Regan Porter joined the FOX4 News team in March 2019. She is an energetic multimedia journalist ready to report stories that mean something to you.

Regan is no stranger to our community; she is a native Kansan. A visit to one of the Kansas City news stations in third grade actually sparked her interest in journalism!

She turned that dream into reality when she landed her first job at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas. For more than three years, Regan worked as a multimedia journalist, producer and morning news anchor there. She recorded, wrote and edited her own stories. Throughout her time in the Capital City, Regan covered breaking news, crime, high profile court cases, the legislature, local government and more. Her reporting and anchoring earned her multiple awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and the Kansas City Press Club.

Regan first gained experience as a journalist through the 21st Century Program at Olathe Northwest, where she attended high school and earned an endorsement in Broadcast Journalism.

From there, she went on to play one year of collegiate volleyball at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. At that time Regan was a Hawk, but the Wildcats were calling her name. She transferred to Kansas State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with focuses in Digital Media and Spanish. Much of her time in Manhattan was dedicated to working at Channel 8 News, K-State HDTV and the Kansas State Collegian.

Philanthropy is a priority for Regan, as she has been a Master of Ceremonies for numerous events. She was humbled to be nominated as a 2018 Woman of Excellence for her work with the YWCA of northeast Kansas.

It is her daily goal to seek out and follow-up on stories that have an impact on people. Our community can rest assured that she will work to uncover the truth and report in-depth meaningful stories.

When she’s not working, Regan enjoys cheering on the Chiefs and Royals, working out and spending time with friends and family.

Recent Articles
  • ‘Food is powerful’: Cancer research growing in small garden at KU Cancer Center

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Something growing at the University of Kansas Cancer Center could be a game-changer when it comes to killing disease. And there’s one question at the root of Dr. Shrikant Anant’s research. “How can we use food as a way to prevent cancer both from happening for the first time, as well as coming back?” asked Anant, associate director of the KU Cancer Center. His research is fueled by a garden growing in the Cancer Center. “If […]

  • Slip on ice lands Lee’s Summit couple tickets to AFC Championship from Chiefs’ Juan Thornhill

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A fall on the ice captured on camera won a Lee’s Summit couple two tickets to the AFC Championship game on Sunday. They have a Kansas City Chiefs player’s Twitter contest to thank. “It feels like you’re winning the lottery almost,” ticket winner Daniel Harness said. “He was like, ‘Thornhill just gave me tickets!'” Harness’ fiancée Bayley Peer said. Chiefs safety “The Juan And Only” Thornhill posted on Twitter Monday offering a big prize to the […]

  • Kansas City daycare owner out thousands after thieves steal children’s electronics

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from a childcare center in Kansas City over the weekend. Sharlonda Riley, owner of La’Tim’s Little Angels, said she’s dedicated her life to bettering the city’s east side and taking care of its children. And now she said this crime will hurt the children the most. Riley was forced to take teaching back to the basics. On Saturday night thieves broke-in through the back window and damaged the […]

  • Friends say selfless KC woman, killed by husband, was always helping pets and people

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro man is charged with murdering his wife inside their Kansas City home, but that’s not how friends want her to be remembered. Georgia Petsch’s two dogs went running around the corner toward her friends Monday, but she won’t be following. “I think we were all very, very shocked,” longtime friend Blythe Edelman said. “We had no idea that he was capable of being so violent.” Friends said Petsch was a victim of domestic violence. […]

  • Turner Middle School student injured in hit-and-run crash near 55th and Osage

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A student from Turner Middle School has been taken to the hospital with injuries following a hit-and-run incident Monday afternoon. The incident was reported just after 2:30 p.m. near South 55th Street and Osage Avenue. The Turner School District said the student was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital by ambulance with injuries believed to be non-life threatening. Kansas City, Kansas police say the 13-year-old was attempting to cross the street when the driver of a dark-colored […]

  • Chiefs take fans’ emotions on roller coaster ride, they’re not mad about it

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs play with fans’ emotions during Sunday’s playoff game, but it made it worth it in the end. The crowd at Johnny’s Tavern in the Power and Light District went from quiet in the first quarter to Arrowhead Stadium status by the end of the game. “In this bar, the electricity is amazing,” longtime Chiefs fan Chad Burney said. Fans weren’t always feeling electric, though. “I thought we were out of it,” fan Kyle Schmitt […]

  • Experimental spine treatment helping Lawrence man, paralyzed from the neck down, move again

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Lawrence man paralyzed from the neck down is moving with big goals in sight for 2020. He’s part of an experimental research study in Kentucky. Jerod Nieder’s life changed on a family vacation in 2011. He dove into the ocean, hit a rock and immediately broke his neck. It was the calm before the storm. “There was no panic,” Nieder said. “It’s just kind of like, you better hold your breath or you’re not going to […]

  • New Kansas regulation requires a camera with all ignition interlock device installations

    OLATHE, Kan. — A new regulation went into effect in Kansas on Wedesday, making it harder for previous offenders to drive drunk again. It’s a relief for a local family that has been pushing for tighter laws around drinking and driving for years after losing a loved one. “They’re hard to look at,” John Groves said, holding pictures that tell the story of the night his son, Matt, was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 2011. “Matt was […]

  • Mom of Overland Park teen killed by police pushing for change through new state policy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly two years since her son’s death, the mom of a teenager killed by Overland Park police is pushing for change through new policy. Transparency, fairness and justice. They’re all key values Sheila Albers said are in the bill she’s supporting in the Kansas Legislature. Albers felt an overwhelming sense of transparency was lacking after an Overland Park police officer shot and killed her son John Albers, who was in distress, on Jan. 20, 2018. “What […]

  • Small Missouri town heartbroken after 2 teens killed in crash, 3 others injured

    POLO, Mo. — Heartbreak has struck a Missouri town of about 500 people after a crash killed two 14-year-olds and injures three others. “I almost didn’t believe it because I thought it was like a bad dream type thing,” Red Rooster Cafe employee Meliza Knapp said. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it happened Sunday just after 7 p.m. near Polo, Missouri. The group of five was headed east on Southwest Price Drive. Investigators said the driver lost control, sending […]

  • ‘A lot worse than you can imagine:’ Metro family has warning for others about the flu

    OLATHE, Kan. — A metro family fighting for their daughter’s life at Olathe Medical Center has a warning about the flu. They spent the first day of 2020 in the hospital after what they thought was a common cold turned out to be the flu and pneumonia. “You don’t want to be in this position,” Larry Henry said. “It’s a lot worse than you can imagine.” That position is Henry and his wife sitting in front of a monitor, intently […]

  • Midnight deadline looming for Jackson County property taxpayers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The countdown to the new year is on with a midnight deadline also looming. For Jackson County property taxpayers, Tuesday is the last chance to turn in payments. Some sitting, others standing. All waiting to pay Jackson County property taxes by the December 31 deadline. “It has been a nightmare,” tax payer Barbara Wright said. After two hours, Wright said the short line she was waiting in is deceiving. What’s making her wait longer than others […]

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