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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
  • Brown family files civil lawsuit against Ferguson, Wilson and Chief Jackson

    FERGUSON, MO – The family of Michael Brown has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson under Missouri’s “wrongful death statute,” family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement Thursday. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. held a news conference outside the St. Louis County Courthouse. “It’s not Michael Brown’s parents filing this lawsuit. It is the forensic evidence,” Crump said. The suit seeks $75,000 in damages and attorney fees. In addition to the city, the suit also […]

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    Police and prosecutors frustrated over felons committing crimes with guns

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Law enforcement officials on two fronts are upset concerning the way judges deal with felons who have violated gun laws.  Police Chief Sam Dotson and the circuit attorney’s office believe a recent case that involved 22-year-old Bruce Edward Johnson is an example of what upsets them. Johnson was arrested as a result of the rolling gun battle on interstate 44 and Interstate 55 Monday.  He’s no stranger to police or the court system. In 2011 he […]

  • Army testing new prototype field kitchen at Fort Leonard Wood

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO (KPLR) – If an army marches on its stomach the folks at Fort Leonard Wood are making sure soldiers preparing the food in the field have the tools to do an even better job. FOX 2’S Roche Madden shows us how army cooks are testing a mobile field kitchen prototype that could solve a lot of problems.

  • St. Louis County police resigning at alarming rate

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR)- If you think you`re seeing fewer officers on county roads you`re right. The number of officers` resignations is climbing. Half of those who have resigned are blaming it on money.  At a time when crime is on the increase the number of cops on the job is dropping.  Our partners at the Post- Dispatch filed this story. The county lost 34 officers last year. That`s about twice the rate of the years before. This year is on […]

  • Another woman fears her baby may have been taken at Homer G. Phillips hospital

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The story that touched so many people is causing mothers to wonder if their babies are still alive after being told they had died at a St. Louis hospital decades ago. People around the globe responded to last Friday’s reunion of Zella Jackson Price and her 49- year-old daughter.  One woman called us to say she fears the same thing happened to her at Homer G. Phillips hospital back in 1964. Brenda Stewart said, “I just […]

  • Police nab suspect after winding chase through St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A police pursuit traveled through the Bi-State area Tuesday afternoon and ended at a big downtown St. Louis hotel. It began on South Interstate 55 at Germania. The suspects’ vehicle weaved in and out of traffic on the highways sometimes even getting on the shoulder to pass big rigs. Detectives believed there were a number of suspects inside the Dodge Charger, one a robbery suspect, the others believed to be armed and carrying drugs. It’s estimated the […]

  • Mom reunited with daughter 50 years after being told she died

    OLIVETTE, MO (KPLR) – An Olivette family is the subject of a story full of joy and mystery. Forty-nine years ago, a woman was told her daughter had died just after hours after being born. But on Thursday, the mother and daughter were reunited, both very much alive. Zella Jackson Price, 76, met her daughter, Melanie Diane Gilmore, in person for the first time at Price’s home in Olivette. “There’s nothing greater. There’s nothing greater than this. Nothing,” Price said. […]

  • Areas south of St. Louis pounded by powerful storms

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Strong storms packed lots of damaging weather south of St. Louis Wednesday afternoon. In Bonne Terre, the sound of pounding hail could be heard as it slammed into many rooftops. Lightning bolts scrambled across darkened skies, followed by loud booms of thunder. Heavy rain turned creeks into raging rivers. Just outside Park Hills, a creek jumped out of its bank in a trailer park. It was a frightening, even for residents. “Oh yeah, it’s dangerous; […]

  • Webster Groves votes down school tax issues

    MAPLEWOOD, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis County Board of Election reported a few minor glitches at polls on Tuesday.  The heavy rain in the morning got some precincts wet, it didn’t stop people from voting, workers moved equipment to a drier spot in the building. Also, some poll workers didn’t show up but the officials were prepared for that with replacements standing by. The first votes arrived at headquarters in Maplewood at 7:42 pm Tuesday night. Two school tax […]

  • Boy Scout identifies Civil War veteran’s grave sites

    WATERLOO, IL (KPLR) – This week marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. A 16-year-old Waterloo Illinois boy is completing a Civil War project that ties the past with the present. 100 veterans from the war that divided this country are buried at 4 different cemeteries in Waterloo.   Boy Scout Shane Douglas is making sure those veterans are not forgotten.  Douglas said, “The hardest part is trying to make sure we know where all the graves […]

  • Homeowners fed up with trucks using street to get to business

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – O’Fallon residents say big trucks frequently rumble down their peaceful street and they are fed up.  People say it’s happening in the Pinehurst subdivision. One driveway in the neighborhood leads to a commercial business while all the other driveways are for homes. John Cook is President of the homeowner association and he’s been fighting against the big trucks.  Cook said, “It’s a safety issue it’s very much a safety issue.”  Resident Ray Rockwell added, “I’m worried about […]

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    6-year-old is being called a hero for helping save a man from a burning home

    PARKHILLS, MO (KPLR) – A 6-year-old girl is being called a hero after she helped saved a man who was asleep inside his burning home.  It happened early Monday morning in Park Hills, Missouri.  Little Kate Gibson lives across the street from the home that burned.  Kate said, “I’m a hero and saved somebody’s life.” Kate saw the flames shooting as high as the trees from her bedroom window around 1:30 a.m. and alerted her mom, Tennille Gibson. Tennille said, […]


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