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
  • Developer announces $300M project for Great Mall of the Great Plains property

    OLATHE, Kan. — The former Great Mall of the Great Plains property is getting another chance. Woodbury Corporation, a Salt Lake City-based real estate development company, announced Tuesday it plans to redevelop the 100-acre site, located at 151st Street and Interstate 35. The Great Mall of the Great Plains closed down in September 2015 and demolition on the mall began in July 2016. Now, the empty land will be transformed into a mixed-use property named Mentum. The $300 million project […]

  • Police identify 40-year-old killed in shooting near 41st and Garfield in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Monday night in Kansas City. KCPD Capt. Lionel Colon said police were called to a report of shots fired in the area of 41st and Garfield around 6:30 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they found 40-year-old Darrick J. Jackson in a nearby wooded area suffering from a gunshot wound. First responders took Jackson to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. Details about […]

  • Patriots fan who threw beer at Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill now facing charges

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — First, a Patriots fan who threw beer into Tyreek Hill’s face after a touchdown was banned from Gillette Stadium. Now, that man is facing charges. Foxborough police have charged a 21-year-old Massachusetts man with disorderly conduct and throwing an object at a sporting event. The man’s name has not been released. “I just think that is ridiculous and how un-sportsman like. It makes me shake to think that they treat us like that when we are […]

  • KCK police chief responds to lawsuit accusing former detective of misconduct

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — KCK’s police chief has responded after an explosive federal lawsuit that claims his former partner took advantage of women to make arrests. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas alleges that former KCK Det. Roger Golubski extorted sexual favors from poor black women and coerced them into providing false evidence. The lawsuit filed by Lamonte McIntyre and his mother, Rose McIntyre, alleges that Golubski tried to force Rose into a sexual relationship, and when she […]

  • 45-year-old man charged in hit-and-run that killed 2 in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A 45-year-old man has been charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Overland Park. Bradley Woodworth, 45, has been charged in Johnson County with one count of leaving the scene of an accident. Court documents say Woodworth was involved in a crash last Saturday in Overland Park that killed 20-year-old Samuel Siebuhr and 18-year-old Matthew Bloskey. Police said on Saturday the driver of dark Honda van, later identified as Woodworth, struck Siebuhr’s vehicle and sent it spinning across […]

  • KC police looking for woman they want to talk to about deadly stabbing

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are trying to locate a woman they’d like to speak to about a deadly stabbing. KCPD said they’d like to Heaven Redick, 18, in connection to a stabbing that happened Tuesday night and are asking for the public’s help to find her. A woman in her 20s was stabbed to death late Tuesday in Kansas City during an apparent argument over a boyfriend. Police said it happened just after 11:20 p.m. at Canyon Creek […]

  • Small alligator discovered in Olathe, making it 2nd gator found in Kansas in one day

    OLATHE, Kan. — The same day that a very big alligator was spotted in Basehor, another little alligator was found in Kansas. On Monday, a small alligator was discovered under a vehicle in Olathe. An animal control officer brought the little gator back to the city’s shelter where it’s been staying since. Olathe police said the alligator will go to a new home on Monday. After all, alligators aren’t allowed in Olathe. It’s being taken to a reptile rescue in […]

  • Johnson County’s upgraded election software gets approved to prevent delay in results

    OLATHE, Kan. — Johnson County’s Election Office has received state and federal approval to use upgraded software for the November election, hoping to prevent another massive delay in reporting results. In the August primary, election results weren’t available until the morning after Election Day. Johnson County election officials blamed the software for the delay. The county’s voting system vendor, Election Systems and Software, said the reporting software was constantly and unnecessarily refreshing statistics before vote totals had been completed. After fixing […]

  • Bovine tuberculosis in Michigan deer not a concern in Missouri, Kansas, experts say

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michigan officials are warning hunters about bovine tuberculosis found in deer, but Missouri and Kansas officials want local hunters to know it’s not something they need to worry about. Bovine tuberculosis was recently confirmed in a large cattle herd in Alcona County, Michigan, making it the 73rd cattle herd in the state to be identified with the bacterial disease since 1998. Bovine TB attacks the respiratory system of animals, usually cattle and deer, creating bubbles and white spots […]

  • Forest rangers in India turn to Calvin Klein for help hunting man-eating tiger

    Vets with tranquilizer darts, drones, and even a powerful breed of hunting dogs haven’t been able to track down and take out a dangerous tiger in India suspected of killing 13. So now, forest rangers near Pandharkawada are turning to a bottle of something they hope will make the tigress “roll and cheek-rub” and send her into “absolute heaven.” That would be Calvin Klein’s Obsession cologne, the latest weapon in the hunt for the tigress named T1, who has been eluding searchers for months, […]

  • Former Olathe East teacher met student victim on dating app, court documents say

    OLATHE, Kan. — Recently released court documents have revealed new information about the charges against a former Olathe East teacher and Shawnee City Councilman accused of having sex with a teenage student. Justin Adrian, 33, has been charged with unlawful sexual relations, a felony, in Johnson County. Court documents say the alleged incident occurred with an Olathe East student older than 16 at the school on Sept. 7. The investigation began at the high school on Sept. 10 when school administrators reported […]

  • One of three suspects in murder of 3-year-old boy killed in sleep found guilty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man has been convicted in the 2015 shooting of a 3-year-old boy who was killed in his sleep. A Jackson County jury found Dominque Marchbanks, 26, guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action in the death of Amorian Hale. The 3-year-old Kansas City boy died in his bed on May 31, 2015, after more than 20 shots were fired into his home. One of […]