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
  • Gov. Colyer concedes to Kobach in race for GOP candidate for Kansas governor

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Jeff Colyer has conceded in the race for the Republican candidate for Kansas governor Tuesday night and is throwing his support to Secretary of State Kris Kobach. “I’ve just had a conversation with the Secretary of State and congratulated him on his success and repeated my determination to keep this seat in Republican hands,” he said. “This election is probably the closest in America, but the numbers just aren’t there.” Colyer and Kobach were in the […]

  • Snow plows help clear metal pipes from SB I-35 after semi crash

    KEARNEY, Mo. — It might be August, but snow plows were working Tuesday afternoon in the Northland after a semitrailer crash along Interstate 35. Kansas City Scout said a semi was involved in a crash on southbound I-35 just south of Kearney. The semi was carrying a load of metal piping that spread across the interstate. The Missouri Department of Transportation dusted its snow plows off and is using the trucks to get the pipes cleaned up. Southbound lanes were closed […]

  • Johnson County releases canvassing results, increasing Kobach’s lead

    OLATHE, Kan. — Provisional ballots in Johnson County have been counted, and it appears the Kansas Republican Party is a step closer to naming a candidate for governor. Johnson County election officials released the results of canvassing Tuesday afternoon after counting provisional ballots cast during the primary election last week. But in an interesting twist, just before county election officials presented the results, they added two provisional ballots to the county’s totals at the last-minute during the meeting. The county found […]

  • Police make arrest in connection to deadly stabbing of Shawnee man

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Police have arrested a suspect Monday in connection to a stabbing in Shawnee that left a 57-year-old man dead. Police said around 1:06 a.m. on Aug. 8, officers were dispatched to a home near 51st Place and Monticello Road for a physical disturbance. Responding officers found 57-year-old David Paterno inside the home severely beaten, stabbed and cut. First responders took him to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Independence police took 49-year-old Vincenzo Lucasta into custody Monday […]

  • KC police involved in standoff after suspect barricades himself inside home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are involved with a standoff with a suspect Monday afternoon near 52nd Terrace and Raytown Road, officials say. KCPD Capt. Lionel Colon said officers saw two people driving in the area who they believe are wanted for a crime. The two people then ran from the car, and one was taken into custody. The second suspect, who police have only said is a man, fled to a nearby home and has barricaded himself inside. Multiple […]

  • Man charged with arson in 2-alarm fire that destroyed Overland Park apartment complex

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A man is now facing arson charges in an Overland Park apartment complex fire that left 22 people displaced from their homes in May. Ronald Buchanan has been charged with three counts of aggravated arson with risk of bodily harm, seven counts of aggravated arson with no risk of bodily harm and one count of animal cruelty. Court documents say an animal was killed after a two-alarm fire destroyed Spring Hill Apartments. No one living at the […]

  • Meet the owner of the gun-mounted Jeep Kris Kobach used at Shawnee parade

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Don Erbert had no idea his Jeep would cause such an uproar when Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach rode in it in the Old Shawnee Days Parade. Tuesday night, as Kobach’s supporters gathered in Topeka, Don Erbert once again proudly put his Jeep on display. The Iola, Kansas, resident bought the Jeep in Arkansas when it was just red. On the way home, he decided it needed an American flag paint job and a replica machine […]

  • Kansas man indicted for traveling to KC to meet with undercover agent posing as teen prostitute

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A federal grand jury indicted a 55-year-old Kansas man Tuesday for traveling to Kansas City to meet with who he thought was a teenage prostitute but was actually an undercover officer. Bradley Voth, of Buhler, Kansas, was charged with one count of traveling across state lines with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri said the investigation began in June. An undercover U.S. […]

  • UPDATE: Silver Alert canceled; missing 76-year-old woman traveling to Raytown found safe

    UPDATE: The Silver Alert has been canceled Monday night after police say the woman was found safe in Pennsylvania.  Original post: RAYTOWN, Mo. — An endangered Silver Alert has been issued for a missing 76-year-old woman with early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Evelyn Hansen left Taftville, Connecticut, on Sunday en route for Raytown, Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol issued the alert Monday after Hansen didn’t arrive in Raytown as expected. MSHP said her cellphone last pinged Monday night in […]

  • Sporting KC acquires forward Krisztian Nemeth in trade with New England

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting KC is bringing back a former player and fan favorite. In a trade with the New England Revolution, Sporting has acquired forward Krisztian Nemeth. In exchange, Revolution will receive $250,000 in targeted allocation money, $100,000 in general allocation money and a natural first-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Nemeth, a native of Hungary, last played for Sporting KC in 2015. He had 16 goals that year. Since then, the 26-year-old played for Al-Gharafa SC in […]

  • Man dies from injuries sustained in shooting near Chelsea and 39th Place

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who suffered life-threatening injuries late Saturday night in a shooting has died Monday, police say. At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a shots fired call near Chelsea and East 39th Place. When officers arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound. Emergency responders took the man to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Monday afternoon, KCPD said the man had died from his injuries. His name has not yet been released. As of […]

  • 1-year-old boy in critical condition after mom’s car plunges into Kansas River

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 1-year-old boy is in critical condition after being pulled from the Kansas River in Lawrence on Friday. A Children’s Mercy Hospital spokesperson confirmed the 1-year-old remains hospitalized as of Monday. The little boy was rescued on Friday after his mother’s car plunged into the Kansas River with her two children inside, killing the woman’s 5-year-old daughter. Scharron Renea Dingledine, of Columbia, was arraigned Monday on first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges. The judge set a […]