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
  • 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 […]

  • ‘There’s no place like home’ for KU basketball team after experiencing a scare in the air

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The KU Men’s Basketball team landed safely at Topeka’s Forbes Field, but a day later than they were supposed to. It was an unsettling 24 hours for coaches and players to say the least. Their flight home Sunday, following a win at Stanford, was cut short due to plane troubles. “It was scary while you’re in the situation,” forward Mitchell Lightfoot said. The team’s plane had to make an emergency landing Sunday. Coach Bill Self said about […]

  • ‘Thank you for cracking us up’: Lenexa neighbors send card to naughty Christmas lights creator

    LENEXA, Kan. — You might remember the Lenexa woman who put up a naughty Christmas light display on the roof of her home earlier this month. Shelby Gash designed Christmas lights in the shape of a man’s private parts. When we asked her what she created, she said, “It’s a giant glowing d**k.” Several neighbors FOX4 talked to said the display was funny at first — but the joke got old quick. Some neighbors were upset by the monstrosity that […]

  • Couple misses flight to KC, drives 15 hours to catch Chiefs game instead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the Chiefs won the last regular season game of the year Sunday, a Virginia couple from Kansas almost didn’t get to see it. They missed two alarms and their flight to Kansas City, but somehow still made it to Arrowhead on time. “We just looked at each other like, ‘We’ve got to get in the car. We’ve got to see everybody in the game. We’ve got to see Mahomes,'” Chiefs fan Taylor Wagonseller said. It […]

  • Windows busted out of multiple cars near Country Club Plaza on Christmas night

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Across the street from the Country Club Plaza sits a line of cars that were vandalized Christmas night. “We heard a number of bangs,” Austin Cox said. “We thought it was gunshots.” It was about 10 p.m. Wednesday when Austin Cox heard what criminals were doing to cars right outside his apartment building along Ward Parkway. “First it came in at six bangs, and then it was eight bangs,” Cox said. After seeing piles of broken […]

  • Blue Springs family holds decade-long Christmas tradition at Westport restaurant

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Along a strip of nearly a dozen shops and restaurants in Westport you’ll only find one with the open sign illuminated on Christmas day. The O’Neal family started a tradition a decade ago at New Peking Chinese Restaurant. “It’s very special,” Doyle O’Neal said. O’Neal says he, his wife and daughter were inspired by the movie “A Christmas Story” and the duck for dinner. So, they decided to make Christmas at New Peking an annual event. […]

  • With donations down, Salvation Army says you don’t need cash or coins to give at red kettles

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sound of bells ringing by red kettles is one of the longest holiday traditions when it comes to supporting KC families in need. But donations are down at the Salvation Army, which could affect metro families next year. The organization said it lost a week of the ‘Red Kettle Campaign’ because of where Thanksgiving fell. With the campaign ending after Christmas, Major David Harvey said it hurts. “That week we lost,” Harvey said, “we really […]

  • Metro teen murdered in 2017 remembered by parents, friends on what would be 21st birthday

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A Fort Scott, Kansas family was in the metro Sunday to remember the life of their teenager who was taken from this world too soon. Two years ago, Mikayla’s Norris was tragically killed just days before her 19th birthday. “Just a little piece of you is kind of like dead, it’s not there anymore,” Noriss’ Mom Jyandi Santhuff said. Candles sat on a table where Norris would have sat customers in 2017. She was a hostess […]

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