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McGonigle comes to FOX 4 from KSDK-TV, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was morning anchor for the last six years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Saint Louis University, and a master’s degree in mass communications, with an emphasis in broadcasting, from Emerson College in Boston.

McGonigle has received numerous broadcast awards, including a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news; three Regional Emmys for Best Morning Newscast, Spot News and Community Service; First Place Series Reporting from the Associated Press; and the Nebraska Association of Broadcasters Silver Award for In-Depth Investigative Reporting.

Recent Articles
  • KC Council considering replacing city’s animal control division with nonprofit KC Pet Project

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Council members are considering a new resolution to replace the city’s animal control division with the nonprofit agency KC Pet Project. KC Pet Project took over the city’s troubled animal shelter in 2012 and drastically reduced the number of animals being put to sleep while also improving adoption rates and the overall image of the shelter. “Anything and everything is on the table,” said KC Council Member Scott Wagner, who also chairs the committee […]

  • Buzz no more? Georgia Tech takes issue with nickname, logo for new KC pro basketball team

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Kings flew west to Sacramento, California, in 1985, leaving the metro with a professional basketball void. Then former KU great Calvin Thompson announced the rebirth of pro hoops in Kansas City with the KC Buzz. But even before the Buzz can begin competition in the new North American Premier Basketball League, the franchise is mired in an off-court dispute. “I received a letter from the attorneys for Georgia Tech,” said Thompson, the team’s […]

  • Axe throwing club comes to Kansas City’s West Bottoms

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following a trend that’s been spreading across the nation, Kansas City now has its first urban axe throwing club. “It feels so good,” said Ryan Henrich, owner of Blade and Timber in the West Bottoms. For $120, groups of up to six people can hurl a 16-inch axe at a wooden target in one of six lanes at Blade and Timber. See Fox 4’s Pat McGonigle take a swing at axe throwing (and miss) in the […]

  • Metro mom spearheads local movement to ‘Wait Until 8th’ to give kids smartphones

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’ve ever struggled over the right age to give your kid a smart phone, some local experts have an answer: It’s the eighth grade. That’s according to a local mom who’s starting a grassroots movement on kids and smart phones. Fox 4 also talked to a tech expert who compared the damaging effects of smart phones and young, growing brains to street drugs. Four-year-old Anni is amazed by goats, and she loves painting rainbows and […]

  • Local nonprofit helps KC veterans find meaningful employment after returning to civilian life

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many military veterans struggle with the adjustment to civilian life. But a local nonprofit has found a great way to match local veterans with meaningful employment. Browsing the aisles at Goodwill is one of Adney Stean’s favorite things. As a 71-year-old retired Navy veteran, Stean never imagined he’d be shopping around for a new career. But he needed some extra income, and he wasn’t sure where to begin. Stean’s lack of computer know-how wasn’t a problem […]

  • Mixing humor with heartbreak, Tom Pickert’s widow tells stories of the man she says was never afraid to show emotion

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds of friends and family packed the Community Christian Church just off Country Club Plaza on Thursday to remember Tom Pickert. Pickert was shot and killed on the front porch of his Brookside home on October 25. Police are still investigating the case and have not named a suspect. At Thursday’s memorial service, which would have been Pickert’s 40th birthday, the young attorney’s closest friends and his grieving widow eulogized a driven lawyer and devoted father. […]

  • KC couple helping in Puerto Rico says they’re disappointed with the government’s response to devastation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michael Kilkenny and Heather Gibson moved to Puerto Rico last spring to begin a new life dedicated to helping others reach their fitness goals. The couple left behind lucrative careers in the Kansas City area to find something different on the U.S. territory. They have found a new mission in life, even if it isn’t the one they predicted. Kilkenny and Gibson have been working day and night to deliver drinking water and vital supplies to […]

  • As we head into cooler weather, local company encourages homeowners to get their chimneys cleaned

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — With this first blast of chilly, fall temperatures, many people are starting to use their fireplace for the first time in a while, and experts say that makes this a dangerous time of year. Jeremy Biswell, owner of Fluesbrothers, says this is his busiest time of the year.  Fluesbrothers is a certified chimney sweeping and cleaning service. Biswell says there are 25,000 house fires every year that start because of a poorly maintained fireplace. For as little […]

  • Independence elementary students give back to the community by raking leaves for seniors

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An army of 70 leaf-rakers from John W. Luff Elementary School in Independence raced out of the classroom and into the neighborhood to give back Tuesday. The students eagerly took part in a community service project, helping older neighbors by raking and bagging up leaves. “The people here aren’t able anymore to keep their yards clean,” third-grader Grace Sederholm said. So the students helped out. The biggest lesson from this community service day? Lending a hand feels good. […]

  • 60 Kansas National Guard soldiers heading to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Sixty soldiers with the Kansas National Guard’s 242nd Engineer Company leave Tuesday for a monthlong mission to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. More than 800,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity in the U.S. territory that was devastated by Hurricane Maria, and it could be months before power is fully restored. The latest estimates suggest some people in Puerto Rico will not get their power restored until next spring, possibly next summer. The 242nd Engineering Company will help […]

  • Parents cheer Mizzou price cuts for room and board

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — The University of Missouri-Columbia is lowering some on-campus housing and dining costs. The cost for a traditional double-bed dorm room is going down 2.2 percent from $6,770 this academic year to $6,621 starting fall 2018. That amounts to about $150 in savings over two semesters. As many as 1,320 students could be impacted. The price cuts are music to the ears of parents such as Susie Tieman, who is sending her son to live on campus […]

  • Local ‘Wonder’ kids star in new documentary

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You may have seen the ads for the upcoming movie ‘Wonder’ starring Julia Roberts. It’s the story of a young boy living with a major facial anomaly. Thursday night, some local stars walked the red carpet for the premiere of a similar movie. Four youngsters who are featured in a new local documentary walked the red carpet, before adoring fans. The local children are in a new film called “Just Like You.” It’s a powerful story […]