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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
  • Metro man completing his 50th Bike MS ride for wife living with disease

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro man is completing his 50th Bike MS ride this weekend for a cause that’s close to his heart: His wife is living with multiple sclerosis. “Back in 1984, I started doing the ride because I liked to volunteer and I liked to cycle, so I thought, ‘Well, it`s a good combination,” David Eaton said. “So for a number of years I rode it, and I got to meet more and more people that had […]

  • Metro Vietnam veterans honored during pinning and proclamation ceremony

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Vietnam veterans from across the metro got a big thank you Thursday afternoon during a pinning and proclamation ceremony. Fox Fours Melissa Stern attended the ceremony and the conclusion  at the Humana community location. “It`s very satisfying. It`s very humbling. It`s somewhat of a tradition when a Vietnam veteran meets up with another Vietnam veteran, and say welcome home…we didn’t get that,” said 75-year-old Stanley Stoner, a Vietnam veteran. Vietnam veterans and their families were invited to […]

  • Independence police say loud booms mid-day Thursday are just part of bomb squad training

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Don’t be alarmed if you hear loud booms just north of the city limits of Independence Thursday. Independence police and other metro bomb squad units are holding bomb response training from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Officers are safely disposing products they’ve accumulated over time. A spokesperson for Independence police says it uses a lot of resources, and it’s tough to get officers from all different units together at once so they don’t do this too often. […]

  • Historic 150-year-old AME Church built post-Civil War moves across town in Chillicothe

    CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A local church believed to be the first African Methodist Episcopal Church located north of the Missouri River post-Civil War moved across town Tuesday in Chillicothe. The Bethel AME Church was built and consecrated in 1868. It’s been on 202 Henry Street since then — until Monday. Prior to the Civil War, AME Church was mostly limited to the free states of the Northeast and Midwest. After the fall of the confederacy, congregations grew south of the […]

  • Large companies, lawmakers pushing to lower age for semi drivers due to shortage

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some large companies and lawmakers want to lower the age to drive semitrailers across state lines due to a shortage of truckers. But many small companies, traffic safety groups and industry officials say it’s just asking for trouble. “At 18 or 19, while in most states you can legally drive bigger vehicles, you`re restricted to within the state,” said Todd Spencer, the president of Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. OOIDA is a trade association that advocates for […]

  • Chairman says plans for new American Royal complex progressing

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The American Royal World Series of BBQ is underway at Kansas Speedway, but the price tag for a new American Royal complex in KCK will be much higher than the $160 million originally anticipated. In 2016, the American Royal Association announced it would move out of KCMO, where it had been held since its beginning, to Wyandotte County. Since then, the annual World Series of BBQ has been held at Kansas Speedway. “It`s a planning number for the most part,” said Charlie […]

  • Best pitmasters gather in KCK for 39th annual American Royal World Series of BBQ

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Some of the best BBQ pitmasters are in Kansas City this weekend for the 39th annual American Royal World Series of BBQ competition. It’s being held at Kansas Speedway, where people have traveled from all over the world to cook some delicious meat right here in the metro. “We took out the Jack Daniels National Championship in New Zealand, that`s where we got our GC,” said one competitor, Caleb Taiala, with Big Tent Meat Revival. Big […]

  • Community and police collaborate to revitalize North Oak Corridor

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Security tips and crime prevention were hot topics at a North Oak Corridor focus group meeting Thursday. The community and police officers are working together to revitalize a section of the Northland. “It`s a beautiful corridor. It just needs a little more TLC, a little bit of updating,” said Tim Johnston, a Northland resident. Johnston has lived in the Northland since 1986. He, along with many other Northland residents, attended the meeting to discuss affairs in […]

  • KC baseball team shows up for practice only to find out field demolished

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro baseball team got a strange surprise when they showed up for practice at Hodge Park this week. The team pays Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation Department to use the fields three times a week. On Tuesday night, the coach showed up with his team for practice — only to find out their field had been demolished. “When the team showed up, there was rubber. There was construction. There was no field. Basically, there was no […]

  • 16-year-old hoping to start foundation for KC firefighters in late father’s memory

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro teenager wants to help keep firefighters safe. The subject hits close to home, so she’s starting a foundation to do just that. Studies show the toxins firefighters are exposed to can lead to cancer. Colleen Byrne lost her dad last year. He was a firefighter for 30 years, and his family believes it was those dangerous toxins that killed him at the age of 51. “Ever since my dad died, I have just really […]

  • Metro technical school hoping to stop violence by getting people working

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro technical school is hoping to help stop the violence, so they’re working to get people working. “I have not always had the best guidance and direction in life,” said Mary Calhoun, a student at New Reflections Technical Institute. “I`m a convicted felon for forgery. I have four kids. I`m a single mother.” Calhoun recently enrolled in New Reflections Technical Institute, which offers a training program to get her commercial driver’s license. “A lot of […]

  • Turner High students reducing amount of trash sent to landfill by thousands of pounds

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Turner High School students are taking it upon themselves to reduce the amount of trash they send to the landfill — by thousands of pounds! “It is important to let them know that what they`re doing will impact their future, and since we are the future, we have to start somewhere. And I think it`s really cool we`re able to do that here at Turner High School,” student Maria Ramirez said. Environmental science students at Turner High […]