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
  • KC nonprofit sued by Missouri AG after scamming people with promises of new homes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City charity is being sued Missouri’s attorney general for defrauding the people it was supposed to be helping. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a FOX4 Problem Solvers investigation into Vinelanders Community Land Trust and its founder Alice Goodlow. “This was a wide-ranging and long-standing scam,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said. FOX4 Problem Solvers first uncovered the scam two years ago after hearing from several people who had given money to the […]

  • Officials hit local business owner with lawsuit, demanding he repay conned customers

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A landscape company owner that FOX4 Problem Solvers has been warning people about for months is now in trouble with Missouri’s Attorney General. John Cazzell, owner of Four Seasons Lawn and Landscape, was the subject of a Problem Solver investigation after receiving multiple complaints about his business practices. Among those complaining were Tom and Susan Guiffre. They had paid Cazzell $4,500 deposit to landscape their Liberty home, but Cazzell never did the work. Although the Guiffres eventually […]

  • Independence council candidate working to disqualify opponent over ‘election’ charter debate

    The City Clerk of Independence said the dispute has been referred to the city attorney to determine how the language in the charter should be interpreted.

  • Once again, local repairman takes customers’ money, offering excuses before disappearing

    LENEXA, Kan. — Carla Davis is still unpacking boxes left over from her move to a new home in October. But it’s what happened while preparing her old home for sale that prompted her to call FOX4 Problem Solvers. “I had a drainage problem in my backyard,” Davis said, referring to her old home. To solve that problem and several other smaller issues inside, she hired Izack Wincapaw, who wanted $2,400 for all the repairs. “He knew our closing date […]

  • After KC man’s property assessments skyrocket, attorneys argue Jackson County ignored the law

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “How am I going to pay this?” That’s what Jerry Morris said he was thinking this summer when he opened his Jackson County property tax bill. Morris’ taxes for four Midtown properties had skyrocketed after the county decided his properties were worth far more than they were assessed. The assessment on his home jumped from $66,000 to $210,000. An empty lot he owns, which was valued at $3,000 last year, was now worth more than $42,000 […]

  • Local couple surprises boys who nearly had last Christmas stolen with dozens of gifts

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It was a FOX4 story last September that tugged at a Harrisonville businessman’s heart so much he couldn’t stop thinking about it. Two young boys’ toys were stolen from the front yard of their grandmother’s home where they had been living ever since their mother was killed. A kind stranger had given the boys an Xbox and cash to replace some of the missing items. “I remember the older boy saying ‘I don’t know how we’ll […]

  • Dispute between local repair shop owner, customer over storage fee finally settled in court

    INDEPEDENCE, Mo. — After a heated dispute in September that at one point involved police, the owner of an Independence repair shop and his former customer met in court this week. As FOX4 Problem Solvers first reported, it involved a broken down Chevy Aveo that Jackie Holmes took to Vincent Grosso’s shop, Complete Family Car Care, for repairs. But he told her it was most likely an electrical problem and would cost more to repair than the car was worth. […]

  • Raytown woman dealing with property so troublesome she can’t even give it away

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Already out more than $20,000 for a piece of property that a Raytown woman says is virtually useless, she called FOX4 Problem Solvers wanting to warn others not to make the same mistake. Amy Thiede took us on a quick tour of the small lot she bought five years ago, hoping to build a one-room house that (once retired) she could use as an office for her therapy practice. “Who knew it would be this complicated?” asked […]

  • Drivers frustrated with city after 5 cars damaged during Independence Avenue road work

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At least five cars were badly damaged on one popular Kansas City street where drivers say there should have been warning signs about the recent road work. “It felt like I thought my whole tire went off my car or there was this humongous blow out or something,” Melissa Hernandez said. “It sheared the transmission pan back,” Gary Ramsey recalled. “It just sheared it off.” “It immediately ripped through my oil pan and took out my […]

  • As you hunt for bargains online this holiday season, look out for this common scam

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the busiest time of a year for more than just retailers. As the holidays draw closer, scammers are kicking into full gear. Giveaways, discounts and coupons, let’s face it: We’re all going hunting for online bargains. That’s exactly where scammers are waiting to pounce, said cybercrime expert Evan Blair, the co-founder of computer security firm ZeroFox. “The scale of scams and fraud that we are seeing this year is beyond things that we’ve seen before,” […]

  • For months, a KC woman struggled to get the title to her fully paid-off car, but she finally won

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took an attorney and a judge to get this problem solved, but a Kansas City woman said she finally feels vindicated. When FOX4 Problem Solvers first met Sheila Reliford last August, she had been waiting two months for the title on a car she had paid for in full, $1,500 cash. Without that title, she can’t drive the car. She technically doesn’t even own it. Problem Solvers paid a visit to the car lot, A1 […]

  • Company with a history of canceled races calls off local obstacle event with no explanation

    LEXINGTON, Mo. — Jaeme Simmons and Tina Flores are huge fans of obstacle course racing where you clamber up walls and monkey bar your way across muddy ditches to reach the finish line. “Really it’s a place for adults to play on giant playgrounds,” said Simmons who, with her husband, has participated in races all over the country. Both Simmons and Flores were excited that one was finally going to be held closer to home in Lexington, Missouri, this past […]

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