Molly joined Fox 4 in September of 2014 as a reporter for the late-night news. She is excited to be back home in the Midwest after spending two years as a reporter, anchor and producer at NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before working at NBC29, she was a reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.
Molly is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism (Go Tigers!) and loves her St. Louis Cardinals. You can catch her hanging out at area dog parks with her black lab, Avery. Molly was born in St. Louis, MO. and grew up in Edwardsville, IL.
Molly loves that journalism allows her to investigate wrongdoings. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award for one of her investigations revealing the University of Virginia Hospital mistakenly sent a family home with their deceased loved one’s amputated body parts. She has also been recognized by the Virginia Associated Press for her work.
Working within the vicinity of Washington D.C. granted Molly the opportunity to cover several rallies during the 2012 presidential election. During this time she interviewed former presidential candidate John McCain, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, as well as democratic supporter and actress Cynthia Nixon.
Molly would love for you to say hello if you see her out and about town working on a story. You can follow her on twitter at @MollyFox4KC or find her on Facebook “Molly Balkenbush Fox4” Do you have a news tip? E-mail Molly at Molly.Balkenbush@wdaftv4.com.
JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — Emergency personnel are searching Lake Jacomo near Lee’s Summit for a man who went missing after going for a swim. Several law enforcement agencies are at the scene, along with Lee’s Summit Underwater Rescue as well as helicopter teams and unmanned aircraft. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies received a call around 5:15 p.m. on a possible drowning at a cove on the east side of the lake, just north of Colbern Road. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — People from 14 different faiths came together on Tuesday night at the Rime Buddhist Center for an interfaith prayer service. The group also came together for a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner. Dozens of people from all different faiths said they have the same goal: they want world peace. “This is a crucial time for us in when we say we want to accomplish peace we really mean it,” said Eyyup Esen, with Dialogue Institute Southwest. “Our minds, […]
WESTWOOD, Kan. — On Monday night, homeowners in Westwood came out to a public hearing to sound off on the city’s new proposed strategic plan. The city said the plan is similar to a new development policy. Some residents said they were in favor of the plan, while others said they don’t like the idea of more commercial space and multi-family housing. One resident said it goes against the reason she moved to Westwood 15 years ago. “People live in […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A woman said her Northland apartment complex forced her to remove her American flag. Kerry White lives at The Cordillera Ranch apartments near shoal creek parkway and highway 152. White said she purchased the flag for Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday, she said she came home from work with a notice on her door from management that said if she didn’t remove the flag they will dispose of it. The notice said her lease indicates storage […]
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A woman said her birthday packages were stolen off of her front porch before she even got to open them. Now, she is crediting an online Facebook group called Stolen KC for helping track down the thief. Surveillance video showed a woman and man acting strange outside the woman’s home on East Walnut Street in Independence. Then, video shows a woman go on the porch and take off with her packages. Jeff Horner, who ordered the gifts […]
GRANDVIEW, Mo. — He was a new father, former college football player and a loving son. Donny Herron, 25, was killed during a home invasion at his home a year ago. On Saturday, family and friends came together for a balloon release. One year later and there has still been no arrests in the case. “I love you and thank you for everything,” said Dion Herron, Donny’s brother. Herron said his older brother Donny taught him to be the man […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are searching for the person who shot at a couple in what they call a possible road rage incident. The deadly shooting happened last Thursday near 104th and Holmes shortly after 4:00 in the afternoon. FOX 4 spoke to family members of one of the shooting victims. Family said a young couple was in the car that was shot at, one killed and the other grazed by a bullet. Lekeisha Birks said her niece, who […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Some customers are saying they are disappointed with their experience at World’s of Fun on Tuesday, saying nearly a dozen rides were shut down. “They have season passes and it’s a consistent issue,” said Barbara Castillo, who was leaving the park Tuesday evening. She said too many rides were closed down for the day. “I would say probably a good 50-percent of them,” she told FOX 4. Two employees told FOX 4 off camera rides were […]
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — Police are investigating two robberies that happened within a one week span, both in broad daylight. Residents said it happened near 75th and Juniper, at the De Ville 75 condos. Residents said both robberies happened on the bottom floor units. A young couple who were victims of Saturday morning’s robbery said their newborn was inside the home at the time of the crime. They told FOX 4 they had just returned from breakfast and left their […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police were engaged in a standoff near 49th Street and Agnes with a suspect in a homicide on Saturday. Officers were called to a residence around 2 p.m. on a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, police found 35-year-old Ali Griffin inside an apartment with apparent stab wounds. Griffin died shortly after police arrived. Officers learned the suspect had fled the scene to a nearby apartment. Police attempted to contact the suspect, but he initially refused to exit the […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friday marked the start of Kansas City’s summer curfew. It will impact all five of the city’s entertainment districts. That means teens under the age of 18 can not be at The Plaza, Power & Light, Westport, Zona Rosa, downtown’s central business district or 18th and Vine without a parent after 9 p.m. Parents FOX 4 talked to at Kansas City’s Jazz and Heritage festival said they think the summer curfew is a good idea. “It […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating if four killings on and near a South Kansas City Trail are related. FOX 4 spoke to the family of David Lenox, who was found dead in his apartment complex parking lot feet away from the trail months ago. Lenox was the second of the four men to be killed. Police said all of the men are middle-aged white men, and three of the four men were walking their dogs. “Very easy-going guy, […]