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

Recent Articles
  • Metro allergy sufferers turn to locally sourced honey to stifle sniffles and sneezes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Allergy season is in full swing and local health food stores say people are coming in requesting local honey to combat their symptoms. “Most people either say I have allergies what do you recommend and that’s the first thing I tell them,” said Rikki Kluber, who works at Nature’s Own Health Food Market in midtown. Kluber said it’s easy to work honey into your everyday routine. “You can do the old fashion apple cider vinegar with […]

  • Lead carpenter on apartment complex watches in disbelief as his project goes up in flames

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — As crews were busy battling the blaze at the CityPlace apartment complex and nearby neighbors were working to make sure the community was safe, one man could do nothing but stare in disbelief. He stood helpless as the fruit of his labors crumbled in a mass of smoke and flames. Travis Stipe, the lead carpenter on the construction project, came down to the area after seeing the smoke from a distance. He didn’t want to believe […]

  • Massive fire in Overland Park spreads rapidly to homes, destroys everything in path

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A fire is raging in Overland Park, spreading to surrounding homes as its flames and embers shoot high into the air Monday afternoon. The fire appears to have started at the new, mixed-use, development apartment complex at College Blvd. and U.S. 69 in Overland Park. One of the apartment complex buildings was reduced to rubble after the fire quickly burned it to the ground. An adjacent apartment complex also caught fire. The fire has spread to […]

  • Family of slain Van Horn High School student still left with unanswered questions

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Six months after a 16-year-old was gunned down leaving Van Horn High School his family is still without answers. On Sunday, the family of Javon Reilly held a balloon release in his honor near the scene where he was shot and killed. It happened last September just a block from the high school. “He took a good person away for no reason,” said Tierra Reilly, Javon’s sister. “He could have resolved it in another way but instead […]

  • KCK woman dies after undergoing cosmetic surgery in Florida

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A metro family is mourning the loss of a 25-year-old woman after she traveled to South Florida to get plastic surgery and died. Family identify her as 25-year-old Ranika Hall. Police in Hialea, Fla., said the woman lost consciousness and stopped breathing. She was at Hialeah’s Eres Plastic Surgery to get cosmetic surgery known as a Brazilian Butt Lift. FOX 4 spoke to Hall’s grandparents at their KCK home on Saturday. They were very distraught about […]

  • Little boy steps up to help Oak Grove couple preparing for their wedding who lost nearly everything

    OAK GROVE, Mo. – A 10-year-old boy is reaching out to help an Oak Grove couple after their home was destroyed in the tornado. FOX 4 told you about the couple who lost almost everything for their upcoming wedding in the tornado. After the story aired, dozens of viewers reached out to offer to provide wedding decorations, new invitations and so much more. Nacio Soden, a fourth grade student at Baldwin Elementary in Baldwin, Kansas, said he saw the story […]

  • Toni Anderson’s boyfriend grieves her loss, casts skepticism on investigation into her disappearance

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Toni Anderson’s boyfriend is speaking out after her car was discovered in the Missouri River in Parkville on Friday. Police said they have no indication of foul play, but Pete Sanchez said he doesn’t think her car ended up in the river on accident. “It’s just too easy for someone to get rid of a car, it’s 24/7 all access and there’s no gate covering it,” Sanchez said, describing a boat landing dock not far from […]

  • Family seeks closure in murder of Overland Park mother as trial begins Monday

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The trial begins Monday for a man charged with killing a young Overland Park mother. In June of 2015, the body of 22-year-old Kelsey Ewonus was discovered in her car in KCK. Investigators said she had been shot to death. Antione Fielder is charged with first degree murder in the case. According to court documents, investigators obtained surveillance video that showed the suspect and Ewonus together at multiple locations including a hotel. According to investigaors, they […]

  • Discovery of Toni Anderson’s car leaves friends with even more questions

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Friends of missing UMKC student Toni Anderson said they have more questions than answers after the discovery of her car in the Missouri River. “We aren’t going to give up until peace is felt and justice served,” said Madisyn Pettit, Anderson’s friend. Dozens of people drove by the landing dock at Platte Landing Park near the area where Anderson’s car was discovered. People passing by said they wanted to see the area where Anderson’s car was found […]

  • Missing woman Toni Anderson’s car pulled from Missouri River, as well as an unidentified body

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Police pulled the car of a missing woman out of the Missouri River on Friday night, nearly two months after she disappeared. Police confirmed that the car belongs to 20-year-old Toni Anderson, but there are still many questions surrounding Friday evening’s discovery, where an unidentified female body was also found. TONI ANDERSON’S CAR JUST PULLED FROM RIVER: — Megan Brilley (@meganbrilley) March 11, 2017 FOX 4’s crews at the scene saw the Ford Focus get towed, […]

  • Toni Anderson’s family, police say her Ford Focus was pulled from water at Platte Landing Park

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Search crews and police officers at Platte Landing Park pulled two vehicles from the water on Friday, the latter of which belongs to Toni Anderson according to her family. Her family told FOX 4 that the license plate on the vehicle pulled in the evening matches those of Anderson’s Ford Focus. Police say a female’s body was also found: RIGHT NOW: KCMO PD confirm the vehicle found tonight was Toni Anderson’s car – female body was in car, […]

  • Tornado leaves Oak Grove couple’s home in shambles, destroying many wedding materials as well

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — Hundreds of homes are damaged or destroyed in Oak Grove after a tornado. FOX 4 talked to one couple who said there home was destroyed and a lot of the stuff for their May wedding was destroyed. The couple lives in a neighborhood near S. Broadway and SW 26th street. They said when they arrived home they barely recognized their home. “It just looks like it’s in shambles, like it just fell apart,” said Chris Holliday, […]