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Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.

Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!

Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.

When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at Melissa.Stern@wdaftv4.com

Recent Articles
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    Woman wants Kansas City to take responsibility for car damage from poorly maintained roads

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman says a pothole turned into a big headache, and a huge repair bill. After arguing with the city about the damage to her daughter-in-law’s car, she called the FOX 4 Problem Solvers. Now a month later, the woman says she’s still waiting for the city to take responsibility for the damage. “It did considerable damage to her passenger-side front of her car; we had to tow it home,” said Tammi Liebsch, about her […]

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    KC public safety committee recommends petition to reduce marijuana possession fines

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Although members were hesitant, Kansas City Council’s public safety committee recommended on Wednesday that a petition to reduce marijuana possession fines will go on the April ballot. “We believe that people should not be incarcerated for small marijuana offenses, more than 1,000 people were arrested in Kansas City last year and that is people whose lives will be affected by these arrests for the rest of their lives,” said Jamie Kacz, Executive Director of the Kansas […]

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    Sixth graders in gang resistance program visit Wayside Waifs for community service project

    “When we read to them they get affection. They love it when we read to them,” said Laura Marquez, a 6th Grader at James Elementary School. Sixth grade students in a gang resistance program took a field trip to Wayside Waifs today for their community service project. The Kansas City Police Gang Resistance Education and Training program, also known as GREAT, aims to prevent delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. The program is a school based curriculum taught by police […]

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    Belton High School teacher, students building Kauffman Stadium replica out of collected canned goods

    BELTON, Mo. — Belton High School is collecting canned goods and creating a canned art project to help their Pirate Pantry — and ultimately their community. In the video, FOX 4’s Melissa Stern shows how one teacher and her students took the project to the next level — building Kauffman Stadium out of cans to make the project fun and memorable.

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    First woman and African American to become pastor at National Baptist Memorial Church in D.C. speaks at William Jewell College

    “I dropped by here today just to give some encouraging words to you today…keep standing your ground,” said Rev. Kasey Jones, the Senior Pastor at National Baptist Memorial Church in Washington D.C. She is the first woman and African American to become pastor there, and this morning, she was the keynote speaker at William Jewell College. Monday, the school held its community celebration in the school’s Gano chapel. It’s the 33rd year of the gathering in honor of Dr. King. “I’m here […]

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    Lawsuit alleges that former Olathe School District paraeducators beat up student, her brother

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A woman filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Olathe School District and two adults who were paraeducators there who were allegedly involved in a battery against a student and her older brother. Sondra Mansaw said her daughter received threats from another student, identified only as FDJ in the lawsuit, in February of 2016. “Upset, not knowing how to really protect my daughter over the situation,” said Mansaw. Her daughter, identified in the suit as Jane […]

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    Brave boy fighting bone cancer and family get behind the scenes tour of Kansas City Zoo

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Very happy, very lucky as well,” says Alexander Goodwin. A nine-year-old British boy fighting cancer still calls himself lucky after a special behind the scenes trip to the Kansas City Zoo. The brave boy winning the fight against bone cancer has been embraced by the Kansas City community in many ways. Today he and his family spent the day at the Kansas City Zoo to get their mind off things before his big surgery tomorrow. “I […]

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    Following months of calls to BPU, crew replaces streetlights in woman’s dimly lit KCK neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A KCK woman says she’s been calling the Board of Public Utilities for months.
 She hoped the power company would fix the burned out lights out on her street at 18th and Parallel, and said it’s dangerous with no lights once the sun goes down. “I noticed the lights out in September of last year, because originally it was just the two on the end, and this one just went out last month,” Perry explained. Perry has […]

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    Parents divided on whether winter weather should have closed metro schools on Thursday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some parents were annoyed that some school districts didn’t close on Thursday, while others didn’t want to take any chances with slick conditions on metro roads. “It`s snowing, people aren`t driving as well, they could slide, wreck” said parent Tricia Hammer. Some districts around the metro decided to play it safe and cancel classes as the snow and ice took over the streets, while other districts didn’t feel the weather was bad enough to close their […]

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    Young father shot and killed in Riverside leaves behind two little children

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A young Kansas City father is dead leaving behind two young children who will never know their father. “Extreme hurt. Disappointment. A soul-drenching hurt,” Davena Rivera said of how she felt when she found out her 20-year-old son Devon Rivera-Wright, the oldest of eight children, was shot and killed. “He’s my baby,” Rivera added. Around 1:40 p.m. on Jan. 3, Riverside Police responded to NW Karen Boulevard on a shooting. Rivera-Wright’s mom said all she knows is he […]

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    Mom and two teenage daughters shot at while driving on I-635 in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Gunfire hit two vehicles and at least one home in KCK over the weekend. Investigators think the incidents are related — and there could be more. A woman and her two teenage daughters were in a car traveling on Interstate 635 when someone shot at them. “Like firecrackers, we heard five or six shots,” said Heather Bybee, the mom who was driving her with her daughters when she was shot at. The shooting happened on New […]

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    Reat Underwood featured on ‘Donate Life Float’ in 128th Rose Parade

    PASADENA, Calif. — Hate crime victim and local organ donor Reat Underwood was featured prominently on the Donate Life Float in the 128th Rose Parade on Monday. Reat was featured in a floragraph on the float in the Pasadena parade. “We believe that up to 50 people were helped by the donations that he made of his own organs, so it`s a very special way to honor a very special person,” said Alana Muller, a long-time family friend. Reat was […]