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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.

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  • Vandals hit Eureka High School

    EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – School may be out for summer but vandals aren’t taking a holiday. The principal at Eureka High School in the Rockwood District said it’s the worst case of vandalism she’s seen in a dozen years at the school. Eureka Police make frequent patrols but apparently in between one of those checks vandals struck early Sunday morning.  The spray paint has been removed but the memory is all too fresh. Deborah Asher is the school principal, “I […]

  • Statue dedicated to the memory of 2 sisters

    EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – A mother and father who lost their two teenage daughters in a car wreck have turned their pain into something positive for their daughters school. Monday a bronze statue was unveiled at the Eureka High School in honor of two students.   Follow Roche Madden on Facebook and Twitter: Roche Madden on Facebook  Roche Madden on Twitter   Email: roche.madden@tvstl.com 

  • Authorities identify child who drowned near Rolla, Mo

    ROLLA, MO (KTVI) – A six-year-old boy drowned at Quarry Lake just south of Rolla, Mo Friday afternoon. It happened at a popular destination called Fugitive beach on Highway 72. Authorities have identified the child a Noah Cook from Fenton, Missouri. Mark Kearse owns Fugitive Beach and he’s also Rolla’s police chief. Around 1:30 p.m. a family reported their 6 year old boy was missing in the old rock quarry that is now a place to swim, jump and slide. […]

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    10-year-old shot while taking out the trash in North St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A 10-year-old boy was shot in the leg while taking out the trash in North St. Louis County on Thursday night at around 9pm. The shooting happened in the 9500 block of Jannette. Ahmad Walker is listed in serious condition. A woman unknowingly drove through the middle of the shoot out, she escaped injury. St. Louis County Police found a shooting victim from the same area at Christian Northeast Hospital. The 22-year-old man suffered a […]

  • Police looking for a suspect in Northwoods fatal fire

    NORTHWOODS, MO (KPLR) – Suspicion against a woman who may have murdered her former boyfriend’s sister has reached the tipping point with police.  Police first called former girlfriend, 36 year old Lakeisha Lane a person of interest, they are now calling her a suspect.   Officer Brian Schellman is a St. Louis County Police spokesman, “It’s really the next level, we’ve pinpointed her through the evidence the detectives have exhausted all their leads and what not, they’re ready to call her […]

  • 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 […]