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What a thrill it is to be back in the Show Me State! My news career has taken me all over the country, and it’s long been my ambition to get back to my Missouri roots. I couldn’t be happier to do so with FOX 4.

I am a native of a small Mississippi River town, Elsberry, just north of St. Louis. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and psychology minor from Webster University-St. Louis in 2006, and completed my Master of Arts in Communications Management through Webster’s online school in 2011.

After finishing undergraduate work, I started my television career as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor with KHQA in Quincy, Ill. I even filled in as a weathercaster a time or two.

Following a year in the Land of Lincoln, I headed to Tornado Alley in central Kansas to head up the Great Bend bureau for KSN-TV, where storm chasing was a frequent occurrence. During my time in the Sunflower State, I was recognized several times by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

I then swept off to Iowa in 2010 and spent three years as a reporter/fill-in anchor for KWWL in Waterloo, where my work included covering a slew of presidential candidate visits, more storm chasing, the “farm beat” and an extensive investigation into synthetic drug dealings, which ultimately led to criminal prosecution of a local store owner. I also successfully got a national food chain to change its advertising to remove a negative reference to Iowa.

In 2013, I made a big change of pace leaving the wheat and corn fields of the Midwest for the mountains of West Virginia as a reporter and weekend anchor/producer for WCHS/WVAH in Charleston. During my time in the Mountain State, I also became the chief education reporter, wrote a successful blog and spearheaded a community initiative getting high school dropouts back on the path to a diploma.

In July 2015, I was ready to leave behind snow storms for year-round sunshine as a reporter at ABC Action News in Tampa. While in Florida, I had the opportunity to cover major national stories, including presidential politics and the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub.

My husband Floyd, our son Drake, puggle Aleah and I are now proud to call Kansas City home–a community we often visited growing up, and where we have friends and family.

When I’m not chasing down the news, you might catch me outside running. I frequently compete in 5K races and have done a few triathlons. I’m also involved with my local church and Habitat for Humanity. Because apparently that’s not enough, I’m a certified Zumba instructor and dabble in portrait photography.

When I’m not busy with all of that, I love to travel, spend time with family, and catch up on St. Louis sports. We are huge Cardinals and Blues fans. (And following the bitter departure of the Rams, you might convince us to be Chiefs fans now!)

We like to say the Red Birds follow our life’s big moments–winning World Series championships the year we got married and again the year our son was born.

My job is to be a voice for you, and I welcome your input and suggestions for stories. I look forward to hearing from you!

Recent Articles
  • Police identify 14-year-old KCK boy killed in crash after hitting city dump truck, guardrail

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KCK police have released the name of a teen who died Thursday in a serious crash. It happened near S. 40th and Wyandotte streets around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said an SUV careened out of control, smashing into a city dump truck, then bouncing off a guardrail before stopping on its side in the middle of the street. Four teens, two boys and two girls, were in the SUV. Two of the teens involved attend Wyandotte High […]

  • KCK teen dies, three others injured in crash after hitting city dump truck, guardrail

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A teenager has died and three other teens were injured after a serious crash in KCK. It happened near S. 40th and Wyandotte streets around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Two of the teens involved attend Wyandotte High School; the other two go to JC Harmon High School. It was a heart-stopping scene. An SUV flipped onto its side after skidding down South 40th Street in KCK. “It was sliding because they had sparks flying from it. I […]

  • KCK police report deadly crash involving teenagers, Unified Government dump truck

      KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Investigators are at the scene of a deadly crash on Thursday morning where Kansas City, Kansas Police Chief Terry Zeigler says a vehicle with teenagers inside struck a parked Unified Government dump truck. The crash happened in the area of S. 40th and Wyandotte. FOX4’s Kera Mashek is at the scene: Three minor injury patients transported to hospital. One critical patient who was ejected died. All four victims are juveniles. ^Kera Mashek pic.twitter.com/azVQgW1nwW — FOX4 […]

  • Leavenworth County commissioner tells black woman he belongs to ‘master race’

