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Alana LaFlore joined FOX 4 News as a reporter in March 2018. Originally from New York, this is Alana’s first time living in the Midwest. She’s excited to explore Kansas City and tell your stories!

Alana was born in New York’s Hudson River Valley, but grew up in Syracuse, New York. The city’s cold, weather helped spark her interest in reporting. She remembers her father recording her first “live reports” during Syracuse’s snowstorms!

Before joining the FOX 4 team, Alana was a multimedia journalist at NewsChannel 9 WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There, she reported on several national stories, including the deadly Woodmore Elementary School bus crash. Her first reporting job was at Time Warner Cable News in Utica, New York. After about a year, she transferred to the 24-hour cable news outlet’s main station in Syracuse, New York.

Alana has a Master of Science degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She earned her undergraduate degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Alana interned at several different news outlets and media companies in places like Atlanta, New York City, London and Washington, DC.

Alana enjoys volunteering and mentoring youth. While in Chattanooga, she was a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also volunteered with Read Aloud Chattanooga. Through the organization, she spent time reading to children at area elementary schools, teaching students the importance of literacy and education.

Connect with Alana and welcome her to Kanas City!

Recent Articles
  • Flu season is here: Metro doctors are urging you to get your flu shot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Already, doctors in the metro say Jackson and Johnson counties have seen more than 60 flu cases combined. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity in Missouri is sporadic for the week ending on October 6. Flu season usually starts next month, and doctors and those personally affected by it are urging people to get their flu shots. “You want to get it in October cause it takes about two weeks for it […]

  • Area where missing woman found dead is prone to flooding, Miami County officials say

    PAOLA, Kan. — For almost two days, Miami County deputies searched for a missing 78-year-old woman. It was a tragic ending to the Silver Alert after a county worker found Hazel Philips`s car submerged in flood water. The sheriff’s office said Phillips was inside her car, dead. As of Friday afternoon, there was still high water on some parts of the road where Phillips’s car was found. Police searched the area Thursday, but the water was so high, they couldn’t […]

  • Amazon deliveryman watches van roll into KU student’s car before driving away

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lawrence police are trying to identify a driver who they say left the scene after his unattended delivery van hit a parked car. It happened in the parking lot of Gower Place at the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house on KU’s campus. “One of my friends texted me yesterday morning, and she said, “Are you OK? What happened to your car?” said the KU sophomore who owns the car that was hit. She asked that her name […]

  • Debate continues over development projects proposed in Parkville

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — A controversial development in Parkville is moving forward, but three more proposed developments in the same area are the subject of another public hearing Wednesday night. On Tuesday night, the city’s planning commission recommended approval for mixed-use residential and commercial properties at Interstate 435 and 45 Highway. The recommendation came after a public hearing that went on until around 11:30 p.m. The commission will meet again Wednesday night for a public hearing on three other proposed developments […]

  • Grandview man charged with making 2017 swatting call in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Nearly a year later, police have arrested a man they say falsely reported an active shooter in Overland Park. It happened in November 2017 at the One Stop Decorating Center near 135th Street and Metcalf. The false report and resulting panic sent schools and businesses nearby into lockdown. On Tuesday, Morayonla Sholaja, of Grandview, was booked into the Johnson County Jail with a $50,000 bond and charged with making a false report. The fake report last […]

  • Firefighters install smoke alarms in Overland Park block where fire displaced residents

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park Firefighters went door to door near 95th and Nieman, offering to install smoke alarms. That’s the area where a fire broke out Sunday morning. Crews learned there weren’t any working smoke alarms in the building where it happened. The new installations also happen to coincide with the start of National Fire Safety Week. “They need to have working smoke alarms,” said Tricia Roberts, a public education specialist with Overland Park Fire Department. “They need […]

  • Metro pizza chain owner offers helping hand to out-of-work Little Caesars employees

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After FOX4 aired a story about laid-off Little Caesars employees going through a tough time trying to get their final checks, the owner of more than two-dozen Domino’s Pizza locations in the metro contacted our newsroom. Jamie Paulsen said he wants to hire those former employees and pay them the money they were shorted. “Once we saw that, we said, ‘Hey, there’s an opportunity,'” Jamie Paulsen said. “We need people. We can help them.” Johnathan Caswell-Miller […]

  • Local Little Caesars employees find themselves without work and final paychecks

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More Little Caesars restaurants shut down metro-wide. But employees say their last paychecks aren’t much good right now. FOX4 told you about a similar situation in December. Little Ceasars corporate is in a  legal battle with the owner of the Kansas City metro’s franchises, Alan Knox. He’s accused of breach of contract for not paying the franchise fees. That’s why a judge ordered he shut down all nine of his locations in July. But the stores […]

  • Kander’s exit from KC mayor race shines light on veterans’ mental health challenges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The man thought to be the front-runner in the Kansas City mayor race has suddenly dropped out. Jason Kander said he needs to help himself first and get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, so he won’t be running for mayor in 2019. In a statement, he said in part he knew something was deeply wrong and was scared to acknowledge his true symptoms of PTSD. “To allow me to concentrate on my mental health, I’ve decided that […]

  • Former Independence pastor arrested in Wisconsin on child sex charges

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — According to Wisconsin police, a former metro pastor was caught using online dating apps to entice someone he thought was a teenager for sexual interaction. Scott Patschke was formerly a pastor at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Independence. He moved to Wisconsin in August and became a pastor at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau, Wisconson. Late last month, a citizen action group called “Impact” set up a sting operation that ended in Patschke’s arrest. According to Wausau […]

  • Baseball donated to Blue Springs Goodwill turns out to be historic piece of memorabilia

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A lot of donations come into the Goodwill in Blue Springs every day, including sports equipment, but one baseball was very special. It looked old and a little dirty, but it was signed by some of the most well-known players in baseball history. New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Steve Balboni, who played for the Royals and the Yankees, all signed the baseball that was donated anonymously. JSA Authentication verified […]

  • Shawnee Mission gets rid of fingerprints in background checks of school volunteers

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Volunteers from the community are a big help for schools and teachers, but they have to be screened to make sure they’re fit to be in schools. The Shawnee Mission School District just voted to change the way they background check potential volunteers, and it’s a decision that some are uncertain about. In the past, volunteers had to be fingerprinted as part of their background checks. But now they don’t have to take that step. There are more than […]