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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
  • Family wants answers after Independence man shot and killed during security guard shift

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro family is looking for answers after an Independence man was shot and killed early Sunday morning working as a security guard. Officers responded to a 911 call around 5:30 Sunday morning and found 20-year-old Lee McNowelly dead in his car in the parking lot at 87th and Elmwood. He was working his job as a security guard when he died. McNowlley’s family said he was kind, honest and caring. He had a unique sense […]

  • Preventing getting burned during the holiday season

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Don’t get burned this holiday season. Doctors from Research Medical Center’s Grossman Burn Center say they see a lot of burn injuries this time of year. “We see an increase in burns and home fires during the holiday season related to cooking more than we normally do,” Dr. Megan Garcia,  Medical Director for the Grossman Burn Unit said. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is the peak for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas […]

  • Chiefs QB Mahomes and WR Dieter debate over who wore signature haircut first

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Are two friends and teammates becoming “frenemies” over a hairdo? A signature hair style is a big deal, so it’s no wonder Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wide receiver Gehrig Dieter both claim they started their dos. The teammates have a healthy debate about which of them is responsible for the most recognizable haircut in Kansas City. Mahomes is taking Kansas City by storm, for his skills on the field — and his hair. His cut has […]

  • Local shelter asking for donations after rescuing badly burned 6-week-old puppy

    MISSION, Kan. — Unleashed Pet Rescue and Adoption took in a badly burned puppy Monday that needs round-the-clock care, and they’re hoping for a bit of help from the community to give it to her. Six-week-old Marshmallow belonged to a breeder, but a space heater fell on her and burned parts of her paws, head and back. The breeder gave her away because she was injured, and the new owners said they couldn’t pay for her care. So the veterinarian contacted […]

  • Suspect’s self-defense claim in deadly Raymore stabbing not consistent with autopsy or evidence

    RAYMORE, Mo. — Around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies went to a home on North Jerry Street in Raymore. A woman called 911 and said her estranged husband, John Adams, attacked her boyfriend with a knife. Court documents say Adams called his wife that day and told her he needed to come by to pick up a coat from his truck and get his keys. She threw the keys to him out the window, and the two screamed at […]

  • Kansas star RB Pooka Williams charged with domestic battery; suspended from team

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — KU star running back Anthony “Pooka” Williams was arrested Thursday and charged Friday with misdemeanor domestic battery, leading to his suspension from the team. The University of Kansas released the following statement about the alleged Dec. 5 incident: “On December 6, 2018, an 18-year-old female student reported in the early morning hours of December 5, 2018, she was in a physical altercation with a 19-year-old male student in Stouffer Place Apartments. The female reported minor injuries, which […]

  • Local tow company donates car to expecting mom who lost SUV in black ice rollover crash

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just a week after a black ice rollover crash, a tow company has stepped up to help an expectant mother. Sarah Cherkas and her fiance got in a rollover crash near Interstate 35 and Parvin Road last week. She’s nine months pregnant. Everyone made it out without a scratch, much to the couple’s surprise. The SUV didn’t fare as well. It’s not safe to drive. A driver with Wilde Auto and Recovery, a local tow truck service, […]

  • Police investigating after zTrip driver shot multiple times by passenger trying to rob her

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are investigating after a zTrip driver was shot by one of her passengers. According to police, a 53-year-old woman was driving a zTrip rideshare around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when a passenger tried to rob her. They say he shot her several times in her head, stomach, neck and arm. The driver needed surgery, but police said her injuries are not life-threatening. “We are deeply concerned about the senseless violence in Kansas City and are working […]

  • Staying safe when hanging your holiday lights

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Setting up a bright holiday light display is a tradition for a lot of people. But those pretty lights can pose a safety risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says in the two months around the winter holiday season, around 12,000 people go to the emergency room for holiday decorating related injuries. The most common injuries are falls, cuts, shocks and burns. Kansas City resident Chris Walker hung his lights Sunday. He was almost done when […]

  • South KC man sends terrified package thief running with home security alarm

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  A south Kansas City man scared off a thief from his house using an alarm system and some quick thinking. Wayne Gassmann was on vacation with family in Colorado when he got an alert from the Ring app. His motion-detection cameras detected someone on his property. Gassmann checked the live video using the app and saw a man whom he didn’t recognize. The man reached for a package on his porch, which contained a 34 inch […]

  • Pregnant metro mom thankful to be alive after rollover crash on black ice, grateful for good Samaritans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An Independence woman is thankful to be alive. Sarah Cherkas and her husband survived a rollover crash in Monday’s icy weather. They came out without a scratch. Cherkas, a mom to two kids already, is 36 weeks pregnant. Cherkas and her husband escaped though the window of her SUV. It happened near the Parvin Road exit on I-35 North. The couple was driving back from an obstetrician appointment downtown when they slid on black ice. The Missouri State […]

  • Chiefs players will sport special cleats that represent charity close to their hearts

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are making us all proud this season, and there’s another reason to be proud of our players. They’re lacing up for this year’s “My Cause, My Cleats.”  For one game – they get to wear specially decorated cleats – that represent a charity close to them. This year, Lawrence artist John Sebelius painted the cleats. Sebelius met with  Chiefs players during training camp to come up with plans. He’s doing a dozen pairs of cleats for players including Dustin Colquitt […]