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.
GLADSTONE, Mo. — A Northland dad is now facing charges for allegedly threatening a local school that his son attended. Brandon Naghshineh has been charged with first-degree making a terroristic threat in Clay County after making threats toward Oakhill Day School on Nov. 13. Court documents say just after midnight on that day an employee at North Kansas City Hospital called police about a possible active shooter threat against Oakhill, located in Gladstone. The employee said they had done a […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man is now facing charges after a man was thrown from the back of a pickup truck, leading to his death. Skylar Waddell has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in the death of 48-year-old Steve Norris. The victim’s wife saw the whole thing happen. Court records say police were called to northbound Interstate 435 and Oldham Road at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. A witness told officers […]
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A 24-year-old is now facing charges in the death of a University of Central Missouri student who was unintentionally shot in his apartment. Jeremy Manley, also a UCM student who is from Kansas City, has been charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter in Johnson County, Missouri. He’s charged in the death of 20-year-old Stephon Abron, of St. Charles. On Nov. 4, UCM police were called to a shooting at an on-campus apartment where they found Abron. Officers attempted […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Any discussion about the future of the Chiefs franchise starts with Patrick Mahomes at this point. And if it’s up to Clark Hunt, the reigning league MVP would stay in Kansas City for his entire career. In his annual midseason availability, the Chiefs owner said Wednesday that the franchise has never had one like Mahomes. “I think it is no secret that in the National Football League, to win championships, you need somebody very special at […]
GREENWOOD, Mo. — A grand jury has indicted the former Greenwood police chief, accusing him of violating a suspect’s civil rights when he handcuffed, restrained and allegedly assaulted the man. Greg Hallgrimson resigned from his position in June, which came 5 months after he was placed on administrative leave because he was under separate investigations by the FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The 50-year-old was placed on leave for allegedly striking someone at the police station in Greenwood, a […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A juvenile has been taken into custody for making a threats toward a KCK high school on Friday. KCKPD said they started getting tips from parents Thursday night about a social media threat against J.C. Harmon High School. Police launched an investigation into the threat and monitored the school on Friday, but there were no issues. The school said the suspect who threatened the school was arrested. The juvenile’s name has not been released, and it’s […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s not uncommon to hear some talented performers on the Kansas City streetcar, but on Thursday, two Grammy Award winners jammed out with riders. Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser are in town for this Saturday’s Thundergong benefit concert. The couple — along with actor Jason Sudekis and radio station 90.9 the Bridge — set up shop in one of the streetcars, and gave fans an awesome preview of what’s in store if they show up at […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One man has died Wednesday afternoon in a shooting in Kansas City, police say. Officers were dispatched to the shooting just after 3 p.m. Wednesday near E. 54th and Olive streets. When they arrived, they found a man lying in the street suffering from gunshot wounds. Police said the man died from his injuries. Witnesses told officers they heard multiple gunshots and saw a black pickup truck leaving the area headed westbound. Detectives are still trying to […]
PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. — One man in Pettis County has died after being shot by law enforcement Tuesday night, officials say. The Pettis County Sherrif’s Office said deputies were called to a disturbance at a home in the rural northwest part of the county, near Beaver Dam Road and Oak Point Road. When they arrived, a man inside the house came out with a gun and disobeyed commands to drop the weapon, said Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ten months after the Kansas City Council voted to rename The Paseo after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., voters have decided to change it back. In Tuesday’s special municipal election, Kansas Citians overwhelmingly voted in favor of changing the historic boulevard back to its original name. With 99% of precincts reporting, just over 31,000, or about 69%, voted “Yes” to bring the Paseo back while just over 13,900, or about 31%, voted “No.” The heated debate […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Wyandotte County officials say a criminal investigation into a September incident at the county jail is now finished. But they still aren’t saying what happened at the jail that day. Sheriff Don Ash held a press conference Friday afternoon to offer a statement and a few updates, but not a lot of details. You can rewatch the press conference in the video player below. Last week, the sheriff’s office said an incident occurred between employees and […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro business owner will spend more than two years in prison for filing a false tax return. Steven Strauss, of Paola, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years and four months in federal prison without parole. A judge also ordered him to pay more than $680,000 in restitution to the government. The 54-year-old owns Classic Tree Care, which has done business throughout the Kansas City metro for several years. Strauss pleaded guilty in January to […]