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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
  • Alarming trend of West Plaza neighborhood break-ins disturbs neighbors and business owners

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Multiple break-ins in the West-Plaza neighborhood over the past few days have residents and businesses worried about the alarming trend. Those who live in the area, and people who own businesses that have been targeted this week are now urging others to call police if they see something suspicious. “I think this is a very tight-knit neighborhood, and we all do look out for each other,” said John Milone, who owns Johnny Jo’s Pizzeria. He’s been open […]

  • Two fans facing city charges following fracas in stands at Kauffman Stadium

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two baseball fans are now facing charges after a fight at Kauffman Stadium. A video taken on Tuesday shows a man punching a woman during a Royals game against the San Francisco Giants. The video shows a security worker in a yellow shirt talking to a group of people, when a guy wearing a Royals shirt with the number 15 on it hit the woman behind him. Law enforcement sources say they spoke with several people […]

  • Home healthcare worker suspected in Leawood thefts may have taken six-figures worth of valuables

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — A woman hired to care for seniors in Johnson County is facing charges that she stole from them instead. Police say victims lost as much as $100,000. “It upsets me greatly that someone could take advantage of you, and she worked so quickly!” said one victim, who wanted to remain anonymous. Prosecutors charged 59-year old Aldean “Suzy” Foster with theft. Police say based on what they think she pawned, this is the highest dollar amount they’ve seen stolen […]

  • SevenDays event encourages students to make positive changes in the world

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Area high school students are playing a prominent role with the third annual SevenDays make a ripple, change the world, that begins today and continues through Monday. It continues the healing journey following the murders that took the lives of Dr. William L. Corporon, his grandson Reat Underwood, and Teresa Lamanno outside of Jewish facilities in April 2014. The three lost their lives at the hands of a convicted Neo-Nazi gunman. Since SevenDays began, many scholarships […]

  • Teacher assaulted by student in special education program at Blue Valley Service Center

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A teacher was injured after being assaulted by a student in a special education program at the Blue Valley Service Center on Monday. Johnson County Fire said they received a call that one person was assaulted shortly before 10 a.m. at the facility. Blue Valley school district said in a news release that the incident occurred in a special education program that serves elementary students. “A student became agitated and acted out, resulting in injuries to the […]

  • Brookside community rallies to support employees of closed restaurant following blaze

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The rebuild begins after flames broke out at a Brookside restaurant Thursday morning and damaged three businesses. The fire happened around 5:45 a.m. when flames began shooting from the roof of Plate near 62nd and Oak Street. Now the community is coming together to help the staff of the Plate restaurant that will remain closed until further notice. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke to owner of the restaurant earlier on Friday, and while he wasn’t up […]

  • Running red lights, revving engines and popping wheelies, Plaza patrons decry four-wheeled nuisances

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drivers and pedestrians in the metro are raising concerns about a growing scene. Teenagers have been spotted riding around on motorcycles, dirt bikes, even four wheelers on city streets. They’re running red lights, driving off the road and doing wheelies. Country Club Plaza patrons and businesses are wondering why the police aren’t doing anything more to regulate this. “I think it`s annoying more than anything, I don`t think it`s exactly safe because there`s a lot of […]

  • Culinary Cornerstones Program dishes out work opportunities for veterans, homeless and unemployed

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been about a year since a program kicked off to put people to work in the food industry. This six- month vocational training program is for the unemployed, homeless, and veterans. “Finding a job is a lot harder than keeping one,” said Billy Staley. Staley is a veteran. He went six months without work, until someone at the VA told him about the Culinary Cornerstones Program. “It is an intensive 30-week, 800-hour training program,” said […]

  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School ‘Wigs Out For Cancer’

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — St. Thomas Aquinas celebrated a 10-year anniversary and more than 1,000 cuts on Friday. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern was there for an event marking the school’s fight against cancer, one lock of hair at a time. “About a year ago, my aunt was diagnosed with Stage IV uterine cancer,” said Emily Conard, a student. “I’ve had family members die from cancer, so I know the pain that losing your hair can cause,” added Sophie Ayers, another student. […]

  • MADD fears cuts in Missouri state-funded sobriety checkpoints could cost lives

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s House of Representatives voted in favor of a proposal to cut funds for sobriety checkpoints. Now “state-funded” sobriety checkpoints would basically be eliminated because they would receive just one dollar in funding in 2018, instead of the most recent budget’s $20 million. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said thousands of people are already dying because of drunk drivers annually, and they fear this change will make that number go up. “A repeat drunk driving offender […]

  • Woman making wristbands to support Independence Officer Wagstaff gets flooded with requests

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Since FOX 4’s original story aired on wristbands being sold for Officer Tom Wagstaff’s family, the organizer said she’s gotten hundreds of requests. The Independence woman who has never met Officer Wagstaff spent the evening selling more of the wristbands at the Independence Police Department. More than $1,200 has been raised so far, and more wristbands are on the way. “If one goes down, we all come together and help out,” said Heather Parsons, who bought four […]

  • Southside fire victims still recovering one week later

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One week later and victims of a Kansas City southside apartment complex fire are still putting their lives back together. It was last Tuesday morning when some of the Coach House Apartments went up in flames. Those who lived here have since found other places to stay and now some residents who were allowed back in were just told today they’re actually going to have to move. “I`ve been really jittery, especially at night,  and we […]