The 2016 Grand Marshals are Dana Wright and Scott Parks
Dana Wright began her radio career at KMBZ after nearly twelve years as a news anchor and reporter at KCTV5 News in Kansas City. Dana left television for good and jumped to radio after winning numerous awards including 2 Regional Edward R. Murrow’ awards, 3 Mid-America Regional Emmy’s and the national “Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism” award which recognizes exemplary reporting across the country on issues surrounding children and families.
In 2012, Dana brought her passion for storytelling to KMBZ when she joined a new afternoon talk show “Dana and Parks” on 98.1 FM KMBZ. The news talk program has been a huge hit in Kansas City bringing a mix of humor, education, news and fun to the airwaves every afternoon. In her spare time, Dana is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with her children and beloved bulldog, Tank. Dana is married to veteran KMBC-9 news anchor, Kris Ketz.
He attended three high schools as a teenager -- two of them in Europe --- and is a 1989 graduate of Lansing High School near Leavenworth. Scott always dreamed of having a career in radio and began his pursuit of that dream by attending the University of Nebraska in the Fall of 1989. That tour of duty lasted only one year before he transferred to the University of Kansas where he received a degree in Broadcast Journalism in May, 1994.
Scott's career began at a tiny radio station (KOFO) in Ottawa, Kansas where he served, literally, as a one man news department. After that it was off to KLWN in Lawrence before his arrival at KMBZ in February, 1997. Since then Scott has cut his teeth as a reporter, anchor, Assistant News Director, and News Director. He has received scores of awards for his reporting from the Kansas
Association of Broadcasters, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and the Radio Television News Directors Association of America. He also earned a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006.
In his spare time Scott enjoys hanging out with his two young daughters, playing soccer, and engaging in his endless pursuit of someday being a semi-decent drummer. He is an avid fan of all things musical and credits among his favorite acts: Thin Lizzy, Prince, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, and a relatively obscure band known as the Marvelous 3.
John Holt joined FOX 4 News in 1994. He co-anchors "FOX 4 News at 5 p.m." and "FOX 4 News at 9 p.m." John also serves as an investigative and special projects reporter for FOX 4 News.
John has won numerous awards including Regional Emmys for investigative, general assignment, and feature reporting, and in 2007 won a Regional Emmy for his anchoring. Media Mix, a media professionals group in Kansas City, has named John its TV Personality of the Year in 2000, 2006, and 2008.
John is also active in the community as a volunteer, including serving on the boards of the Head for the Cure Foundation, University of Kansas Alumni Association Kansas City Chapter, and the KU Advancement Board. He is a past board chair and member of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports. He is also a member of the Kansas Bar Association Media-Bar Committee. John emcees and hosts numerous events for metro area charities, including Benedictine College, The University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Hospital, and The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association, to name a few.
He graduated from the University of Kansas Schools of Journalism and Law, and previously worked at WIBW-TV in Topeka and KSNW-TV in Wichita.
John and his wife Suzy are the proud parents of 1st LT Jack Holt (United States Army) and Katie Holt (Creighton University Grad School).