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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
  • Joe’s Forecast: Calming down for the rest of the weekend

    After a pretty eventful day with gusty winds and hail in the early afternoon from KC southwards…things will calm down for the remainder of the holiday weekend with more sunshine expected on Sunday and pleasant temperatures lingering through the next work week. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend Click here for FOX 4 Interactive Radar FOX 4 meteorologists Mike Thompson, Joe Lauria, Karli Ritter, and Michelle Bogowith will keep you apprised of any severe and dangerous weather in our […]

  • Apparent crack in main line causes flooding at Northland community center

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A water main break near Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 NE Antioch Rd, caused a messy situation Tuesday morning. The water line is a 20” main. According to Kansas City officials, no customers are going without water because of it. Kansas City police and fire department called in the break at about 4:45 a.m. They do not know what caused it. The center closed and canceled classes. Community center staff was busy calling anyone who regularly attends […]

  • Some worry about Lee’s Summit ‘Downtown Days’ after baby electrocuted at carnival

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The carnival company headquartered in Plattsburg, Mo., that set up rides, games and concessions at the mall festival in Wichita May 12th where a child died from electrical shock, is setting up a carnival next weekend in Lee’s Summit. The tragedy naturally has some thinking twice about carnival rides, and some Lee’s Summit residents are concerned about the safety at Lee’s Summit Downtown Days, June 2nd-4th. “You don’t want the same accident to occur again. It’s definitely concerning […]

  • Documents prepared by slain KCK detective show abuse of murdered 7-year-old boy

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Documents prepared by Kansas City, Kan., police detective Brad Lancaster, who was killed in the line of duty in May 2016 at the age of 39, show the cruelty a seven-year-old Kansas City, Kan., boy suffered before he was finally killed by his father and stepmother. The remains of Adrian Jones were found in a pen where pigs were kept. “Worst thing that I have ever had to see at this point in my career, and I hope […]

  • Two years after crash that killed teen, Tamika Pledger’s trial begins

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A woman accused of hitting a group of teenagers with her car in January 2015, killing one of them, is finally getting her day in Wyandotte County District Court. Tamika Pledger, 41, is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and four counts of reckless aggravated battery for allegedly hitting those four teenagers with her car in the 1300 block of Troup Avenue. Witnesses told police the four teens were among a bigger group of students […]

  • Package of clothes left behind for federal agents causes concern

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman left behind a package at 901 Locust Street Monday morning, stating it was for federal agents as she walked away. It approximately 10:30 a.m., the Kansas City Police Department Bomb and Arson Unit was called to assist. They cleared the area and at about 12:15 p.m., determined that the package contained clothes. The woman’s identity was not known, nor the reason she left behind a package of clothes on the ground. The area is just […]

  • Stormy forecast prompts Shawnee Mission School District to move grad ceremonies to earlier time

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 is watching tornadic conditions to the west; as storms move into Kansas City. FOX 4 meteorologist Michelle Bogowith and photojournalist Jerry Paauwe are heading to the Wichita area, where risk of tornadoes and severe weather is considered high Thursday afternoon. Watch for live updates on Michelle’s Facebook page as well as FOX 4’s page. Meteorologists Mike Thompson and Joe Lauria will be in the FOX 4 weather center, monitoring the storm’s movement into the […]

  • Co-owner of Kansas City bar killed while walking his dogs on Indian Creek trail

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Darby, 61, co-owner of Coach’s Bar and Grill, 414 West 103rd Street, was apparently out walking his dogs on the trail near 102nd and Wornall when someone killed him. His body was discovered Thursday along a bike trail right off of Indian Creek in south Kansas City. Police responded to the scene around 6:30 a.m. after Darby’s body was discovered by a bicyclist. His two dogs were seen roaming the area, circling his body. Coach’s Bar at 103rd […]

  • Semi flips on its side on I-70, wreaking havoc on afternoon traffic

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A semi flipped on its side during a two-vehicle crash on westbound I-70 at Charlotte Thursday afternoon, causing substantial backups at the I-35 and I-70 interchange. The crash occurred at about 2:20 p.m. Look for updates on fox4kc.com, the FOX 4 app, Facebook page and FOX 4 newscasts. Breaking Update: 2 vehicle crash w/ overturned semi will impact I-35 SB at the I-35/I-70 split. Plz find alt route. #kctraffic #besafe pic.twitter.com/nHFkbg1RpV — MoDOT Kansas City (@MoDOT_KC) May […]

  • FOX4 Forecast: Tracking storms tonight

    Clouds are slowly rolling in and eventually storms will follow later tonight. We are tracking the potential for severe storms after 9pm tonight. Main threats for the metro will be strong winds followed by hail. We can’t rule out an isolated tornado in the southwestern corner of the viewing area, but the main tornadic threat will be in South Central KS/North Central OK. This won’t be the only chance for storms… we’ll watch for another round tomorrow night. Details on […]

  • Watch Live: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pays timely visit to Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is speaking and answering questions Wednesday evening at Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th Street. Rice will be welcomed by Library Director Crosby Kemper III; and they’ll discuss her new book ‘Democracy- Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.’ Attendance to the 6:30 p.m. discussion is full, but people can watch Rice speak on the library’s YouTube channel. Click here if you don’t see the livestream below.

  • Kansas City union members show their support for one-terminal airport construction plan

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Union members in the Kansas City area came out Wednesday to support a new, single-terminal airport that the city is studying and proposing. Engineering firm Burns & McDonnell has proposed to privately build and finance a new single terminal at Kansas City International Airport to garner voter approval and finish the airport project. Burns and McDonnell is the third-largest airport designer in the nation, working on complex projects at LAX in California and La Guardia in New York […]