I love what I do, love working at FOX 4 because I’m interested in people and their stories. I especially love stories that show the human spirit– our kindness, survival skills, determination and stubbornness– all the things that motivate us and make us unique and exceptional.
I have two adult daughters. They keep me young and make me old at the same time. It’s also interesting– and sometimes frustrating– to see life through their eyes (and their Gen-Y/Millennial perspectives!)
Much has changed since I took my first television journalism job many years ago. But it’s still about you– the reader, the viewer– and telling stories that matter and supplying you with an assortment of news that you need to hear, that you’ll find interesting or compelling.
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Recent Articles
  • St Joseph police: Woman and 7-year-old girl could be in danger; alert issued

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The St. Joseph Police Department is asking the public to help them locate two ‘endangered missing persons’. Sarah Butler-Young, 35, and Jasmine Robinson, 7, may be together in a Blue Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with Missouri license plate AG2A0V. Police say Sara picked Jasmine up from her elementary school (Skaith) on Wednesday at approximately 8:00 a.m.. Sara has exhibited mental health issues recently and paranoid behavior. Sara hasn’t been at her home and Jasmine hasn’t attended school […]

  • Kansas City man convicted of aggravated battery, leaving accident scene in 2015 crash that injured Shawnee cyclist

    OLATHE, Kan. — A Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted on Thursday in Johnson County of aggravated battery while driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident in connection to a hit-and-run accident that left a Shawnee cyclist in critical condition in September 2015. According to prosecutors, Kevin Hall struck and injured Steve McCrary, who was biking west on Shawnee Mission Parkway around 5:30 a.m., near Vista on Sept. 23, 2015.  McCrary was taken to the hospital and treated […]

  • KCK police officer gives $100 each to two grandmas who tug at his heart

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kansas City, Kan., police officers had a great day on the job Thursday morning. The police department received a $10,000 donation from an anonymous person who wanted them to spread Christmas cheer in their community. So on Thursday, a handful of police officers passed out cash to citizens who tug at their heart. Fox 4 was there when Officer Jonathan Westbrook handed $100 over to one grandma he met and then another. Why did he pick […]

  • Third suspect in Shawnee gun store murder pleads guilty

    OLATHE, Kan. — On the third day of his jury trial, a suspect in the murder of a Shawnee gun store owner pleaded guilty instead of continuing the trial. Nicquan Ke-Aaron Midgyett, 22,  pleaded guilty to first degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. He and three others are charged in the killing of Jon Bieker in Jan. 2015. Bieker and his wife, Becky Bieker, co-owned the now-closed gun store at 6487 Quivira Rd. According to previous […]

  • Seven months after woman dies waiting for tow truck on I-70, driver charged with 2 misdemeanors

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — The Blue Springs attorney who was driving a car involved in a deadly crash on I-70 at Little Blue Parkway in May has been charged with two misdemeanors related to the crash. Adrienne Afrisio, a mother of two, died when Eric Butkovich’s 2007 Honda Odyssey hit her as she stood on the shoulder, watching a tow truck load her van onto its bed.  The tow truck driver was also injured. Butkovich, 47, is an assistant city prosecutor […]

  • Lawrence man charged with rape, arrested on KU campus

    LAWRENCE, Mo. — A 19-year-old Lawrence man has been charged in Johnson County with rape. Terrance Redmond, who lives on the University of Kansas campus, is accused of forcing himself upon a woman he had previously dated even though she says she told him ‘no.’ The incident for which he’s accused occurred in March at his Johnson County residence,  while the two were watching videos on the couch. According to the affidavit, the woman said he held her down with […]

  • Help employees with disabilities by donating your tangled, broken holiday lights

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As you pull out your decorations for the holidays, you may discover some of your holiday lights are broken or in disarray. Thankfully, there’s now something better you can do with them than throw them into the trash or spend hours trying to get them working again. FOX 4 and Southeast Enterprises have joined forces with Westlake Hardware and Two Men and a Truck to collect and recycle holiday lights. How will these collected old holiday lights help […]

  • His voice strong, Independence police officer thanks community for welcoming him home after 8 trying months

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An officer hurt in the line of duty returned home Friday  and many in the community lined the streets to greet him. Eight months ago, on March 29, Officer Tom Wagstaff was shot in the head while responding to a burglary. Police say it began when two of the suspects, Joseph Wyatt, 29, and Ronar Santago-Torres, 27, knocked on the door of a home at 35th and Delaware and told the homeowner they were looking for their lost […]

  • I bought $250 in bitcoin. Here’s what I learned

    Some people kill time at the airport by browsing duty-free shops. I decided to shop for bitcoin. But first, there are two things you should know about me: I tend to be almost as afraid of losing money investing as I am of flying. On some level, I figured one fear might cancel out the other. So last Thursday, while waiting for a flight to Nashville, I pulled up a popular application called Coinbase that can be used to buy […]

  • Mysterious chemical odor at Park Hill South High School forces early dismissal to ventilate school

    RIVERSIDE, Mo. — Leaders at Park Hill South High School, 4500 River Park Dr.,  decided to dismiss early Friday after a mysterious odor forced students and staff out of their classrooms and into the commons area. The Kansas City HazMat team tried to determine the source of the odor but did not find it.  School leaders say about half the students in the school, those located in the area of the ‘mysterious odor’ were evacuated to the commons area. The […]

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus visit and encourage children at Children’s Mercy Hospital

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Santa and Mrs. Claus made their annual visit to Children’s Mercy Hospital on Thursday for the Christmas party the hospital organizes for patients and their families. Mister and Mrs. Claus have been visiting the children there for the last 15 years. Santa explained that he and Mrs. Claus (also known as Duane and Deanna Albert) had a son who spent a lot of time at Children’s Mercy. “The special for us is the children coming down and […]

  • School Day at the K 2018 is May 3rd

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Join FOX 4 and the Royals for the 20th annual School Day at The K hosted by Chief Meteorologist Mike Thompson and the entire Fox 4 Weather Team. You don’t want to miss the largest educational field trip in Kansas City. This opportunity gives students and teachers a chance to learn about Kansas City weather and watch a ballgame. This special event has become a Royals tradition and attracts more than 20,000 […]