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A Leavenworth County commissioner is being asked to resign after telling a black woman he belongs to a “master race.” Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp made the comment that many are calling racist on Tuesday in response to a presentation by Triveece Penelton on road development options in Tonganoxie. Klemp wasn’t happy with the options Penelton and a colleague presented at the meeting. “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the […]

  • Local school districts shift focus in state where discipline data shows racial disparity

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There are some alarming new findings when it comes to the kind of punishment some kids in metro schools face. An ACLU report finds black students are up to five times more likely to face suspension than their white peers. While disturbing, these numbers aren’t new to school districts and are constantly driving new steps to reverse the troubling trend. It sounds dramatic. But when a kid gets suspended from school, it’s often called the start […]

  • KCK police chief responds to lawsuit accusing former detective of misconduct

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KCK’s police chief has responded after an explosive federal lawsuit that claims his former partner took advantage of women to make arrests. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas alleges that former KCK Det. Roger Golubski extorted sexual favors from poor black women and coerced them into providing false evidence. The lawsuit filed by Lamonte McIntyre and his mother, Rose McIntyre, alleges that Golubski tried to force Rose into a sexual relationship, and when she […]

  • Day-long search for suspect in Olathe officer-involved shooting ends with arrest

    OLATHE, Kan. — Olathe police arrested two men on Monday, one of them after an extended search that interrupted the day for many businesses and schools. It all started just before 10:30 a.m. near 119th and Ridgeview when officers stopped a vehicle connected to several aggravated robberies that happened overnight. When the vehicle stopped, two suspects fled on foot. Police caught one of the suspects fairly quickly. But police said the second suspect shot at an officer as he was […]

  • Olathe police capture wanted man after hours-long search near 119th and Ridgeview

    OLATHE, Kan. — Police in Olathe were searching for a suspect in the area of 119th and Ridgeview Monday, and captured him shortly before 4 p.m. #Olathe wanted suspect caught!!! Weapons recovered. Investigation ongoing. Ridgeview should reopen within the hour #fox4kc — Kera Mashek (@KeraFox4KC) October 8, 2018 Earlier on Monday, police would not say what the suspect was wanted for, they did say it began as a traffic stop in connection with another investigation. Sgt. Logan Bonney said the […]

  • 2 killed in double shooting near 31st and Van Brunt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are investigating after two people were killed Tuesday afternoon in a double shooting. Officers were sent to the area of 30th and Van Brunt at 3:45 p.m. on reports of a shooting. There officers found one man at a BP Gas Station who had been shot. He was declared dead at the scene. A second male victim was found about one block to the south at a restaurant also suffering from gunshot wounds. […]

  • Former KCK Wingstop manager says she caught boss doing drugs in kitchen

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A former manager at a popular KCK restaurant is warning customers about the alleged illegal activity happening behind the kitchen door. Wingstop is proud of its chicken and boasts on Facebook about its “dope” side dishes. But former manager Jalisya Haskins said there’s a much more serious “dope” inside. “The first day working there, he had dropped a bag actually, a little small bag with cocaine, I guess, in it on the ground,” Haskins said of […]

  • Cameron teacher charged with possessing child porn, sexually exploiting minor

    CAMERON, Mo. — A Cameron High School teacher and community activist is accused of filming underage kids inside of his home. William D. Williams, 39, who goes by his middle name Derek, faces three counts of child pornography possession, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of second degree statutory sodomy, according to court documents. Officials began investigating Williams after a male teenager came out and said he may have been the victim of sexual misconduct. A […]

  • With charming feel and major face lift to downtown, Mission offers eclectic vibe

    MISSION, Kan. — One metro city is booming but still keeping its small-town feel. Mission is experiencing major revitalization in its downtown corridor. There’s something charming about downtown Mission. You can feel it when you walk through the Mission Market, a weekly farm and flower sale in the heart of town, held each Thursday night. “Very eclectic, very fun. It’s got a little bit of everything,” resident Elizabeth Ault said. That eclectic vibe extends all across Johnson Drive. In 2014, this […]