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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    Obama confronts his political failure on campaign anniversary

    Even as he works to accentuate eight years of achievements, President Barack Obama paused Wednesday to highlight where he readily admits he’s failed. Returning to Springfield, Illinois, the site of his presidential campaign launch nine years ago to the day, Obama confronted the gaping shortfall between his lofty 2007 rhetoric on changing the country’s political discourse, and the reality of politics today: meaner and more divided than ever. Without delving into specifics about the increasingly nasty campaign to replace him, […]

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    President Obama to speak to a joint session of Illinois legislature

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KPLR) – President Barack Obama will be greeted by cold blustery weather when he returns to Springfield Illinois Wednesday. The president will make a rare speech before the Illinois state legislature where he began his political career. Nine years ago then U.S. Senator Obama chose Springfield as the location to announce his plans to run for president. That took place outside the old State Capitol also in Springfield. Illinois is in the midst of a political impasse and […]

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    City investigating balcony collapse in Soulard

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A deck that collapsed injuring five people during Mardi Gras celebrations in Soulard on Saturday appears to be missing critical bolts. The St. Louis City Building Commissioner Frank Oswald said Monday it appears there were no lag bolts. Those bolts hold the ledger board against the building. Oswald said there also may have been some stress on the exterior of the deck because it looks as if it pulled away rather than falling straight down. Jonathan […]

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    Black students seek swifter race reforms at Mizzou

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – For the second day in a row, the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators took time to listen to students’ demands for change, particularly on the Mizzou campus in Columbia. “If there still are no policies in place after all these months, then we have a right to be angry,” said graduate student and activist Timothy Love. “With the racial unrest that’s on campus, can you tell us right now what you’re doing?” Love said. Board […]

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    Robbery victim says crime spree suspect left his phone in her car

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A 39-year-old man who told police he consumed 90 Xanax pills before a weekend crime spree is locked up on a $75,000 cash-only bond in Jefferson County. John Cullen Jr. left behind a series of clues that law enforcement used to link him to three stolen vehicle incidents. The victim of a theft in St Louis City on Wednesday said she, too, found a clue that led her to Cullen. Cassidy Dobson found a stranger’s cell […]


    Man charged in shooting of 7-year-old child

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A suspect has been charged in the case of a 7-year-old boy who was wounded by a gunshot that came through the floor of the apartment where he was visiting. It happened Tuesday night in the 3900 block of South Grand. Late Wednesday Saint Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce issued warrants against 29-year-old Jeffrey Eckstein. He is charged with second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. According to court documents Eckstein was in a […]

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    Police looking for man after carjacking on SLU campus

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police are looking for a suspect after a carjacking on Saint Louis University Campus. The graduate student was paying for parking near the intersection of Laclede and Spring Tuesday.  A young man grabbed her keys and tried to steal her car.  He drove up on a curb as the two struggled over the keys. Police were looking for a black Ford Focus travelling after the suspect drove west on Laclede. The vehicle has been recovered in Pine Lawn.  It was abandoned. St. […]

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    Last African-American University of Missouri curator steps down

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – The University of Missouri Board of Curators lost another member Monday, the third to resign in as many months. That will mean an additional workload for the remaining six board members until Missouri Governor Jay Nixon can name replacements. St. Louis businessman David Steward resigned with one year left on his six-year term of office. He said he needs to devote more time to growing his business World Wide Technology. Steward’s firm is in the process […]

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    Retired Washington University professor charged with possession of child pornography

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A retired math professor who spent 44 years teaching at Washington University now faces three felony charges of possessing child pornography. The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office filed the charges against 72-year-old Richard Howard Rochberg of University City. On Friday, prosecutor Bob McCulloch said the child pornography images were found on his private computer in his University City home. The arrest was made in April 2013. However, a shortage of forensic computer experts delayed the prosecution. […]

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    Phone message leaves Wentzville alderwoman shaken

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KPLR) – A Wentzville alderman says he used the wrong word when he suggested a fellow alderman’s election opponent could be “eliminated.” However, that is not satisfying the alderwoman who says she felt threatened by the phone message. Alderwomen Linda Wright brought the issue to the forefront during a regular board meeting Wednesday night. She played the phone message from her colleague, Alderman Matt Swanson. In the message Swanson said, “I just got a call from somebody who […]

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    With no budget, Rauner delivers Illinois State of the State

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KPLR) – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner called on the Democratic-controlled state legislature in Springfield Wednesday to put aside partisanship. He said “we must break from the politics of the past and do what is right for the future of our state.” But there is no indication Democratic leaders will respond to him positively. The governor said he would accept Democratic Senate president John Cullerton’s pension reform bill. Illinois State Senator Bill Haine, a Democrat from Alton, said that was […]

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    Mizzou professor waives arraignment for assault charge

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – A University of Missouri faculty member charged with a misdemeanor assault waved her arraignment in Columbia’s Municipal Court Tuesday. 45-year-old Melissa Click is an assistant professor of communications.  The court case stems from her effort to stop a student journalist from photographing a student protest on a public quadrangle at the University of Missouri. The video recorded by the student journalist shows Click trying to keep the reporter away from students who had been involved in campus […]


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