Katie Banks is just a small town girl from the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina living her dream as a TV reporter in the beautiful Midwest.

Katie joined the Fox 4 news team in April 2014 as a general assignment reporter for the 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She develops enterprise story ideas each day and typically covers breaking news, crime, court cases and community concerns.

Since arriving in KC, she’s had the privilege of rooting on her Boys in Blue and covering back-to-back World Series appearances by the Kansas City Royals. One of her most cherished memories was interviewing baseball fans along the parade route to celebrate the Royals’ 2015 World Series Championship – an experience 30 years in the making.

Prior to arriving in the Midwest, Katie was a reporter, fill-in anchor and producer in Greenville, N.C., at WNCT-TV CBS 9. Her daily coverage ran the gamut, ranging from crime to politics to education. In addition to her reporting job, she worked as a journalism adjunct professor at East Carolina University.

Katie has a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a 4.0 GPA and received the “Top Scholar Award” for highest graduate student ranking. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a certification in policy journalism and media studies from Duke University.

Katie is a true Southerner at heart who loves cowgirl boots, country music, NASCAR and comfort food – all things she’s happily discovered are alive and well in Kansas City!

She wants to cover the issues that matter most in your community, so if you have any ideas or concerns, email her at Katie.Banks@wdaftv4.com. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Recent Articles
  • City’s preparation, practice helped firefighters effectively battle worst blaze in Overland Park history

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Prepared for the worst – Overland Park leaders had an extensive plan in place when the eight-alarm fire erupted Monday. The flames began at the CityPlace development at College Boulevard and Nieman Road just after 3 p.m. and continued to become the biggest fire emergency to ever hit the town. While firefighters were pouring water onto the burning building, emergency response staff and volunteers were providing vital support. “Yesterday was a historical moment,” said Kyle Burns, […]

  • When normal day raged out of control, Johnson Co. emergency management team kept cool during chaos

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Hidden heroes – Johnson County dispatchers were the first line of defense when Monday’s massive fire erupted in Overland Park. They answered more than 400 calls during the eight-alarm apartment fire and the house fires that followed. “We’re just the calm during the storm that nobody ever sees,” said Johnson County fire and EMS dispatcher Mike Babcock. Babcock said is team is always calm under pressure when chaos ensues. “You train for it,” he explained. “You […]

  • Families now homeless after flying hot embers set fire to more than a dozen Overland Park houses

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Several Overland Park families are now homeless, after flaming embers from a massive apartment fire sparked blazes at more than a dozen nearby homes. The eight-alarm fire broke out just after 3:30 p.m. at CityPlace, a multimillion-dollar mixed use development near College Boulevard and Nieman Road. The complex was destroyed, while strong winds blew embers onto roofs and set fire to at least 17 homes in a nearby neighborhood. The billowing smoke from all directions caught […]

  • Police mingle with partiers during St. Paddy’s Day patrols

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police officers proactively patrolled the streets following Friday’s day-long St. Paddy’s Day celebrations across the city. KCPD increased its numbers in entertainment districts to keep the peace and check for drunk drivers on the roads with several undisclosed sobriety checkpoints. The focus on safety came after a day of fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and the warmer temperatures. “It’s like Spirit Week, but for adults!” said Molly “Balloons” Munyan. The balloon […]

  • While grandmother remains in ICU, Clay County prosecutors charge suspected teenage carjacker

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City teenager is behind bars, charged in connection with a violent weekend carjacking that left a Northland grandmother in critical condition. Esteban Montes, Jr., 17, is now in jail, charged by Clay County prosecutors with robbery and tampering with a motor vehicle. The victim, 73-year-old Janet Wilson, is still fighting for her life at St. Luke’s Hospital. She remains in the ICU, but her family tells FOX 4 her status is now stable. “I feel […]

  • Kansas City community activist accused of stealing from anti-crime nonprofit Mothers In Charge

    A well-known Kansas City community activist is now facing felony charges – accused of stealing money from an anti-crime nonprofit organization he helped found. FOX 4 broke the news first on Thursday that Bryan Dial was charged with felony receiving stolen property. Prosecutors said he stole a credit card from Mothers In Charge and used it to rack up more than $500 in charges. Dial is the former executive director of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime. He’s also currently […]

  • Metro home health care worker accused of stealing medication from 95-year-old hospice patient

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — A Smithville woman is accused of stealing prescription painkillers from a 95-year-old hospice patient. Platte County prosecutors have charged Kerrina Elliot, 43, with elderly abuse, stealing and drug possession. Elliot was arrested following an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the Platte County Sheriff’s Department. On Tuesday night she remained in the Platte County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond. Elliot is a home health care worker with a […]

  • Snow or no snow, the Snake Saturday show will go on in North Kansas City

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Organizers of the Snake Saturday Parade and Festival in North Kansas City say the show will go on – despite predictions of freezing temperatures and snowfall. The annual parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, which is when FOX 4 meteorologists anticipate the heaviest snowfall. Mike Thompson said up to 2 inches can be expected in some areas of the metro. “The weather is unpredictable, we do live in Missouri,” said Mindy Hart, the […]

  • Developers in Harrisonville construct one-of-a-kind safe room they say can withstand EF-5 tornado

    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Tornadoes this week have people across the metro thinking about shelter from the storms – prompting many families to call a Harrisonville company for help. Staying Home Corporation developed a one-of-a-kind creation called a “Hide-Away” storm shelter. It’s a steel box that is sturdy enough to withstand the winds of an EF-5 tornado. “The shelter walls themselves are made out of a quarter-inch steel,” said company president Mike Vogt. “The door can never collapse or nothing can […]

  • KC Streetcar offers Big 12 basketball fans a different gameplan for downtown transit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Less stress and less traffic – two things city leaders hope the KC Streetcar will accomplish, as thousands of college basketball fans descend upon downtown for the Big 12 Championship. This year marks the first time fans had the KC Streetcar as an option for transportation to attend games at Sprint Center or watch games on TV at Power and Light District. “First time on the streetcar!” said James Henderson with a smile. The Oklahoma fan […]

  • Frustrated family boosts reward, seeks killer who shot veteran while walking dog in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Vietnam War veteran was shot to death while walking his dog, just feet from his South Kansas City apartment. Police identified the victim as David Lenox, 66. He died last Monday in the parking lot of Willow Creek Apartments, 201 W. 99th Terrace. When Lenox was 18, he enlisted in the Army, surviving two tours in Vietnam as a medic – only to be shot and killed near his home decades later. “Just complete shock […]

  • Leawood family was a room away when tornado ripped side off of house

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — An EF-0 tornado ripped through a Leawood neighborhood – and ripped off the side of a home, all while the family who lives there was just feet away. Arun Rajagopal was downstairs with his wife, Anjana, while their 10-year-old daughter, Anika, was upstairs in her room across the hallway in their home near 145th Terrace and Chadwick. With no tornado siren, the sound of strong winds was the only sign something was wrong. “It became like a […]