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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 teenage 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.

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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    Make your yard the best it’s ever been: Enter FOX 4’s Yard of Dreams Sweepstakes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s Spring in KC! There are flowers to grow and yards to mow! Whether you consider it a chore or love gardening and maintaining your landscaping, FOX 4 wants to help you with your Spring/Summer yard work. In our “Yard of Dreams” Sweepstakes, we’re giving away four Toro Personal Pace 22″ Self-Propel Mowers, provided by Lumax Power Equipment. Then, the grand prize winner gets a Toro 42″ Time Cutter AND a backyard makeover worth $5,000 from […]

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    No injuries reported in House of Cards collapse

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A house of cards came tumbling down Friday afternoon in a Kansas City neighborhood. Firefighters were called out at about 3:30 p.m. Friday to the  building known as “House of Cards.” Investigators say at this point, it’s too early in the investigation to know why it fell. The abandoned building used to house apartments. It was known as the House of Cards because Northeast Arts KC orchestrated an art project two years ago that turned boarded […]

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    Explosive experts respond to possible danger in Belton

    BELTON, Mo. — Investigators from the Kansas City Bomb Squad were on the scene in Belton, where explosives were found. FOX 4’s Robert Townsend reports that bomb squads have concluded investigations and plan to detonate the explosives safely in a remote area. The explosives have been identified as two Japanese grenades that a man’s father apparently brought back from the South Pacific. The man and his sisters were cleaning out their father’s house and found the explosives in the basement. Not […]

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    KC police chief defends his $185,000+ salary

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte posted a blog on Thursday, addressing questions about his compensation, which he says was nearly $186,874, in 2014. The average, estimated median household income in Kansas City in 2012 was $41,877, according to citydata.com. “I hold no ill will to those who perceive my compensation to be excessive. As long as I serve as the chief of police of our great city, I will give nothing but my best, as I have […]

  • Police: Boy uses lighter to burn girl’s hair in hallway at KC middle school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police took a report and are now investigating an incident at Northeast Middle School in which one student allegedly set fire to another student’s hair. The 12-year-old boy is in juvenile custody as police continue to determine what exactly happened Tuesday afternoon at about 1 p.m.  A spokesman for Jackson County Family Courts says second-degree assault charges were filed against the boy. According to the police report, the boy was walking down a hallway inside the middle […]

  • Man abused by KC priest received a monetary settlement, but still awaits an apology

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph made a final payment on a nearly $10 million settlement this week. The payments were part of the settlement with the Diocese of Kansas City- St Jospeh, and included 32 cases of abuse by priests. FOX 4’s Kathy Quinn talked to one victim who says 46 years later he still does not have closure, even with the settlement, because he has not received the apology he deserves. “He ruined all […]

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    Two men accused of spending night shattering dozens of car windows in Marshall, Mo.

    MARSHALL, Mo. — Two men are accused of damaging dozens of cars when they allegedly blasted them with a BB gun.  According to Marshall Police, the two men drove around neighborhoods on Marshall’s north and south sides and randomly shot out car windows. Police received almost 40 reports from drivers whose windows had been pelted with BBs from a high-powered BB gun. One victim says it happened to him Friday. He walked outside of his house and saw that the rear passenger window […]

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    Contest winners flash a smile when they win prizes from FOX 4

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 has given away many prizes through the years to our FOX 4 viewers. We enjoy meeting our winners and are excited when they come sign the paperwork and collect their prize. It makes our day to make their day! It’s part of the fun! Below is a photo gallery of some of our recent winners. See!? People really do win. The odds are better that you’ll be a winner if you enter a local contest […]

  • Teen charged as adult in drunk driving crash that killed Overland Park father of 4

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park teenager will face trial as an adult for a fatal drunk driving crash that killed a father of four in the summer of 2014. RELATED: Overland Park man, 52, killed when teen driver crashes into parked car, pedestrians Connor Estrella, 17, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery for the crash that killed 52-year-old Kevin Moroney and injured Moroney’s girlfriend Maureen Hogg. On August 7, 2014, Moroney was walking Hogg to her car just […]

  • FBI releases enhanced photos of John Doe 29, wanted for information related to child exploitation and pornography.

    Hoping to ID man in child porn investigation picture, FBI releases enhanced images

    The FBI is asking for your help to identify a man who may have critical information linked to the ongoing sexual exploitation of a child. The FBI enhanced images of the man, identified only as ‘John Doe 29′, which they hope will provide clues to his identity. The search for this man is part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program, which focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth analysis of images to identify the child victims depicted […]

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    KC man & child porn ‘persistent offender’ now registered as sex offender after another conviction

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man registered as a sex offender for sexual abuse of a child has been convicted of possession of child pornography, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Tuesday. A Jackson County judge found Bryan M. Pierce, 52, guilty of the Class B felony of possession of child pornography. He was convicted as a prior and persistent offender because of previous convictions, including two child sex-related cases in Iowa. Pierce will be sentenced on May […]

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    Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter for crash that killed grandpa helping grandson with car

    PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — A Kansas City man entered a guilty plea in Platte County Thursday morning, admitting he was responsible for the crash that killed a 64-year-old grandfather as he was helping his grandson with his disabled car on the side of 152-Highway near I-435, on February 10, 2014. With the guilty plea, Anthony Battaglia, 30, is convicted of involuntary vehicular manslaughter for the death of Donald Rippy, 64. Prosecutors say Battaglia was driving at more than 80 miles […]