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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
  • AB honors VFW veterans with a parade

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Patriotism was proudly on display early Tuesday evening in downtown St. Louis as thousands of Veterans of Foreign Wars were given a special salute.  They veterans are in town for their national convention. Anheuser Busch held a parade to honor the veterans. For more than one hundred years the brewery has supported the U.S. Military. The company has aired television commercials that show troops coming home from war. The brewery is also a big supporter of […]

  • Paraplegic man upset his Cards tickets wasted because disabled seats were not available

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The family of a disabled Dupo man is upset by the way they say he was treated by the St. Louis Cardinals. The man is a paraplegic. He told News 11 he called three hours before a weekend game time to switch his tickets to disabled seating. The game was sold out and there were none available. When another family member called back they believe that person was treated rudely by a ticket seller on […]

  • Body of man found in Mississippi River

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Authorities are trying to solve a mystery on the Mississippi River. There are more questions than answers after a body was found floating in the river. Firefighters were nearby when it was discovered. Captain Gregg Favre of the St. Louis Fire Department said, “Over the marine radio channel they heard some chatter from the safety boat that goes up and down the river as well as a tugboat of a report of a body in the […]

  • FDA issues warning over powdered caffeine

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Workers at the Missouri Poison Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon are on alert after a warning issued by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.  It concerns powdered caffeine. Julie Weber, the director of the center said, “It can kill.” That’s what happened to a 18-year-old Ohio high school student who used powdered caffeine. He died just before his graduation. Powdered caffeine can easily be purchased on the internet. And it is potent. One teaspoon is […]

  • Road rage incident ends in fire department station house

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – In Richmond Heights a frightening and unusual case of road rage is under investigation by police. Authorities have charged 31-year-old Kyle Noonan with DWI and traffic violations. They say something happened on I-270 and he began rear-ending another vehicle. The victims in that car drove down I-64 where the road rage continued. They sought refuge at the Richmond Heights Fire Department driving right through the open garage door of the fire station. A battalion chief […]

  • Better signage, winterized restrooms coming to Forest Park

    FOREST PARK (KPLR)-Improvements are coming to Forest Park. The changes are all based on feedback from park users and are being implemented by the city of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever. One big changed is that a new 239-sign system will be installed in the park.  The current, brown-colored signs were put in place 20 years ago were meant to be temporary. New signs include banners, kiosks, trail signs, and more. Installation begins this month. The second improvement is set […]

  • I-44 Depressed lanes reopen Monday morning

    (KPLR) – A decade old dream is finally coming into focus in downtown St. Louis. Renovations to the Arch grounds took a major step forward over the weekend. Crews were back at work Monday morning at the depressed highway section. Over the weekend 40 huge girders were installed over it. The dream of connecting downtown to the arch grounds is now taking shape. Good news for people fundraising for the project. Ryan McClure is a spokesman for CityArchRiver 2015. McClure […]

  • St. Louis County unveils state of the art communications center

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – The brand new St. Louis County Communications Center has opened in Ballwin. It will be home for many important departments including the Emergency Operation Center. Inside the EOC 14 different pods will be staffed by fire, police, health officials and representatives from every county department when something like a tornado rolls through a neighborhood. The EOC replaces the old center which was built during the Cold War in the late 1950′s. Mark Diedrich is an Emergency […]

  • Lincoln County residents racing to beat back flood waters

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Local rivers are on the rise and folks are rushing to protect their properties. Gary Schellert is a Lincoln County farmer, ‘When we decide were going to do something everybody knows it`s time to come and give us a hand.’ He along with other farmers, their families, friends and workers scrambled to fill sandbags Tuesday afternoon to protect 2000 acres of corn, sod, soybeans and a sand plant from flood waters. They put the bags […]

  • Fair St. Louis kicks off Thursday night

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Fair St. Louis kicks off Thursday night in Forest Park for the first time.  FOX 2′s Roche Madden is live at the bottom of Art Hill to tell us about some of the first night activities. One great attraction for young children to look forward to is the Ameren Purina Family Festival Zone which has a special area for kids of all ages. It has 13 attractions, face painting is available or the Magic House […]

  • Fireworks may have caused north St. Louis house fire

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Fireworks may be to blame for a house fire in North St. Louis Tuesday night. Heavy fire was reported on the first and second floors of the two story building when crews arrived in the 5100 block of St. Louis Avenue. The building was vacant so firefighters took a defensive stance. No one was injured. Fire officials received numerous reports from neighbors and eyewitnesses that young people had been playing with fireworks in the area […]

  • Forest Park undergoing major changes for Fair St. Louis

    ST.  LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Forest Park is undergoing a major transformation this week in preparation for Fair St. Louis.  FOX 2′s Roche Madden is live to show us how things are coming along. Twenty-six food vendors from eleven different states will be cooking a variety delicious delights including burgers, brats and hot dogs.  Three-thousand pounds of hamburgers will be sold as well as 5,000 gallons of freshly squeezed lemonade. For those of you with a sweet tooth, 4,000 pounds […]