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Since joining FOX 2 News as a general assignment reporter in June 1985, Roche Madden has reported on stories from Saudi Arabia to the former Soviet Union to San Francisco.

He recently covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Madden traveled to Saudi Arabia to report on preparations for Operation Desert Storm and how Scott Air Force Base was playing an important roll. In San Francisco Madden followed a group of St. Louis officials to California where they learned about earthquake preparedness. In Russia Madden followed troops who took part in Provide Hope, a program which air lifted food and medicine to the former Soviet Union.

In what he considers the highlight of his career, Madden joined Pope John Paul II as he traveled from Rome to Mexico City to St. Louis.

Madden won an Emmy Award for his reporting on flood coverage in the St. Louis area. In 1996 Madden won an Emmy for live spot news coverage.

Before coming to St. Louis, Madden spent five years in Tulsa, Oklahoma and nearly two years in Midland, Texas where he anchored the news.

Madden majored in broadcast journalism at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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    PrideFest concludes Sunday in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – PrideFest 2016 concludes Sunday in downtown St. Louis. Saturday’s intense heat didn’t create too many problems, by late afternoon only 3 people had been treated for heat related illness. Around 4:30 a storm moved in, rain fell and winds whipped tents as folks tried to keep them from blowing away. Festival goers found a silver lining in the cloudy skies.  One woman said, “It cooled it down a lot because it was scorching.  A man added, […]

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    Drowning victims at Castlewood State Park identified

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Rescuers have found the bodies of two teens reported missing in the Meramec River at Castlewood State Park. Several West St. Louis County fire department and police agencies were called to the park to aid in the search for the missing teens. St. Louis County Police say around 7:30 pm Saturday evening they received a report of a 17 and 19 year-old teens seen entering the Meramec River and struggling in the water.  Witnesses […]

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    PrideFest St. Louis underway downtown; parade on Sunday

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The annual St. Louis PrideFest is underway downtown near Soldiers Memorial. This year’s event will be marked by sadness and beefed up security. It was less than two weeks ago 49 people were murdered at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Participants cannot help but think about that horrific night. “It goes to show you we are not accepted as a community in everybody’s eyes, yet that’s why we continue to do what we do; to gain […]

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    Black history museum has A/C units stolen for the 5th time

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis history museum has turned into a furnace after thieves ripped off the building’s air-conditioners.  Lois Conley is the founder of the Griot Museum of Black History.  Conley said, “It makes me mad, it make me sad, makes me sorry, makes me regretful that we’re still treating each other this way.” The museum opened about 20 years ago and now for the fifth time in four years thieves have stolen two of the museum’s air-conditioners […]

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    Former Lindenwood coach charged with drug possession

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – An assistant coach at Lindenwood University was arrested and jailed late Tuesday afternoon.  He and another man are facing drug charges following a search warrant executed on a St. Charles home. Kenneth Dale Sims II was an assistant coach for the football team at Lindenwood for about two years. Neighbors on Southwick Drive in St. Charles won’t soon forget last week’s police raid in the subdivision.  Patty Shannon who lives across the street from the home […]

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    Vandals damage nearly 200 vehicles across three communities

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Close to 200 car owners in three local communities awoke to find their vehicle windows smashed. Many of the victims live in South St. Louis. St. Louis Police Captain Michael Deeba said, “We’re outraged we have a just of character no one specific running around our city breaking the property of our residents.” Early last week and again this weekend vandals struck hard.  About 170 car windows shot out in the city, with bb guns or […]

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    4-year-old shot in the head in North St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A 4-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot in the head in North St. Louis. It happened around 8:45 Saturday evening near the corner of Blair and East Grand. The 4-year-old boy was in the car with his father who was driving.  Another man was also in the vehicle.  Police said a second car pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle and a man inside opened fire. One bullet did hit the boy in the […]

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    Rally to stop the violence held in Fairground Park in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A party in the park had a serious message in North St. Louis Saturday night. Folks were banding together to stop the killing. The night time skies over Fairground Park were filled with sky lanterns. They honored the memories of people murdered in the St. Louis area. Organizers said releasing sky lanterns is believed to bestow good luck and symbolically cause worries and problems to float away.  The lanterns were a part of the all day party […]

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    Pride St. Charles Festival this weekend in St. Peters

    ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – The weather will be nice but the mood somber at Saturday’s Pride St. Charles Festival, as members of the LGBT community and supporters will congregate and honor the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Approximately 6,000 people are expected to attend the second annual festival, nearly twice as many people as last year. Organizers have moved the festivities to 370 Lakeside Park to accommodate the larger crowd. Security is always important at events like this, […]

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    Near drowning victim thankful for her savior

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A 6-year-old girl who almost drowned in a south St. Louis public pool is back home and her family said back to normal. Dutchess Brand and her family are thanking all of the people who made a difference in her life, especially and 11-year-old girl. People feared the worse when Niesha Thurman rescued Dutchess and brought her to the surface of the pool. The family said the prognosis was not good, even if she survived there […]

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    Parents and students come out in support Lindbergh teacher pay raise

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Lindbergh teachers had the most supporters at Tuesday night’s school board meeting but they did not have the votes among board members. Educators efforts to get a bigger pay raised failed.  The board did approve a 1.25% pay raise. Teachers and their supporters turned out in force to protest long before the meeting began. Lindbergh typically ranks near the top of the list when it comes to academics.  But teachers said their salaries are much […]

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    Muny and Shakespeare Festival goers applaud the break in the heat

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A break in the heat wave was applauded by theater goers at two different performances Monday night.  A few claps of thunder and some heavy rain were the result of a big change in the weather. A storm pounded south St. Louis. Trees were whipped by the winds as big rain drops slapped the roads and streets. It came down fast and heavy. Rick Dildine is in charge of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.  He said, “Mother Nature […]


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