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
  • Cyclist dies from injuries after crash with vehicle in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A man riding a bicycle has died from his injuries Friday following a crash with a vehicle in Overland Park. Police say the crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. on W. 135th Street at Caenen. Both the driver of the vehicle and the cyclist were headed eastbound on W. 135th, approaching Quivira, when the vehicle struck the cyclist. The cyclist wasn’t wearing a helmet, police said. He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. […]

  • 33-year-old KC woman dies after being ejected in one-vehicle crash on I-29

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 33-year-old KC woman died Thursday night after being ejected in a crash on Interstate 29. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s crash report, the deadly crash occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Thursday on northbound I-29 near Interstate 635. When the driver of a Jeep tried to change lanes, he over-corrected, officials say, and left the road. The Jeep struck a guardrail and rolled several times. Both passengers, including 33-year-old Kara Tatum, were ejected. All […]

  • Silver Alert cancelled for 88-year-old Kearney man

    **UPDATE: The Missouri Highway Patrol has cancelled this alert. Elmer Schulta was found safe** KEARNEY, Mo. — Kearney police have issued an endangered Silver Alert for a 88-year-old man who left his home for a car wash Thursday afternoon and hasn’t come back. Elmer Schulta was last seen at 2 p.m. Thursday, leaving his home on Major Street in Kearney. He was driving a red 2018 Jeep Cherokee with the Missouri license plate 4RC648. He hasn’t been seen since he […]

  • Officials urge 2 NE Kansas towns to evacuate as flood waters rise to dangerous levels

    DONIPHAN COUNTY, Kan. — Officials in Doniphan County have issued evacuation alarms for Elwood and eastern Wathena due to dangerous rising flood waters. The county sounded alarms in the northeast Kansas towns at approximately 7:15 p.m. Thursday, urging residents to leave. The county’s Department of Emergency Management said Elwood residents should use Roseport Road to East 36 Highway to leave town. Ramps on 36 going into the town are closed. The Kansas Department of Transportation said crews will close 36 […]

  • Police identify 3-year-old boy hit, killed by utility truck in downtown KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have released the name of the 3-year-old boy who died after being hit by a utility truck in downtown KC. The horrifying moment happened right in front of the child’s dad, near 11th & Grand around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The little boy has been identified as Jayden Courtney of Kansas City. A Spire gas company truck struck the child while driving down 11th Street, according to a witness. Jayden was standing on the sidewalk, holding […]

  • Operation BBQ Relief heading to Nebraska to serve flooding victims

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local barbecue nonprofit is headed to Nebraska to help thousands of people affected by flooding. Operation BBQ Relief said on Facebook that it plans to visit shelters north of Omaha. Crews will likely serve as many as 1,500 meals per day. The metro-based nonprofit travels to areas across the country that have been hit by disasters and serves barbecue meals to survivors and first responders.  Since the nonprofit first started in 2011, Operation BBQ Relief […]

  • 65-year-old KC woman dies after being hit by FedEx truck while crossing Troost

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City woman who was struck by a FedEx truck Wednesday has died from her injuries, police say. The crash was reported just before 6:15 p.m. Wednesday near 55th and Troost. Officials on scene said 65-year-old Kathleen Tripp was crossing Troost at 55th Street when the driver of a FedEx truck, turning onto Troost, struck her. Tripp was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition but later died, police said. The FedEx driver remained […]

  • FBI reviewing excessive force case involving former Jackson County deputy, intoxicated man

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy is now under review by the FBI for allegedly using excessive force against an intoxicated man, the sheriff’s office says. In a release, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy, assigned to the KC Area Transportation Authority, was called to 10th and Main streets at about 8 pm. Feb. 22 for an intoxicated men refusing to get off a bus. When the deputy arrived, he gave verbal commands for […]

  • Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill involved in police investigation in Overland Park

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is involved in a police investigation. Overland Park police spokesman John Lacy confirmed the 25-year-old is involved in a police criminal investigation, but would not confirm any other details about the case or his involvement. Hill has not been arrested or charged in Johnson County as of Friday afternoon, but the case has been referred to the district attorney’s office. FOX4 has reached out to the district attorney for comment, but […]

  • KC police investigating homicide after one person found shot near 69th and Spruce

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are investigating a deadly shooting Thursday night. Just after 8:30 p.m. police were dispatched to a home near 69th and Spruce Avenue on a medical nature unknown call. When officers arrived, they found one person dead from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim’s name hasn’t been released at this time. Police are investigating but don’t have any suspect information at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call TIPS Hotline at 816-447-8477.

  • Chiefs officially sign former Saints defensive end Alex Okafor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have signed former New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor. Reports of the deal surfaced Thursday afternoon, and the team announced the newest member of the team Thursday night, just after 7 p.m. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report the roster move. He said Okafor will get a 3-year deal for up to $24 million. The #Chiefs are expected to sign former #Saints DE Alex Okafor, source said. He gets a […]

  • Kansas City Chiefs officially sign former Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have officially signed former Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson. Multiple reports indicate Wilson and the Chiefs have agreed to a two-year, $5.6 million deal, though the Chiefs haven’t confirmed the terms of the deal. He’s expected to play strongside linebacker for the Chiefs under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 scheme with Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland. “We see a lot of potential in Damien,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said. “He was a […]

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