Sharifa Jackson joined the FOX4 News team as a reporter in April of 2019.

With southern roots, Sharifa is excited for the new adventure in Kansas City.

Before coming to Kansas City, Sharifa worked as a reporter and anchor for WTVM and WXTX, the ABC and FOX affiliates in Columbus, Georgia. Sharifa spent two years in the market covering national news, and some of the biggest stories of the community. During her time in Columbus, Sharifa covered the devastating tornadoes in East Alabama killing 23 people, she was selected by Georgia Department of Corrections as a media witness to one of Georgia’s only executions in 2018, and covered a brutal triple homicide case killing three family members from beginning to end.

Her stories have been featured on ABC, Good Morning America, and CNN and The Weather Channel.

Sharifa got her start as a journalist in Columbus, where she worked behind the scenes as a production assistant, and learned all aspects of news. Her first on-air opportunity as a reporter was in Dothan, Alabama where she started out shooting and editing her own stories.

A Virginia native, Sharifa attended Columbus State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Mass Media Communications, and a minor in English Professional Writing. She was inducted into the national communications honor society, Lambda Pi Eta in 2014. She is an active member of National Association of Black Journalists, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Incorporated.

In her spare time, Sharifa likes to shop, travel, and spend time with family.

If you see her around Kansas City, stop her and say hello, and feel free to message her with any story ideas at

Recent Articles
  • Double shooting 23rd and Wheeling

    Police identify man killed in shooting that left 1-year-old injured at Blue Valley Court Townhomes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have now identified the victim in a deadly shooting that left a 1-year-old injured. The incident happened just before 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Valley Court Townhomes near 23rd and Wheeling. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man who had been shot. Witnesses tell police that an argument occurred in front of the residence between the victim and suspect. At some point the suspect fired multiple times at the victim. The suspect […]

  • ‘The real MVPs’: Lee’s Summit teens find and return Chiefs tackle Derrick Nnadi’s AirPods

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is gearing up for Sunday’s playoff showdown, but he’s also making a lasting impression on one group of Lee’s Summit teens. But it’s what those teens did that’s impressing the football player even more. “I was walking to the park with Alex to go play PokemonGo! And on the sidewalk I saw an AirPod case,” said Lukas Keithley, who found the wireless headphones with his friend, Alex Norman. The duo was […]

  • Kansas City non-profit desperate for donations to help families after 'overwhelming' amount of homicides in 2019

    Kansas City non-profit desperate for donations to help families after ‘overwhelming’ amount of homicides in 2019

    The organization offers counseling, guidance, and help lifting the financial burden of burying a loved one. However, on the heels of a violent year in Kansas City, it's is almost out of funds.

  • ‘Cuts for Confidence’: KCK couple offering kids free haircuts for a back-to-school boost

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A husband-and-wife duo are offering free haircuts in Wyandotte County to send local kids back to school in style. Attorney Shanelle Dupree and Wyandotte County District Attorney and local pastor Mark Dupree are teaming up with Headlines Barber Academy for a special, called “Cuts for Confidence.” They hope this event will make a difference as children return to the classroom after winter break. “It’s more than just a haircut. What we have set up here is […]

  • Leawood officer hit by suspect driving stolen car, leading to chase across state line

    LEAWOOD, Kan. — A Leawood police officer is recovering after being hit by a suspect driving a stolen car Thursday afternoon. According to Leawood police, officers were dispatched to a parking lot near 112th and Nall on a call about a suspicious person. As the officer walked up to the suspect, he drove off, hitting the officer with the car. The suspect then drove into Missouri, where Kansas City police initiated a chase. The suspect was taken into custody near […]

  • KC woman starts new year meeting long-lost sister and father, thanks to DNA test kit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City woman is starting the new year by meeting her long-lost sister. Terrie Jackson was adopted at birth more than 50 years ago. A 23andMe DNA test kit would bring them back together.  “I was so excited. Obviously we have been talking back and forth through messenger, but to actually see her in person and get to hug her — best moment of my life,” Jackson said. The meeting happening at Kansas City International […]

  • Happy New Year! Hundreds ring in 2020 at Kansas City’s Union Station

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over 1,000 people helped ring in the new year at Kansas City’s Union Station! FOX4’s John Holt served as emcee for the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve party at the grand plaza. The event, which was sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, featured live performances by Dave Stephens and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 7. The sold out event featured a ball drop Times Square style over both dance floors.  FOX4’s Sharifa Jackson checked out the action live. […]

  • KCK family wants justice after FedEx driver seen on camera hitting dog, driving off

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Just days after Christmas, a Kansas City, Kansas family is mourning the loss of their pet. But it’s the way the dog died that’s most upsetting to the Kelley family, who captured a FedEx delivery driver on camera, and then driving away, after running over their dog. “I just want FedEx to acknowledge what happened. You know, I mean, I know he wasn’t human, but he was a part of our family, and it hurts just […]

  • Metro business warning others after duo tries to use counterfeit $100 bills

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There’s a new warning from the local business owner after counterfeit money was used at the store. Workers at Surplus Sales Outlet on E. Truman Avenue said they learned the hard way. “When I grabbed it, it didn’t feel right. It felt kind of off,” said Alexis Valdiviez, a sales associate at Surplus Sales Outlet. “I looked at it and flipped it over, and it had Chinese symbols on it.” Around 12:30 p.m. Friday, Valdiviez said […]

  • Dozens of animals make the move to KC Pet Project’s new $26 million facility

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  It’s the start of a new chapter for the KC Pet Project as dozens of staff, volunteers and animals moved into the new $26 million facility on Elmwood Avenue in Swope Park. Starting Friday morning, one by one, animals were loaded into trailers, buses and personal cars at the old site on Raytown Road and moved to the new location. Mayor Quinton Lucas and Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend Brittany Matthews were among the many helpers assisting in […]

  • Fairmount Liquors in Independence closing indefinitely due to ongoing flooding issues

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Fairmount Liquors has been along 24 Highway in Independence for more than 20 years. Over the past few years, Thelma Jordan has been warning over and over again that the flooding issues on 24 Highway would shut her business down for good. Now, ahead of the new year, Jordan is announcing she’s finally making the tough and heartbreaking decision. “It’s been a very hard decision. I put it off. I thought about doing it before, and I […]

  • 1,400 steak meals served to metro first responders for Christmas

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While metro families were celebrating Christmas, there are many who spent the holiday working. Thanks to one group of volunteers, area first responders did not have to worry about a hot Christmas meal. “We believe to give honor to whom honor is due. We believe we need to show honor to the men and women who put their lives on the line for the community each and every day, so we just want to be a […]

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