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
  • 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 […]

  • Contest: Win a Christmas Story leg lamp to turn on during live musical event on Fox 4

  • December 6th is Microwave Oven Day

    No one is sure how it came about, but Wednesday, Dec. 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. The ‘National Day Calendar’ website suggests ‘celebrating’ by cooking an entire meal in your microwave oven. When they were first sold (Sears had them in their catalog in the 1970s, according to this account), microwave cookbooks offering full-meal microwave recipes were in abundant supply. Now they’re frequently found at thrift stores lost in all the books. American engineer Percy Spencer is credited with […]

  • Suspect in violent Prairie Village home invasion of elderly couple sentenced to three years

    OLATHE, Kan. — After pleading guilty in September to a violent Prairie Village home invasion of an elderly couple, Joseph Shultz, 30, was sentenced Tuesday to one count of aggravated burglary. For that, the judge ordered him to prison for three years and two months. A year ago, just before daybreak, masked men broke into the Prairie Village home occupied by the Douglas family. The burglars took a revolver, jewelry, cash, a safe and other items. “When they turned on the bedroom […]

  • With problems mounting at Jackson County jail, corrections director turns in resignation and new leadership is announced

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Joe Piccinini, Jackson County corrections director at the Jackson County Detention Center, turned in his resignation Thursday, and then Friday, Jackson County Executive Frank White held a news conference to announce the change in leadership. Deputy Director of Corrections Diana Turner will now serve as acting director. In September, Turner became Piccinini’s deputy. She has more than 20 years in the corrections field, overseeing juveniles and adults through positions at the federal, state and municipal levels. Click here […]

  • County executive makes announcement about ill-reputed Jackson County Detention Center

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. announced he will hold a brief news conference Friday afternoon regarding the Jackson County Detention Center. Three days ago, Jackson County legislators demanded White take action to prevent corrections officers from being attacked again by prisoners inside the detention center. According to court records, 20-year-old Johnny R. Dunlap was in Pod C of the Jackson County Detention Center the Wednesday before Thanksgiving when he assaulted an on-duty corrections officer.  The officer […]