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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!

Recent Articles
  • UCity student reports sexual assault during high school basketball game

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – A University City female high school student reports she was sexually assaulted inside the school during a basketball game in early January. School district officials told parents in an email Wednesday they began an investigation immediately and contacted police. Three other University City High School students, a juvenile and two 17-year olds, were taken into custody but released pending possible criminal charges. University City police learned about the alleged attack on January 7, one day […]

  • Local man accused of neglecting elderly mother

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A St. Louis County man has been charged with abusing his mother after police found the two living in squalid conditions in a ranch home near Creve Coeur in December.  A probable cause statement from County Police indicated the 82-year-old woman was bedridden and had not bathed in six months.  The floor and sinks in the home were covered with mold, ashes, cigarette butts, feces and broken glass. The statement also said “The Defendant […]

  • Tips for parents whose kids have witnessed violence

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Children who witness violence like the shooting at Chuck E Cheese’s restaurant in St. Charles Monday night may or may not show evidence of trauma.  Counselors at the not for profit Great Circle agency recommend parents watch for signs of behavior problems but don’t make a big deal out of the experience. Leslie Wiss, senior therapist at Great Circle’s Edgewood School in Webster Groves, warns you can create “false memories” by talking about the event too […]

  • Support rally for police draws protesters to Clayton

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – What began as a rally to thank law enforcement officers Saturday in Clayton turned into a debate and at times a shouting match once protestors from Ferguson arrived. About 75 individuals traded chants and argued their points of view for two hours at the corner of Forsyth and Central Ave.  “We support our police; we support our police,” yelled one group.  “You support police brutality,” retorted another demonstrator. The demonstration occurred outside the St. Louis County Police […]

  • Small businesses struggle in Ferguson and Dellwood

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR)-Business owners in Ferguson and Dellwood continue to fight to regain their customer base.  The owner of one popular restaurant, Red’s Barbeque, has already decided he can’t afford to re-open. Two months after the rioting following the St. Louis County Grand Jury’s Ferguson decision, burned out buildings remain along West Florissant. In the mind of tire store owner John Zisser, “The healing process really hasn’t begun.”  He says it is time for the County to become involved.  “The […]

  • Woman’s body found with gunshot wound in a Lincoln County home

    ELSBERRY, MO (KPLR) – The Major Case Squad is working to determine if a 38-year-old mother of four was murdered. Harmony Culbreath was found dead in her rented home off Highway 79 south of Elsberry at 10:30 Tuesday night. Preliminary results from an autopsy Wednesday showed she had a gunshot wound, but it was not clear if that caused her death. More detailed information is expected Thursday. A gun was found inside the rural home on Goodwood Trail. Friends tell […]

  • 1 dead in fatal chain reaction accident in O’Fallon

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – Witnesses to an accident at Feise Road and Amarillo Drive in O’Fallon, MO Sunday say the driver of a gold-colored van was speeding east bound when he struck a white SUV sending it airborne. Julie Slimp said, “He flew past us well over the speed limit, I’d say double it or more, enough to make the car shake.”  Slimp was a passenger in a vehicle also heading east on Feise about 2:15pm. “Before I could even […]

  • Residents on edge after woman is murdered in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Metropolitan Police continued to search for several suspects Saturday wanted for violent crimes committed on Friday and Saturday. A homicide on Pennsylvania in south St. Louis City took the life of a 37-year-old woman.  Residents heard a loud argument followed by gunshots.  Officers found her body in the street.  She had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police describe the suspect in the murder as a black male, six […]

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    Mayor Slay’s chief of staff to resign

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There is a changing of the guard coming at St. Louis City Hall.  Mayor Francis Slay’s outspoken chief of staff will leave in early February after a record-setting 14 years in the job.  55-year-old Jeff Rainford plans to open his own public policy and strategic communications consulting business. Rainford, a former broadcast reporter and political consultant first began working with Slay in 1994 when he ran for President of the Board of Aldermen.  In 2001 Rainford […]

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    St. Charles County mom accused of having sex with son’s 12-year-old friend

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – A St. Charles City woman is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year old friend of her own child. 30-year old Nicole Marie Smith was charged Tuesday with Statutory Rape and Statutory Sodomy.  A probable cause statement issued by St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said the woman and the 12-year old boy had indicated they were in love. Authorities believe he was the only victim. St. Charles County Police said the two had sexual intercourse […]

  • New governor promises change is coming

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KPLR) – The man who turned Illinois politics upside down in November took the oath of office as the state’s 42nd governor Monday.  Republican Bruce Rauner is an outsider who promises an end to “business as usual” in the state.   Instead, he plans to use his experience as a successful businessman to make better use of tax dollars. “We have an opportunity to accomplish something historic, to fix years of busted budgets and broken government,” Rauner told the […]

  • Vigil held for teen killed while on his way to school

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis family is mourning the loss of another young teenager killed in an accident.  Thursday morning, 15-year old Damon Gilmore was struck and killed by a driver with a suspended license. It happened at 5:30 am as the high school freshman was crossing Union Blvd. at Cote Brilliante on his way to catch a bus to school. Saturday night relatives and friends gathered at the accident scene to light candles and pray.  They stood […]


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