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
  • ‘He should be locked up’: Local senior citizens say contractor has vanished with thousands

    WINDSOR, Mo. — In Missouri, it’s a felony to defraud a senior citizen, but it’s a law rarely enforced. Because of that, scammers thrive in this state, and their targets are all too often people like James and Nena Smith. “See that swaying down and caving in,” James Smith said, showing his roof that he and his wife paid a roofer more than $7,000 to repair months ago. But all the Smiths have to show for that money is a […]

  • Local online gift company racking up complaints after not delivering customers’ orders

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A web-based company specializing in gifts for groomsmen is under attack for not delivering customers’ orders. Among those unhappy customers is James Whittlesey. Whittlesey spent about $300 last July purchasing seven engraved pocket knives for members of his September wedding party. “I was really looking forward to giving them to these guys,” Whittlesey said. “I had a speech planned and everything.” Whittlesey had expected the knives from thebestmangifts.com to arrive in August, but by the time […]

  • Contractors charged for taking thousands from local seniors for shoddy work

    WARRENSBURG, Mo — A family of contractors accused of defrauding elderly homeowners face felony charges. Ninety-year-old Charles Hogue is one of the victims. The retired military man lost about $100,000 to the men who failed to do the work they had promised on his home. Another victim, also in Johnson County, was taken for about $27,000, according to court records. Ken Collins and his sons Ken Jr. and Steven were charged this month with financial exploitation of the elderly, stealing […]

  • At least 17 metro brides lose hundreds of dollars to no-show hair and make-up artist

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At least 17 brides, some out more than $500, are upset with a metro hair and make-up artist who has earned a reputation as a no-show on wedding days. It was only after Miranda Reeves booked the stylist back in March for her October wedding that she started seeing the negative reviews. “I keep seeing more reviews like, ‘Do not book with her. She did not show up to my wedding,'” Reeves said. She had already […]

  • After a tree dropped on this KCK dad’s house, the community brought it back to life

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The first time FOX4 Problem Solvers met AJ Reese, a tree was sitting on his home with the branches breaking through his roof and poking right into his sons’ bedroom. Reese, a single father of four, had made the mistake of hiring a supposed tree expert named Charles Strafford to remove a large tree next to his house. He paid Strafford $600 — not realizing that Strafford had no idea what he was doing. After the […]

  • More complaints surface of customers losing thousands to metro construction company

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Complaints keep rolling in about a construction company that FOX4 first warned you about a few weeks ago. Some unhappy customers say they’ve been promised the Kansas Attorney General is investigating. Among those hoping for help from state prosecutors is Brenda Ash who said she’s out about $28,000. “Right here this isn’t level,” Ash said, pointing to the backyard deck at her home. Ash said she paid 5-Star Construction, based in Atchison, $28,000 to build a […]

  • After years of complaints, repair shop known for illegal towing now subject of criminal investigation

    NORTHMOOR, Mo. — The metro’s most notorious auto repair shop and haven for illegal tow trucks is now the focus of a criminal investigation. Cpl. Nate Bradley with the Missouri State Highway Patrol seized Northstar Auto Body’s financial records and computers after finding a stolen car on the lot. It’s just the latest black mark on a business that makes regular appearances on FOX4 Problem Solvers. Most of the unlucky people whose cars end up at Northstar are often towed […]

  • ‘Two more weeks’: Metro customers get excuses, lose thousands to construction company

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — From $800 to more than $27,000, that’s how much people say they were taken by a construction company. The company owner lives in Atchison, Kansas, but all his angry customers are in the metro. “Shame on him,” Regina Walker said as she shook her head, staring at the mess in her backyard. By now, Walker should have a beautiful new deck. Instead there’s a just a pile of debris from when she tore her old deck […]

  • KC man finally gets a refund for bad hearing aids — and a free new pair from a new company

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Dan Conninghton was at the Beltone office in Independence this week, getting fitted for a new pair of hearing aids — free of charge. It all comes after a FOX4 Problem Solver report on the 88-year-old man’s problems with an online hearing aid company. Conninghton ordered rechargeable hearing aids from Nano in April for $399, about one-tenth of what hearings usually cost. That first pair of Nano hearing aids broke after just a month of use. Since […]

  • 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 […]

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