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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    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Dozens of stolen guns are on the streets after burglars stole them from homes in five local counties. Two suspects are behind bars for stealing more than $80,000 worth of property. Police said the two men were desperate to buy heroin. Authorities in St. Charles County are blaming most of the crime in their jurisdiction on drugs. “Huge, it’s huge. That gives a sense of relief to the victims that have been out there,” […]

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    Taxicab Commission files temporary restraining order against Uber

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – There are new charges being leveled against drivers at the ride sharing company Uber here in St. Louis.  A lawsuit claims some of the operators should not be driving. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission filed the suit and already people are taking sides.  Brian Kawa works in downtown St. Louis, “I think it’s unfair I think they’re just trying to stop them and they’re trying to find loopholes to find out they could do it.” In […]

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    Former pastor charged with stealing money from church to pay off mistress

    FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – A Florissant church pastor is charged with stealing from his own congregation. Police said the married man confessed he did it for his girlfriend. Detectives said Ralph Sawyer, he goes by Drew, used the church’s ATM card at a Florissant bank to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the churches savings account. Sawyer is charged with one count of felony stealing. One of Sawyer’s neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said, “Oh gee, […]

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    The wait is over! IKEA opens in Midtown St. Louis

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    AB InBev expected to make $106B bid for SABMiller Monday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Shares in SABMiller are rising by 3% in London as investors hope that the world’s largest beer brewer — Anheuser-Busch InBev — is set to make a formal takeover offer for its competitor. If regulators allow a takeover of this size, it would be the biggest acquisition in the history of the beer industry, and one of the biggest in the world. Anheuser Busch InBev could make the $106 billion dollar bid as soon as today. […]

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    Webster Groves schools briefly locked down after report of gunshots

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KPLR)- Several Webster Groves schools were briefly placed on lockdown Friday morning after reports of gunshots being fired in the area. The Ambrose Family Center, Bristol Elementary, Avery Elementary, Clark Elementary, Edgar Road Elementary, Hixson Middle School, Hudson Elementary, Webster Groves High School, Steger 6th Grade Center and the W.G. Computer School Elementary were all locked down as a precaution. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 10:00am. Police responded to reports of shots fired in the 200 block […]

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    Body of ‘Jane Doe West Alton’ exhumed Thursday

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – St. Charles County police will be working in a cemetery this morning trying to solve a 47-year-old murder case. The body of little girl will be exhumed. They will open the little girl`s grave to retrieve DNA which detectives hope will reveal who the little girl was and then they hope that information could also lead to her killer. The girl, believed to be two and a half, was found by two fishermen in West […]

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    St. Louis to receive $1.8 million from DOJ to hire 15 officers

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    EB I-44 at Hampton open after tractor trailer accident

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- An overturned tractor trailer closed Interstate 44 for five hours Monday morning in south St. Louis. The accident happened 2a.m. between Kingshighway and Hampton Avenue. No fatalities were reported. Two lanes of the highway re-opened shortly before 7a.m. @fox2now 44 EB is still shut down at Hampton and causing heavy jams as you must exit also an accident in the 2300 block of Chouteau Ave. — Monica Adams (@FoxTrafficDiva) September 21, 2015 @fox2now The highway is […]

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    Shots fired at passing vehicle in rural Lincoln County, authorities say

    MOSCOW MILLS, MO (KPLR) – Investigators with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a person who opened fire on a vehicle earlier this week in Moscow Mills. According to a sheriff’s spokesman, the shooting occurred September 15 just after 11 p.m. The victim told responding deputies she was traveling south on South Chantillty and approaching a bridge near Ethington Road when an unidentified person walked into the middle of the road, pointed a gun at her car, and […]

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    Thefts from 200 unlocked cars attributed to 5 Kirkwood suspects

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Five suspects have been arrested for stealing items from 200 unlocked vehicles and driving off with 15 cars in Kirkwood and neighboring communities. Police say they arrested one suspect on August 13th while occupying a stolen car from Kirkwood. An investigation identified four other suspects in thefts from 200 vehicles. They say the suspects are also responsible for stealing 15 cars. All five of the suspects are current or former residents of Kirkwood. The vehicles stolen […]

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    Firefighters learn how to battle liquid petroleum gas fires

    MOUNT VERNON, IL (KPLR) – Illinois firefighters Tuesday night tackled the kind of fire that can turn catastrophic quickly.  It was all part of training and it took place in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Flames lit up sky. 25 firefighters were learning first-hand how to bring a liquid petroleum gas fire under control.  Mount Vernon Fire Department Lt. Chris Yenne said, “They can get away and they can explode and it’s very catastrophic.” If one it explodes it’s like a rocket. […]


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