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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
  • Overland Park firefighters rush to save two people trapped on second floor of group home during blaze

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Firefighters in Overland Park rescued two people from a burning house overnight. The fire happened at a house at 141st and Parkhill – near 143rd and Pflumm, ignited by a cigarette butt State Fire Marshal investigators say group home fire in @opcares started because a cigarette wasn’t properly put out. #fox4kc pic.twitter.com/XuZNq4AF4A — Melissa Stern (@MelissaStern) March 22, 2017 Fire officials say the group residential home did have working smoke detectors, causing people inside to wake […]

  • Apartment residents watched in horror as fire ripped through City Place construction site

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Royale at City Place apartment tenants say it was terrifying seeing the place engulfed in flames, and not knowing whether the fire would affect the building where people already live. “I was at work, and around 3:45 my husband texted me because he works from home, and he said, ‘can you come home right now?’ And I said, ‘Why? I have a 4 o’clock appointment.’ And he said, ‘the building’s on fire,’” 25-year-old Sophia Zey recounted. […]

  • Early morning fire kills 76-year-old man in Pleasant Hill

    PLEASANT HILL, Mo. — “I didn`t come out, because the smoke was so bad that I was afraid to come out of the house,” said Patricia Keil, a neighbor. Neighbors describe what they woke up to this morning, and said the news just kept getting worse. One man escaped that burning home, the other did not, and now he’s in the care of the American Red Cross. Firefighters responded to the burning house near P-Highway and 203rd Street in Pleasant […]

  • Weekend fun trifecta: St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, and beautiful weather

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s a triple threat for fun! Good weather, Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, and March Madness. The metro is gearing up for a fun-filled weekend, and police are working extra hard to keep you safe while the party goes on. “We`ll be marching down the street, we`ve got all our signs, and we`ll salute the police as we go down the line,” said Dan Reardon, who is participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Reardon, his […]

  • Local man helps people who are blind utilize software that makes their jobs — and lives — easier

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cameron Black has worked at Alphapointe for about six months now. He says it’s difficult finding work being blind. “There are a lot of sighted people who are uncertain. How do you explain something that is so visual, like a computer screen, to a blind person?” Black said. That’s why he’s thankful for his supervisor, Kevin Athey. He says Kevin makes everyone comfortable, because he knows how to explain everything so it makes sense. “They enjoy that […]

  • Emergency dispatchers desperately needed in Kansas City metro area

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They’re the people you rely on during some of the worst days of your life. 9-1-1 operators are often the first people you speak to during an emergency. But they are in short supply around the metro –and there’s a serious need to fill the vacancies. “It`s extremely stressful, and there`s a thing, it`s unquantifiable, but there`s something inside a person that gives them the ability to be able to do this, because some of the […]

  • Good Samaritans help man who suffered a heart attack during Big 12 5K run

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 58-year-old man running in the Big 12 Championship 5K wants to thank several people for saving his life Saturday morning. David Houchin’s family says doctors have told them the quick action came during a life or death situation when he had a heart attack. Houchin says he doesn`t remember a thing. He was confused when he woke up in the hospital, and asked his wife what happened. “My daughter wasn`t feeling good, so I ran […]

  • Family trying to raise funds to have proper funeral for 19-year-old shot and killed in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The sudden loss of a 19-year-old man shot and killed in KCK on Thursday has left friends and family in shock — and police looking for a killer. The deadly shooting happened just before 10 p.m., in the 1400 block of South 35th Street. Nathan Kiesling was shot and killed Thursday night on this block outside of his home. Now, his family is trying to raise money for his funeral expenses. Family members were too distraught to […]

  • KU’s disappointing early exit at Big 12 Championship leaves businesses anxious about weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KU fans packed the Power & Light District and the Sprint Center hoping for a win on Thursday. Many fans took off soon after, and sold their tickets to fans of other teams still in the running. “It was kind of flaky there that last call, the foul at the end, I didn’t agree with that, but we still got a good shot at NCAA,” said Kenny Hill, a KU fan. “A little disappointed at the […]

  • Pastor says it’s a ‘miracle’ that he and sons survived Oak Grove tornado that crushed their home

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A local pastor said God was definitely watching over him and his two sons during an EF-3 tornado Monday night. He said it’s truly a miracle everyone is alive and unscathed. “It should be sitting right here. It lifted up over the cars, there was another car in there, lifted up, then sat right there,” said Jason Williams, about his garage now 30 feet away from where it once stood. Their original severe weather plan was […]

  • Officials survey extensive straight-line wind damage at Johnson County Executive Airport

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — While no one has been allowed inside to see how bad their planes might be damaged at the Johnson County Executive Airport, FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke to one man with two planes who says based on what he’s seen so far — it doesn’t look pretty. “It’s worse than I thought it was, the east side is really bad, and the west side, my hangar in particular has the roof peeled up on it,” said […]

  • Some K.C. firefighters, paramedics, and emergency personnel are making big bucks thanks to overtime

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Kansas City firefighters, paramedics, and emergency personnel are making big bucks — even more than the City Manager and Fire Chief — thanks to overtime. Now the bean counters at City Hall are trying boost the fire department’s budget. “Overtime is an issue with the fire department, it has been for some time, and the overtime continues to increase, for a number of reasons, whether it be long-term vacancies, or short-term vacancies, we are certainly […]