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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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  • Gov. Nixon promises commission to tackle long standing racial issues

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, saying it is time to face long standing racial challenges,  promised an independent commission will address issues at the heart of the protests following the shooting death of Michael Brown.  It will be called the Ferguson Commission. “Throughout the history of our nation, we have struggled to treat all of our citizens as equals,” Nixon said to a small crowd of education, civic and political leaders Tuesday at Florissant Valley Community College […]

  • Occupy SLU protestors not welcomed by everyone on campus

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  A contingent of protestors remains in tents in the middle of the St. Louis University campus.  The “Occupy SLU” effort is one of several efforts to raise public awareness about issues of racial profiling, police tactics and recent police shootings. But some SLU students say the protestors have worn out their welcome.  “The reaction was good in the beginning,” said sophomore Eric Whitman.  “But I think some have decided it is not an open discussion […]

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    Mayor Slay meets with Ferguson protesters

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Ferguson protestors who stormed St. Louis City Hall earlier this week are sitting down with Mayor Francis Slay. The group “Young Activists United” will be meeting with the Mayor to discuss their demands. They include body cameras for all city officers, a civilian review board for police and mandatory, independent investigations; whenever police kill someone. City officials say the requested changes are already in place or in the works.  More details will be posted as […]

  • Court study shows fines weigh heavily on poor black towns

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – An independent study supports recent complaints that small, municipal courts in St. Louis County are often revenue raisers for towns in the northern part of the county. Better Together, a not-for-profit studying fragmented government in St. Louis County and City, issued the document Wednesday. “Our report indicates a systemic problem that allows for some municipalities to survive on court fines and fees. Further data shows this is largely done on the back of poor black […]

  • St. Louis County Executive candidates debate at UMSL

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A new candidate for St. Louis County Executive entered the race Tuesday as the mainstream hopefuls were debating at UMSL.  Longtime activist and a member of the Michael Brown Leadership Coalition, Zaki Baruti announced he will be a write-in candidate for the office.  He said Democrat Steve Stenger and Republican Rick Stream had not shown “moral leadership” following the police shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teen. Both Stream and Stenger discussed the issues […]

  • Protesters hold vigil and march for Michael Brown

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) –In Ferguson, two protests marked the “Weekend of Resistance” Saturday.  Several hundred people gathered at the memorial to Mike Brown on Canfield Dr. at 7pm to chant and wave signs.  One sign read “Black Lives Matter”.  Other signs called for justice in the police shooting of unarmed black teen Mike Brown. Mounds of teddy bears still circle a light pole near the shooting scene.  In the middle of the street, flowers and lighted candles mark the spot […]

  • Ku Klux Klan flyers dropped in Fenton neighborhood

    FENTON, MO (KPLR) – KKK flyers offering neighborhood watch security were tossed on driveways in a Fenton neighborhood Wednesday.  Residents in the San Simeon Estates subdivision off New Smizer Mill Rd. found the leaflets in plastic baggies weighted with small rocks. The material was downloaded from a national website operated by the Ku Klux Klan.  A spokesman for the KKK, Frank Anacona said there are local Klan groups in the St. Louis area, but he did not know the reason […]

  • Ferguson voter registration lagging far behind expectations

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Efforts to register new voters in Ferguson were not as successful as organizers thought.  Tuesday the St. Louis County Election Board Director Rita Days said an error in running a computer report significantly overstated the number of new voters registered in Ferguson between the Mike Brown shooting on August 9 and Monday. “We issued the total of 3287 when it was actually 128,” Days said.  The larger number included a variety of contacts including […]

  • Cardinal fans hoping for victory in game 2 of NLDS

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Packed is the perfect description as fans are lined up here on the second floor watching every pitch on the giant screen. It was quiet here earlier tonight, but now the energy is pulsing through this crowd, pep rallies, cheers and a lighted hearted spirit. One bar tender even sporting a reddish-pink wig guaranteed to bring a smile. The dodgers scored first, but fans are still smiling over last night’s improbable victory. Follow Betsey Bruce on […]

  • Ferguson police target of $60 million lawsuit for false arrests

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) -Accusations of police brutality and false arrests form the foundation of a federal civil rights lawsuit that was amended Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Ten plaintiffs are now part of the lawsuit.   Some say they were arrested for no reason between August 11 and 13 by police from St. Louis County and Ferguson departments.  Others cite injuries caused by projectiles that struck them. Attorney Greg Lattimer said the charges were “failure to disperse” even […]

  • Frank talk by leaders at roundtable on underlying issues in Ferguson protesth public and Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) –Key St. Louis area civic and police leaders opened up a frank dialogue Wednesday morning during a roundtable discussion at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster organized the session in hopes of producing ideas to improve police and community communication. MO State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal and St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French, who have both been among the protestors for weeks, joined the conversation along with MO Highway Patrol Capt. […]

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    Ferguson police officer shot in the arm; Chief says incident not related to protests

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) –A Ferguson police officer is recovering Sunday morning after being shot by an apparent burglary suspect. St. Louis County police are investigating the shooting. The first question Chief Jon Belmar was asked was whether this is tied to the protests. The answer, he says, is no. The shooting happened a little after 9:00pm Saturday night in the 1000 block of Smith. An officer on routine patrol checked in on Ferguson’s new community center, where he spotted two […]


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