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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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    KCK police chief and local ACLU respond to President’s new immigration orders

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — “We’re dealing with an increase of violent crime last year, an increase in drive by shootings, those are the things that are important to us,” says KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler. KCK’s top cop weighed in on keeping his city safe in light of the president’s new immigration orders. The Department of Homeland Security today released details on immigration enforcement. The new order calls for stricter enforcement of America’s immigration laws — laws that are generating […]

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    Woman seeks family members after discovering letters from 1947 during home renovations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Brookside homeowner said she inadvertently opened a time capsule while doing some home renovations. Hidden inside the house were messages dating back decades. Now that homeowner is hoping to share those messages with someone connected. “Our contractor was taking out the wood stove inserts. We’re getting tired of carrying wood so we asked him to take it out.” Joni Dugan has lived in her home since 1984. About two weeks ago, while doing some work […]

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    Good Samaritan stops to help students who were on bus hit head on by driver in 291 Highway crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When a wrong-way driver hit a school bus head on Thursday evening, a good Samaritan behind the bus went into action. She called 911 then stopped to help when that driver hit the bus carrying the Wellington-Napoleon boys and girl’s basketball teams. The car driver died, and the bus driver suffered a moderate injury according the Missouri Highway Patrol’s crash log. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke with that eye-witness who says had it not been for the […]

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    Three Independence McDonald’s donating portion of profits on Friday to kids who lost their mom

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A local owner-operator of three Independence McDonald’s, Carlos Carson, is donating 10 percent of all profits Friday, February 17th, to the Gomez children and family. This comes after the tragic loss of their mother Yadira Gomez at the end of January. Carson wanted to join the efforts of the Independence community in helping out the family. “What we wanted to do was raise money for those kids and their grandmother, just to try and help them out, just […]

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    Woman living in shed on her family’s property dies in fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “I lost my baby, it was my baby,” a tearful Betty Pugh said. A mother mourns and fears the worst after an early morning fire in Kansas City’s northeast neighborhood. Before 6 a.m. morning, firefighters went to fight the fire near 9th and Hardesty. They found a shed on fire, and eventually a woman’s body inside. Right now, police call the death suspicious. While police have not confirmed the victim’s identity, FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke to a family […]

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    Dozens view homes on southeast side of Kansas City being sold for as little as $999

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The “Heart of KC” open house tour kicked off earlier on Tuesday. Some homes on the southeast side of the city are being sold for as little as $999! “My objective is to clean up the neighborhood, and what I would like to do is buy a bunch of houses,” said Nick Herrig, a potential buyer. “For first time home buyers like myself, we get to invest in a home at a lower cost,” added Vanessa Watson, […]

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    Man says teens on Plaza ‘mobbed’ him, throwing punches and knocking him down during attack

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man says he’s shaken up after a group of teenagers surrounded him, mugged him, and punched him on the plaza Saturday night. Jeff Gulley says he was “mobbed” and described that dozens of kids surrounding him, taking his things, punching him, and knocking him to the ground. “I ride a recumbent tricycle at night through The Plaza, Downtown, Westport, and it`s quite a scene because it has a lot of LED lights that […]

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    Armed carjacker points gun at couple, takes off with car and cash from Brookside neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An armed robbery and carjacking in the Brookside neighborhood has a young couple scared for their lives. “Within a few seconds somebody came up to the passenger side door, opened the car, pointed a gun in, and asked for all of our money,” said Dylan, who did not want to disclose his last name. Tuesday night around 8, the couple was getting ready to leave when a man in a hoodie approached them, pointed a handgun inches […]

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    Kansas City leaders looking to strike budget balance between public safety and other pressing needs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The amount that Kansas City is going to spend on public safety remains up in the air as the city budget is under review. The city’s homicide rate rose dramatically between 2014 and 2016, and the city’s struggling to deal with the violent surge. The answer may lie in more money. There was a lot of talk about public safety at City Hall on Thursday. Mayor Sly James said they are looking for a balance between public […]

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    Good Samaritan comes to Missouri Highway Patrol trooper’s aid as suspect fought with him on I-70

    LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. — Tuesday began like any other day for a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper, but things quickly escalated during a traffic stop. The trooper stopped a driver along eastbound Interstate 70 near Higginsville. What happened next has the driver facing assault charges and other related allegations. “That guy was just fighting and screaming, fighting and screaming, he just kept resisting, kept resisting, kept resisting,” said Charles Barney, a good Samaritan who helped the Trooper Beau Ryun. Trooper Ryun […]

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    Metro man in need of kidney transplant finds a donor – his own wife

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman is staying true to her marriage vows – in sickness and in health – to her husband of more than 40 years. She plans to donate one of her kidneys to her ailing husband. The transplant will take place at Research Medical Center on Wednesday morning. When Bonnie Osenton found out her husband would have to wait years for a new kidney, she said she immediately wanted to donate hers so they can continue […]

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    Metro woman suing Kansas Highway Patrol after sustaining injuries during police chase

    Two years after a metro woman nearly lost her life, she’s suing the Kansas Highway Patrol and the trooper she blames for her injuries. The lawsuit claims that troopers used road spikes to stop a fleeing suspect. When the suspect hit the spikes, he lost control and slammed into the woman’s car. While no one involved would comment on the pending lawsuit, the more than 30-page document speaks for itself. The lawsuit says that Amy Alexander suffered life-threatening injuries in the […]