Kansas City wakes up to JiaoJiao Shen for the morning newscast on 41 Action News. Even though she doesn’t have a conventional schedule — she goes to bed at 6:30 p.m. and wakes up at 2:30 a.m. — Shen prefers “waking up with people … (because) they’re ready to start their day with a clean slate.” Outside of anchoring the morning show, Shen is busy refurbishing her new house with her husband and taking care of their three dogs.
A University of Missouri-Columbia graduate, Shen worked in Oklahoma City and Topeka before starting at Channel 41. Even though she’s lived in a number of communities, she likes Kansas City for its people. She can’t think of another city she’s lived in with more 5K races, galas or benefits, and she says the city wouldn’t be thriving the way it is without the people who organize those events. Here’s what Shen loves about Kansas City.