FOX4 news producer for the midday and 5PM weekends. Also writes for the web. Previously worked at KSPR 33 in Springfield, MO as the 5AM and 6AM news producer and for weekend nights. Studied digital film and creative writing at Missouri State University.

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  • The history behind Kansas City-style barbecue and its star burnt ends

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several regions throughout the United States have fanatics devoted to their local brand of barbecue, and Missouri is no exception. Kansas City is the birthplace of dry-rubbed barbecue drizzled in tomato-molasses sauce. Kansas City is also known for adding the sticky, finger-licking condiment onto a range of meats, veggies, and fruits. Origins of barbecuing in Kansas City Globally, people know Kansas City for its barbecue. Jazz, the Chiefs, the Royals, fountains, speakeasies, and President Harry S. […]

  • Unsolved murder in 1935: An unusual guest at a KC hotel leaves behind blood, questions

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A murder mystery from more than 80 years ago left behind a myriad of questions for detectives and historians today. A man checked into a hotel in Kansas City with no luggage. He brought with him his toothbrush, toothpaste, and a comb. Some accounts report he also brought a brush. A few days later, someone murdered the man in a calculated fashion, leaving behind very few clues for detectives — besides some fingerprints on a phone […]

  • Terra Studios will stop making iconic glass bluebirds

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After nearly four decades, Terra Studios in Northwest Arkansas has decided to stop making one of its most popular items: the “Bluebird of Happiness.” The shop could struggle to survive without its top seller. Terra Studios is located in Fayetteville. It’s a well-known business in the area and a staple of the arts community. Glass artists make about 100 bluebirds a day at the studios. The company will stop making the birds to protect the environment. The […]

  • Unsolved mysteries in Kansas: the bloodbath Bender family escapes into thin air

    The murdering “Bender Family of Cherryvale” consisted of a mother, a father, a son and a daughter who settled into the infinitesimal prairie community back in 1870. They're considered America's first family of serial killers.

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    The case of the missing swords from the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — On March 4, 1978 the Bee Gees blasted on the U.S. airwaves with “Night Fever”, and Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” took over the radio in the U.K. Americans watched shows like The Muppet Show, Three’s Company, The Love Boat, and Black Sheep Squadron. President Jimmy Carter was in the Oval Office, the Iranian Revolution was in the early stages leading to the overthrow of the monarchy almost a year later, and China’s Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping would […]

  • Police need help in 20-year-old cold case: woman vanished after a bar fight in KCK

    Star Boomer vanished from Uncle Mike’s Bar in the evening on Feb. 23, 1999.

  • Maine helps Millennials with their student loans to bring younger workers to the state

    PORTLAND, Maine — Student loans nationally have swelled into a $1.5 trillion crisis. 45 million borrowers have student debt. It’s the second largest consumer debt category after mortgage debt. The Class of 2017 has an average of $28,650 in student loans according to the Institute for College Access and Success. Maine has a solution to help borrowers pay off their crippling debt and interest, and it has to do with the way you pay taxes. The state of Maine doesn’t […]

  • Traditional Halloween foods and preparing for a cold holiday

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fall took a sudden cold turn this last week. On Halloween, temperatures could drop to what we usually see in winter — plus, the ground might be too wet for walking, especially for kids in costumes. There is even a chance for snow. Not everyone likes the idea of a White Halloween, but there are some alternatives that can help keep the holiday fun for you and your family and friends. This weekend is an excellent […]

  • The origins of Halloween and its impish past in Kansas

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Halloween is right around the corner, making it a great time to learn about the holiday’s origins and history. Most scholars agree that the ancient holiday originated from Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. During the Christianization of Europe in the middle ages, pagan festivals were borrowed and reconstructed by the early Church into its practices. Today Halloween is a mix of customs from several different cultures across time. The Midwest even has its […]

  • Best places to take your dog to in Kansas City this fall

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With cooler temperatures finally here, it’s now the perfect time to take the dog out for a nice evening stroll. Some dogs really hate the heat, and their owners don’t want to walk in it either. Fall is prime time to stretch your legs. Kansas City has a wide range of parks, public spaces and hotels that cater to dogs’ needs. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here your whole life, this […]

  • A nightmare of medical fraud in Kansas from decades ago inspired a movie currently in pre-production

    MILFORD, Kan. — With fall finally here and Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to look back at one of the spookiest, strangest, and most disturbing series of events that’s ever happened in Kansas. One man’s curiosity around goats and emerging technology reveal some of the horrors of a lack of regulation in the early 20th century. The goat gland operation tales are just as disturbing as the ghouls, vampires, werewolves, and mummies that haunt on Halloween, if not […]

  • More earthquakes occurring in Kansas, but none have broken the record for most powerful quake

    RENO COUNTY, Kan. — Earthquakes keep rocking Kansas this year. It might have some people a little on edge about whether the state can expect a large-scale earthquake. The good news: It’s pretty unlikely for Kansas to see a quake like the ones that rattle California. There isn’t an active enough fault-line to produce the more damage-heavy tremors. An investigation is underway to find out why the state has received so many quakes and what can be done to prevent […]

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