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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
  • After nearly 20 months, Liberty business owner struggling to get refund from KC company

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A Liberty man is out nearly $1,600 and has nothing to show for it. Even worse, he’s been trying to get a refund for months and is still waiting. “I was going to put here ‘mold testing, mold inspections, mold removal,'” Marvin Littlepage said, pointing to the side of his white van where he had hoped to advertise his company. “I decided I wanted to splurge and get a wrap,” the Liberty man said, referring to the […]

  • KC family shocked after mother’s suspicious last will leaves everything to pastor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beatrice Allen was a mother and a grandmother, hard working and fiercely religious. When she died last September at the age of 90, her family struggled to accept that she would no longer be part of their lives. They never anticipated that they would also be in a struggle with the man whom, for more than a decade, they trusted with her life: Pastor Jon Wright. “Truthfully, I don’t hate the pastor, and I don’t want […]

  • Problem Solvers Updates: A new member of the ‘Hall of Shame’ and a deposit finally delivered

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When Jay Campbell never got his Rolex watch back from a repair shop, he called FOX4 Problem Solvers for help. The shop owner promised to solve the problem, but never did.  Now, Campbell has turned to the courts for help. “I just want my son’s birthday watch back,” Campbell told Problem Solvers  in September. Campbell, of Grain Valley, had taken the Rolex to Gold Rush Express in June to have several links removed from the watchband. He […]

  • KC man battles with Overland Park business for months, waiting for pool table delivery

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Nickles enjoys showing off the man cave that he and his girlfriend spent a small fortune remodeling. There’s just one thing missing. “This is the light that the pool table is supposed to be under,” said Nickles, pointing to a hanging lamp decorated with billiard balls. Nickles ordered the table Sept. 1 from Gameroom Concepts in Overland Park. He paid $1,000 for a table he said he was promised within 4-6 weeks. “I waited until […]

  • Months after moving out, KC woman still fighting with apartment to get deposit back

    UPDATE: The day after this story aired on FOX4 News, Scearcy received a refund for her security deposit. Problem solved. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Apartment security deposits can sometimes can be more than $1,000, but tenants often have to wage war to get them back. Including Sarah Scearcy who bought her first home in September. She’s been out of her apartment for more than two months but is still fighting with her old apartment complex over her security deposit. “They […]

  • FOX4 Problem Solvers find online advertisements for puppies littered with trouble

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — If you’ve been searching online for a puppy, FOX4 Problem Solvers have two words of advice: Be careful. The Better Business Bureau estimated that as much as 80 percent of the advertising is fake. KCK mom Bobby Richardson learned that the hard way. “My daughter was so ecstatic,” said Richardson, referring to the tea cup French bulldog she found online. According to the ad on Facebook, it was a rescue pup in need of a good […]

  • After utility pole crushes his truck, Wellsville man fighting with city that refuses to pay

    WELLSVILLE, Kan. – Michael Smith remembers July 19 like it was yesterday. That’s the day his truck was destroyed by a utility pole. Smith was at work when he got the news from a family member. A city-owned utility pole holding tornado sirens had toppled over and crushed his 1991 F-150. He was devastated to lose the only vehicle he owned. He immediately contacted the city of Wellsville. An employee told him to fill out paperwork and the city would […]

  • Disabled veteran’s dilemma shines light on KC nonprofit wasting taxpayers’ dollars

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Reggie Long moved slowly from the kitchen to the dining room of his Kansas City home, breathing heavily as he sat down. “I’m sorry. I just can’t stand real long,” Long said. A series of health problems has left Long forever attached to an oxygen machine. Without it, he would die. That almost happened in October. Long, whose sole income is $1,100 from Social Security, knew he’d need help paying a $600 electric bill. He turned […]

  • 2 more local business help Sugar Creek woman who lost $30k to shady contractor

    SUGAR CREEK, Mo. — When you lose most of your home to an electrical fire and then your contractor disappears with most of your insurance money, it takes awhile to get back on your feet. June Lowe knows that all too well. FOX4 Problem Solvers has been covering Lowe’s story for months as metro businesses have donated their services to help make her home livable again. She was almost ready to move back in until she noticed her electricity kept […]

  • Business owners lend a hand to homeowner who lost $8,000 after contractor disappeared

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — For those growing weary of all the bad news in the world, this is a happy tale. It all takes place in Independence at the home of Rony Guardiola. Perched on top of Guardiola’s home is Rocky Metcalfe, owner of RPM Guttering. Metcalfe spent the day installing new gutters at the house after learning about the Independence man’s frustrations on FOX4 Problem Solvers. Guardiola was a victim of contractor Bounmy Suady. Guardiola paid Suady $8,000 to put […]

  • Liberty couple fuming over landscaper who took $5,000 deposit but never started project

    LIBERTY, Mo. -– Flowers, lights, stonework: Those were decorative elements that Tom and Susan Guiffre were hoping to add to the front of their home. They thought they’d hired the perfect man for the job. Boy, were they wrong. “We figured if he’s been in business for 50 years, he’s got to be doing something right,” said Tom Guiffre, referring to John Cazzell, the owner of Four Seasons Lawn and Landscape. Cazzell drew up a landscaping plan that he promised […]

  • Gardner couple struggles to get title for manufactured home they bought 2 years ago

    GARDNER, Kan. — Anyone who owns a home knows how much labor, love and money it takes to maintain it. So imagine how you’d feel if you discovered you didn’t legally own your own home. It happens all the time in the world of manufactured housing. Virgil and Jessica Wright have a bill of sale proving they paid for their manufactured house two years ago, but they don’t have a title. Without a title, they can’t prove they’re the true […]