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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
  • Police face protesters with restraint and patience

    JENNINGS, MO (KPLR) – Night after night, police officers facing angry protestors have held their tempers despite a barrage of epithets as well as bottles, rocks and batteries thrown at them. The police men and women have won praise from their commanders and their relatives who understand the stress they are under. “We are so proud of how much restraint they display,” said the spokeswoman for the St. Louis Police Wives Association.  Social media that carries unedited video of protests […]

  • Clayton awaits grand jury announcement

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – All is quiet for now in Clayton, as police, media and a few protesters await the 8 pm Brown grand jury announcement. With exception of Missouri National Guard troops arriving in Clayton, few people are in the area designated for protesters outside the St. Louis County Justice Center.

  • Unified command believes reaching out to protest group will pay off

    JENNINGS, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County grand jurors return to work Monday on the Michael Brown shooting case.  A source inside county government told FOX 2 they did not complete deliberations in the case Friday and will resume on Monday. Law enforcement leaders from the Unified Command believe the time they have spent talking to protest groups will pay off. “There will be continuous dialogue from the highest level to the people on the street ..  so if things […]

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    Ferguson waits: No decision this weekend

    FERGUSON, Missouri  –FOX 2’s Betsey Bruce has confirmed from St. Louis County government source that the Michael Brown grand jury will resume deliberations on Monday. Anticipating a grand jury decision at any moment, more businesses boarded up their doors and windows and residents hunkered down in their homes on two of Ferguson’s main roads. On Saturday, the city learned it will have to wait a little more. The grand jury convened on Friday, but did not reach a decision, federal […]

  • Mayor Slays says National Guard will only play a support role

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking Governor Jay Nixon to provide 400 members of the Missouri National Guard to help protect the city during anticipated protests following the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. “As long as they are in the city of St. Louis my understanding is they will be armed, they will be in uniform as I understand it. But as I said they are not going to be out there […]

  • County officials explain why they ran out of paper ballots Election Day

    MAPLEWOOD, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County election officials ordered 30,000 extra blank ballots on Election Day Nov. 4 and had them flown to St. Louis from a firm in the state of Kansas.  The cost to taxpayers was $4,675 including $2,875 for the charter flight. A shortage of paper ballots prompted the decision. 57 county precincts ran low on paper ballots that day according to Election Board Director Rita Heard Days.  She told the St. Louis County Election Commissioners […]

  • Report: New Mike Brown shooting radio calls reveal short and fatal encounter

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Video surveillance and radio calls obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveal new details in the shooting death of Michael Brown.  The police dispatch radio calls show that the interaction that ended in Brown’s death happened over about 90 seconds. Records obtained under Missouri’s Sunshine Law include radio dispatch recordings and some surveillance video of officer Darren Wilson leaving and returning to the Ferguson police station after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on August 9th, […]


    Pathologist hired by Brown family goes before grand jury

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Grand Jury working on the Michael Brown fatal shooting case heard testimony Thursday from a prominent forensic pathologist hired by the Brown family to conduct a second autopsy of their teenage son. Dr. Michael Baden spent the morning inside the County Justice Center, but when he left during the lunch hour he was under a gag order and unable to discuss his testimony with reporters. Lawyers for the Brown family predicted his […]

  • Dooley and Slay appeal for calm ahead of Brown grand jury ruling

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – Chatter on social media suggesting local governments are ill prepared for the reaction to the coming grand jury decision prompted top city and county leaders to talk Wednesday about their efforts to reach groups of protesters.  They say they are talking to other community leaders about how to move forward and how to make sure lasting change does happen. St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay believe the region has an […]

  • Gov. Nixon: law enforcement prepared for Brown grand jury ruling

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is calling on area residents to remain calm once the grand jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting is released.  He and members of the local unified command promise police will protect the community and the rights of citizens to exercise free speech, but violence will not be tolerated. “Our dual pillars here are safety and speech. Anybody that comes here needs to know they are going to be safe […]

  • Trayvon Martin’s dad joins local effort to end culture of violence

    (KPLR) – Two young teenagers were seriously injured by gunfire Saturday night in south St. Louis.  It was another example of what the community outreach group Better Family Life, Inc. calls “a culture of violence.” But Better Family Life leaders and the father of Trayvon Martin, the teenager killed by a neighborhood watchman in Florida, say it is time for men in the community to step up to counteract the violence. “Our young men and young women need fathers in […]

  • Rauner wins Illinois Governor race; Quinn not conceding

    CHICAGO, IL (KPLR)- Illinois has elected a Republican governor. It’s the first time the GOP has held the Illinois office since 2003. Republican businessman Bruce Rauner beat incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn 51 percent to 46 percent. Although Rauner has accepted the victory, Quinn is not conceding. He says he doesn’t believe in ‘throwing in the towel.’


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