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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!

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    Tom Schweich’s former chief of staff says she will stay

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – The chief of staff for the late Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich spoke out Wednesday for the first time since he committed suicide. Trish Vincent described a conversation she had with the now Missouri State republican Party Chairman John Hancock in December. She said Hancock had called her asking for her support in his race for party chairman. “I told him I could not support him for chair because he was telling people Tom was Jewish, […]

  • Gov. Rauner wants to change how Illinois does business

    GREENVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who swept the state in the November election, is back on the campaign trail. He is working to get citizens to lobby lawmakers in hopes his turn around agenda is approved in Springfield.  The governor wants to tighten state fiscal operations, encourage more local control and empower voters. He visited the Enertech firm in Greenville Tuesday afternoon. Rauner said “the challenge for the next fiscal year is to get reforms past.” He […]

  • Investigators looking for cause of medical helicopter crash

    SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The investigation into the Friday night crash of an ARCH Medi-Vac helicopter could take as long as one year. The helicopter was heading to the Saint Louis University Hospital helipad around 11:00pm when it failed to achieve enough altitude to land. Its rotors struck the side of an outpatient clinic building before it crashed on the parking lot below. The pilot, identified as Ronald Rector, 52, of Lynn, MO, was killed. He was the […]

  • Lawmakers react to Ferguson DOJ Report

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Two St. Louis area state senators are echoing the justice department report and urging major changes in how Ferguson and other municipalities conduct business. The report, issued on Wednesday, raised questions about how African-Americans are treated by police during traffic stops. It also pointed to Ferguson’s reliance on court fines and traffic tickets as the city’s second largest source of revenue.  Missouri state senator Maria Chappelle Nadal, a Democrat representing Ferguson and University City, complained […]

  • Missouri officials mourn death of Auditor Schweich

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) -Somber moments and strong statements in Clayton Tuesday morning as funeral services were held for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich. Police say Schweich died in an apparent suicide last week. The services were held at the St. Michael and St. George Episcopal Church on Wydown. Hundreds of people gathered in the church to remember the 54 year old. Schweich’s casket was brought into the church draped in the Missouri flag. All kinds of well-known public figures were on […]

  • Officer shoots driver after being dragged during traffic stop

    WELLSTON, MO (KPLR) – A man is in critical condition after an officer involved shooting in Wellston.  The incident happened at 10:15 AM on Saturday. Wellston’s chief of police G. T. Walker said one of his officers had made a traffic stop on Morton Street just north of Page and was questioning the driver outside of the vehicle when a man climbed from the backseat into the driver seat and attempted to drive off. The officer jumped into the car […]

  • Road crews out battling latest snow storm in St. Louis region

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – MoDOT is asking drivers to be patient.  This weekend’s snow event is expected to continue into Sunday.  MoDOT did not pre-treat the interstates for this storm.  A spokesperson said there was no pre-treating because there were salt and chemicals still on the ground from the previous storm. Workers will plow and drop rock salt, sand, a cinder mix, beet juice and salt brine.  Supervisor Mike Froppe says the sand and cinder mix will help give drivers […]

  • Fire official worried over oil and gas being transported by train

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A federal report from the Department of Transportation backs up the concerns St. Louis City’s Fire Chief has for trains hauling as many as 100 tanker cars full of crude oil from Montana and North Dakota through the city. Chief Dennis Jenkerson said Wednesday there is an immediate need for the industry to improve safety and strengthen the tanker cars that haul the crude from the Bakken Fields.  The oil that comes from oil shale often […]

  • Grant L. Deere, 39, of Hannibal, MO

    Man arrested after attacking woman at Brentwood fitness center

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KPLR)- Security video and photos inside the Brentwood Club Fitness gym helped police identify a suspect in an assault at the club early in the morning on February 17. A female patron told police a man attacked her by pulling her from a workout machine and wrestling her to the ground where he attempted to sexually assault her.  She fought him off and ran.  He fled, but was caught two days later not far from the workout facility. […]

  • Star studded send-off for Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club co-founder

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A man who inspired thousands of children, corporate leaders and even a President will be celebrated as a St. Louis icon. Martin Mathews, the co-founder of the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, is celebrating his 90th birthday with a concert and benefit at the Fox Theater. Supporters intend to make sure Martin Mathews’ legacy lives on after he retires. The event, co-sponsored by FOX 2 and dozens of corporate leaders  will help raise funds to […]

  • Cold shelters filling up as temperatures turn deadly

    ST. LOUIS – The bitter cold has local governments on the lookout for anyone without an indoor place to stay. Dangerously low temperatures blanketed the St. Louis region Wednesday night, but no cold-related fatalities were reported. Most shelters open between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and provide a hot meal to those who need one. St. Louis City’s emergency center sheltered a season record number of residents. More than 200 individuals spent the night at the recreational center at 12th […]

  • Red Cross teams-up with fire departments to install smoke detectors

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The Red Cross is on a mission to prevent anymore fatalities after multiple fire deaths in this region this year.  Firefighters say the lack of working smoke alarms contributed to some of the deaths. St. Louis Region Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson announced the plan Tuesday to provide and install as many free alarms as needed in a 21 county, bi-state area.  “Our hearts go out to the families who have been impacted and so we […]


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