. Firefighters found 54-year-old Bettina G. Yonally dead in […]

  • KC police looking for vehicle in connection with Westport homicide of 24-year-old

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a vehicle of interest in connection with the murder of a 24-year-old Kansas City man. Police said the vehicle was last seen at the scene of the Dec. 4 homicide at 40th Street and Walnut. KC police said it is just a vehicle of interest at this time, not a suspect vehicle. The vehicle is a blue 2003 Jeep Liberty with the Colorado license plate: OUF660. The […]

  • Police identify 2 men killed in double homicide near 24th and Cypress in KCMO

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have identified the two men who were killed in a double homicide Thursday in Kansas City. Two KCMO men — 57-year-old Darryl Singleton and 36-year-old Reginald Jones — were killed in a shooting Thursday night near 24th Street and Cypress Avenue, police said Friday. At about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, police were called to a nearby business for a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they found Singleton and Jones dead from apparent gunshot wounds just outside […]

  • UPDATE: Missing 77-year-old man with dementia found safe, police say

    UPDATE: Police say Larry Brown was found safe Thursday evening. KEARNEY, Mo. — Police have issued a Silver Alert and are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 77-year-old man who has dementia. Larry A. Brown was last seen just before noon Thursday in Kearney, heading westbound on Highway 92 from Highway 33. Brown is described as a 77-year-old white man, weighing about 190 pounds and about 5-foot-8-inches tall. He has gray hair and green eyes. Police said […]

  • Johnson County names interim manager after commissioners again reject contact for Zacharias

    OLATHE, Kan. — Johnson County commissioners named an interim county manager Thursday after again confirming earlier in the day that they would not renew the current manager’s contract. Penny Postoak Ferguson, who currently serves as deputy county manager, has been named interim county manager, the county announced Thursday. Ferguson has served as deputy manager since 2012. Before that, she was the county’s assistant manager. “I have every confidence that she will be able to bring the continuity and leadership that […]