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
  • Metro transgender man denied at U-Haul after employees say they can’t verify his identity

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — It took six trips to move most of Tyler Sproston’s belongings from Richmond to his new home in Gladstone. That’s because he was forced to move everything in his personal car, instead of truck he had reserved at U-Haul. “I’ve spoken with eight people, wasted an obscene amount of time and have no idea why I couldn’t rent from their company,” said Sproston who called FOX4 Problem Solvers after U-Haul denied him a rental truck. Sprosten said […]

  • After heated confrontation, Independence repair shop owner refuses to return woman’s car

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It was a car sale gone so horribly wrong that police were called to the scene. The dispute involved a broken down Chevy Aveo and a car repair shop that’s been the focus of a FOX4 Problem Solver report before. Jackie Holmes had towed the car to the shop in August to be repaired. “We left the car there, and he (the owner) said he would be checking the car and give us a call right back,” […]

  • More than a year later, KC landlord finally repays $15,000 back to tenant she scammed

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Some good news came Tuesday from the Clay County Courthouse for a woman who had been defrauded of more than $15,000. Kristi Slusher received word from the county prosecutor that he had a check to give her, repaying her for every dime she lost. As FOX4 Problem Solvers first reported in April 2018, Slusher was defrauded after paying a woman a year’s rent in advance for a rental house in the Northland. Slusher quickly discovered the house […]

  • KC man fights to get a refund for hearing aids he ordered from online company

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dan Conninghton has been wearing hearing aids for several years and never had a problem. But then he decided to switch to a new model he found on the internet from a company called Nano. The rechargeable hearing aids he ordered in April were $399, about one-tenth of what hearings usually cost. “Since then we’ve been on a merry-go-round,” said Conninghton, a retired firefighter. And it hasn’t been a happy ride. That first pair of Nano […]

  • Problem Solvers Hall of Shame member now facing federal charge

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman who earned a spot in the FOX4 Problem Solvers Hall of Shame for her questionable business practices is now facing a federal felony charge. Robin Reneau was the subject of a Problem Solvers report last year when her gold exchange business failed to return a customer’s Rolex watch. Now Reneau is facing a more serious problem that could land her behind bars. According to a federal indictment, Reneau is charged with trying to hinder […]

  • Metro nonprofit paid hundreds per month for internet that went out 15-20 times a day

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — No internet provider is perfect, but Vicki Dercher knew what was happening to her internet wasn’t normal. Dercher is the executive director of the Johnson County Interfaith Hospitality Network, a nonprofit that helps homeless families find shelter. The organization was losing internet connection 15-20 times a day for the last five months. “We pay $458 a month just for internet and phones,” Dercher said. “$458 a month, and we can’t get service.” She and her staff […]

  • KC couple shocked when attorney drops their case, sends bill for work he won’t prove he did

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Attorneys are expensive. So when Frank Morales and Lisa Ralston hired one to handle an adoption, they expected something in return. But they said they got nothing — just a bill. “Like I told the paralegal, I gave this man my dream, and he just threw it out the window like it was trash,” Ralston said. Ralston and Morales hired attorney Paul Franco on July 8. By July 11, they’d already paid Franco $1,200 for what […]

  • Company offers home repairs for free after 89-year-old loses $100K to shoddy contractor

    WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Law enforcement and a Warrensburg company are coming to the aid of an 89-year-old man who lost his life savings to a family of unscrupulous contractors. FOX4 Problem Solvers first reported months ago about the plight of Charles Hogue, an elderly widow who mistakenly gave his trust and $100,000 in savings to a family of contractors from Osceola. His children said they took advantage of him. The Johnson County, Missouri, prosecutor is determining whether to prosecute Ken […]

  • Complaints pile up about former Chiefs player’s house that is falling apart

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas City Chiefs fans might remember Tony Richardson as a bruising full back, but now he’s taking some hits from his former neighbors. Richardson has owned a home in Overland Park for more than a decade, and it is and has been a mess. A quick look at the front door reveals a pile of junk sitting there from the soffit, which was so rotted it collapsed onto the stoop. There’s also a hole in the […]

  • Former Chiefs star’s metro home now falling apart, becoming a frustration for neighbors

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — After two years of empty promises, a Kansas City sports icon has neighbors fuming. “It just collapsed,” Sheila Rodriguez said as she pointed to a porch roof that was so rotted it landed on the front step of a dilapidated home in her stylish Johnson County neighborhood. This latest problem was really no surprise for a house with so many city violation notices they hang on the front door like Christmas lights. What is surprising is […]

  • Complaints piling up against company selling old, shoddy appliances and empty promises

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s never good when you pay a visit to a local business and the first person who sees you takes off running. That’s what happened when FOX4 Problem Solvers tried to visit a home-based company that sells appliances. Unfortunately, our experience mirrored the experience of multiple customers. “I thought I was dealing with a professional,” Steven Bailey said. Bailey hired that business, owned by Gregg Vernon Hines, to install a furnace and air conditioning system in […]

  • KC car lot has a lot of excuses for why it won’t hand over title for Raytown man’s car

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Facebook Marketplace might be a great place to buy a used dining room table or a lamp, but be wary if you are looking for a car. It’s become a haven for unscrupulous used car dealers — something 18-year-old Colten Kaplanis discovered three months ago. “It was a cheap car,” Kaplanis said. “It was specifically to get me from A to B.” It was the first car he’d ever bought, and it turned into a lesson on […]

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