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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 Melissa.Stern@wdaftv4.com


Recent Articles
  • Syed Jamal speaks about lessons learned, complicated policies surrounding immigration case

    PARKVILLE, Mo. — Immigration agents arrested Park University professor Syed Jamal outside of his home in Lawrence earlier this year. Now, he’s sharing his story. The legal battle over Jamal’s immigration status continues, but for now, he’s been granted a stay. “In some cases, they fight tooth and nail, and in my case, they did,” Jamal said. On Tuesday, Jamal spoke at Park University about lessons learned, immigration policies and complicated regulations that surround his complicated case. “The status is […]

  • Metro store owners reap benefits as snow brings eager holiday shoppers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s something about the snow that makes it feel like the holidays are already here, even though we have a few weeks to go. Shop owners in the metro love when it snows early in the season. “I think when it snows earlier, people start thinking about the holidays earlier, which in turn — people shop!” said Catherine Dudenhoeffer, the store manager at Sharyn Blond in the Crestwood shops. “With the snow falling, it just feels […]

  • Driver crashes through Olathe store front, hospitalizing four who were inside salon

    OLATHE, Kan. — A trip to a Johnson County beauty salon ended with four people hospitalized on Friday. Police say a man drove his SUV into an Olathe salon near West Willow Drive and South Clairborne Road. The crash happened just after 1 p.m., destroying the store front. The owner of the convenience store next door said this isn’t this first time something like this has happened in the area. “It was horrible, as far as I know one of […]

  • Metro company that serves first-responders reopens after fire destroyed old building

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro company that serves local first-responders is back in business after a three-alarm fire destroyed its previous building in North Kansas City. It’s been six months since that fire. On Thursday, Galls held a grand opening at its new location in NKC, not far away from its original. “I was very disheartened because that’s who supplies all our uniforms, for not only us, but for all the police, fire, the bus company in town — […]

  • After 70-year-old man charged with child sex abuse, police say there may be more victims

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A 70-year-old Independence man is charged with sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl. Now, police say it’s possible that he may have abused more children. Prosecutors charged Samuel Schuler with two counts of statutory sodomy and sexual misconduct. As they build their case, experts say your kids may be trying to tell you something without ever saying a word. “We see, on average, 800 children a year,” said Lisa Mizell, the CEO of the Child Protection Center. Mizell […]

  • Metro man volunteers his day to give voters free ride to the polls

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Long lines greeted some voters at the polls Tuesday, but many metro voters took advantage of free rides to get there. In fact, one local volunteer made it his mission to make sure voters didn’t have an excuse to skip a trip to the polls this Election Day. “I no longer drive, so I take Lyft quite often, and I wanted to make sure I got out there,” voter Tiffany Johnson said. “I was happy to hear […]

  • 1 person dead in Independence house fire

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — One person has died following a house fire Monday afternoon in Independence. Fire crews responded to the fire just after 1:30 p.m. on E. South Ave. When crews arrived they could see smoke and fire coming from the structure. The fire was under control just before 2 p.m. A woman was found unresponsive inside. Officials said despite life saving efforts, the woman did not make it. She has not yet been identified. Neighbors tell FOX4 they saw […]

  • Mom says someone tried to kidnap her 9-week-old baby as she shopped at Shawnee Target

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — A metro mom says someone tried to kidnap her 9-week-old baby as she shopped in a Shawnee Target. Rachel Youngs said the woman initially seemed very friendly — saying how cute her baby is. Youngs said it wasn’t until the woman tried to walk off with her child that she started to panic. “I made a comment on how cute her dog was, and she went around to the front of my car and made a comment […]

  • American Red Cross collecting donations for metro veterans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Red Cross is collecting donations for metro veterans. The group is collecting things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, jackets, underwear, and gift cards. It will hand those items out at VA hospitals, veterans homes, and other veterans facilities. It serves a lot of good around the area and allows veterans to have necessities without spending a lot of money. “We found that there`s a need for these items, a recurring need, last year we collected over […]

  • Jewish Vocational Service in Kansas City holding coat drive for refugees

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s getting colder outside, and refugees in the metro are in need of warm clothing. To help meet that need, Jewish Vocational Service is holding a drive and collecting donations. Established in 1949, it’s Kansas City’s largest refugee resettlement agency, and to this day, it continues to help those in need to build better lives. Every year a coat drive is held for newly arriving refugees to provide them with warm clothing. Refugees need jackets, stockings, […]

  • Metro veteran living in tent in backyard after house catches fire

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He served his country honorably. Now a disabled, homeless veteran needs help. William Grant served from 1979 to 1984 and was honorably discharged. Now, he and his girlfriend are living in a tent behind his house because it caught fire about four months ago. “Just slowly but surely putting it back together,” Grant said. Their son, Billy, would love to help them but has his own struggles. “It breaks my heart,” Billy said. “Having to live this way, […]

  • Patrick Mahomes volunteers, putting final touches on tiny homes for local veterans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes lent a hand Tuesday to help prep tiny houses for veterans about to move in. “I’m not the handiest of men, but I`m sure I can paint pretty well,” Mahomes said. The Chiefs star got his hands dirty Tuesday at the Veterans Community Project’s tiny home village. “It’s awesome. Just to be a part of this with Community America and to be able to come out here and help out some veterans […]