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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    Belleville teen charged with murder of woman on Washington Ave

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A 19-year-old from Belleville is being charged after a woman was shot and killed on Washington Avenue Sunday night; her car was stolen, and baby was found in the street. Ross Randolph, 19, is being charged with 1st degree murder, kidnapping, robbery, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child.  Randolph turned himself into police Tuesday. Investigators said Brandi Hill, 21, her 9-month-old daughter, and a friend were driving east on Washington Avenue […]

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    Major Case Squad activated for Fairview Heights homicide

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KPLR) – Area Major Case Squad detectives have an unusual murder case on their hands this week. It revolves around an attempted robbery of a Fairview Heights man. One of the suspects in the Tuesday night robbery was shot multiple times in a gunfight at the intended victim’s Ashley Drive Apartments; he later died. Police identified him as 26-year-old Sean J. Redd of Washington Park. A second suspect is in custody and was questioned on Wednesday. As […]

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    Citizens raise questions over former officer accused of murder

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The case of a former St Louis City police officer now under arrest for murdering a suspect in 2011 will go to a St. Louis City grand jury. Former officer Jason Stockley is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Anthony Lamar Smith. The attack was captured on police dashcam video.  Smith had fled from police in a high-speed chase before crashing his car. Stockley said Smith reached for something.  The officer then went up […]

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    Human remains found in Macoupin County identified as missing Shipman man

    MACOUPIN COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – Authorities in Macoupin County have finally identified the remains of a man missing since early 2012 thanks to a DNA match with his birth mother.  Joseph Wilson’s relatives said he had developmental disabilities. Macoupin County authorities describe the case as a homicide investigation. Wilson’s skeletal remains were found in a creek bed not far from Royal Lakes Village where he grew up. Teenagers, on a school holiday, discovered the bones in a rural area off Route […]

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    Woman charged in Madison County nursing home fire

    ALHAMBRA, IL (KPLR) – A 67-year-old woman who admitted to setting an arson fire at a nursing home in Alhambra, Illinois was charged with aggravated arson Thursday. Linda Braun lived in an adjoining independent living unit. The two facilities comprise the Hitz Memorial Home. She told police she was angry with employees there. “Clearly, this could have been a very tragic incident with a lot of lives lost,” said Capt. T. Mike Dixon, chief of investigations for the Madison County […]

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    Home explosion injures three in Carlinville, IL

    CARLINVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A natural gas explosion leveled a single family home in Carlinville, IL Wednesday morning.  The Kinney Construction firm from Raymond, IL was installing a new water main in the 400 block of N. West St. when a worker struck the gas line while digging. AMEREN Illinois, which provides natural gas service in the area, was called to the scene, but before a crew could turn off the gas the home blew up. Two residents of the house […]

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    Fight caught on video, sends teen with serious head injury to hospital

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A teenage boy is in intensive care after a classmate attacked him in a hallway at the Washington, Missouri public high school. The incident happened Monday as students were leaving for the day. The parents of 16-year-old Seth Kloppe are at his bedside at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.  His mother says he has bleeding on the brain. She gave FOX 2cell phone video of the attack which we will show you with the warning it […]

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    Ferguson swears in new police chief

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Ferguson’s new police chief plans to spend plenty of time listening to residents in the coming months.  Delrish Moss was sworn in as Ferguson’s new chief during a ceremony Monday afternoon at the city’s community center. He comes to the job with 32 years of experience on the Miami police force. His most recent assignment was supervising the Miami department’s public information community relations sections. Moss, who experienced negative contacts with Miami police as a teenager, said […]

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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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