Molly joined Fox 4 in September of 2014 as a reporter for the late-night news. She is excited to be back home in the Midwest after spending two years as a reporter, anchor and producer at NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before working at NBC29, she was a reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.

Molly is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism (Go Tigers!) and loves her St. Louis Cardinals. You can catch her hanging out at area dog parks with her black lab, Avery. Molly was born in St. Louis, MO. and grew up in Edwardsville, IL.

Molly loves that journalism allows her to investigate wrongdoings. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award for one of her investigations revealing the University of Virginia Hospital mistakenly sent a family home with their deceased loved one’s amputated body parts. She has also been recognized by the Virginia Associated Press for her work.

Working within the vicinity of Washington D.C. granted Molly the opportunity to cover several rallies during the 2012 presidential election. During this time she interviewed former presidential candidate John McCain, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, as well as democratic supporter and actress Cynthia Nixon.

Molly would love for you to say hello if you see her out and about town working on a story. You can follow her on twitter at @MollyFox4KC or find her on Facebook “Molly Balkenbush Fox4” Do you have a news tip? E-mail Molly at Molly.Balkenbush@wdaftv4.com.


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    Independence road rage victims say vandals followed them off of highway, threw metal object that smashed window

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police are investigating after a woman said she was the victim of a road rage incident on Monday afternoon. Samantha Burke said two men tossed a metal object through her car window, causing it to shatter. She said her 2-year-old son was sitting right next to the window and had pieces glass in his car seat. “I started freaking out instantly,” said Burke. “My window just busted out, my 2-year-old is in the backseat and his car […]

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    Emotions run high at the K as fans honor the young pitcher they say will be ‘forever Royal’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Outside of Kauffman Stadium, it’s a sea of flowers, balloons, Royals caps and handwritten cards. Fans came out in droves for a candlelight vigil on Sunday to honor a Royal whose life was tragically taken too soon. Hundreds of fans stood with candles in hand, sharing the same aching pain. The loss of 25-year-old Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura brought many fans to tears. “It just shows everybody how fragile life is, man,” one Royals fan said. Fans […]

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Friends, family and the Adhoc Group Against Crime held a prayer vigil Saturday in honor of a women who has been missing for more than week. Police said 63-year-old Inous Revels was last seen Friday, Jan. 13 in the area of 51st and Woodland. Family said police and search dogs searched the area where she was last seen near her home yesterday. Now, family and friends said they are praying for her safe return home. “I looked everywhere […]

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    BELTON, Mo. — Police are searching for two men and a woman who they said robbed the Welcome Inn-Belton on Saturday around 2 a.m. A woman who works at the hotel said the suspects tricked her into thinking they were guests at the hotel who had lost their room key. As it turned out, they just wanted to follow her into the hotel office and rob the hotel. “As he was turning you could see the gun in his pocket […]

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs fans piled into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday despite the cold and rainy weather. Some fans told FOX 4 they stayed at hotels near the stadium to make sure they could get to Sunday’s playoff game. “We didn’t want to miss it, it’s a playoff game, you know,” said Jason Smith. “The chiefs are kicking butt this year and we wanted to be there for that.” Dozens of cars waited at the stadium gates before they […]

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    Lee’s Summit students, parents relieved to be reunited following school bus accident in St. Louis area

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Two-dozen high school students are safe after they were involved in a school bus accident on Friday morning. The group from Lee’s Summit High School was on their way back from a theatre conference in St. Louis. The school district said the students were not supposed to return until Saturday, but district staff decided it would be best if they returned a day early to avoid bad weather in Kansas City. “It was pretty slick and […]

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    Following in her dad’s footsteps, cousin to donate kidney to metro woman

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    Pastor apologizes for taking video of disabled woman whose wheelchair had broken down

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local pastor is taking heat on social media after posting a video to Facebook that gained more than one million views. Sunday night, Pastor Lamond Rushing is apologizing to the handicapped woman it offended. FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush spoke to that woman and the pastor. That video had more than 11,000 shares before Pastor Lamond removed it from Facebook, after our interview with him. Hundreds of people in the comments mercilessly mocked the woman in the video, […]

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    KC mom learns about fire at her home, fears her kids may not have made it out

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fire investigators are looking into what caused a house fire at a home near Elmwood and East 37th Terrace. A family of eight lived in the home and all made it out uninjured. Yolanda Hudson said her family lived at the home for three years. She said she received a phone call around 10 a.m. on Saturday that her house was on fire. She said she rushed home from work in tears. “I was crying because […]