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
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    Police and couple searching for missing man

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – This will not be a traditional Thanksgiving for a St. Louis County couple. Their oldest son, Brandon Fultz, disappeared two months ago after stopping at a Maryland Heights 7-11 store to buy cigarettes. The 34-year-old, who was unemployed, then called a cab for a ride to a drug store on Olive.  Fultz’s father said the cab driver told police he waited for the young man and then brought him back to his parent’s apartment complex, […]

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    Walnut Park community mourns the loss of 3 children in fatal fire

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis City Fire investigators blame Sunday’s fatal fire on a space heater that was left on overnight.  They said Monday there were no working smoke alarms in the house in the 4900 block of Plover in the Walnut Park neighborhood. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said his firefighers were impacted by the fatalities.  He described his crews who worked the blaze as “visibly shaken” when he arrived on the scene.  “When we don’t save a life and […]

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    Home owner in rural Madison County shoots would-be intruder

    MARINE, IL (KPLR) – A Madison County man picked the wrong home to burglarize Thursday night after being sent to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the chest. The incident happened several miles east of Marine, a village of less than a thousand residents. The homeowner, who lives on Mayer Road, woke up to find a man trying to enter his home. Madison County Sheriff John Lakin said the homeowner had every right to protect his property – and […]

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    Family speaks out about teen police say shot and killed himself

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The mother of a teenager who police say committed suicide in a Normandy neighborhood last month is convinced her son was killed by a police officer. Lakea Green and her husband Anthony Cosentino are raising questions about the investigation into the shooting death of her son Amonderez Green. The initial report from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner and St. Louis County Police indicated the 18-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Wednesday […]

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    Teen injured in alternative school safe room

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A St. Peters mother is calling for a statewide review of how schools construct and use time-out safe rooms.  This comes just a day after her 8th grade son nearly severed an artery when he slammed his fist through an observation window in a safe room door at Heritage Landing Alternative School in the Francis Howell School District. A school educator who was observing the teen through the window suffered an injury to his […]

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    Illinois ups ante for NGA to relocate near Scott AFB

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – Saint Clair County raised its offer Monday  to the national spy agency in an effort to bring 3100 jobs from St. Louis city to Scott Air Force Base. County leaders will make 200 more acres available to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at no cost to the federal government. The land is adjacent to the original offer on the border of Scott Air Force Base. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) Illinois said it is a […]

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    O’Fallon scammers posing as police for PayPal payments

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Scammers looking to get a hold of your money are pretending to be an officer in O’Fallon, Missouri. They are finding their victims through the phone. The call could be a bit unnerving. A person on the phone announces there is a bench warrant for your arrest, but you can take care of it by paying a fee through their PayPal service. Police say this is the latest in a long string of phone scams where […]

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    MU Communications professor resigns, following fallout from trying to stop a reporter covering campus protest

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR)- The MU Dean of Journalism announced Tuesday that the courtesy title for a Communications professor is in the process of being removed. Video taken Monday shows Assistant Professor Melissa Click confronting journalists, blocking their access to Monday protests on the Columbia, MO campus. While the J-School faculty were meeting, Dr. Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment with the School. #Mizzou @mojonews — Kurp (@Kurp) November 11, 2015 @Mellissaclick not a J-School faculty member. Removing courtesy title in process. […]

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    New oil pipeline being constructed between Missouri and Illinois

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – From the air it looks like a snake stretching out along the rich black earth between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.  Instead it is a steel pipeline workers are welding together piece by piece. Enbridge, one of the largest energy transportation firms in North America, is replacing a sixty plus year old pipeline that carries crude oil from Missouri to Illinois.   The old equipment is still operating safely, but it is resting in a trench on […]

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    Mother outraged over murder suspect freed in son’s death

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The mother of a teenage murder victim is calling for an end to a culture of silence in St. Louis.  Deadra Rounds discovered this week the suspect in her son’s killing was released Monday after prosecutors determined they could not proceed with a trial this week. 16-year old Chauncey Brown was shot to death in September 2013. He was just beginning his sophomore year at Sumner High School and was looking forward to spending the summer […]

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    Security is paramount at Collinsville marijuana dispensary

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Medical marijuana will soon be available to Illinois patients with a doctor’s referral and a state approved card.  Construction is underway at a state approved dispensary in Collinsville located a block away from the Illinois State police office. As soon as a final inspection by state inspectors is complete, the firm, HCI Alternatives expects to open its doors. Some 40 surveillance cameras, a concrete lined vault and a protective sally port are part of the security […]

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    Call for action, accountability from local politicians

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Advocates who want the Ferguson Commission’s report implemented stood outside St. Louis City Hall Monday morning protesting. They complain St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other area elected officials failed to attend a Sunday public meeting on the commission’s action items. Mayor Slay’s office said he’d informed the group weeks ago he would not be able to attend because of a conflict in his schedule. A dozen city employees were on hand for the discussion, including […]


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