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.


Recent Articles
  • Clowns from across the country converge on Kansas City for convention

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dozens of clowns from across the country and some from different parts of the world are in Kansas City this week. The convention, put together by the Clowns of America International, is underway at the Hilton Kansas City airport. The clown convention isn’t just for guests, but for the clowns themselves. There’s a room where vendors set up tables and sell all kinds of clown supplies, such as big shoes, clip-on noses, clown makeup and much […]

  • Leavenworth couple’s wedding materials destroyed in fire a week before marriage, but ceremony will go on

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A couple said they lost nearly everything for their upcoming weekend wedding in a house fire. The couple said their Leavenworth home caught fire on Saturday, exactly one week before their wedding. They said they just purchased the home a few months ago. They said their wedding decorations, center pieces, gifts for the bridal party, and tux for the groom was all destroyed. Wedding and bridal shower gifts were also ruined. The bride-to-be just said she’s happy […]

  • Red Cross brings birthday cheer to 6-year-old after Grandview fire destroys family’s apartment

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tonight, the dozens of people who used to call the Cloverleaf Apartment complex their home will sleep in a different place. Thankfully, the Red Cross is stepping in to provide a roof over their heads tonight. FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush went to Hillcrest Community Center where the Red Cross opened a shelter just for the victims of the Cloverleaf fire. Inside the Hillcrest Community Center there are dozens of families who either lost their home or cannot […]

  • Oak Grove mourns the loss of beloved football coach George Pirch

    OAK GROVE, Mo. – Some call him “Mr. Oak Grove,” others know him as “dad” or husband,” and hundreds simply know him as “coach.” After four decades at Oak Grove High School football Coach George Pirch has passed away. Family tell FOX 4 he lost his battle with cancer on Saturday morning. “It wasn’t just a job; it was life,” Ruth Pirch said, describing how her husband spent decades of his life on the field. She said the two were […]

  • Dark parodies of popular cartoons emerge on YouTube, startling metro parents

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Videos are surfacing on YouTube that appear to be part of a popular cartoon show, but instead it’s a dark parody. Many parents think their children are watching Peppa Pig and Doc McStuffins, but there are hundreds of videos on YouTube that are remakes of the popular cartoons, and inappropriate for children. “Little kids tying to watch TV and have fun and see something like that, it’s just like, rips your heart apart,” said Doug Deering, […]

  • Spanish speaking pet parrot missing for three days reunited with grateful family in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A Spanish speaking pet parrot has been reunited with his family after being lost for three days. On Monday, FOX 4 told you about a KCK woman who found somebody’s pet parrot and was trying to locate its owners. The pet parrot’s owners saw FOX 4’s story that aired Monday night and immediately contacted the woman who found the bird. Now, Wubby is back home. “She was like hey, I think your bird is on the […]

  • Crisis prevention instructors detail methods to diffuse dangerous classroom situations

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A special education teacher is still recovering after police said she was assaulted by an elementary school student at the Blue Valley Center on Monday. According to the teacher’s husband, his wife had bite marks, a concussion, a second head injury and a knee injury. District officials told FOX 4 their special education teachers have CPI, or crisis prevention institute, training. FOX 4 went to a CPI training class Tuesday to learn more about the process. […]

  • KCK woman seeks owners of ‘friendly’ ‘sweet’ parrot missing from its home

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – He’s lime green, has a beak and is searching for his family. A KCK woman said someone has lost their pet parrot, and she has it. “He seems awfully friendly and very sweet,” said Lori Bets. Bets said the second her neighbors handed her the bird they found she realized he was a pet and had a family somewhere missing him. She told FOX 4 she is trying to track the owners down. “I printed flyers […]

  • Blue Valley special education teacher’s husband describes her injuries from classroom assault

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A classroom assault happened in a special education program at the Blue Valley Center on Monday. Robert Anderson says doctors tell him his wife has a concussion, human bites, a knee injury and a second head injury. He told FOX 4 that she’s been a special-education teacher for 15 years, but has never had something like this happen to her. “She said there was an incident with a student and she had been bitten several times, […]

  • 37-year-old motorcyclist dies after falling over edge of ramp at I-70 and Minnesota Ave in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police on Sunday said a driver died after he lost control of his motorcycle on a ramp and fell over the edge. The crash happened around 2:40 p.m. on a ramp at Interstate 70 and Minnesota Avenue in KCK. Master Trooper Tiffany Bush with the Kansas Highway Patrol told FOX 4 the driver, 37-year-old Casey Bezdek, took the ramp too fast and lost control, falling off his motorcycle and tumbling over the edge. A husband and wife told FOX […]

  • Friends and family hold vigil for driver killed in Lenexa crash with car full of teens

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Friends and family gather to remember a 15-year-old who crashed a car he was driving, causing his death and that of a 13-year-old boy. Seven other passengers were also crammed inside that car and injured. It happened in a residential Lenexa neighborhood last weekend. Police said they tried to stop Isaiah Stroble around 4:30 a.m. last Sunday morning for driving without his headlights turned on, but they said he sped away. Lenexa police say the officer opted […]

  • Royals host autism awareness night, providing a comfortable experience for those affected

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Friday night The Royals hosted autism awareness night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals organization partnered up with Autism Speaks Kansas City for the event. Staff said the goal was to not only bring awareness to autism but to make the stadium more comfortable for people who have it. “Everyone knows someone who is affected by autism,” said Tracie Howell, Senior Coordinator for Autism Speaks. Inside the stadium on Friday night there were special concession stands, meant […]