13 people killed, others still missing after tourist boat capsizes at Table Rock Lake

Makenzie Koch has always called the Kansas City metro home. After being raised in Odessa, Missouri, she took her passion for storytelling and building relationships to the Missouri School of Journalism.

There, she emphasized in magazine editing and social journalism with minors in English and Theatre and worked at the Columbia Missourian for more than two years as the assistant director of community outreach.

After graduation, she took her first real-world job as a digital producer at the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah, and moved halfway across the country. The beautiful mountains, unique culture and exciting news cycle of the Beehive State kept her busy for a year.

But ultimately, Kansas City called her back. She began working as an interactive content producer at Fox 4 in November 2017 and is overjoyed to be back in city she loves. At Fox 4, she focuses on social media, digital content, copy editing and all things internet.

When she’s not working, Makenzie enjoys watching superhero movies, reading any book she can get her hands on, working out at the gym, cheering on the Mizzou Tigers and playing with her puppy.


Recent Articles
  • UPDATE: 11 people killed after tourist boat capsizes at Table Rock Lake

    BRANSON, Mo. — Officials have confirmed at least 11 people were killed Thursday after a tourist boat capsized at Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri, officials say. Multiple agencies, including divers, are on scene, working what they are calling a “mass casualty incident.” At least seven other people were injured and are being treated at local hospitals. Divers are still searching for possible victims. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader confirmed 31 people were on a Ride the Ducks boat, including children, […]

  • President Trump to visit Kansas City next week for VFW national convention

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Donald Trump will be visiting Kansas City next week for the 119th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention. The conference will be held July 21-25 at the Kansas City Convention Center with the President speaking on July 24. Further details about Trump’s visit were not provided by the organization. “Kansas City is home to the VFW’s national headquarters, but it’s been 11 years since our last national convention was held here, so it is great […]

  • Crews battle large fire at landfill near Highway 291 in Sugar Creek

    SUGAR CREEK, Mo. — Crews are battling a large fire Tuesday night at a landfill in Sugar Creek. The Sugar Creek Fire Department is responding to the fire, located at Courtney Ridge Landfill along Highway 291 near Courtney Road. The cause of the fire has not been released at this time. No injuries have been reported.

  • WATCH: See the moment they flipped the switch on KC’s Western Auto sign

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s official: The Western Auto sign is once again lighting up the KC skyline. It’s been at least two years since the Western Auto sign has been illuminated and about 15 years since it was fully functional. Homeowners at Western Auto Lofts are all chipping in to get the lights back on and keep them glowing for years to come. The 73-foot sign, wrapped in a 150-foot arrow now shines with modern LED lights. If you […]

  • Schlitterbahn’s Verrückt water slide set to be torn down

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Schlitterbahn water slide that a little boy died on, spurring investigations and charges against several water park officials, is coming down. Schlitterbahn has been under intense scrutiny in the past few months. Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab died at the park in 2016 while riding the Verrückt water slide. The raft he was on went airborne and hit a metal pole overhead. As a result, the KCK water park — along with a Schlitterbahn co-owner, slide designer, former […]

  • Court documents say Clay County mom fell asleep in car with 2 girls who later died

    CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — Search warrants show the mother of the two little girls who died in Clay County fell asleep with the kids in the car. The documents say Jenna Boedecker told investigators she put the two girls, 2-year-old Ireland Ribando and 7-week-old Goodknight Ribando, in her Jeep Patriot sometime overnight between July 3 and 4. She said she didn’t want them to hear her and her husband argue. Boedecker told police the Jeep had very little gas in […]

  • Independence police investigating deadly shooting near 12th and Ranson

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police are investigating a homicide Saturday afternoon in Independence. Officials said the deadly shooting happened near 12th and South Ranson Street. At this time, details about the victim, suspect and what led up to the shooting were not available. FOX4 will update this story as more information is confirmed.

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled, missing 69-year-old woman found safe

    UPDATE: Police say the missing woman has been found and is safe. The Silver Alert has been canceled.  Original story: BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Officials have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 69-year-old woman. Geneva Epperson was last seen around 3 p.m. Saturday leaving a Blue Springs home on 52nd Street. Police said she was upset with family members and walked away from the home. She hasn’t been seen since then. Epperson is described as 5-foot-3, weighing 140 pounds […]

  • Child killed, others critically injured in 2-alarm townhome fire in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire Saturday at a townhome complex in KCK that took the life of a child. Crews were called just after 10 a.m. to the College Park Townhomes on North 70th Terrace for reports of people trapped inside a building on the second floor. KCK Fire Chief Kevin Shirley said the flames got into the attic of the building, and from that point they quickly spread to multiple units. Fire officials said a child […]

  • UMKC student shot, killed inside restaurant on Prospect; police searching for suspect

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A UMKC student is dead after a shooting inside J’s Fish and Chicken Market near 54th Street and Prospect. KCPD Capt. Lionel Colon said police were called to the area around 7 p.m. Friday for a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they found Sharath Koppu shot inside the restaurant. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. Koppu was a UMKC student who was working at the restaurant. The university released the following […]

  • UMKC student shot, killed inside restaurant on Prospect in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A UMKC student is dead after a shooting inside J’s Fish and Chicken Market near 54th Street and Prospect. KCPD Capt. Lionel Colon said police were called to the area around 7 p.m. Friday for a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they found Sharath Kopuu shot inside the restaurant. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. Kopuu was a UMKC student who was working at the restaurant. On Saturday, KCPD released this […]

  • 52-year-old woman found guilty in estranged husband’s murder in Leavenworth

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A 52-year-old metro woman was found guilty in the 2017 murder of her estranged husband. Barbara Frantz was charged with first-degree murder in January 2017 in the death of 54-year-old Gary Frantz, her husband whom she was separated from. Gary Frantz was found seriously injured in a parking lot near the Missouri River in Leavenworth. Police said he was shot six times but was still breathing when officers found him. According to Leavenworth County prosecutors, officers asked […]