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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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: roche.madden@tvstl.com


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  • Major Case Squad activated in veteran’s death following house fire

    CAHOKIA, Ill. – The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis has been activated to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a World War II veteran after a fire at his Cahokia home. The fire occurred Wednesday around 1:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Saint Marcella. Firefighters had a hard time fighting the flames because of ammunition inside the home. The ammo in the home caused some explosions inside. It took about 20 minutes to get the fire under control […]

  • 3 teens arrested for stealing dozens of pumpkins

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – Three suspects were arrested in Maryland Heights for stealing dozens of pumpkins from area homes. Police caught them in a car loaded with 49 pumpkins. Robin Swahlstedt’s pumpkin was taken.  She picked up her two stolen pumpkins from police headquarters Wednesday afternoon. She has surveillance video of one of the pumpkin thieves at work, taking them right off her front porch. Police say it happened around 1:30 am Wednesday morning in two Maryland Heights subdivisions. As […]

  • Driver left with no vehicle after accident on Friday the 13th

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  • First responders will soon be riding in military helicopters for rescue missions

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  • 3 suspects under arrest in connection to Fenton homicide

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