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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
  • Extreme drought forces early closure of North Kansas City Farmer’s Market

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friday marked the final day for the North Kansas City Farmer’s Market for the season — two months early because of the extreme drought. The North Kansas City Business Council said this is the first time this has ever happened. FOX4 spoke to a local farmer about how Mother Nature is taking a toll on their livelihood. “Just a whole bunch of factors combined, and that`s what farming is. Some years you just deal with […]

  • Independence 15-year-old boy’s organ donation saves 9-year-old Texas girl’s life

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence couple is raising awareness about organ donation after their 15-year-old son saved a little girl’s life. Bret and Eula Motelet said they’re able to better cope with the loss of their son because his heart beats on in someone else. “Just a real joy. I called him my sunshine. He was always happy,” Eula Motelet said. Brian Motelet’s mother said he was the perfect baby. Then he came down with the flu when he was […]

  • Kansas Highway Patrol gives details about I-435 wrong-way crash, identifies driver killed

    LENEXA, Kan. — Police have released the name of the driver killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 435 near 87th Street around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Tyler Burrows 29, of Lenexa died after driving north in the southbound lanes on I-435. “We have one vehicle that was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes strike another truck tractor pulling double trailers,” said Lt. Jason Wohlgemuth, with the Kansas Highway Patrol. Police said Burrows was driving his Ford F-250 the wrong way […]

  • Family staying positive as paralyzed Mill Valley baseball player works toward recovery

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Nolan Sprague should be starting his senior year at Mill Valley High School on Wednesday. Instead, the baseball pitcher remains in the hospital after being paralyzed in a diving accident. The 17-year-old’s sister, Ali, said her brother’s surgery at Overland Park Regional went well, and although it`s difficult to see him like this, they`re all staying positive. “He currently can`t feel from the chest down, but we’ve got a lot of prayers and a lot of numbers […]

  • Community steps up to the plate for metro baseball pitcher paralyzed in diving accident

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Instead of beginning his senior year in high school, a Mill Valley High School baseball player is in the hospital. Nolan Sprague’s life changed forever because of a diving accident last week. He dove into a neighborhood pool last week and broke his neck. Now, his baseball and school communities are stepping up to the plate. “We`re going to continue to help Nolan, be there for him. But just as importantly, you have to look after all […]

  • Ottawa University surprises metro first-year teachers with school supplies

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A local university is stepping up to help first-year metro teachers make the grade in their new classrooms. “I wasn’t expecting all the things I needed to get for the first day of school,” said Anai Alatorre, a first-year teacher at Our Lady of Unity Catholic School in KCK. She’s just as nervous as her students will be for the first day of class — but her alma mater stepped in to help. Ottawa University presented […]

  • Overland Park officers hand out reminders that could help you avoid a car burglary

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park police are getting to the community before thieves do. “Our auto burglaries usually kind of ramp up in the summer when it’s warmer outside, so a lot of our midnight officers go around to cars, apartment complexes, and try to be proactive when it comes to auto burglaries,” said Officer Shayna Palmgren with the Overland Park Police Department. Palmgren is handing out notes and leaving them on cars, asking residents if “you’re the next […]

  • One of just six female certified athletic trainers in NFL works for Kansas City Chiefs

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Women are starting to play a larger role in the NFL, and the Kansas City Chiefs are no exception. Tiffany Morton is one of six female certified athletic trainers in the league, and she works for our very own Kansas City Chiefs. “I just feel like I`m doing my job and got lucky enough and worked hard enough to have the opportunity to do what I really wanted to,” Morton said. She works for the Chiefs […]

  • Chappell’s restaurant, and all of its sports memorabilia, are changing hands

    NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been named one of the best sports bars in Kansas City. Now Chappell’s and all of its sports memorabilia are changing hands. “I’ve had it for 32 years, it`s time to retire,” says Jim Chappell. Chappell’s Restaurant and Sports Museum opened in 1986 — almost 32 years ago. “Being here isn`t work, I`ve always enjoyed being here, and that`s why I`ve lasted 32 years here. It`s a great way to make a living, and […]

  • Hyde Park man cleaning up used, dirty needles from neighborhood

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A friendly neighbor in Hyde Park is taking matters into his own hands when it comes to cleaning up his neighborhood. He’s tired of seeing dirty needles. so he’s spending his own time and money to clean up the problem. “I would say it’s about the same that it`s always been, except that I`m picking them up now,” said 26-year-old Corey Schaadt, who has lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood for almost three years. FOX4’s Melissa Stern […]

  • German cyclist stops in KC on cross-country trek to raise money for kids with rare diseases

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A German cyclist is on a cross-country trek to raise money and awareness for children who have rare diseases. On Friday, he stopped at Children’s Mercy Hospital to meet some patients and talk about his drive to make a difference. “About a week ago, we received an email saying there`s a cyclist coming through the area. He`s cycling for rare diseases, and let’s put something together at the hospital and make his stay welcoming,” metro mom […]

  • Guadalupe Center opens new recreation center for kids, families in KC’s west side

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Children on KC’s west side now have a safe place to play, and their parents can rest easy. “It feels great! It`s been about two years since the conception, fundraising, and now the actual construction being completed, so it feels tremendous,” said Ricky Olivares, the youth athletics director at the Guadalupe Center. Thursday was the grand opening of the Guadalupe Center’s new recreation center and park, and the entire community was invited to celebrate. “We took […]