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
  • Metro 9-year-old collects toys for kids in hospital, while fighting own battle

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A brave 9-year-old boy is collecting toys for kids in the hospital, all while fighting his own battle. The second annual Brecken’s Toy Drive is underway. It’s a toy drive that benefits kids at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Brecken Simmons is the boy putting it on and acts as one of “Santa’s elves” to get the job done. “There’s other kids that might be in the hospital over Christmas that are probably saying, ‘I don’t get Christmas […]

  • Kansas City woman loses hundreds, almost thousands, to online kitten sale scam

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — She was devastated after losing her cat, but then she lost hundreds, almost thousands, of dollars, thanks to a convincing website claiming to sell exotic kittens. Now, the Kansas City woman has a warning: Don’t buy cats online if you don’t know the seller, especially when you’re going to be tempted by adorable pictures of kittens. “I can probably plead grief gullibility because, I mean, it’s kittens,” Susan Porter said. “It’s kittens and the pictures!” Grief-stricken […]

  • Two anonymous KC men donate $300 to pay off elementary students’ lunch debt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a lot of people, money gets tight around the holidays. That’s why two Kansas City men are doing what they can to ease that burden and literally put food on the table for local kids. “I think it makes a world of difference,” Red Bridge Elementary Principal Rachelle Hamrick said. A selfless act, donating $300 to pay off students’ lunch debt at Red Bridge Elementary, brought Hamrick to tears. “I just think it’s so nice […]

  • Recent tax law may impact charitable giving, but groups say it’s too soon to tell locally

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s Giving Tuesday, but a new tax law that went into effect a year ago may impact those who donate in hopes of getting a tax write-off. “Will that impact the way they give?” asked Debbie Wilkerson, president and CEO of the Greater KC Community Foundation. That’s what some organizations were wondering after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act went into effect in 2018. Wilkerson said the new tax law doubled the standard deduction. Before […]

  • Overland Park council could finally vote on financing massive Brookridge development

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A huge project that has been in the works for a half a decade could be one step closer to a final decision. The Overland Park City Council will vote on financing the Brookridge redevelopment, which could put a hotel, apartment buildings, office spaces, restaurants and more in near 103rd and Antioch. “We’ve lived with this for five years. We need to make a decision,” Councilman Dave White said. White said that decision could happen at […]

  • After 3 killings this weekend, KC homicide count now passes last year’s number

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another deadly weekend in Kansas City, Missouri raises the homicide rate, breaking a record we don’t want to. According to KCPD, there have now been more people killed this year in KCMO than all of last year and 2019 is not over yet. “It’s unfortunate to hear about another loss of life in this neighborhood,” Neighbor Darryl Olive said. Darryl Olive lives a few blocks from Kansas City, Missouri’s latest homicide, which happened at an apartment […]

  • Signs spread hope through Lee’s Summit neighborhood

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — When you drive through Jennifer Hunsinger’s Lee’s Summit neighborhood signs with uplifting expressions provide the perfect pick me up. At least, that’s the hope. “If they’re having a bad day, driving on my street, not having a good day and they see these signs of encouragement that they have the power to change their attitude, make their day better, make their day the best day ever,” Hunsinger said. “I just like to make people smile,” 14-year-old […]

  • Mayor of Odessa temporarily bans Sheryl Crow music ahead of big football matchup

    ODESSA, Mo. — The mayor in one Lafayette County town believes “a change would do you good.” That’s why Adam Couch banned Sheryl Crow’s music. At least, until after Saturday’s high school football state semifinal between Odessa High School and Kennett High School. Couch posted on Twitter and Facebook with his ban on the pop/rock artist’s songs since she’s cheering for his town’s competitor’s this weekend. Crow grew up in Kennett, Missouri. She shared a video showing her support for […]

  • Local foundation challenges Kansas City metro to collect 2,000 turkeys in 24 hours

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local foundation is challenging the metro community to collect 2,000 turkeys in just 24 hours. It’s part of the “Know Joey?” Foundation’s 12th annual Turkey Tuesday. There are drop off location on the Kansas and Missouri side, creating a friendly competition. From 8 a.m. on Tuesday to 8 a.m. on Wednesday it’s all about giving back and donating. Then, on Wednesday the giving out begins. “This thing is making a difference,” founder Joey Thomas said. […]

  • Residents heartbroken after they say crews damaged gravesites at Quindaro Cemetery

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — People who visit the Quindaro Cemetery are upset after they say they found headstones moved and tire tracks on top of graves. They say crews working for the convenience store doing pipeline maintenance near the cemetery caused the damage. “This whole slope was nothing but a grave, and they’ve run a Caterpillar through here. You can see the track,” said Anthony Hope, president of Concerned Citizens of Old Quindaro. Hope, as well as other residents with […]

  • AG pushes for justice for survivors after thousands of untested rape kits found in Missouri

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Newly released findings show there are thousands of untested rape kits across Missouri. The news comes after Attorney General Eric Schmitt created an initiative to clear the backlog of untested kits. “Really the first step in making sure survivors get the justice they deserve,” MOCSA CEO Julie Donelon said. A team of investigators visited law enforcement offices, hospitals and treatment centers across Missouri and found nearly 7,000 sexual assault kits. More than 6,000 of those kits […]

  • Garmin joins national alliance aiming to put ‘Running While Female’ harassment to rest

    OLATHE, Kan. — There’s a new alliance to fight the harassment that women experience every day while exercising outdoors. Runner’s World and Women’s Health have partnered with Garmin to put the meaning behind “Running While Female” to rest. Palm strikes, self-awareness, eye contact and confidence are all key pieces that Johnson County Sheriff’s Dep. Kevin Cronister teaches in self-defense training. “If I’m throwing knee strike after knee strike, that’s fine,” Cronister said. “Until he quits, I’m not going to stop […]

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