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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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    New legionnaires’ death said to be unrelated to veterans’ home outbreak

    QUNICY, IL (KPLR) – On top of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a Quincy, IL veterans home, Illinois health authorities now report four confirmed cases that include one death among community members.  To date there is nothing that links them to the veterans’ home cases. That has added to the workload for dozens of local, state and national health experts working to pinpoint the cause of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the Illinois State Veterans’ Home in Quincy.  Seven people […]

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    Trail camera captures stranger roaming subdivisions

    FESTUS, MO (KPLR) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department added extra patrols to several neighborhoods after a young shirtless white male was seen walking on lawns and coming up to houses. A photo of the man was captured by a wildlife trail camera along Burning Tree Lane outside Festus. Two detectives are working a nearby house break-in in the 3900 block of Highway P outside Hematite. That occurred on Wednesday during the daytime the same day when the mystery man […]

  • USTranscom gets new commander at Scott Air Force Base

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE (KPLR) – There is a new leader running the top command at Scott Air Force Base. He is four-star General Darren McDew the first African-American to hold the job. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter praised the Air Force veteran’s “remarkable leadership.” Both men must deal with an uncertain military budget and growing cyber and security threats. US defense secretary Carter said Wednesday “when we are forced to make irresponsible cuts it is readiness that suffers first. […]

  • St. Louis aldermen compromise on minimum wage bill

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis City Aldermen worked through lunch Tuesday during a special session to move a city minimum wage hike forward.  The original proposal for a $15 per hour minimum wage to be phased in was reduced to an $11 per hour wage by January 1, 2018.  The legislation calls for a 60-cent boost by October 15, 2015 and several more hikes over the next two years. The bill and several amendments were debated.  It received 15 yes […]

  • Sam’s Meat Market reopens in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Six hundred pounds of barbequed ribs and plenty of smiles to pass around marked the re-opening of Sam’s Meat Market in Ferguson Saturday. Looters struck the convenience store three times and an arsonist set it on fire during months of unrest following the Michael Brown shooting. Co-owner Mohamad Yaacoub said he was determined to re-open.  “I love Ferguson.  I don’t have no problem with Ferguson or the community all these people are our customers…and they always help […]

  • Former East St. Louis mayor named new city manager

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The East St. Louis City Council fired the town’s recently elected city manager over the vocal objections of citizens attending the council meeting. But the new manager is the man who just lost his bid for re-election – former mayor Alvin Parks. East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks took office in April and quickly discovered the city had major financial problems, including a projected deficit of $5.7 million this year alone. The potential of layoffs […]

  • Protests continue on Walton following officer involved shooting

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Wednesday night in the aftermath of the shooting of 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey by St. Louis police officers, protesters are gathered in the area of Walton and Page on the city’s north side. Police had earlier in the day went to the neighborhood to execute a search warrant, when Ball-Bey and another suspect ran from the back of a home. Ball-Bey pointed a gun at officers who fired at the suspects in fear for their lives. Ball-Bey ran […]

  • State finance board approves tax credits for new stadium

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Proponents of a new NFL stadium for the St. Louis Riverfront won support for $15 million dollars of tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board Tuesday.  It is the largest tax credit package to be issued in 2015 by the board. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was the only board member present to vote against the tax credit measure. “The proposal is moving forward without a single vote by a public body accountable to voters,” […]

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    Controversy over officer’s Facebook post on “Michael Brown bonus”

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – A controversy over a Facebook post made by a St. Louis County police officer will be investigated after being brought to light by The Guardian. Critics say the officer was boasting about benefiting from the recent protests in Ferguson. On the other side, police supporters complain the media is overreacting by mentioning the Facebook post. County patrolman Todd Bakula wrote on his Facebook page “I decided to spend my annual Michael Brown bonus on a nice […]

  • St. Louis County extends ‘State of Emergency’ for at least one more day

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County’s ‘State of Emergency’ will remain in effect for at least one more day. The declaration was put into place after violent night of protests in Ferguson on the anniversary of the shooting of Mike Brown. The decision was made on Monday. Demonstrations have been relatively calm during the following nights. County Executive Steve Stenger has received criticism about the declaration. Some are saying he made the decision too soon. Stenger says that the events […]

  • Michael Brown protesters demonstrate at federal courthouse and downtown Clayton

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Local activists planned Monday to be a day of moral outrage.  They targeted the U.S. Justice Department and a large corporation in Clayton.  Leaders said society won’t heal from years of racial strife until everyone is treated equitably. The day’s events began with a gathering a Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopal landmark in downtown St. Louis.  Local clergy organized a march from the Cathedral to the Eagleton Federal Courthouse on Tenth Street. A crowd of about […]

  • Harris Stowe University panel discussion looks at historical impact of Michael Brown’s death

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The one year anniversary of the Ferguson protests is raising the question: How has the St. Louis region changed?  And what might happen in the future? Activists, academics, politicians and religious leaders took a look at those questions during a symposium at Harris Stowe State University Sunday afternoon. “We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go,” offered Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed as she spoke during the first of four panel […]


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