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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
  • Walgreens in Ferguson reopens after riot damage

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR)- A store whose theme is, “At the corner of Happy and Healthy,” is happy this morning. The Walgreens located at Florissant and Hereford in Ferguson re-opened its 24-hour drugstore at 8a.m. today. The store was closed for nearly four weeks after being badly damaged by looters in November. The looting occured after the grand jury decision not to indict former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson was announced. The store will be open in time for last minute Christmas […]

  • Water woes for businesses after main break near Lambert Airport

    CHARLACK, MO (KTVI)- –A broken water main near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday shot water ten feet into the air and left water crews scrambling to make repairs. It was the second time the same main has broken in three months. A gushing fountain of water sprayed from the twenty inch water main on Natural Bridge near Woodson Friday morning. The road was blocked to traffic and a nearby car rental agency had to move vehicles to higher ground to […]

  • Thousands left without power because of underground fire

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Thousands of Ameren customers were left in the dark overnight. It was because an underground fire. At the height of the outage some 6,300 customers were knocked off line. The cause of the fire was a short in an underground cable. Streets lights stopped working, restaurants closed and homes went dark late Wednesday night when underground Ameren equipment malfunctioned and touched off a fire. It happened below the street at Salisbury and Broadway. Even after […]

  • St. Louisans react to theater threats canceling the opening of “The Interview”

    DES PERES, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis film goers have been reacting to an international incident which resulted in the cancellation of Hollywood movie on Christmas day. The U.S. government said it has connected North Korea to cyber attacks which forced Sony Pictures to stop the release of the film “The Interview.” The movie is a comedy, the plot: to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  North Korea became enraged and that’s when all the hackings and threats began. Some […]

  • Richmond Heights residents on edge over recent crimes

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – People in Richmond Heights are banding together to fight crime.  They met with police at The Heights Tuesday night and the meeting room was packed with folks worried about criminals and determined to do something about them. Barbara Holt is a longtime resident. Holt said, “What can I do to protect myself and my property to keep my community safe.” People are concerned because of recent crimes. In October three men were seen breaking into […]

  • Bevo Mill residents work to bring community together

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – People seem to be forgiving in the Bevo neighborhood.  A Bosnian woman who lives there has been charged for lying about an alleged hate crime attack. Constance Cafazza also lives in the area.  Caafazza said about the woman, “It’s not really the be all and end all of our community she’s another person in our community we all make mistakes.” Just days earlier a Bosnian man was attacked and killed by four suspects armed with hammers. […]

  • Mother murdered in front of children after suspect kicks in door

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A very sad and disturbing murder is under investigation tonight by St. Louis County detectives. A mother,  Brittany Jefferson, 25, was shot to death in front of her four young children. Homicide detectives are at police headquarters are working the case. Some of the information I have is coming from officers some from neighbors. It is a tragic story. They are describing the killer as a monster here in the Oak Park Apartments in North […]

  • Donations pour in for family left homeless after house fire weeks before Christmas

    FLORISSANT, MO – Weeks away from Christmas, a family of six is homeless after fire heavily damages their Florissant home. But, people in the community have rushed in to come to their rescue. Jessica Hopson, who is pregnant lived at the home with her five kids ages 2-12. The fire happened early Thursday morning just two weeks before Christmas and on the day Jessica’s son Jordan celebrates his 5th birthday.  Lots of belongings were damaged or destroyed including Christmas and […]

  • Bosnian community bands together to pay for police substation

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Bosnian community is on edge because of crime and Wednesday night they took steps to make their neighborhood safer.  The upstairs portion of the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce office will soon be home to a police substation, business people in the area are donating cash to make it happen. Haris Pasic is a Bosnian and was a victim of crime. The scar on his back is evidence of where he was stabbed this […]

  • Attack of Bosnian woman being investigated as hate crime

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-A Bosnian woman is dragged from her car at gunpoint, robbed, and beaten. Police are calling it a “bias, or hate crime.” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has alerted the FBI to this case. He does not believe there is a systemic problem with Bosnians being targeted for hate crimes although some Bosnians feel differently. It happened around 5:30 Friday morning in the 4600 block of Landsdown. Police say a 26 year old woman was stopped […]

  • No indictment in New York case sparks renewed protest in St. Louis

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – A New York grand jury decision has touched off protests again in the St. Louis area. About one hundred people showed up at the Eagleton Federal courthouse shortly after the announcement in New York that a white police officer would not be indicted in the choking death of a black man. Demonstrators blocked the exit and entrance to the underground garage forcing federal employees to wait in their cars inside until protesters could be moved outside. […]

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    St. Louis County to use emergency funds to pay for Ferguson security bills

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – County elected officials will vote Wednesday to ensure all the county police who have been working in Ferguson get their overtime checks. Taxpayers will have to cover $3.4 million dollars in costs because of Ferguson. At Tuesday night’s meeting National Guard troops were on hand but not needed, there were not any protests. The money for Ferguson is mainly for overtime for cops from August through November 20th.  There are also bills for things like rental […]


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