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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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    Father faces charges after leaving son in hot car

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) – At least 27 children in the U.S. have died from heatstroke this year (2016) after being left alone in cars. An employee at a Bridgeton business may have prevented a Hazelwood 4-year-old boy from the same fate on Friday.  He was working at COPART, an auto auction firm in the 13000 block of Taussig when he saw the child suffering seizures inside his father’s parked vehicle. Bridgeton police were called and the child was rushed to […]

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    Father charged in death of infant son

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A Jennings family is mourning the loss of a baby boy. The St. Louis City Circuit Attorney has charged the infant’s father with his murder. Devontay Bell should have been celebrating his first birthday Tuesday.  Instead his mother and grandparents are preparing for his funeral. The infant had been staying with his father, Deveontay Bell, age 22, in the 3700 block of Keokuk in South St. Louis.  Bell called for medical help Friday night saying the […]

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    Washington Park election judge says Social Security number was released to residents

    WASHINGTON PARK, IL (KPLR) – Two new election judges for Washington Park say their Social Security numbers wound up on the street after the local mayor discovered her nominees for judge had been replaced by the St. Clair County Democratic Party chairman. Emma Barnes, who volunteered to be a judge in November, is worried her identity might be compromised.  She says a form from the county clerk’s office that included her name, address and social security number and those of […]

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    Motorist surprised over plane landing on Page Extension

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – Several drivers traveling on the Page Extension in Maryland Heights Monday night watched in amazement as a small plane landed in the middle of the east bound lanes. Pilot Alan Kreppert told authorities the Piper single engine, fixed wing plane had engine trouble and he could not make it back to the nearby Creve Coeur Airport.  Kreppert and his passenger were not injured. Jon Sanders and his wife were heading home when they saw the […]

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    Belleville Police involved in standoff

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A three hour police standoff ended without any injuries Monday when Belleville police negotiators talked a distraught man into accepting medical help.  Heavily armed police surrounded the man’s home in the 500 block of McClintock after he called 9-1-1 threatening to commit suicide.  He also told a police dispatcher he would shoot any officer who approached his door. Authorities activated the Belleville St. Clair County Special Response Team and brought in an armored vehicle to approach the […]

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    Missing St. Louis woman found alive in ravine near Seattle

    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A 24-year-old St. Louis woman is recovering in the Seattle area after spending two nights trapped in a ravine in Mt. Rainier National Park.  Lacy Endicott told friends she slipped off a trail while trying to take a photo.  The terrain was so steep; she slipped further as she tried unsuccessfully to climb back.  So she spent Sunday night in a hollow tree to stay dry. National Park Ranger Kevin Bacher said Tuesday a 26 person team […]

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    Tow truck driver says he was shot at on I-70

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Ed Clark had one word to describe how he felt Monday morning when the side vent window to his truck suddenly shattered. “Scared!” He believes his company tow truck was struck by gunfire as he drove west on Interstate 70 alongside O’Fallon Park in St. Louis City. St. Louis City police are calling the circumstance “property damage” since there is no evidence of gunfire.  It happened about 10-45 am between Adelaide and West Florissant.  Clark was […]

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    Chris Koster wins Missouri Farm Bureau endorsement

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KPLR) – A major Missouri trade industry group endorsed a Democrat for governor for the first time in its history. The Missouri Farm Bureau’s Political Action Committee voted Friday to back Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in his bid for the governorship. Both Democrat Koster and Republican nominee and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens presented their platforms to bureau members during a meeting in Jefferson City on Friday. They also answered questions from the audience. Koster spoke about […]

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    Greitens and Koster to vie for Missouri’s governorship

    (KPLR) – Tuesday’s Missouri primary votes had barely been counted when the nominees for governor launched their general election campaigns. Democrat candidate Chris Koster, who had nominal opposition in his primary race, took his candidacy to Harrisonville Wednesday where he first held elected office as the Cass County prosecutor.  At that time he was a Republican.  Koster switched parties before running for Missouri Attorney General in 2008.  He said the GOP rejection of stem cell research prompted him to take […]

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    Catherine Hanaway concedes in GOP governor’s primary

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway told her supporters she let them down Tuesday night after she conceded the Republican primary race for governor to Eric Greitens.  But she added she wanted everyone to unite behind Greitens and win in November. Hanaway began working for the nomination two and a half years ago, trying to re-establish her support network.  The last time she ran was in 2004 when she had the GOP nomination for Secretary of State. […]

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    St. Louis County using iPads to speed up voting process

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Forget paper books. At 50 of St. Louis County’s 423 polling places voters will sign-in electronically on iPads for Missouri’s primary election. St. Louis County election officials hope to reduce the amount of time it takes for you to get your ballot. Voters will first sign the iPad with a stylus, then the system will print out a slip telling the election official and which ballot is needed based on the individual’s registered address. The […]

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    Kinder says he will stay positive in race for Missouri Governor’s office

    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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