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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.

Recent Articles
  • Police, city leaders hope talks with protesters lead to peace

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Police officials and protest leaders have been holding meeting discussing what will happen after the grand jury decision for the past few weeks. The Mayor of St. Louis, the head of the Highway Patrol and the County Executive are hoping that talking leads to peace. The three men say in recent weeks five meetings were held between some protest leaders and police commanders. The protestors submitted a list called, “Rules of Engagement.” while officials call it […]

  • Security companies busy protecting home from possible unrest in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Home security companies are having trouble keeping up with demand because of the fear generated by events surrounding Ferguson. People at ABF Security Systems in Fenton are working weekends and after hours to install home and commercial systems as quickly as possible.  David Denton is a company spokesman, “Commercial business has exploded on our business.” One salesman said business has doubled in the past two weeks. The security systems are not only being installed in Ferguson but […]

  • Teen sentenced to prison for beating teacher

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – He beat up his teacher in the classroom, now he’ll be spending many years in prison.  Video of the attack was caught by a surveillance camera at the Innovative Concept Academy in North St. Louis. It shows 15-year-old Kevin Straub pummeling his 42-year-old teacher.  Prosecutor Jeffrey Ernst said, “It absolutely was a brutal crime and it happened in a school which is so troubling about the whole thing.” The beating was so severe the teacher suffered […]

  • Mayor Slay agrees with Gov. Nixon’s activation of National Guard

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Governor Jay Nixon ordered the deployment of the National Guard in advance of the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The governor’s order comes the same day protestors marched through Clayton. The governor said the guard will provide support to free up law enforcement officers to do their jobs. St. Louis Mayor Slay agreed with Nixon’s decision and said the guard won’t go head to head with protestors. Slay said, “They would […]

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    Gov. Nixon declares State of Emergency, National Guard to assist during possible unrest

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR)– The National Guard will assist law enforcement if any unrest should occur following the grand jury decision of whether or not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. On Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a State of Emergency in Missouri. He signed an executive order saying, “the Guard will provide support for law enforcement’s objectives of maintaining safety and protecting constitutional rights.” Read the full executive order. The […]

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    Suspect arrested for burglaries in West County

    LADUE, MO (KTVI) – With the arrest of one man, it appears police in West County have solved several burglaries at a number of homes.  There were similarities in each case. A man rings the doorbell, if no one answers a U-Haul truck is pulled behind the house and the residence is burglarized. Home surveillance video of the suspect was released by police Monday. Thieves stole $20,000 worth of stuff from a nearby house, in Creve Coeur, including lots of […]

  • Police canine helps capture fraud suspects

    ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) – A police pursuit ends successfully Monday night thanks to an unsung hero.  The hero is Officer Titan; he’s a police dog who works at the St. Ann Police Department. Titan went to school in Belgium, and America. His handler speaks to him in Dutch. His handler Canine Officer Jason Lipson said, “It definitely feels good when we catch the bad guy.” A man and a woman wanted for writing a bad check went on the […]

  • Thieves hit numerous homes in West County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – It looks like some busy burglars are moving their operation west, from Richmond Heights to communities in West County. Ladue Police arrested a man this morning in the backyard of a home.  The resident said when she didn’t answer the doorbell the man appeared in the backyard.  The chief said he had tools used in burglaries and he has a criminal record for break-ins.  That’s the fourth incident Ladue police have been investigating in […]

  • Woman admits to stealing car with 91-year old grandmother still inside

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)-An Arnold, MO woman is now charged in connection with the kidnapping of a 91-year old grandmother from a hospital parking lot. It happened on September 13, 2014, at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights. Police say the suspect posed as a valet parking attendant and stole a car with the elderly woman inside. Dewanda Marion is the victim’s granddaughter. Marion said, “It was not 15 minutes that I came back down and my car was […]

  • Sex abuse suspect shot by trooper after sending school into lock-down

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A school in Lonedell Missouri was locked down and secured by sheriff’s deputies after it was believed a man planned to gun down a five year old child. It all came to an end at the suspect’s house in Richwoods about 7 miles south of the school. Neighbors heard the shootout between the suspect and authorities. Donna Smith, a neighbor, said, “All of sudden we heard one shot and whole bunch of them went off.” […]

  • New audio tapes shed more light on no-fly zone over Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – New recordings from the St. Louis County Police Department may shed more light concerning what happened when police requested a no fly zone over Ferguson. Some people think police ordered the restricted airspace to keep media from covering the story.  This is a portion of one of the recordings:  FAA: He is okay with commercial aircraft transiting the area if they need to but this is more of restriction to keep obviously to keep media out […]

  • Chief Belmar responds to no-fly zone over Ferguson to keep media away

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis County police chief said television news helicopters were kept out of Ferguson airspace after the Michael Brown shooting to keep people safe not to prevent reporters from doing their jobs. He held a news conference late Monday afternoon after the Associated Press released audio tapes from the FAA indicating to some that a no fly zone was put into effect to keep news helicopters from covering the story in Ferguson. The chief insisted […]


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