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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
  • Tentative settlement reached in Highland teacher strike

    HIGHLAND, IL (KPLR)-After seven and a half hours of talking without a dinner break, negotiators reached a tentative contract for public school teachers in Highland, IL Saturday. A vote by members of the Highland Education Association is expected Sunday afternoon. Their two day strike was the first in the school district’s history. Highland School Supt. Michael Sutton declined to release the contract details until teachers had reviewed them and voted. However, if teachers accept the contract, classes will resume on […]

  • Racial elements fuel dispute between Metro and Transit Union

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A disagreement over race baiting is adding fuel a long standing contract dispute between Metro Transit and its union operators and mechanics.   The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 has not had a new Metro contract for six years. Pay, health benefit and pension security issues dominated talks until this July when a METRO Transit negotiator gave a recipe for Oreo cookies to the local union president at the end of a negotiating session.   Union leaders say […]

  • Missouri legislative veto session begins

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – A record number of vetoes from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon are now before Missouri lawmakers in Jefferson City. Budget issues took the forefront Wednesday as Governor Nixon warned legislators they authorized millions of dollars worth of spending the state cannot afford.  But lawmakers questioned his priorities and took up line item vetoes first during today’s veto session. But other issues drew citizens to Jefferson City, particularly a new, more restrictive abortion law. Advocates for a […]

  • Police react to hearings in DC over militarization of police

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Images of local police trying to control rioting in Ferguson this summer sent shock waves across the nation.  But the equipment officers used, including armored tactical units and weapons with high powered telescopic sights, has been used before in hostage situations and incidents where a dangerous suspect must be arrested. The Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Louis County and City Police Departments are reviewing how they responded to the protests and the violence along West Florissant. […]

  • Ferguson residents work for healing

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Members of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church met for a parish dinner Saturday night eager to find ways to help their hurting community begin to heal. Jan Nelke spoke fondly of her hometown of Ferguson and the racial harmony she believes exists there. She described community activities available to everyone. Nelke complained the media has vilified her town’s name unfairly. Parish priest Father Robert Rosebrough described the shots fired Saturday as comparable to an aftershock […]

  • Gun fire causes chaos at soccer game

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Shots fired near a first graders’ soccer game marred a Saturday afternoon in Ferguson today.  Parents attending a CYC (Catholic Youth Council) soccer game between six and seven year old girls found themselves scrambling to protect their children when gunfire erupted along Chambers Road near Elizabeth about 12:20pm. “We looked up and could clearly see the gunman and the gunfight going on right in front of us,” said Kelly Manno, coach of the St. Ferdinand Falcons.  […]

  • Sex offender arrested in Six Flags’ water park

    EUREKA, MO (KTVI) –  Eureka police are looking for any additional information about a registered sex offender who was arrested this summer at Six Flags amusement park.  64-year old Albert L. Huck of rural Washington County was found near the water park on Sunday of the July 4th weekend.  To date, police have no information that he approached any children. Six Flags management said Huck had been banned from the park because of his criminal record.  He was convicted thirty […]

  • St. Louis County Grand jury could take weeks to review Mike Brown evidence

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – Members of the current St. Louis County grand jury took on a new assignment today: the Michael Brown shooting case. The twelve member grand jury heard the first evidence to be presented in the investigation. Grand jury proceedings are held in secret. Even a lawyer representing a witness may not attend the session. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said his staff would continue to present evidence in an organized pattern to the grand jurors as […]

  • Violence besets Ferguson Sunday night before curfew

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Sunday the residents around West Florissant awoke from a night that saw some violence along West Florissant. But the violence did not include any looting. Police had to use smoke and tear gas to disperse a large group of protests around 12:40 am. Police had to respond to several incidents, one was a shooting near Redz Barbecue at West Florissant and Canfield were police a man was spotted with a gun and a man was found […]

  • County prosecutor says Michael Brown case will go to a grand jury

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – It’s now been one week since the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer in the Canfield Green apartment complex. In that time precious little has been said about the investigation into 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch is on record says that his office is reviewing all relevant information, evidence and witnesses to the shooting. But that has done little to calm the residents of Ferguson who again demanded […]

  • State of Emergency: Nixon imposes curfew in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Saturday afternoon Governor Jay Nixon spoke to the residents of Ferguson and the media at the Greater St. Mark’s Family Church in north St. Louis County. Governor Nixon ordered an immediate curfew for the city of Ferguson to start Saturday night from Midnight to 5 am. The curfew will be enforced by the Missouri State Highway Patrol who has operational control of security in Ferguson. The governor also issued a state of emergency for Ferguson. Nixon […]

  • Some law enforcement officers disagree with new tactics

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – 24 hours after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon put the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security in Ferguson, questions remain.  In fact the governor warned Friday this journey could still be bumpy. Rush hour proved peaceful in the heart of Ferguson.  Protestors stood across the street from the police department chanting and holding signs but not impeding traffic. Gov. Nixon, Highway Patrol Commander Ron Replogle and Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson answered questions from the news […]


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