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
OAK GROVE, Mo. — An Oak Grove couple who went through the emotional ordeal of losing a child during labor wants to help other grieving parents move forward. They want to give back some of the kindness they received during a devastating time. “I had no issues, everything was perfect, the growth, the heart-rate, everything was perfect,” said Jamie Anderson. Everything about Jamie and Andy Anderson’s pregnancy was normal and healthy, until she went into labor in October of 2009. […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Northland man came home on Tuesday and found the body of his 8-year-old son. Now police are working to determine how the boy died and where his mom is right now. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern spoke to the boy’s grandfather on Wednesday. “I drove in town because we had an accident here,” Eddie E.L. Warren, the victim’s grandfather, said. Warren came to Kansas City from Quincy, Illinois after his son called him with terrible news […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Things are heating up on metro playgrounds, but it’s not just monkey bars and merry-go-rounds. Some kids are getting in on a new adventure with a trip to the park. “This one was pretty fun, they had a lot of fun on the zip line,” said one parent, Jennifer Boyer, about the Karnes Playground at Roanoke Park. “There`s a lot more to do,” said 15-year-old, Isaiah Boyer. Parents and kids alike are enjoying the new features […]
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — New victims are complaining about a familiar problem, the name involved may be different, but the complaints sound the same. Some homeowners say they’re building a case against an Overland Park contractor. “I googled Dash Services and found nothing, I dug a little further and found his name, someone else had reviewed him on Yelp, and I saw his previous company name was BOSS Construction, then I googled BOSS Construction, and found out what I should […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A KCK church vandalized overnight has the pastor and church members shaken up. Police say the vandals caused more than $75,000 worth of damage. The vandalism took place overnight at Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church in KCK. The pastor here says he was expecting the damage to be bad, but what he saw brought tears to his eyes. He wants those responsible for the damage to be caught, because if they are capable of causing this […]
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Dozens of people are out thousands of dollars after hiring a contractor out of Overland Park, and now want to warn the community, because they say this man takes your money and doesn`t complete the job. FOX 4’s Melissa Stern received multiple emails about David Rosales, and if you check reviews online, you`ll see countless negative reviews about Rosales and his company — Boss Construction. But what many of these victims say is that he used […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman is warning the community about two men who she says are dressing professionally to get inside homes. That woman lives in a south Kansas City apartment complex – The Kings Apartments off of Interstate 49, just south of Red Bridge Road. Aikiela Wilson has lived at The Kings Apartments for about a month. On Wednesday evening, her cousin called her and told her someone came to her door. “She said ‘well they said […]
OLATHE, Kan. — An Olathe Northwest High School graduate is calling on personal experience to become an advocate against tuberculosis. The 21 year old now wants to raise awareness and educate the public. “I was coughing for about two weeks, and I lost ten pounds in a short amount of time really quickly,” said Zee Pinkerton, who graduated from Olathe Northwest two years ago. During his senior year, doctors diagnosed him with tuberculosis. But Pinkerton said it wasn’t easy for […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. one organization said it was sharing an important message with Royals fans at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night. The group is slamming the Royals’ support of a pro-life group, and it said Royals fans deserve the truth. More than 44,000 people have signed a petition from pro-choice group “Ultraviolet” urging the team to cut ties to the Vitae Foundation. But the Royals say the organization isn’t choosing sides. Fans arriving early to the game between the Astros […]
Dozens of organizations will be in Washington D.C. Tuesday to deliver a demand, of sorts. They want Congress to improve healthcare while protecting people with disabilities from proposed Medicaid cuts. One metro man said those cuts would be devastating. “I wouldn’t be able to come here and work,” said Paul Studebaker, a client of Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS). JCDS is a county agency that supports folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For almost thirteen years, 36-year-old Paul Studebaker has […]
RAYTOWN, Mo. — This summer is the first for Super Splash USA in Raytown not to be open for business. Now some Raytown residents are disappointed. “It was just one of those places you could have fun at any age, and with anybody you wanted to go with,” said Raynesha Green a former Super Splash patron. “It was like the meeting spot for friends when we got out of school,” adds Dontae Manning, another former patron. “Super Splash was very […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Preparations for the Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival are underway as the three-day music and culture festival starts Friday, and FOX 4 is proud to be a partner in this event. Crews were out all day Thursday getting the stages in place, performing sound checks, and making sure volunteers are up to speed for when guests start arriving. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, the Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum, says this is a city-wide festival, not […]