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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
  • McCulloch on DOJ report, ‘They had the same evidence we had’

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch held a press conference in front of the Justice Center in Clayton on Wednesday.  He responded publicly to the Department of Justice’s scathing 106 page report on their investigation into the Ferguson Police Department’s practices. He responds to the police pattern and practices of targeting black citizens by saying, “nobody wants to see anybody treated unfairly.” The Justice Department formally closed its investigation of Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson, […]

  • Brown family attorney and others not surprised by DOJ Report

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The attorney for Michael Brown’s family said they were not stunned by the Department of Justice report.  Anthony Gray said, “No shock here at all no surprise.”  The incidents citizens reported to be happening were backed up by the federal investigation.  Gray said, “We have to take now is what is publicly known to be a situation come up with a solution then execute whatever those solutions are go back and measure the result and see if […]

  • Missouri’s top political leaders oppose possible cuts to Fort Leonard Wood

    FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO (KPLR) – Missouri’s 3 highest ranking political leaders and more than 1,500 citizens rallied Monday night at Fort Leonard Wood.  Budget cuts in Washington D.C. could end up costing the post as many as 5,400 military and civilian jobs by 2020. It was standing room only inside the Nutter Field House on the post.  They held a listening session; the Army could hear what local people thought about the possible job cuts. Former U.S. Senator Kit […]

  • Former employee charged with assaulting bedridden woman at adult care center

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A former worker at an adult care center has been charged with sexually assaulting a bedridden woman. 48-year-old Chassie Lee Wiggins’ bond is set at $75,000. The details of the case are graphic and disgusting. Court documents indicate the crimes occurred at the Life Care Center on Chouteau in South St. Louis.  Wiggins was charged with first degree sodomy/attempted sodomy and first degree sexual abuse.  The victim, who is in her 50’s, could not defend herself […]

  • Two children rescued from pond in Swansea

    SWANSEA, IL (KPLR) – Two young brothers fell through the ice in Swansea, Illinois Tuesday night. The person who saved the day was just a few years older.  It all happened, at the old Star Brewery pond in Centennial Park.  The boys survived.  When the boys’ grandmother, Ginger Mordis, heard the news she raced to the park.  Mordis said, “My heart was pounding the whole way here.”  Her daughter, who did not want her name disclosed, said, “I thought I […]

  • Puppy revived before being rescued from cold weather

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A puppy stopped breathing after being left outside in the cold and snow.  A St. Louis City Animal Control officer comes to the rescue. A 29-year-old man faces two charges. One puppy was so overcome by the cold; ice had to be removed from the animal’s nose before CPR could be administered. The puppies are about two to three months old. Both lived in a North City neighborhood in the 5200 block of Gilmore. Both were […]

  • Police: Man starts shooting after parking space taken

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Police say a south city man’s cold-blooded decision could mean a long time in prison out after he pulled out a gun and started shooting after somebody took the parking space he’d previously shoveled out. Mix one felon with two guns and a lot of alcohol, plus intense anger about a parking spot, and bad things can happen. Sources said Terry Moore shoveled a place to park his car Wednesday night in the 4100 block of […]

  • Cold snap has hospitals bracing for cold weather accidents

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – One youngster was hospitalized Wednesday night at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as the result of a sledding accident.  Doctors are bracing themselves as more ice and snow are predicted for the weekend. Five children have been treated at Children’s Hospital for injuries suffered while sledding this week. Casey Krummel’s 4-year-old son was hurt sledding.  “Mommy my leg, help me, help me. And I couldn’t even get to him.” The Krummel family was in Highland, Illinois Tuesday […]

  • Cold weather impacts Fat Tuesday parade goers and businesses

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louisans were bracing for bone chilling weather Tuesday night. The Fat Tuesday parade downtown is typically much smaller than the big blow out on Saturday in Soulard.  Those that showed up were prepared for the cold.  Parade-goer Phillip Johnson said, “Its St. Louis it changes all the time.”  Ryan Whifield added, “I’m loving the cold actually I’m from California initially and live in Little Rock now and I’m loving the cold.” At The Alpine Shop […]

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    Illinois town sees over 10 inches of snow

    DORCHESTER, IL (KTVI) – Some residents in Illinois saw some significant accumulation from this storm. Some of the heaviest snow fell in Macoupin County Illinois. Dorchester Illinois claims a population of 150 people. A small community by any measure. But, the National Weather Service says it was buried by a big snowfall. About 10.5 inches of snow fell in the town. it`s difficult to see where the roads end and the fields begin. Roof tops are covered in a heavy […]

  • Man accused of killing 3 Muslims, once lived in Sorento IL

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The suspect in the North Carolina killings used to live in Metro East. 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks got divorced at the Madison County Courthouse in 2004 in Edwardsville.  His wife was given custody of their child.  He lived for several years about 30 miles northeast of Edwardsville in Sorento, Illinois. Dennis Cruthis lives in Sorento. Cruthis said, “It’s completely shocking to me. I would never expect something like that out of him.” Cruthis sold Craig Hicks […]

  • Marijuana dispensary to be built in Sauget IL

    SAUGET, IL (KPLR) – Medical marijuana is set to go on sale in Sauget, Illinois as early as this summer.  A medical marijuana dispensary will be built right next door to the stadium where the Gateway Grizzlies play baseball. Michael Cordes works with The Green Solution.  The Belleville resident has been working with his daughter Tanya Griffin for month to receive a state permit to open a dispensary.  Cordes said, “It’s all about medicine, all about medicine.”  His daughter is […]


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