Emmy Award Winning Linda Wagar brings 30 years of newsgathering experience to her position as an investigative reporter and Problem Solver for FOX 4. She began her career covering crime news and local government for newspapers in Oregon and Indiana. She then worked for United Press International as an editor and later as UPI’s statehouse correspondent in Kentucky.
After leaving UPI, Linda spent seven years as senior editor for a national magazine that covered issues facing state governments. Her articles explored the rebuilding of Los Angeles after the Rodney King riots, the influence of lobbyist spending on state lawmakers and questionable use of lottery and gambling revenue in some states.
A television appearance in 1994 led to Linda’s move into television news. Linda was covering the National Governors Association’s annual meeting for her magazine when she was interviewed for a segment on C-Span. The general manager for WLEX-TV in Lexington , Ky., saw her and hired her to cover Kentucky state government.
Five years later, Linda joined FOX 4 as an investigative reporter. Her work prompted the Ray County prosecutor’s office to file murder charges in a case originally called a suicide. She exposed corrupt dealings by an Independence transmission-repair shop. Her stories shut down a Lenexa travel agency that was defrauding senior citizens, uncovered price gouging by local pharmacies and exposed a local minister who was passing bad checks.
Linda’s work has been recognized with three Emmy awards for investigative and general news reporting. In addition, she has several awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for best documentary, best news series and best feature story.
Linda holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Kentucky . Linda, who speaks Norwegian, studied history, politics and Norwegian for a year at Bjertnes Videre Goende Skole in Nittedal , Norway .
Linda resides in Kansas City , Mo. , with her husband. Her son Clay works as an economist in Washington DC. In her free time, Linda enjoys cooking, traveling and learning to speak French badly.

Recent Articles
  • Advocacy group that works to save horses from slaughter being thwarted by surprising foe

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They were family pets and once race-worthy thoroughbreds and work horses. But now the horses are being sold at auction, and their future is anything but bright, equine advocate Shelly Dunn told FOX4. Most horses that end up at auction are being bought by what is known in the industry as “kill buyers,” according to Dunn. Kill buyers ship horses to Mexico where they are slaughtered for their meat, which is sold to other countries. “I […]

  • Metro company putting new roof on man’s home for free after contractors’ shoddy work

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. – It was an all-day job removing the four layers of roofing on Charles Hogue’s home. All-American Roofing of Olathe is reroofing 88-year-old Charles Hogue’s house for free to not only help the elderly homeowner who was taken advantage of by an Osceola company — but to also reclaim the name of his company after being in business for 38 years. “Oh my gosh, we were getting calls because of story you ran,” All-American Roofing owner Tony Pourememar […]

  • Local auto dealer suddenly closes, leaving frustrated customers unsure where to turn for help

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An used car lot called Auto Start had a presence in the metro for more than a decade, but that changed in May when all local locations shut their doors. That’s also when complaints started rolling in to FOX4 Problem Solvers from unhappy customers who had no idea where to turn for help. “We paid every day and never missed a payment,” said Gus Stiles, pointing to the Impala sedan he and his wife bought from […]

  • Politician’s campaign fundraiser to spruce up T-Rex raises questions in Leavenworth

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The T-Rex has been extinct for more than 50 million years, but he’s still casting a shadow in this local military town and causing problems. All 25 feet of Rex, as he’s known by the locals, has hovered over Spruce Street near downtown Leavenworth since the 1950s when he was part of an amusement park known as KiddieLand. The park is long gone, replaced by a bowling alley, but Rex remains. And let’s be honest: His looks […]

  • Case of disappearing clothing leads local dry cleaner to make changes to delivery system

    UPDATE: It’s a problem solved for the customer of a Johnson County dry cleaners. Tim McGuire received a check in the mail this week reimbursing him for his lost clothes. LENEXA, Kan. — Tim McGuire, a top executive at a real estate management company, has a closet full of what is essentially his work uniform, tailored shirts and slacks. But 11 pieces of that “uniform” are missing — and that’s where this problem starts. McGuire hasn’t seen the AWOL clothes […]

  • Local church warns others of contractor as new parking lot already starts to fall apart

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Pastor Brian Gallardo of Life Gate Church kicked his nearly new asphalt parking lot — only to see gravel fly up. “This is just every where,” Gallardo said. “It should not be doing that.” He pointed to weeds already poking out of the asphalt and to other areas where the new asphalt was spread so thin you could still see the old parking lot beneath. It’s frustrating for Gallardo who said his 300-member congregation spent about $32,000 […]

  • Northland man battling with builder as his new home’s driveway deteriorates

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From a distance Ross Dovel’s driveway looks pretty good. But take a closer look. The surface of his two-and-a-half year old concrete driveway is flaking off. “Quite a few spots all over the place,” Dovel said. “Eventually it’s going to be almost gravel.” That’s upsetting to Dovel and his wife who bought this newly constructed Northland home on 91st Terrace two years ago. Their driveway is one of many in the same subdivision with problems. Just […]

  • Problem Solvers: Tips for buying your next car

    CLINTON, Mo — Dian Brown sifted through page after page of paperwork, all documents connected to her recent purchase of a 2015 Kia. Even though she initialed each page, Brown said she never read them in full until after she returned home because she was signing them on a computer screen shown to her by the finance manager at the dealership. After she signed a page, he would swipe to the next one. “They swipe too fast,” said Brown, who […]

  • With homes damaged from severe storms, here’s how to spot a scam contractor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Storm scammers are a lot like cockroaches. They crawl out of their hiding places after every natural disaster and seem impossible to stop. So homeowners need to be ready for them. Here are few tips: Call your insurance company before making home repairs. Your agent can tell you how much coverage you have and might even provide you with a list of preferred contractors. Don’t hire anyone who stops by your house offering to save you […]

  • Metro appliance repairman, company takes nearly $300 from KCK man and disappears

    *Update: Hours after this story aired on FOX4, the repairman showed up at the man’s home and returned his money.  KANSAS CITY, Kan. — When one KCK man tried to find someone to repair his broken refrigerator, the company he hired turned out to be a disaster. William Wilson recently pulled his refrigerator out from the wall to help explain how he got cheated out of nearly $300. “That little white thing is the overload (relay) switch,” said Wilson, pointing […]

  • Man called a ‘chronic liar’ scams over a dozen in Missouri, Kansas out of thousands

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Brian Spencer Pummell was featured on network news a few months ago as a flood victim from Northern Missouri. A big-hearted storm chaser shared Pummell’s sad story of losing his belongings. “Lost a ton of stuff, truck, tools, $30,000 worth of stuff,” Pummell tells him in the video. The storm chaser paid for two nights in a hotel to help out Pummell and his family and asked viewers to “keep them in your thoughts and prayers.” […]

  • After customer left waiting nearly a year on furniture company, Problem Solvers spur quick resolution

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  First it was delayed, then lost en route, then the communication just stopped. Amy Lerner’s mom has been waiting nearly a year for a piece of custom-painted furniture. She paid $895 for a custom-painted secretary desk to be shipped from Weston, Missouri, to her Virginia home. It was supposed to arrive July of last year, but she’s still waiting. That’s why Lerner, who lives in Kansas City, called FOX4 Problem Solvers. “My mom made the transaction […]

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