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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
  • Metro educators, organizations stress importance of preschool education

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ask almost any educator and they’ll likely tell you early education has a major impact on children’s futures. At the Ervin Early Learning Center, part of the Hickman Mills School District, almost 300 4-year-old students are starting their education. The first day of classes was Wednesday. “We do quite a bit for our pre-K curriculum,” said Jillian Meriweather, coordinator of early learning programs for the district. “We do purely academic things that you think of, like letters […]

  • ‘It only gets better from here’: The landscape is changing in downtown Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Downtown Overland Park is experiencing a big boom. With about 300 locally owned shops, restaurants, bars and Upper Crust, a nationally recognized bakery, people who live within walking distance say it’s a unique place to be. “It is a little bit of a throwback to the 1950s with a lot of advantages to today’s technology,” said Janiece Vohland, who lives a few blocks away from downtown. Downtown Overland Park runs from Metcalf, west to Conser and 78th to 82nd on the […]

  • Family confirms two bodies found near Longview Lake are missing men

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Family confirmed to FOX4 on Thursday that the two bodies found near Longview Lake Wednesday afternoon are 25-year-old Keith Wasmer and 29-year-old Michael Brewer. Authorities say the bodies were found deep in the woods. Wasmer and Brewer disappeared more than a week ago. Relatives say the two friends went to Longview Lake Marina to meet a man named “Sam” but never returned home. Police say the next day they found Keith Wasmer’s car “under suspicious circumstances.” Michael […]

  • Board member for metro lacrosse team admits to sexual misconduct with teen athlete

    PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — Prosecutors say 61-year-old Overland Park man tried to solicit a 17-year-old girl for sex by sending explicit text messages. He promised her a spot on a collegiate lacrosse team. Court documents say James McEnerney was an onsite coordinator and board member for Midwestern Force Lacrosse, a club team. Midwestern Force Lacrosse, which now goes by Major Force Lacrosse, said McEnerney hasn’t been affiliated with them for two years and only ever talked to people about their services. According […]

  • People already lined up outside new Hurts Donuts shop in KC to win free donuts for a year

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People are already lining up Tuesday night outside Hurts Donuts’ first KC location, hoping to win a lot of free donuts. That’s right. To celebrate the opening of its first Kansas City location, the popular donuts shop is giving away free donuts for a year. To be entered into the raffle, you have to be one of the first 100 guests in line when the store opens Wednesday at 5 a.m. at Ward Parkway Restaurant Pavilion. Participants […]

  • Stolen plane in Seattle prompts concerns about airport security

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After a Seattle airport worker flew off in a stolen plane last week, it’s prompted the question: Could an impromptu air show happen in Kansas City? On Friday, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport employee Richard Russell stole a Horizon airplane and performed several stunts in the air before crashing to his death in a remote area. How he was able to steal the plane and fly it are now under investigation by the FBI and the National Transportation […]

  • 2-year-old Overland Park boy with spina bifida defies the odds and goes viral

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Two-year-old Roman Dinkel is defying the odds, one step at a time. The Overland Park toddler was born with spina bifida, a condition that causes defects in the spinal cord and spinal bone development. His family didn’t know if he’d ever be able to walk. Roman underwent surgery in uterto to reduce the effects of his condition and give him a better chance at walking. “You don’t know what to expect,” said Whitney Dinkel, Roman’s mom. […]

  • Country Club Plaza deemed no fly zone for Bird electric scooters

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bird electric scooters landed in Kansas City last month, but there’s already restrictions on where you can ride them. The Country Club Plaza is now a no-ride zone for the scooters, the product of a California-based scooter-sharing company. Using Bird scooters is controlled through the company’s app, but for now, if you open the app to ride a Bird, you’ll see it’s blocked out at the Plaza. The Plaza’s management said the Bird ban is because of […]

  • Metro youth minister allegedly violated conditions of bond for child sex abuse charges

    RAYMORE, Mo. — A metro youth minister facing child sex abuse charges violated bond conditions by being around children, court documents say. Devin Caruthers is charged with two counts of sodomy, one count attempted child molestation and one count domestic assault. Raymore Police found out about the violation because someone posted photos on Facebook showing Caruthers around children at the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Grandview. Court records say, as a term of his bond, Caruthers cannot have contact with […]

  • Firefighters say 2 of 3 faulty fire hydrants closest to burning home were missing parts

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Faulty fire hydrants made fighting a fire Monday morning a difficult task for Kansas City firefighters. Crews were trying to extinguish a fire near 16th and Oakley when three hydrants near the home failed to work. According to the battalion chief on the scene, someone stole the stems off of two of the hydrants. The third just didn’t work. “It allows it to grow faster, quicker then it puts everybody in trouble,” said Gary Wait, acting […]

  • KC Taste kicks off at Union Station with good music and great food from local restaurants

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first KC Taste kicked off Friday afternoon outside Union Station, and more than 30 local food and drink vendors offered up their goods for attendees. Friday’s festivities included live music with a performance from county singer JoDee Messina. While people ate, they had the opportunity to watch Chef Showcases inside Union Station. Chefs from restaurants like the Homesteader Cafe taught people how to improve their culinary skills. Participating restaurants said the demonstrations help them get […]

  • New 3-mile protected bike lane opens on Armour Boulevard

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After months of work, the new protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard in midtown Kansas City are finished. Cyclists say the lanes are a great success for bike safety, but some who live in the area claim the lanes put drivers at risk. Armour Boulevard now has a place for parked cars, a buffer zone and a lane for cyclists next to the side walk. The city just put up signs about the protected parking bike lanes […]