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Kathy Quinn is an Emmy award-winning journalist born and raised in Kansas City. She reports every morning on FOX 4’s number one morning show. Quinn also produces a weekly franchise called “Pay It Forward” where she surprises viewers with $400.00.
Watch her video bio here: http://bit.ly/xgMm2q
During her career, Kathy has been a radio news anchor and on-air personality, a television reporter and morning TV news anchor, as well as hosting TV shows including a public affairs and TV talk show. Kathy feels lucky to be working in her hometown. She feels that people here trust her and that contributes to her many “exclusive” interviews and stories she’s reported on.
Since Kathy’s background is Mexican and Irish, she has close connections with the community in her hometown. Since she is bilingual, it has been advantageous during her reports. During a house fire in the east bottoms, the victims were brothers who spoke no English. Quinn not only had the report on first, she was able to translate for the fire investigator on the scene.
Kathy got her start in broadcasting at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where she double-majored in communication studies and history, and minored in women’s studies. Her family is so embedded in the community that they were awarded the “2005 Legacy Award” at UMKC. In 1997, she achieved a career highlight, winning an Emmy Award for a news series called “A Child’s Prayer.” Kathy detailed the trip of local doctors, including her brother, as they traveled to the Dominican Republic to repair cleft lips and cleft palates on children.
Kathy was also nominated for a second Emmy for her live reports during one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S., here in Kansas City. She received her first Emmy Award for a Children’s Series, “Be Cool, Be Smart”, which portrayed dangerous situations and ways to avoid them.
Kathy hosts KC Forum on Sunday mornings on KC 102 and Q104, that was awarded a 2006 Society of Professional Journalists honorable mention and a 2014 International “Crime Stoppers” award.
But radio is no stranger to Kathy who also worked at several stations in Dublin, Ireland including Radio Nova, while attending a year of college at the University College in Dublin.
On a dare Kathy auditioned for a part in a Merchant-Ivory film shot here in Kansas City, and she got the part of “Paquita” in “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” with Paul Newman. She also acted in another Kansas City film with Ray Liotta, “Article 99”.
When she’s not reporting the news Kathy volunteers her time as an auctioneer, career speaker and reporter for the FOX 4 Love Fund for Children.
Kathy’s husband and children work together in several family businesses including Celtic band, THE ELDERS, http://www.eldersmusic.com, Ian, her husband is the lead singer while their son, Kian, is the drummer. Andreina and Kaitlin with public relations for the band as well as working for the family art gallery, “Off the Floor Woodwork” at 71st and Wornall in Kansas City. Ian, Kian and Andreina create the wood wall art for http://www.offthefloorwoodwork.com, while Kaitlin keeps them organized with social media.
Since Kathy’s family owned one of the first Mexican restaurants in Kansas City, called “Las Palmas”, she also loves to make chicken tacos and Spanish rice for her family. Kathy also has a fourth child, her Chihuahua, Packy, who made his TV debut on FOX 4’s weekend morning show when Quinn filled in as anchor, and he also loves her chicken tacos.


Recent Articles
  • Car possibly connected to KC homicide investigation crashes into house after chase

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people are in custody after leading police on a car chase and crashing into a Kansas City house Tuesday morning. Police began pursing the vehicle around 3:30 a.m. near 27th and Indiana because they believed it could be connected to a homicide investigation that began Monday afternoon. Officers who were involved in the pursuit spotted the suspect’s Chrysler 300 near 18th and I-70, where they put down stop sticks. Police say despite hitting the stop […]

  • Platte County deputies surprise local pastor with Pay-It-Forward Award for always helping community

    PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. — Platte County deputies are paying it forward to a pastor in their community they say is always there to help when tough times hit. Major Erik Holland nominated Pastor Rusty Savage for FOX4’s Pay-It-Forward Award. “All of his hours are completely volunteer, and it’s everything from 10 o’clock in the morning meeting with the commission to 3 o’clock in the morning car wrecks or scenes where we’ve had people tragically die or people who are in […]

  • MoDOT shutting down busy stretch of road in Lee’s Summit for bridge demolition

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — MoDOT has big plans for the Douglas Street Bridge above I-470 this weekend, and those plans could interfere with yours. Beginning Friday at 9 p.m. crews will shut down both north and southbound Douglas Street from Colbern Road to Mulberry Street. In addition, traffic along I-470 will be reduced to one lane. These closures will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Monday.  

