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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
  • Mo. Highway Patrol holds ‘Move Over’ operation to inform drivers of law and safety concerns

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Highway Patrol troopers are honoring a fallen colleague while also trying to keep a busy highway safe. “Not a day goes by that we don`t think of Mike, and the sacrifice that he made out here,” said MSHP Sergeant Brooks McGinnis. It was just before seven in the morning, 14 years ago on Monday, that 25-year-old Trooper Michael Newton was killed in a traffic crash. He stopped a vehicle on Interstate 70 near mile-marker 47 […]

  • Blue Valley High School takes new-age approach to traditional yearbook

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Blue Valley High School yearbook staff has created a one-of-a kind yearbook that’s receiving lots of attention. This year’s yearbook is going digital; you can use an app to see bonus videos that go along with the pictures. “Our yearbook this year is lot more photo heavy and design heavy, as opposed to having more wordy stories,” Alex Roberts, the co-editor-in-chief for the yearbook, told FOX 4. Times have certainly changed. Instead of words and […]

  • West Plaza runner serves warning about strange man who followed her turn by turn

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A young woman who lives in the West Plaza area is urging you to be extra aware of your surroundings if you like to run or walk in that neighborhood. She says a man followed her on her usual morning run. Twenty-four-year-old Sam Salvini says she was running when a man followed her for nearly 15 minutes. She describes that he would wait to see where she turned, and then he would turn. “I turned down […]

  • Muscular Dystrophy camp in need of supplies after floods ravage storage unit

    LINWOOD, Mo. — The local muscular dystrophy chapter lost materials for their summer camp at Tall Oaks due to flooding of its storage unit. Camp is in 18 short days, and as FOX 4’s Melissa Stern reports, they lost all their costumes, games, and supplies. “It’s the best week of the year over anything,” said one camper, Matt Allen, “If I could be there every day, I would. Now, I’d probably miss my family a little bit, but…” Eleven-year-old Matt […]

  • Mo. Highway Patrol troopers stepping up metro patrols for ‘Move Over’ law enforcement

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a continuing effort to bring attention to Missouri’s “Move Over” law — the Missouri State Highway Patrol is conducting two “move over” enforcement operations during the month of May. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern rode along for one of those operations on Monday, and learned what you need to know about the law so you don’t get slapped with a hefty fine. “See how it`s slowing? And they`re actually clearing the lane that`s closest to us,” […]

  • Overland Park man falls prey to thieves using credit card skimmers on gas pumps

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park police said someone attached two skimming devices to gas pump credit card readers in Overland Park at the Phillips 66 gas station near 75th and Metcalf. Police said there are at least four victims, but there could be more. If you used this gas station recently, police said you should check your bank statement immediately. “It actually just came to my attention this morning. It was probably a week ago, and it took me […]

  • Two seriously hurt after getting ejected from car in Kansas City rollover crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries on Thursday night in a one-car crash. Police say the driver of a white Chevrolet Impala was heading south on Lydia, lost control and rolled over. Witnesses say the car hit a brick concrete neighborhood sign, leaving debris in the road. They add that the car caught fire and rolled about 75 yards, saying it was very loud and heard the crash from inside their house. Witnesses say they […]

  • Stuck in a rain storm after an accident near UMKC, woman says other drivers kept speeding by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman is pleading to the community to always stop and help your neighbors if you pass an accident. Katy Lineberry said she was hit by another car while heading to pick up her oldest son up from school — leaving her and her 2-year-old son stuck in a busy intersection while everyone continued on their way. The accident happened at the five-way intersection of Volker/Rockhill/Cherry, at the north end of the UMKC campus. Lineberry […]

  • Friends, family and complete strangers stop at KC intersection where woman was hit to honor her life

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friends and family are remembering a 38-year-old woman as someone who loved her son. Erika Smith was hit and killed on her way to work on Tuesday morning. The crash happened at 41st and The Paseo around 7:15am. Smith’s friends, family, and even complete strangers are honoring her life and brought balloons, flowers, and other gifts on Wednesday to the intersection where she was hit. They say they want to make sure Erika Smith is not […]

  • Neighbors say they won’t be able to shake memory of seeing woman fatally struck by car on The Paseo

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle near 41st and The Paseo around 7:15 on Tuesday morning. Investigators say the victim is a 39-year-old woman who was walking across the street from her apartment to catch the bus for her job in downtown Kansas City. “I looked out my window first, because I heard all the commotion, and when I looked out the window, I looked across the street, and […]

  • Hyde Park neighbors growing frustrated with too many vehicles blocking narrow driveways

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Homeowners and renters in a Kansas City neighborhood are fed up with people parking on the streets and blocking their driveways. One resident says every day for almost a month there has been someone either blocking their driveway or parked right up to the edge. “Sometimes there’s just not enough room for all the cars that people have when they park over here, and we all do still have driveways, but they are narrow driveways, and […]

  • KU professor resigns in light of campus concealed carry, calling it counterproductive to education

    KANSAS CITY — Starting in July — besides bringing their computers, books, and other school supplies to class — students on state college and university campuses in Kansas will be allowed to also bring guns. One associate professor at the University of Kansas has resigned because he feels the policy will harm higher education. “I feel, and I know a lot of professors at KU, also feel that having guns in the classroom would be totally counterproductive to our mission […]