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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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    Disabled woman victim of carjacking in South St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A disabled woman is the latest victim in a series of carjackings outside South St. Louis homes.  It happened Monday night across from Tower Grove Park.  The 67-year- old woman, who did not want to be identified, said, “If someone points a gun in your face you do what they say.” It was behind her apartment building in the 3900 block of Magnolia. The 67-year-old disabled woman arrived home, pulled through a security gate to into […]

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    Trans student drops class after 200 protest for and against her

    HILLSBORO, MO (KPLR) – Students staged a walk-out even though a transgender student at Hillsboro High School has decided to drop out of P.E. class and quit changing in the girls locker room. It is an issue that educators across the country are dealing with. Students walked out for almost two hours. Some against what the transgender student has been doing, others supporting her. Lila Perry was sequestered in a school office during the walkout. She feels like what`s she`s […]

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    Park Hills couple accused of multi-state sex trafficking

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A Park Hills, Missouri husband and wife are charged with horrifying crimes involving children and sex.  Marcus and Robin Thompson are charged with luring girls into a multi-state prostitution operation.  The Thompson and his wife are charged with conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of children and by force fraud or coercion.  Marcus Thompson also faces a second count of sex trafficking of a child by force, fraud or coercion. Court documents indicate a 15-year-old […]

  • Smokey Bear stolen from Rockwood Reservation

    WILDWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Someone stole Smokey Bear from the entrance to Rockwoods Reservation.  The bear is an important part of the sign that warns people about fire dangers.  Dan Zarlenga, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Conservation, said, “We’re disappointed this happened.” He said Smokey Bear is popular and important to parks across the nation.  Zarlenga added, “It’s reminded a generation of kids and adults to be careful with fire and do the right thing and being careful […]

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    Off-duty Bellefontaine Neighbors officer killed in traffic accident

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A minor traffic accident turned deadly for a police officer in North St. Louis County Monday morning.  She became the first officer from Bellefontaine Neighbors to die in the line of duty since the community was founded 65 years ago. People said Sgt. Peggy Vassallo was so much more than a police officer; she touched the lives of thousands of people. Witnesses were stunned by what they saw at Lindbergh and Old Jamestown […]

  • New medical technology gives teen a new lease on life

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A 3-D printer makes a St. Louis girl`s life so much better after receiving the latest medical technology in the form of a state of art prosthetic arm.  It`s her second one. Last May she received her first at Shriners Hospital, and this one is even better. Sydney lost her own arm in a boating accident. Shriners and experts at Washington University Medical School worked together creating the affordable medical device. Typically a conventional prosthetic would […]

  • Student to receive robotic 3D printed arm from Shriners, Wash U. School of Medicine

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A high- school student will receive a 3D printed robotic arm from Shriners Hospital and Washing University School of Medicine. Sydney Kendall is receiving one of the most innovative 3D printed robotic arms from the unique and long-standing collaboration between both facilities. FOX 2 first introduced Sydney story one year ago, in May. Back then she received her first 3D robotic arm. Sydney lost much of her right arm in a boating accident eight years […]

  • St. Charles Trailnet outreach tonight at Frontier Park

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Trailnet and the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department are hosting food trucks at Frontier Park this afternoon to reach out to everyone to get their input on safer and easier walking and bicycling in this community. Event promoters are asking people if they want to be able to safely walk and bike in St. Charles and if they do: get involved. For more than 25 years, Trailnet has brought together organizations from a number […]

  • All girls STEM school opens for first day of school

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – They’ve posted the “no boys allowed” sign at Missouri’s brand new one of kind school located in north city.  It’s called Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. It’s a school that stresses STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.  And as the name says, all the students are girls. Mary Stillman is the school founder.  She said, “We’re really going to empower our girls to keep their self-esteem, to find their own voice to really achieve in the […]

  • Shooting sends three people to the hospital

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Three men are in St. Mary’s Hospital after they were shot earlier Wednesday night.  Police believe it all began near Delmar and I-170. The three victims are all in their twenties.  Police say they were in a stolen Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaro had been ripped off from Richmond Heights Tuesday.   The three drove themselves to the hospital.  Late Wednesday night two were in critical but stable condition and the third did not suffer serious injuries. A […]

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    Police looking for suspects in robbery spree

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis city police said they are asking all citizens to help them solve a series of crimes.  They’re searching for two men responsible for a dozen armed robberies in 23 days. Police released surveillance photos of the two suspects.  One is armed with a gun and detectives said he looks very young.  His accomplice usually waits in the getaway car. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Major Rochelle Jones said, “We’re very concerned because we don’t want […]

  • Protesters demand Enterprise use profits from prison commissaries for communities in need

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – The day after the anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting death protestors marched on one of St. Louis’ largest companies.  They are upset with Enterprise Holdings because one of the businesses it owns.  Most people know Enterprise for its car rental business but demonstrators say it also owns a company called Keefe group that operates commissaries in prison across the United States. A woman who would only give her first name as Basin said, “Today were […]


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