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
  • Joe’s Forecast: Hottest of the hot!

    Today will be the hottest day of this hot weather stretch…and while Sunday will pretty toasty it won’t be as brutal as today. A cold front will be falling apart as it moves into the area later today…this should set off at least some thunderstorm activity in the region this evening and overnight tonight into early Sunday. The heat index today will soar to near 110° or higher…and near 100° or higher on Sunday.             […]

  • 10-year-old KC boy crawls through doggie door, finds gun, shoots himself in leg

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say a 10-year-old boy found a gun at a vacant home at 23rd and Poplar early Friday morning and shot himself in the leg. FOX 4 was first on the scene as police tried to determine what exactly happened.  After they sorted through the facts, they determined the boy arrived at the home with a relative, who owns the home. They did not have a key, so the relative told the boy to crawl through the […]

  • Jackson County jail prisoner who died at hospital was ‘combative’, Jackson Co. Executive’s Office says

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County Executive Officer leaders have now confirmed the prisoner who died after an incident at the Jackson County Detention Center Thursday night was a 35-year-old man. Marshanna Hester, public information officer for the Jackson County Executive’s Office, said the man was brought to the Jackson County Detention Center by a sheriff’s deputy at about 11:00 p.m. The man was in custody due to a parole violation. “Due to the inmate’s combative behavior and to prevent […]

  • Woman seen on camera driving another woman’s car after 18th & Vine area assault, carjacking

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police want to identify and find the woman seen in surveillance pictures, driving a stolen 2005 Ford Escape approximately 20 minutes after it was stolen from the 18th and Vine area on June 30th. Police say that at about 7:30 a.m. that day, a man with a gun approached another man and attempted to take his car from the Jazz District area. He assaulted the victim, but the victim was able to run away. The man […]

  • Jackson County Jail prisoner dies after being locked to chair for long period, FOX 4 source says

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At approx. 11:30 p.m. Thursday, a prisoner from the Jackson County Jail was taken to the hospital and then died. “An individual was brought into our facility. He was subsequently sent to Truman where he died. Please refer to the Jackson Co  Sheriffs Office for further questions,” replied Marshanna Hester, PIO for Jackson County in an email to FOX 4’s Mark Alford. A source close to the investigation tells FOX 4 the inmate was left locked […]

  • Second man in 8 days dies in Jackson County from possible ‘heat-related’ health issues

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For two consecutive Thursdays, the Jackson County Health Department has informed the public on Twitter that a person has died of possible heat-exposure. The tweets (below) explain that on July 13th, a man born in 1960 (making him approximately 57-years-old) died. One week later on July 20th, the health department tweeted that the death of a man born in 1970 (approximately 47-years-old) was possibly heat-related. This serves as a reminder to check on relatives, neighbors and […]

  • Unidentified woman shot several times in the head in 1985, may be named ‘Darlene’

    MISSOURI CITY, Mo. — Investigators believe they could be getting closer to identifying a woman found dead in 1985 in Clay County, Mo., and they’re appealing to the public for additional information to help confirm a tip provided to them by a caller. In 1985, the African-American young woman was found dead in a field near Boyer Road and 210-Highway, east of Missouri City. She was murdered by several gunshots to the head. For 32 years she has only been […]

  • KCMO police major & Norman, OK police chief are the 2 finalist for KCMO chief

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Members of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners held a news conference late Thursday morning to announce the two finalists for the Chief of Police. In March, Darryl Forte announced that after five-and-a-half years of serving as police chief, he would be leaving the force.  His last day was May 20th and Deputy Chief David Zimmerman was named acting chief. The finalists are Major Rick Smith of the Kansas City, Mo., Police Dept., and Chief […]

  • Overland Park man killed in Virginia while crossing street

    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — An Overland Park man died Wednesday night in Virginia as he crossed the street and was hit by a car. Julius A. McBride, 54, of Overland Park was killed Wednesday at about 10:30 p.m. “A car traveling east on West Broad Street struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross West Broad Street in the 7200 block. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” a Henrico Police spokesman said. The […]

  • Police: Handcuffed Independence man escapes in police car, tries to hit police chief, suffers gunshot

    NORTHMOOR, Mo. — A 23-year old Independence man has been charged with multiple crimes after he was shot by a police officer while fleeing police in the City of Northmoor on Monday. On Wednesday, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd charged Jeffery Brown with escape from custody, resisting arrest, tampering with a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. According to police, Brown was in handcuffs and in the front seat of the Northmoor police chief’s patrol car. The police […]

  • Independence church provides school supplies for all Blue Springs kindergarteners

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Epic Church, 19260 E 50th Terrace, put out a wonderful note to parents of pre-schoolers and kindergarteners in the Blue Springs School District. They informed them that all of their student’s school supplies would be provided by the church. That includes kindergarteners at 13 schools, plus several pre-school programs. The items were identified by the school district and include school supplies, diapers, tissues and more. The donation amounts to about $20,000 for approximately 1,200 students.  They’re having a […]

  • Ys open to community during Excessive Heat Warning

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All YMCA of Greater Kansas City locations will be open to the community 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 through Saturday, July 22, during the Excessive Heat Warning. Anyone may go cool-off at the Y during those hours for free. Guests should bring a photo ID and check in at the Welcome Center when they arrive. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Teens 16 and older may visit […]