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
  • Debate continues over citizenship question as 2020 census looms one year away

    The U.S. Census is one year away, but it’s already causing controversy. A request by the Trump Administration to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census is before the Supreme Court. Even former census directors have spoken out against adding the question. They’re concerned it might lower the response rate from non-citizens and family members of non-citizens. But President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that without a citizenship question, the “report would be meaningless and a waste of the […]

  • Local expert offers tips so you don’t become a scam victim this tax season

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Now that tax season is in full swing, so are the scams. It’s a $10 million-a-year business, said Andy Phillips, director of the Tax Institute for H&R Block. FOX4 Problem Solvers received its first taste of this season’s scam via a computer-generated phone call. It was a warning that we owed money to the IRS and could be facing severe penalties if we didn’t immediately pay it. “The IRS is never going to begin by giving […]

  • After alleged neglect at care facility, injured veteran’s family says he deserves better

    RAYMORE, Mo. — Bradick Barrett served two tours of duty in Iraq, but it was only after he was back home in Missouri that his sisters started fearing for his safety. “He’s completely reliant for his every need,” his sister Aylica Beach said, referring to the traumatic brain injury he suffered after being hit by a car in Kansas City. Because he needed round-the-clock care, his family moved him to Redwood of Raymore, a long-term care facility. Beach said his […]

  • KC woman targeted by bad home repair company gets second dose of kindness

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The good news keeps coming for a Kansas City woman who asked FOX4 Problem Solvers for help with a home repair business that emptied her bank account and left her house a mess. Two metro companies, who initially came to her rescue to fix the problems the other company had caused, are now back — to do even more. “I love you so much,” said 70-year-old Diana Clarke as she gave Heath Chitwood of Pyramid Roofing […]

  • KC repairman demands more money then charges thousands for shoddy home repairs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Diana Clarke thought luck had landed on her Waldo doorstep in the form of a repairman offering to patch her leaky roof. “I said, ‘How much?'” Clarke recalled. “He said $200 to patch it with a piece of expensive covering. I said, ‘Yes, lets do it.'” The man at her door seemed so kind that she also confided to him her furnace wasn’t working and she needed a new flue pipe. She told him she couldn’t […]

  • Metro woman blames popular procedure for serious eyebrow problems

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A popular technique for shaping your eyebrow also has some serious risks. FOX4 Problem Solvers spoke with a woman who developed an infection that caused her to lose most of her eyebrows, and while the problem is rare, it can happen and there are ways to protect yourself. A year ago, Sophia Williams’ eyebrows were so infected she was required to take medical leave from her job as a nurse. So what happened? Williams blames eyebrow […]

  • Problem solved: Metro woman keeps promise and Staley grads finally get scholarships

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some good news to report on a Problem Solvers story that’s now been solved. Nearly two years ago, two Staley High School grads were awarded a special $500 college scholarship, but they never got the money. That is, until now. Jillian Brauninger, one of the two recipients, planned to use the $500 to help pay for her first semester at Creighton University. Jillian tried calling the woman in charge of the scholarship who promised her it […]

  • Leawood family with teen who relies on walker, wheelchair wins bathroom remodel giveaway

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — Garrett Haskin has to turn sideways to fit through the bathroom door with his walker, and grabbing a towel off the towel bar requires an athletic maneuver that can make his mom nervous. “He has had spinal cord surgery, brain surgery, surgery on his legs, knees, ankles,” Garrett’s mom Nanette said. “It makes it really hard to get in there to use the facilities.” In fact, the 13-year-old has had six surgeries just in the last three […]

  • Nearly two years later, Staley grad still hasn’t seen a dime of college scholarship

    UPDATE: The woman behind this college scholarship kept her promise and made sure both Staley grads got their money. Read more about this “problem solved” here. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly two years ago, two Staley grads were awarded a special college scholarship, but they still haven’t gotten it. Mark and Joan Brauninger showed a photo of their daughter Jillian smiling, holding a plaque proclaiming her a winner of a $500 college scholarship – she was one of two young […]

  • State’s lawsuit against KC charter school accused of stealing millions quietly settled

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two years ago, the state of Missouri took a local school to court, accusing them of stealing nearly $4 million in taxpayer money. Now, FOX4 Problem Solvers has learned that the 2016 lawsuit filed by the Attorney General against the Kansas City charter school was secretly settled last fall as then-Attorney General Josh Hawley entered the final months of his campaign for U.S. Senate. The school, Hope Academy, had been sued by the Attorney General’s Office […]

  • Northland business owner’s disappearing act, broken promises land him in ‘Hall of Shame’

    *Update: FOX4 Problem Solvers learned on February 13 that John Cazzell finally made good on his promise and reimbursed the Guiffres the remaining $3,000 they were owed.*  PARKVILLE, Mo. — Simply put John Cazzell was not happy to see FOX4 Problem Solvers after we paid an impromptu visit to his Northland business. “I don’t want any pictures please,” said Cazzell, the owner of Four Seasons Lawn and Landscape in Parkville. Problem Solvers understands Cazzell’s hesitation to have his face on […]

  • Kansas man learns of air ambulances’ crazy costs after unnecessary flight to KU Hospital

    PITTSBURG, Kan. — When most people think of air ambulance helicopters, they think of a major emergency where seconds count. But critics say that’s not the reality. They contend that the majority of air ambulance flights may not even be necessary and are so expensive that they push some patients into financial ruin even though they have insurance. George Sypniewski was shocked when he received a $47,000 bill from the air ambulance company that transported him from his local hospital […]

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