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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 contractor running for KC Council lands in Problem Solvers Hall of Shame

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Blake Segers, a candidate for Kansas City’s city council, should be a name you remember by November’s election day. Two months ago, FOX4 Problem Solvers warned you about Segers, his business partner Nick Williamson and their business, B&N Enterprise. FOX4 first learned about B&N Enterprise after receiving complaints from homeowners in Kansas and Missouri. Erick Bales paid B&N Enterprise $3,650 as a deposit for remodeling work on his home. After cashing the check, Bales never heard from […]

  • Metro mom frustrated after overbooked driving school takes months to provide lessons

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — With his mom riding shotgun, Ben Kudrna is an expert behind the wheel. OK, we can’t vouch 100 percent for his driving. But based on how the 15-year-old was maneuvering around a parking lot last week, his skills looked solid. In fact, his mom Wendy was confident enough in Ben’s ability that she wants him driving to school this year. That’s why on May 12 she signed him up at Harder’s Performance Driving School in Overland […]

  • Belton officials say they’re not responsible for clogged culverts threatening nearby homes

    BELTON, Mo. — Most homeowners spend a lot of time watering in the summer heat just to keep their lawns alive, but Lisa Richter longs for a dry backyard — just once. “I don’t even like to bring my grandkids back here anymore,” said Richter, complaining about the bugs and mosquitoes that populate the backyard of the Belton home she has owned for more than 20 years. Richter blamed the infestation on the culvert that runs behind her home. It’s […]

  • Independence neighborhood goes nearly 7 months without mail delivered

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Neither snow nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom: That’s the U.S. Postal Service’s promise to deliver no matter what. That’s why Melissa Brim is so upset. “It’s just not fair,” Brim said. “I want our mail.” It’s been nearly seven months since Brim’s home or the 12 others on the 100 block of North Arlington Street in Independence have received their mail. The post office stopped delivering to the entire block after a carrier was bitten by […]

  • After months of calls for help, city finally deals with vacant Northland home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On a tidy street in Kansas City’s Northland, neighbors can’t stop talking about one house. Weeds obscure many of the bushes. The backyard hasn’t been mowed in months. “God knows what’s living in there,” neighbor Kim Backhus said. Neighbors told FOX4 Problem Solvers that the unkempt house on N.E. 82nd Street has been vacant since May. However, someone regularly stops by to pick up the mail and deposit what appear to be bags of trash in the […]

  • As metro couple learned, background checks with inaccurate info are all too common

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Finding almost anything can be a hassle for Sima Agayeva. Her belongings and those of her boyfriend’s are stacked either in storage or in the living room of her boyfriend’s parents home. The two have been living like this for weeks — ever since the apartment complex they were were move into denied their application just days before the big move. “I said, ‘Why? This is shocking,’” Agayeva remembered asking the complex manager who informed her […]

  • Lawsuit settlement puts an end to bogus surtax at Kansas City apartment complex

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thanks to a lawsuit, tenants at a Kansas City apartment complex are no longer paying a fake surtax each month. Russell Wilson first contacted the FOX4 Problem Solvers to get help fighting a surtax his apartment complex had been charging him. Wilson and all the other tenants at Burr Oak Woods apartments in Kansas City were being charged $22 a month for what his lease stated was an Obamacare surtax. As Wilson discovered, and the Problem […]

  • Metro contractor’s unfinished job lands him in Problem Solver ‘Hall of Shame’

    SUGAR CREEK, Mo. — A metro contractor has been given multiple chances to do the right thing, but weeks later, he still hasn’t. The first time the FOX4 Problem Solvers met contractor Bounmy Suady he made us a promise: He would refund most of the nearly $30,000 he had taken from homeowner June Lowe by the end of the week. A fire forced her out of her Sugar Creek home. Lowe handed the money over to Suady. He paid Lowe’s daughter […]

  • Overland Park family stuck paying for Branson timeshare they can’t even use

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A Kansas family spent thousands of dollars on a vacation rental but say they have never been able to use it. “You can have it, and then your children can have it,” Muhammad Naseer of Overland Park said he was told by a representative from Westgate Resorts who sold him one week a year in a Branson timeshare. “You know I’m from Kansas, and my favorite place is Branson,” Naseer said. He was promised by Westgate […]

  • Thousands of potentially dangerous guardrails remain on Kansas & Missouri roads despite ban

    Highway guardrails exist to protect drivers from serious injury, but a Missouri father has blamed a guardrail for his daughter’s death. “I got a phone call and it was my daughter screaming ‘daddy,'” Brett Adams said. It was Dec. 13 and three of Adams’ daughters were together driving to their brother’s house in Southeast Missouri. The roads were icy. There were 13 wrecks that day, including the Adams’ car. Adams’ daughter Michaela was behind the wheel. She hit ice, fish-tailed […]

  • Sugar Creek homeowner says contractor disappeared with nearly $30,000 without fixing home

    SUGAR CREEK, Mo. — A fire forced her out of her Sugar Creek home more than three months ago – and she’s barely seen the contractor who is supposed to be rebuilding it — at a hefty price tag. An electrical fire in June Lowe’s roof destroyed her home. Luckily, she has homeowners insurance. “They wrote me a check for $29,850,” she said. Lowe handed the money over to a contractor, Bounmy Suady. He paid Lowe’s daughter and another man […]

  • Two metro customers finally get help after Problem Solvers investigate unfinished work

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s finally some good news for two families who were both victims of companies that took their money but never finished the work. After their stories aired on FOX4 Problem Solvers, their lives took a turn for the better. John and Jennifer Powell from Bonner Springs contacted Problem Solvers in March after a concrete contractor named Gene Cole Swain dug up their backyard and disappeared, taking their $15,000 with him. See the original report here. Swain, […]