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Some folks are born curious. I plead guilty to that. A strong sense of curiosity and a commitment to public service have fueled my interest in news reporting.

My first assignment was writing stories about my junior high for the Tonawanda (NY) News. After heading west to major in journalism at the University of Missouri, I found my first TV job in St. Louis. Women TV reporters were oddities then, but when I started on the air in 1971, St. Louis audiences kindly accepted my work.

KTVI hired me in 1989 to anchor weekend news and cover government consumer stories for Contact 2. Today, my assignments include general news, politics and education stories.

From the Flood of '93 to the Pope's visit - from presidential nominating conventions to stories of personal adversity and courage - TV news reporting gives me a front row seat for history in the making!


Recent Articles
  • Gov. Rauner and Democratic IL legislature locked in budget stalemate

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KPLR) – Illinois is operating without a state budget thanks to a political impasse inside the state Capitol.  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner insists his agenda to foster more economic growth must be approved before he talks about budget deals with the Democrat Party dominated legislature. The state has been without a budget since the new fiscal year began July 1. Gov. Rauner vetoed one budget measure his supporters say was four billion dollars out of balance. Tuesday Illinois […]

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    Caseyville home a total loss following explosion, fire

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KPLR) – An explosion flattened a small, frame home Saturday evening in Hollywood Heights near Caseyville.  The powerful blast sent debris into neighboring yards and triggered a fire but no one was injured. Hollywood Heights Fire Chief  Buddy Moore said, “ if anyone had been inside, they would not have survived.”  Neighbors said one man lived there with his dogs.  He had left for the day, but the animals were trapped inside. State Park and Caseyville Fire Departments […]

  • MTC to update code to accommodate Uber and Lyft

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Saturday the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission released a statement saying the commission is moving forward in updating the MTC code to better serve Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber. Over the last year the MTC has locked in battle to license companies like Lyft and Uber in the St. Louis area. Today the MTC said it will have a new code draft ready by its July 29th meeting of a vote. The draft is expected to […]

  • Original victim of suspected sexual predator calls for tougher laws

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – The victim of suspected sexual predator Larry Alverson is calling for tougher laws in Illinois which she believes may have stopped the accused child rapist sooner. The woman, who we’re identifying as ‘Jane Doe’ to protect her anonymity, came forward after learning Alverson was locked away at the St. Louis County Justice Center and charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in her home. It brought back difficult memories from 17 years ago for Jane. Jane […]

  • Protesters demand Ferguson’s mayor resigns, as city installs interim police chief

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The city of Ferguson named a new interim police chief Wednesday several weeks before the first anniversary of the Michael Brown fatal shooting that plunged the city into turmoil last year. Mayor James Knowles said it is part of the city’s plan to move forward with a strong community policing approach.  The new chief, Andre Anderson comes from the Glendale, AZ police department.  He described himself as having a “caring nature” and as an officer with […]

  • Soccer complex appears to be headed to Belleville

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – It looks as if Belleville is going to have a youth soccer and sports tournament complex before Chesterfield does.  Global Sports International proposed a complex along I-64 on land owned by the city of Chesterfield more than a year ago.  But that project is stalled and now the firm is negotiating with Belleville for funding to cover some of its infrastructure costs at a new hotel and convention center development along IL Rt. 15. That announcement […]

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    Masked gunman robs Arnold coin shop

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – A man wearing a full face mask and dressed in black pointed a hand gun at the owners of a coin and currency shop in Arnold Saturday morning demanding money. Jefferson County Sheriff deputies say he got away with an undetermined amount of gold and other currency after tying the two owners together with plastic zip ties. It happened at Americoin in the Village Plaza strip center on Jeffco Blvd around 9:30am. The business buys and sells gold, […]

  • Clergy pray for end to violence and racial profiling by police

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) –Clergy leaders prayed outside three police departments Friday night calling for an end to violence.  The vigils were organized by the clergy caucus of Metropolitan Congregations United, an interfaith community organization. In St. Louis city ministers spoke about the shooting injury to Brandon Claxton who was recently shot by a police officer who saw a gun in the teen’s hand. In University City pastors called on that police department to update its community policing and diversity training […]

  • Alleged police ambush shooter arrested, charged

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police arrested the key suspect Thursday morning who was wanted for the pre-dawn ambush attack against a fellow officer on Tuesday. The last of four men wanted in the attack turned himself in Thursday afternoon. Dale Wolford now faces four felony charges in the case. Police identify him as the man who fired multiple shots at the officer who was sitting in his personal car while working a secondary security job. His bullet proof […]

  • Local leaders pressing Missouri Supreme Court on gun laws

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A broad coalition is backing Missouri’s law prohibiting convicted felons from possessing a gun in legal briefs filed with the state Supreme Court.  Decisions by several St. Louis City Circuit judges put the law in limbo this year following a voter approved change in the state constitution in August 2014. Now, with increasing gun violence in urban areas like St. Louis, leaders are warning the law is critical to reducing violent crime. “We’re going to fight […]

  • Residents call for end to black on black crime following murder of alderman’s nephew

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis City Alderman and some of his neighbors are ready to take a stand against black on black violence. They are mourning the death of Alderman Jeffrey Boyd’s nephew who was shot and killed Monday night in the 58-hundred block of Lotus west of Goodfellow.  St. Louis Police say 23-year old Rashad Farmer was near his car when a bullet struck him in his chest. Boyd said he was a quiet young man who […]

  • Nixon vetoes Missouri student transfers legislation

    BRECKENRIDGE HILLS, MO (KPLR)-Missouri’s governor Jay Nixon vetoed this year’s school transfer bill Friday, saying the measure was hijacked. It was supposed to improve opportunities for public school students living in unaccredited districts like Riverview Gardens and Normandy. A coalition of Democratic and Republican lawmakers had tried to improve educational opportunities for students trapped in failing districts, but the bill opened the door to the expanded use of taxpayer financed vouchers for online education.  That was just one of the […]

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