Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.
Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!
Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.
When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at

Recent Articles
  • Raytown group organizing Christmas gift drive to make sure kids in need aren’t forgotten

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — Raytown residents are working together to make sure no child is left out this holiday season. They’re “adopting” local children through a new program to help families in need for Christmas. Susan Brown runs a Raytown community Facebook page with thousands of members. About two weeks ago, she and the other administrators of that page started Raytown Charity Unleashed to help families in need for Christmas. “Families will send me a private message and give me the […]

  • Metro residents getting false notifications that their packages have been delivered

    OLATHE, Kan. — Early delivery on packages is great, right? That is, if they actually get delivered. Metro residents are reporting getting notifications that their package have been delivered, when they really haven’t. Kent Kunzler, a USPS customer, has lived in his Olathe neighborhood 17 years. He tells FOX4 this is the first time he’s ever remembered this happening and he receives packages frequently. “Last night, through the Amazon app, it said it was delivered at 7:30 in my mailbox,” […]

  • Metro teenager describes moments after deadly motorcycle wreck on I-49

    PECULIAR, Mo. — A teenager with only a learner’s permit is describing the moments after a motorcycle rear-ended him, killing the rider. The deadly crash happened in Peculiar late Sunday morning. It closed a portion of Interstate-49 in Cass County. “I lost my brakes, so we went flying at like 75 miles per hour, and I didn’t have much control,” 15-year-old Javen Fogle said. Fogle was driving with his grandmother on I-49 at the time of the wreck. They walked away without any […]

  • Independence man accused of assault on Oak Grove officer during traffic stop

    OAK GROVE, Mo. — A man who allegedly punched, kicked and smacked an Oak Grove police officer’s flashlight in his face on Friday morning is facing two charges in Jackson County. The officer stopped Jerry D. Davis for expired tags and a headlight out — police say it ended with Davis assaulting the officer. FOX4’s Melissa Stern talked with the Oak Grove chief of police about what they say happened in the incident that led to second-degree assault and resisting […]

  • One-third of Independence Power and Light’s customers are behind on their utility bill

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — One-third of Independence Power and Light’s customers are behind on their utility bill. That’s 18,000 customers, and many of those customers say there’s just no way to catch up. “We’re always between $550 and $625 at a minimum,” said Independence resident, Patricia, who didn’t want her last name used. Independence Power and Light customers say ever since the city converted its utility billing system in May, their bills have increased. But the city said prices have actually […]

  • Special delivery for three KCPD officers injured in the line of duty

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman made a special delivery to three Kansas City, Missouri officers who were injured in the line of duty. Raylene Mason is the Kansas City coordinator for an organization called Quilts of Valor, which gives quilts to vets who have been touched by war. “Someone asked me if I knew about an organization that makes quilts for law enforcement, and I had really never thought about it before, so I started looking it up,” […]

  • Next immigration hearing for Park professor Syed Jamal postponed until 2022

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three years and five months. That’s how long metro professor Syed Jamal has until his next hearing for relief. The Park University professor’s family said a judge postponing his case is bittersweet. They have a few more years together without fear of their father and husband being taken away. But after that, his immigration status will be up in the air once again. “I was optimistic. You could say there was some apprehensive talk, but I […]

  • Edgerton residents unable to call 911 for several hours after cut fiber line causes outage

    EDGERTON, Mo. — There were hundreds of calls to 911 on Sunday as the winter storm moved in. Now, imagine not being able to get through. That was reality for people living in one Platte County community. Someone cut a fiber line in Edgerton, preventing people from being able to dial 911 on Monday. “I think it would be pretty bad, you know, if there was an emergency. I do believe we need that,” resident Michelle Lewis said. Lewis has […]

  • Get your own personal assistant by the hour through this new KC business

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ever feel like you need a personal assistant? Well, you might be able to afford one all while helping a small, local business. “Time is a precious commodity,” Meredith Webster said. ” I work a lot of hours, and anything I can do to help with projects I need getting done without investing the time commitment is certainly appreciated.” If that sounds familiar, you can now get help with even the simplest tasks thanks to a new […]

  • Raytown High sophomore surprised at school with news she’s cancer free

    RAYTOWN, Mo. — A local teen is extra thankful this year after she got a big surprise last week. Fifteen-year-old Emily Sadler was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in March 2017. “It was scary. It was overwhelming, just worried, wanted to make it better,” her mom, Amy Sadler, said. “It was kind of rough. I had to have a round of chemo/radiation,” the Raytown High sophomore said. After multiple surgeries, doctor visits and complications, doctors told Amy that her daughter was […]

  • ‘Read the directions’: Local expert warns about potential dangers of pressure cookers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Instant Pot is expected to be a hot item flying off store shelves on Black Friday, but the popular gadget doesn’t come without a warning. Pressure cookers can be extremely useful but extremely dangerous if not used properly. Jill Garcia Schmidt, executive chef at the Culinary Center of Kansas City, said pressure cookers provide word-for-word directions to keep you safe. “The first and foremost number one priority you should have when getting ready to use an […]

  • Johnson County Library looking for owner of old photo found in donation box

    LENEXA, Kan. — The Johnson County Library is asking for the community’s help returning an old photo to its rightful owner. Library employees at the Lackman branch in Lenexa found an old photo inside the donation bin where people can drop off books. They don’t know who dropped it off, but they believe it fell out of a book because it was at the bottom of the donation box. They found the picture back in March, but they’ve been holding […]

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