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
  • Two people injured with one in critical condition after shooting in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person was critically injured Friday night in a double shooting in Kansas City. The shooting happened near 59th and Wabash just before 9:30 p.m. The second victim is in fair condition. Police said a disturbance outside led up to the shooting but did not have further details to release at the time. No suspect information was immediately available. FOX4 will update this story as more information is confirmed. Police are asking anyone with information to […]

  • 55-year-old man shot and killed at KC convenience store on Independence Avenue

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 55-year-old man has died Thursday afternoon after a shooting in a convenience store parking lot. The shooting happened at about 3:30 p.m. near Independence and Bales avenues. The victim initially suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital where he later died. He has been identified as Jordan B. Smith. Police have not released any suspect information or details about what led up to the shooting. FOX4 has a crew at the scene and […]

  • Man found shot to death in the street near 60th and Leavenworth in KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A man has been killed Friday afternoon in Kansas City, Kansas, police say. KCK police said a man in his late 20’s was shot in the road at about 2:30 p.m. near 60th Street and Leavenworth Road. He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Suspect information and details about what led up to the shooting were not immediately available. FOX4 has a crew headed to the scene and will update this […]

  • Jackson County deputy shoots, kills suspect while executing warrant, officials say

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police are now investigating after a Jackson County deputy shot and killed a suspect Thursday night. The deadly shooting happened just before 7 p.m. near E. 25th Street and S. Hawthorne Avenue. Independence police, who are investigating the incident, said Jackson County deputies and Independence officers were executing a warrant at an Independence home. Police said they were trying to take a known suspect with numerous felony warrants into custody. A deputy shot the suspect, killing him. […]

  • KC man sentenced to 22 years for robbery that led to shooting of Independence officer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man will spend more than two decades in prison for a robbery that ended in Independence Officer Tom Wagstaff being shot. Ronar Santiago-Torres was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action. Court documents say Santiago-Torres and Joseph Wyatt forced their way into an 82-year-old man’s home in 2017. The suspects pushed him up against a sliding glass […]

  • Two 13-year-olds charged for bringing guns to Shawnee middle school in their backpacks

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Two 13-year-olds are now facing charges after guns were found in their backpacks at a Shawnee middle school. The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office confirmed the Hocker Grove Middle School students have been charged with juvenile in possession of a firearm. Their names will not be released because they are minors. The incident happened Wednesday morning at the Shawnee Mission middle school. In a letter sent to parents, Principal Chris Kase said other students found out about […]

  • Kansas City Zoo

    Police, firefighters and other first responders get in free to the Kansas City Zoo this weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Zoo is giving back to the some of the men and women who help keep our community safe this weekend. First responders get free admission to the zoo for First Responders Appreciation Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15. The KC Zoo said this includes emergency service employees like police officers, firefighters and EMTs. All you have to do is present a valid ID at the ticket gate. So grab your […]

  • Roeland Park considering proposed ordinance to advise police not to cooperate with ICE

    ROELAND PARK, Kan. — There’s a fiery debate going on in a small Johnson County city over public safety, immigration and the long arm of the law. Roeland Park Mayor Mike Kelly said he became intrigued during a presentation last week by a representative from the ACLU of Kansas on a “safe and welcoming” ordinance. If passed, the policy, which is alternately referred to as a non-compliance ordinance, would advise Roeland Park police not to cooperate with federal agents from […]

  • Two people killed in double shooting near 79th and Manchester in south Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people have been killed Tuesday night in a shooting in south Kansas City. The double shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. near E. 79th Street and Manchester Avenue. At this point, police are still investigating what led up to the shooting and have not released any suspect information. The scene of this shooting is less than a mile from the site of another double shooting that took place earlier Tuesday. That shooting left one person dead […]

  • UPDATE: KC police identify man shot and killed near 29th and Park Ave.

    UPDATE: Kansas City police have identified the victim as 41-year-old Antwain Foster. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person has died Monday night in a shooting in Kansas City’s East Side. The deadly shooting happened at about 10:30 p.m. Monday near E. 29th Street and Park Avenue, police said. Suspect information and details about what led up to the incident were not immediately available. FOX4 will update this story as more information is confirmed. Anyone with information is asked to call […]

  • One man has serious injuries following a shooting in Historic Northeast

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man has serious injuries Monday night after a shooting in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Monday near St. John Avenue and Olive Street. At this time police do not have any suspect information to release. Details about what led up to the shooting were not immediately available. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

  • KCFD’s new interim chief becomes first woman to lead department in its history

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 26-year-old veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department has now been named its interim chief. Last week, the city manager selected Donna Maize as the interim chief. Maize will be the first woman to ever lead KCFD in its more than 150-year history. Most recently, Maize has served as the assistant city manager for public safety, but she also has a long tenure with the department. “KCFD has been a part of my life since birth […]

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