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

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    Search continues for missing teen at Douglas State Fishing Lake; small boat found on Monday afternoon

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. — Rescue crews spent Sunday and Monday searching the Douglas State Fishing Lake looking for a missing teenager. On Monday afternoon the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said that searchers found a small boat at about 2 p.m., but still haven’t found the teenager, and are trying to determine whether it’s the boat that two teenagers were in when it capsized on Saturday night. The Douglass County Sheriff’s Office said around 10 p.m. Saturday, the two 17-year-olds were out […]

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    BREAKING: Shooting at 33rd & Garfield

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Sunday evening near 33rd and Garfield. Officers told FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush that it was the Shotspotter technology that brought them to the scene of the shooting. They said they were alerted to multiple shots; when they arrived on the scene they found a man in between two houses who had been shot. Right now, police have not released any suspect information. The victim was transported to an area hospital […]

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    Described as faithful, Northland man killed in stabbing honored at vigil

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than 50 people came out Saturday night to hold a vigil for a Northland man who family said was stabbed to death by his own father last weekend. Family said Joey Leslie, 27, was stabbed in his grandmother’s backyard. “He is the type of guy that never got mad, I used to get after him sometimes and he would not say a word,” said Dorothy Bradbury, Joey’s grandmother. “Pretty soon he would come back and […]

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    Family returns to Parkville home to collect what they can after fire destroys almost everything

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — A family is displaced after their home along Union Chapel Road caught fire Thursday evening. On Friday, the family returned to the scene of the home to see if they could salvage anything inside. They told FOX 4 almost everything was destroyed. “Black, wet, the ceilings are all down, you can see through the roof in a lot of places,” said Tabetha Amburst who lived at the home with her father and eight other family members. She […]

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    Kansas City group delivers flowers, hosts a day of pampering for widows on Valentine’s Day

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local non-profit made sure a group of widowed women had a special Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday, members of the organization Widow Wednesday hosted a day of pampering for local widowers. The women had their make up done, receive massages and had a complete spa day. “This is absolutely fun,” said Mary Hibbs, Who has been a widow for 20 years. Hibbs said Valentine’s Day was rough for many years. She said Tuesday’s spa day was a […]

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    Family of two little boys killed in Kansas City push for justice six months after double homicide

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Monday marked six months since two boys were shot and killed in a Kansas City home near 58th and College. Family and friends are still hoping for justice for 9-year-old Jayden Ugwuh and 8-year-old Montell Ross. Monday evening family members came to visit the grave of Montell Ross. “We need somebody to speak up for our boys, not for us, but for our boys,” said Aishah Coppage, Montell’s mother. Members of the family’s church came out […]

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    Family throws birthday party for KC boy who never made it to 10 years old

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Friends and family came out to a birthday celebration for a boy who didn’t live to attend the party of his dreams. Jayden Ugwuh would have turned 10 years old on Sunday. Jayden and his 8-year-old cousin, Montell Ross were killed last August. Police said a gunman sprayed bullets into the family home where the two children were spending time with family. It happened near 58th and College. The case remains unsolved. “We still don’t have […]

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    Jackson County prosecutor joins colleagues to give guidance for investigating officer-involved shootings

    JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and some of the nation’s leading big-city prosecutors spent a year working on a guidance document on how local prosecutors should respond and investigate officer involved shootings. Friday, Baker sat down with FOX 4 to tell us about the findings. She said one of the recommendations is that prosecutors should respond immediately to a scene where an officer used force. Baker said her office has been doing this for about […]

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    Gardner police, state review board investigating 2-year-old’s death

    GARDNER, Kan. – Police are investigating how a 2-year-old girl died on Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to the home near Hickory and Kansas streets. Investigators said they were called to the home on a report of 2-year-old who wasn’t breathing. They say she was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. Police are only calling the incident a death investigation at this time and have not said if they suspect foul play. Family set […]

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    Neighbors hear explosions as Northland home destroyed by fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Firefighters are investigating after a home near Northeast 112th and North Booth Avenue went up in flames on Sunday afternoon. Fire officials said the home is a total loss. Thankfully, no one was injured. Firefighters said there were fireworks stored in the garage so it made it more difficult to safely put the fire out. “They can be detrimental,” said Battalion Chief Greg Taylor. Neighbors said he heard loud explosions coming from the home and saw a […]

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    Cleaver’s staff says protesters ‘disrupted a room full of allies’ at town hall meeting on Pres. Trump’s travel ban

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver hosted a town hall meeting Saturday in response to President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel to the U.S. from seven countries. More than one thousand people came out for the town hall meeting. Cleaver said he wanted to discuss the temporary travel ban and talk to people about their rights. A panel of six individuals were also part of the conversation. “We can’t have a wholesome community with people living in […]

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    English Landing Park becomes focus in search for missing woman Toni Anderson

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — The boyfriend of a missing Kansas City woman said he has been searching English Landing Park in Parkville for her. Pete Sanchez said a source told him that Toni Anderson’s phone last pinged there. Police will not confirm the information to FOX 4. Sanchez said he and his father have been searching the park for eight hours a day. He said they are holding another search at 7 a.m. Saturday morning and invite the public to join […]