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!

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    Police stop bank robbery suspect driving wrong way on I-270

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A suspected bank robber fled police Thursday afternoon. He drove from Clayton through St. Louis City and into south St. Louis County. Once he left Interstate 55, he proceeded to travel north on I-270, the wrong way. The robbery took place at Simmons Bank, just across Clayton road from the Galleria Shopping Center. Officers were on the scene minutes after the robbery. The receptionist at a hair salon across the lobby from the bank said […]

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    Missouri GOP party faces challenge uniting party behind Trump

    CREVE COEUR (KPLR) – Their decisions cleared the path for Donald Trump to take the nomination if it’s given to him at the GOP convention. Earlier this year, volunteers for Ted Cruz spent long hours working in an office in the building behind me to win over Missouri voters. But that office was closed after Donald Trump won the primary here in March. Now question is can the Missouri GOP leadership unite behind a man they never thought could win the […]

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    Michelle Obama and Doctor Jill Biden visit Fort Leonard Wood for Joining Forces

    ST. ROBERT,  MO (KPLR) – First Lady Michelle Obama and Doctor Jill Biden visited Fort Leonard Wood on Tuesday. Their stop was one of several stops on military bases across the country to celebrate the anniversary of Joining Forces, which the two women started five years ago and which calls on all Americans, in both the public and private sectors, to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through employment, education, and wellness opportunities. They were joined by Reading Rainbow […]

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    St. Louis city investigating terror attack prank

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – An 18-year-old south St. Louis man, who police say was dressed in an Arab sheikh costume, is facing a possible peace disturbance charge. This comes after what appeared to be a prank terrorist attack against a woman standing on the corner of Hampton and Nottingham Tuesday evening. The costumed suspect jumped out of a car and threw a backpack at a woman. He then fled with two other men in the car. Video of a similar […]

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    Lawsuit claims Missouri redrew congressional districts to protect incumbents

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A St. Louis County man is asking a federal judge to redraw Missouri’s eight congressional district maps. Paul Berry III, who is a candidate for the First Congressional District Republican nomination, argued in court Friday the district boundaries violate the state and federal Constitutions. Barry, an African-American, told Judge John Ross the Missouri Legislature used race statistics to create the First Congressional District boundary and that impacted other district maps across the state. He […]

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    First Robotics Competition at Edward Jones Dome

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – High-energy kids with big dreams are packing America’s Center, the Edward Jones Dome, and Union Station this week to participate in the FIRST Robotics Championship. The 20,000 young people, grades three through 12, come from 43 nations with their student-built robots. They will be competing through Saturday afternoon. The competition is designed to foster student interest in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as the ability to work on a team. Teams work […]

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    Cahokia toddler recovering after being hit by 77-year-old driver

    CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) – A toddler is recovering tonight after being hit by a car Thursday afternoon. The boy’s mother is upset, saying drivers must take more care around children. Cahokia police issued two citations against a 77-year old female driver from Smithton. She was ticketed for failing to slow down to avoid an accident and for a stop sign violation. Police say they have issued many tickets in the neighborhood for drivers running stop signs and speeding. The accident […]

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    Tractor trailer collision closes I-44 in both directions in Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A collision involving three tractor trailers closed Interstate 44 in both directions Thursday afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. According to Sgt. Al Nothum, a spokesman for the MSHP, the accident occurred at 12:45 p.m. near the Highway 50 exit in eastbound lanes of I-44 in Franklin County.  Black smoke could be seen billowing from the scene for miles. Traffic was beginning to backup in one eastbound lane when one semi rear-ended the other. That […]

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    St. Louis County election officials grilled over election failures

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Tough talk in Jefferson City Wednesday as members of the Missouri House of Representatives demanded to know why St. Louis County voters faced a shortage of ballots at 60 polling places last week. The county’s Republican and Democratic election directors appeared at a public hearing in the state capital. They explained problems during the set-up for Missouri’s presidential primary on March 15 delayed preparation for the April 5 municipal election. Two court orders requiring election officials […]

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    Power struggle erupts at Eagle Forum

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – A dispute over the future direction of Phyllis Schlafly’s conservative Eagle Forum group surfaced this week. The Clayton based Eagle Forum has been Schlafly’s microphone for conservative Republican causes for decades. Six board members for the political arm of Eagle Forum, including Schlafly’s daughter Anne Schlafly Cori, moved to oust the new president Ed Martin. Cori said it was a question of Martin’s leadership. Schlafly hired Martin in January 2015 to be president of both the […]

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    Investigation continues for fatal accident on Highway 141

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred Saturday afternoon just after 2 pm.  The accident happened at Highway 141 and Burgundy, as one vehicle was making a left turn onto Burgundy from a southbound lane on 141. A vehicle traveling north on Highway 141 struck the turning vehicle ejecting 2 females ages 26 and 20-years-old.  The 26-year-old Ebony Franklin of Florissant died at the scene and the other victim was […]

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    Mayor Francis Slay will not seek re-election in 2017

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A blockbuster political announcement Friday from Mayor Francis Slay, as the longest serving mayor in St Louis City history announced he would not seek a fifth term in office. And he made sure no one scooped him on that announcement. He told his family Thursday night, his staff Friday morning, and gave reporters only about 30 minutes to get to city hall for the public announcement. Slay will complete the last year of his term next […]


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