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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
  • Officer shoots driver after being dragged during traffic stop

    WELLSTON, MO (KPLR) – A man is in critical condition after an officer involved shooting in Wellston.  The incident happened at 10:15 AM on Saturday. Wellston’s chief of police G. T. Walker said one of his officers had made a traffic stop on Morton Street just north of Page and was questioning the driver outside of the vehicle when a man climbed from the backseat into the driver seat and attempted to drive off. The officer jumped into the car […]

  • Road crews out battling latest snow storm in St. Louis region

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – MoDOT is asking drivers to be patient.  This weekend’s snow event is expected to continue into Sunday.  MoDOT did not pre-treat the interstates for this storm.  A spokesperson said there was no pre-treating because there were salt and chemicals still on the ground from the previous storm. Workers will plow and drop rock salt, sand, a cinder mix, beet juice and salt brine.  Supervisor Mike Froppe says the sand and cinder mix will help give drivers […]

  • Fire official worried over oil and gas being transported by train

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A federal report from the Department of Transportation backs up the concerns St. Louis City’s Fire Chief has for trains hauling as many as 100 tanker cars full of crude oil from Montana and North Dakota through the city. Chief Dennis Jenkerson said Wednesday there is an immediate need for the industry to improve safety and strengthen the tanker cars that haul the crude from the Bakken Fields.  The oil that comes from oil shale often […]

  • Grant L. Deere, 39, of Hannibal, MO

    Man arrested after attacking woman at Brentwood fitness center

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KPLR)- Security video and photos inside the Brentwood Club Fitness gym helped police identify a suspect in an assault at the club early in the morning on February 17. A female patron told police a man attacked her by pulling her from a workout machine and wrestling her to the ground where he attempted to sexually assault her.  She fought him off and ran.  He fled, but was caught two days later not far from the workout facility. […]

  • Star studded send-off for Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club co-founder

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A man who inspired thousands of children, corporate leaders and even a President will be celebrated as a St. Louis icon. Martin Mathews, the co-founder of the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, is celebrating his 90th birthday with a concert and benefit at the Fox Theater. Supporters intend to make sure Martin Mathews’ legacy lives on after he retires. The event, co-sponsored by FOX 2 and dozens of corporate leaders  will help raise funds to […]

  • Cold shelters filling up as temperatures turn deadly

    ST. LOUIS – The bitter cold has local governments on the lookout for anyone without an indoor place to stay. Dangerously low temperatures blanketed the St. Louis region Wednesday night, but no cold-related fatalities were reported. Most shelters open between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and provide a hot meal to those who need one. St. Louis City’s emergency center sheltered a season record number of residents. More than 200 individuals spent the night at the recreational center at 12th […]

  • Red Cross teams-up with fire departments to install smoke detectors

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The Red Cross is on a mission to prevent anymore fatalities after multiple fire deaths in this region this year.  Firefighters say the lack of working smoke alarms contributed to some of the deaths. St. Louis Region Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson announced the plan Tuesday to provide and install as many free alarms as needed in a 21 county, bi-state area.  “Our hearts go out to the families who have been impacted and so we […]

  • Police: Modest number of arrests at Soulard Mardi Gras

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) –The 36th annual St. Louis Mardi Gras celebration weathered plunging temperatures Saturday.  Organizers reported outdoor crowds appeared lighter than normal once the sun went down and the mercury dropped. But tens of thousands enjoyed the morning parade and live bands in the afternoon. Fans walked through the Soulard neighborhood south of downtown displaying their beads and Mardi Gras finery. It is a major weekend for the area bars and restaurants.  Kory Hammerstone, owner of Hammerstone’s on Russell […]

  • Hearings get underway in Jefferson City on what happened in Ferguson

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Two different stories emerged in Jefferson City Wednesday as Missouri’s governor and Ferguson leaders spoke out about the night arson fires and riots erupted. Governor Jay Nixon said he wanted experienced local police officers on the front line. He said they knew how to handle the protesters. But Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told law makers his community had been promised National Guard troops to guard public buildings like city hall and the police department. Several […]

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    O’Fallon, IL police seek assault suspect

    O’FALLON, IL (KPLR) – O’Fallon, Illinois police continue to look for a man wanted for assaulting a woman at her front door.  The suspect was dressed or disguised as a member of the 1980’s Blues Brothers Band complete with black hat, sunglasses, white shirt and black tie. The attack happened in the 900 block of Jordan Drive in the Quail Meadow subdivision February 5 at 11 am.  Neighbors described the area as very quiet and frequently patrolled by police.   Dorothy Moye […]

  • Vigil held for U-City fire victims

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – On, Saturday family, friends and neighbors gathered for a vigil to remember a great-grandmother and her two great-grandchildren killed in a house fire Wednesday in University City. University City fire officials say a space heater started the fire that took the lives of 78-year-old Mamie Williams, 8-year-old Kaliyah Dunger, and 4-year-old Trevion Dunger. The fire happened near Roth Avenue and Bartmer. Firefighters found the unconscious victims on the second floor of the residence. All three […]

  • New Illinois governor wants to change the way state conducts business

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KPLR) – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his “turn around” agenda to lawmakers Wednesday during the traditional State of the State speech at the state capitol in Springfield. He is the first Republican to hold the state’s top office in a dozen years.  His proposals reflected his pro-growth campaign message. Illinois owes billions of dollars to vendors and state employee pension funds.  Rauner wants to stop the drain of workers to other states by making Illinois more competitive.  […]

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