  • KCPD says person who tried to steal high voltage cable will have severe burns to hands and face

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police need your help finding someone who has severe burns and attempted to steal a high voltage cable Wednesday night. Police believe the attempted crime happened around 5 p.m. near 12th Street and I-435. That’s when KCP&L received a notice that something was wrong. Crews eventually called police around 1:30 a.m. when they found tools including a screw driver still stuck in a 15,000 volt cable. Thieves steal these cables for the copper, which can be resold. The evidence shows […]

  • Vice President Mike Pence visits KC to speak on tax reform and its impact

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The vice president of the United States visited Kansas City Wednesday. Air Force Two landed at Wheeler Downtown Airport around 10:30 a.m. From there, Vice President Mike Pence headed to a private fundraiser at local country club, Carriage Club, for Kansas Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder. Yoder is seeking reelection. Local students and supporters of Yoder were at the downtown airport to greet Pence as he arrived. Story continues below photos.  Replay Pence’s arrival in KC in […]

  • Local veteran thought he was picking up boxes, but friend surprised him with $400

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local veteran and his three therapy dogs will be separated while a military reality show makes over his house, and a local woman who heard of his story nominated him for FOX4’s Pay-It-Forward Award to help pay for the dogs’ boarding. Judy Osborne nominated Sgt. Darren Casey Harrison for the award because she says he’s a hero. Sgt. Harrison served two terms in Iraq. Then in 2009 he came home injured. “I would just like to […]

  • KC Forum: Teen Fringe, CBD and Project Eldercool

    2018-27 I host a weekend radio show on Q104 and KC102 on Sunday mornings from 6:30 to 7am. This weekend we talk about a week long experience for teens that gives them an outlet to express themselves. People are talking about CBD oil and we learn from one woman who knows all about it from a personal aspect. Project Eldercool at the Bishop Sullivan Center is helping people keep their cool this summer. Executive Producer: Cadie Connors Associate Producer: Andreina […]

  • Three overnight crashes, two involving motorcycles, claim three lives

    It’s been a deadly start to the Fourth of July holiday where three people died in three separate crashes. Two of the crashes involved motorcycles. FOX4’s Kathy Quinn reported Wednesday morning from the area of 151st Street and Gardner West Road in Johnson County, Kan., where investigators say a single-vehicle crash killed one person and hospitalized another. That driver was headed eastbound on 151st when they left the roadway and crashed. It’s currently unknown whether the passenger or driver died, […]

  • Friend pays it forward to local woman raising 6 nieces and nephews and surprises her on her birthday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local woman working two jobs to provide and care for her brother’s six children got a big surprise on her birthday. Tracy Williams nominated her good friend Sherri Tisdale for FOX4’s Pay-It-Forward because she said this woman who dedicates her life to raising her nieces and nephews could use a financial boost. “When she leaves here in the morning, she doesn’t get home until 10 o’clock at night,” Williams said describing how hard Tisdale works […]

  • KC Forum: CBD, Kids and Opioid Clinic

    2018-26 I produce and host a weekly weekend radio show on Q104 and KC102. It’s called KC Forum and this week we found out about CBD oil and the difference between the two types and how the oil is helping treat people with anxiety. Kids and Cars comes on the show with a reminder about car safety. We find out about a clinic treating people with opioid addiction. Executive Producer: Cadie Connors Associate Producer: Andreina Byrne Engineer: Ed Walker Voice: […]

  • KC mom pays it forward to officers who helped her get off the streets and into home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City family who was once homeless recently paid it forward to the Kansas City, Kan., police officers who helped them get a roof over their head. Crystal Cox nominated Officer James Turney and Officer Bradley Lightfoot for FOX4’s Pay-It-Forward Award and the $400 that goes with it. “You bought me dinner and the kids’ dinner, as well as introduce me to another police officer that was then able to adopt out children out so they […]

  • KC Forum: Flag Day, Care Beyond the Blvd and Irish Imports

    2018-24 . In my weekly radio show on Q104FM and KC 102FM, you can hear public affairs with an entertaining spin. It airs on Sunday mornings from 6:30am to 7:00am. This week we learn about Care Beyond the Boulevard, a medical mission to help the homeless on Kansas City streets. American Legion #153 takes us through a ceremony for Flag Day and why it’s important to remember. A local Irish store closes its doors after near 35 years but they’re […]