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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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: roche.madden@tvstl.com

Recent Articles
  • Father turns son in after discovering bomb-making materials

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – An O’Fallon teenager has been charged with making bombs in the basement of his St. Charles County home after his father turned him in. Tristan Blasius, 17, is being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond. When his father discovered weapons and homemade explosives in the basement of the family’s home on Golden Orchard Drive, he contacted authorities. Police said Blasius had possession of many weapons, including knives, knuckles, firearms, ammunition, and materials to manufacture […]

  • Up in the air with the Illinois National Guard on refueling run

    SOMEWHERE OVER WISCONSIN (KTVI) – The day after the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, airmen at Scott Air Force Base participated in a training mission which is used daily in the war on terror. The Illinois Air National Guard refuels military planes midair around the world. They have a motto: anytime, anywhere. Tuesday’s mission was taking off and flying north over Wisconsin, the Air Force has more than 400 KC 135 tankers. The Illinois Air National Guard has nine of […]

  • Missouri valedictorian charged in retail theft ring

    BISMARK, MO (KPLR) – A smart young man could go to jail for something people said was stupid. Braiden John Wilson, the valedictorian for the Bismark High School Class of 2017, has been charged with ripping off his own employer. “He did make a full confession to law enforcement with regards to the things that were taken,” said St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin. Wilson, who is a high achieving student, worked at a JC Penney store in Farmington. […]

  • Ongoing effort to restore electricity across St. Louis area after mass outages

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Crews have spent Friday working on restoring power to thousands of customers after overnight storms knocked out electricity across the St. Louis area. Ameren called in extra crews to get electricity flowing to homes and businesses. One of the most dramatic sites was on Ladue Road just east of Highway 141. One power pole after another was knocked down; more than a half dozen were damaged. “The wind didn’t blow any of the poles […]

  • St. Louis County Council meeting discusses MetroLink security

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Everyone involved in MetroLink security has created a plan to make the transportation system safer. At this point the agreement is a memorandum of understanding between MetroLink, St. Louis City and County and St. Clair County. “We’re meeting with local jurisdictions and the law enforcement people to figure out the best plan on a region wide basis security on MetroLink,” said Metro CEO John Nations. Some of the major points in the memorandum call for […]

  • Univ. of Missouri to cut upwards of 400 jobs amid budget shortfall

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – The University of Missouri has been trying to figure out how to make-up for a $55 million budget shortfall. One proposal includes the elimination of hundreds of jobs at the university. Mizzou officials have to submit a new budget proposal in three days. They insisted the quality of a students’ education will not be negatively impacted. “We’re going to tackle some really hard things,” said Dr. Garnett Stokes, interim Chancellor, Provost, and Executive Vice Chancellor for […]

  • Putting flood victims in touch with much-needed resource assistance

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The recent flood remains an ever-present problem for folks in the middle of the messy and muddy clean-up. A tremendous amount of help from several agencies can now be found in certain locations. At the Eagles Hall in Pacific, a multi-agency resource center (MARC) was set up, putting nearly two dozen agencies from faith-based groups, government, and service organizations in touch with flood victims. The flood was devastating to some many peoples’ lives. “I’m […]

  • Reports of a mountain lion have Chesterfield residents on alert

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-Nerves are frayed in one Chesterfield neighborhood after reports of a mountain lion sighting. Residents of the Shenandoah subdivision are talking about the sighting. Some are on edge. Others are not worried at all. The neighborhood is located west of 141 and south of Olive. The Missouri Department of Conservation says they have received a few calls about the animal being seen in Chesterfield. They need physical evidence to confirm it, like video, a photo, a footprint, or […]

  • Cardinals pitching prospect recovering after by hit by line drive

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitching prospect is recovering after being hit in the head by a line drive on Tuesday. Memphis Redbirds pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. It’s one of the worst injuries than can happen on a baseball diamond. Video of the incident is disturbing. A line drive struck Poncedeleon and he collapsed to the ground. Dr. Rick Lehman, an orthopedist at the U.S. Center for Sports […]

  • Scott Air Force Base to participate in military exercise in Alaska

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL (KPLR) – The folks at Scott Air Force Base are participating in a military training exercise called “Northern Edge,” which is unfolding in Alaska. “As an American, we have to be ready for any possible adversary and be ready to defend freedom,” said Brigadier General Kenneth T. Bibb Jr., Commander 618th Air Operation Center. The people in the operations center are supporting the exercise from 3,000 miles away. “It specifically gets them ready for any […]

  • Wentzville flea market raided for counterfeit goods

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KPLR) – Federal agents and Wentzville police raided a charity-run flea market over the weekend searching for counterfeit goods. It turns out it was the charity that turned the suspects into authorities. “On a good Sunday we have 500 hundred spots out there. Normally were 90 to 95 percent full,” said Leon Tow, president of the not-for-profit Wentzville Community Club. Local police and agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched an investigation concerning the sale of counterfeit goods. […]

  • Rockwood school employees honored for efforts to protect school from flood damage

    EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – Four men were honored Monday for saving Eureka High School from flooding destruction that could have been so much worse. On Tuesday, May 1, 2017, four Rockwood School District employees, Preston Vaden, Scott Young, Brian Paul and Stephen Leuthauser, stayed up all night fighting back flood waters from the school. District Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost said, “Worst flood of all time here in Eureka yet we sustained half the damage as we did in the last […]