Gia Vang joined the Fox 4 news team as a reporter in October 2011.
Gia worked as a reporter and weekend anchor for KEZI in Eugene, Oregon before landing in Kansas City, Missouri. There, Gia was first to report on an investigation into the torture and death of a local girl by her mother, that rocked the community for a year until her mother was sentenced to death. Gia also covered tsunami warnings along the west coast after the Japan earthquake. And she’s covered her share of sports too, following the Oregon Ducks road to the BCS national championships in 2010.
Gia is ecstatic to be covering news in the midwest and feels extremely lucky to be doing what she is passionate about. She is originally from Sacramento, California. She studied journalism at California State University, Sacramento. She knew at an early age she wanted to tell stories. In fact, she used to write stories for extra credit in elementary school!
On her free time, you can find her exploring, whether that’s the region’s landscape, a restaurant, a dinner recipe, shopping hot spots, or vintage stores. Gia also loves to catch up with her big family back home in California. She has 8 siblings and several nieces and nephews.
If you have a news idea, or just want to say hello, send Gia an email at email@example.com. You can also find her on her Facebook fan page, facebook.com/GiaVangFox4, to get updates on the stories she is working on.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A true sea of red fan knows how the national anthem at Arrowhead Stadium ends, with the home of the “Chiefs,” not “brave.” But this Chiefs tradition dating back to the 90’s, could be going back to what it originally is if a Facebook group called “Arrowhead, Home of The Brave,” has anything to do with it. “We just felt that the times like they are now, things have changed since 9/11 and ‘brave’ extends past […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A “Twitterstorm” was created by a vigilante hacker group Tuesday. Anonymous asked people to use the hashtag #opmaryville to raise awareness about the alleged rape of two teen girls in Maryville, Mo. The group had some tweets pre-written, but said people could write their own tweets if they wanted. Some of the tweets include: “Join the #Maryville protest on Oct. 22 in support of Daisy Coleman. Read more: http://pastebin.com/W9ycQUkB” “We demand you immediate investigation into lack […]
PARKVILLE, Mo. — Former Kansas City King NBA player and former coach of the woman’s basketball team at Park University, Joe Meriweather, passed away suddenly Sunday. He was 59. FOX 4’s Gia Vang went to Parkville and spoke with Claude English, director of athletics at Park University. English said Meriweather will always be remembered. “He created a family-like atmosphere with this program,” English said. “His students were a part of his family. And so it wasn’t just basketball, it was […]
INDEPENDENCE, Mo . – It’s the only one of it’s kind in the metro according to the handler with Metro K9 Narcotic Detection Services. Ray McCarty works with Phoenix , a one-in-a-half old Belgian Malinois, who is helping to keep all their clients’ properties drug-free. Phoenix has a keen sense of smell that’s hard to trick. “It’s extremely accurate. People think you can mask scent, you really can’t with a dog, everything is separated to them,” McCarty said. “People will […]
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Proposed Army regulations about tattoos are just a signature away from becoming policy. The regulation would keep tattoos from going below the elbow or knee, but you can keep your ink if you’ve already got it, depending on the subject matter. A tattoo parlor in Leavenworth said when this was first announced, soldiers rushed in, to be sure their tattoos were grandfathered in. Testament Tattoo’s owner, licensed artist Clinton Burks, said many of their clients are military. […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The city is trying to tackle it’s next issue: vacant lots. For resident Sarah Brown, it can’t come soon enough. “A branch of the tree fell on the fence and broke that,” Brown showed FOX 4. One side of her backyard is being overrun by vegetation and a tree is even starting to lean over her property. Brown said she feels she can’t really do anything about it all. She said where the greenery is growing […]
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Not many 19-year-olds can say they have generated a million dollars for charity, but Jeff Hanson, from Overland Park, can. Fox 4 has followed Hanson’s story of being a visually impaired artist since he was a teenager, and Saturday night not only celebrated money raised for charity, but also Hanson’s artwork. “Now pretty much I work out of my home. Mom and dad help me do the business stuff and we all paint together,” the now […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The city has a new way to tackle those geese leaving behind their droppings in some of the city’s most popular attractions. Beware feathered friends. The furry and four-legged “Geese Police” are here. “That’s what they do. They do. They do a great job at it, and that’s a great name because people remember it,” David Swickard, owner of Geese Police, said. He said 3-year-old Gayle and three other Border Collies are the possible answer to […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kan., mother told FOX 4 what life has been like without her two-year-old daughter, killed in an apartment fire in February. The woman spoke to FOX 4 one week before the sentencing of the man charged with killing the girl’s aunt first, then starting the blaze that killed the little girl. Ajja Boyington said her daughter Amiyah McClenton was a bubbly and smart two-year-old girl just shy of her third birthday. “She came […]
DESOTO, Kan. — It’s another case of thieves lining their pockets at the expense of kids and parents. A DeSoto daycare has no air conditioning and workers said thieves are to blame. Kiddie Korner daycare workers discovered something missing Monday morning. “I was just shocked,” Andrea McCoy, daycare owner, said. “I mean you hear about it. You hear about it on the news all the time. Obviously, we know what they want.” McCoy said it is a likely copper heist over […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — CNN has reported that one of the suspects in the deadly attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is from the Kansas City area. On Saturday chaos ensued at an upscale mall in Kenya when members of Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, took over and opened gunfire. Group members killed at least 69 people, wounded innocent bystanders, and also took some hostage. “We don’t know where that person and how a young […]
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A was boy found in northern Missouri after being abducted in Florida almost 13 years ago. There are many people to thank for solving this case, including a persistent private eye. The boy’s paternal grandmother, Sandy Hatte, has been charged with felony child abduction. She is being held on a 25 thousand dollar bond in the Daviess/DeKalb regional jail. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said a local school official in Chillicothe had concerns over the boy`s school […]