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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!

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: betsey.bruce@tvstl.com


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    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder hopes his name recognition that comes from three successful statewide campaigns will open the door to the governor’s office. Kinder is running in a close primary race for the GOP nomination for governor against St. Louis businessman John Brunner, former Navy Seal Eric Greitens and former Missouri House Speaker and St. Louis U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway. All four candidates tout their conservative viewpoints and pro-gun positions. Kinder, however, says he […]

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    Tim Kaine: Missouri connections and faith in Hillary Clinton

    PHILADELPHIA — Tim Kaine, the son of an ironworker born into a non-political family in Minnesota 58 years ago, delivered the most important speech of his career Wednesday night as he introduced himself to the country as Hillary Clinton’s running mate and vouched for her character, saying: “I trust Hillary Clinton.” Kaine’s prime-time speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention marked the Virginia senator’s biggest national debut as he formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for vice […]

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    It’s official: Hillary Clinton makes history

    PHILADELPHIA — Democrats on Tuesday made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation’s history, shattering one of the last remaining glass ceilings in American politics. The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state was formally installed as the party nominee to take on Donald Trump on an emotional night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Clinton will formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, but appeared at the convention live […]

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    Hillary Clinton makes history as first female nominee of major political party

    PHILADELPHIA — Democrats on Tuesday made Hillary Clinton the first female presidential nominee of a major party in the nation’s history, shattering one of the last remaining glass ceilings in American politics. The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state was formally installed as the party nominee to take on Donald Trump on an emotional night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Clinton will formally accept the nomination on Thursday night, but appeared at the convention live […]

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    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Veteran Congressman Lacy Clay is facing a challenge in next week’s Democratic Primary from an outspoken Missouri State Senator. Maria Chappelle-Nadal is calling on voters to change the leadership in the district.  “The people of St. Louis are really tired of one family having control of a congressional district seat for 48 years,” she said Monday as she prepared a campaign mailing. Clay is seeking his ninth term in office.  His father, retired Congressman William Clay, […]

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    Missouri gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway campaigns in Crystal City

    CRYSTAL CITY, MO (KPLR) – The former St. Louis U.S. Attorney and first woman to serve as Missouri House Speaker is seeking the Republican nomination for Missouri Governor. Catherine Hanaway is running in what is becoming a close gubernatorial primary. The other candidates are current Lt. Governor Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau, St. Louis businessman John Brunner, and St. Louis author and retired Navy SEAL Eric Greitens. Hanaway campaigned Friday at The Main Street Café in Crystal City. She asked […]

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    Discord erupts over Melania Trump’s speech at RNC

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – You can’t expect the media not to pay attention when the candidate’s wife is positioned as one of the first night key note speakers. However, this is clearly a new role for her.  She was praised for much of her presentation.  Fox 2 got reaction Tuesday from St. Louis Republican Travis Brown who is a GOP commentator at the convention and also St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political and National Editor Christopher Ave.

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    Meet Missouri’s youngest GOP Convention delegate

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – A Chesterfield college student who developed a passion for politics as a teenager is heading to Cleveland this weekend as a Missouri delegate to the Republican National Presidential Nominating Convention. Madeleine Castle took a constitutional law course at a home school resource center when she was a ninth grader. That introduction to government in the U.S. sparked her interest in how our country is run. She is the youngest delegate in the Missouri delegation and was […]

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    John Brunner polling well in Missouri gubernatorial primary

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A recent political poll commissioned by the political news service Missouri Scout shows outsider candidates John Brunner and Eric Greitens leading in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and the state’s current lieutenant governor, Peter Kinder, are running third and fourth, respectively. Brunner, who is in second place in the poll conducted by the Remington organization, argues he is the best choice because of his experience as the CEO of a family […]

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    Businesses and organizations see opportunities in attracting Pokémon Go players

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – The rapid growth of a smartphone game known as Pokémon Go has business operators sitting up and taking notice. Millions of people have downloaded the game application to their smart phones since it was launched a week ago. Even agribusiness giant Monsanto, headquartered in Creve Coeur, sees the craze as something positive. The firm’s manager of Global Digital Communications, Kate Humphrey, discovered on Monday that a well-known sculpture in the heart of the corporation’s campus had […]

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    Man who shot and paralyzed Chris Sanna pleads guilty

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The man who shot and paralyzed St. Louis baseball fan Chris Sanna last September pled guilty to the crime Tuesday, but it won’t make life any easier for Sanna. Simple acts of daily life like going to get a soda from the refrigerator now take advanced planning and much effort. “It’s been horrible; it’s been so difficult. It still is. He has so many obstacles, “said his mother Candis Sanna. The family was in St. Louis Federal […]

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    Illinois lawmakers approve stopgap budget deal

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KPLR) – After 18 months of budget battles, Illinois finally has a stopgap spending measure in place. Some lawmakers in the state capital said Illinois was close to falling off a financial cliff because it had operated without a state budget for the year. The new financial year begins Friday. Some school districts had threatened school would not open in August unless they had an education appropriation bill. The compromise omnibus bill had the support of legislative leaders […]

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