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 You can also find her on her Facebook fan page,, to get updates on the stories she is working on.

Recent Articles
  • Sports commission hopes to bring championships to KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City and surrounding areas will be home to several major college championship sports-related events starting next year, if the Kansas City Sports Commission gets its way. The commission president Kathy Nelson  said they want to host to a wide range of NCAA sporting championship events starting next year into 2018. Nelson said they submitted more than 30 different bids for 13 different sports. She called it a major undertaking for the new way the NCAA […]

  • Imminent health insurance changes signal need for information, education

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 1 marks some big changes in health care for every American. But you’re not alone if you’re still confused about the Affordable Health Care Act. Sandy Praeger, a commissioner with the Kansas Insurance Department said a recent study found 40-some percent of Americans thought the law had been repealed. So the goal for the department at the KU Edwards Campus Tuesday was to help people understand what is going to happen. Lauren Gilbert, 26, can’t […]

  • Crime summit hopes to pioneer solutions that diminish violence

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As KCMO ends a bloody weekend, a summit hoping to curb violent crime, ends it’s first day. But people in crime-ridden areas are split on whether the attorney general’s Urban Crime Summit will yield any real fixes. The crime scene is one the city and state want to have less of in the future. That is why city and state leaders are all at UMKC for the summit. They hope to take the city off multiple […]

  • Man claims self-defense; says man he found with his girlfriend pulled gun on him

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police continued to investigate a fatal shooting that happened early Sunday morning near Truman and S. Sterling Ave. Early on Sunday, police had asked for the public’s help in finding Nicholas L. Cannon, the suspect in the shooting. Cannon surrendered to Independence Police at police headquarters Sunday evening at approximately 8 p.m. FOX 4 was speaking to Cannon’s grandfather, Donald Carroll, when he put his grandson on the phone, while he was still being sought by police. Cannon […]

  • KCMO Police investigate double homicide, not seeking suspects

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Two men were found shot to death Saturday afternoon in a unit of a Northland apartment complex. Kansas City, Missouri Police said they were called to the Northland Passage apartments around 1:00 p.m. Saturday with a report of a shooting When officers arrived, they found two men dead inside one of the apartments.  They said a woman was also inside the apartment when the shooting occurred.  The woman had non-life threatening injuries and was cooperating with detectives. […]

  • Metro man killed in 9/11 Pentagon attack honored at memorial

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –  It’s the day before the anniversary of those fateful moments on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. For first time, a Shawnee couple will be able to see his name on a new addition to the memorial at the Overland Park Fire Training Center. Shirley Hemenway’s son, Ronald John Hemenway, perished that day. “I’m anxious to see it tomorrow, I’m sure it’s nice,” she said. Ronald was in the Navy and working at the Pentagon when […]

  • Northland homicide victim identified, woman charged

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have identified the man shot and killed in the Northland on Sunday as Joe Laudenbach, 36. In addition, prosecutors have charged Tessa L. Franco with second degree murder in his death. Franco was also charged with one count of armed criminal action and one count of attempted kidnapping. Police were called to a home in the 9400 block of N. Kenwood in the Northland of Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday afternoon in regards to a […]

  • Crews downsizing downtown lanes for streetcar project

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It just got a $20 million boost in federal grant money this week. The planned two-mile streetcar system is coming and the city is getting it and drivers ready for it. Crews worked downtown Saturday to turn a four-lane street into a two lanes.  Crews re-striped a block on Main St. from 11th to 12th streets. But some people didn’t even notice. “I don’t find it necessary by any means, I don’t see the difference really,” […]

  • Officer rescues deer, walks her off road like a dog

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City police officer is seen on video coming to the aid of a confused and exhausted deer Sunday morning at 87th Street and 71 Highway. “I’ve never encountered anything quite like that,” said Sgt. Steven Sandusky. It started around 8 a.m. Sunday morning. An officer was patrolling the area near 87th St., just off of 71 Highway.  He turned the corner and saw a deer ramming herself into the concrete barrier as if to […]

  • City Council votes down construction of Prairie Village senior living center

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — It was a late night at a Prairie Village church, as the city council listened to public debate over the construction of a senior living center on Mission Road. In the end, the council voted 7 to 6 for the Mission Chateau project. To pass, the development needed 10 yes votes. For months, homeowners have been fighting The Tutera Group, hoping to eliminate the possibility of the 350,000 square feet facility to be called Mission Chateau. The plans called […]

  • Kan. couple turns shed into 1930s gas station

    PERRY, Kan. —  If you want to take a trip back to the gas stations of the 1930s, all you have to do is go inside Rowan and Tanya Green’s backyard shed. The couple said they have been collecting gas and oil company memorabilia for about 20 years.  They said when they built their house, they decided their collection needed to be shared. “We decided instead of just keeping it in boxes we were going to need to put it […]

  • Belton firefighters’ boots filling up with funds for MDA

    BELTON, Mo. – Firefighters in Belton raised money for charity on Labor Day weekend after all, despite the city deciding they couldn’t do it while on the clock. Driver after driver tossed some change into a boot held by a firefighter Saturday on the corner of Y Highway and 58.  They are helping to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a part of the ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign. Steve Kratofil said they have raised a lot of money […]

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