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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
  • Snake bites in Missouri up sharply in 2015

    ST.LOUIS (KPLR) – Reports of snake bites are up dramatically in Missouri this spring. A Nixa, Missouri man died after suffering snake bites to both of his legs.  Nurses at the Missouri Poison Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center are busy.  In May of 2014 21 people called complaining of snake bites.  This year the number is already 45 and the month is not over yet.  Julie Weber is director of the poison center, “It’s is very unusual […]

  • Thieves caught on camera stealing 5 cars from Lou Fusz dealership

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – Burglars broke in and took a free ride at a Lou Fusz dealership.  Detectives do not think it was an inside job.  Lt. Jon Romas is a spokesman for Creve Coeur Police, “We got forced entry and other factors there that would lead me to an outside actor other than inside.” Police say it happened at Lou Fusz Nissan Dealership at Olive and Lindbergh sometime between 11 pm Monday night and 5 am Tuesday morning.  […]

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    Fire damages golf course building in Forest Park

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A fire at Forest Park lit up the early morning skies.  Flames were leaping into the air. It happened at the golf course. Firefighters were called just after five this morning. At first people thought the clubhouse was burning, it turned out to be this storage building nearby. Fire crews had to use one thousand feet of hose to bring in enough water to knock down the flames. Investigators working to determine a #fire cause […]

  • Vietnam veteran finally laid to rest after son discovers remains

    JEFFERSON BARRACKS NATIONAL CEMETERY (KPLR) – Though the Vietnam War ended four decades ago, one family finally said goodbye Friday to a loved one killed overseas. Air Force Technical Sgt. Louis Clever was laid to rest Friday afternoon. Clever’s son, Paul, made sure the remains of his father and others in his dad’s squadron made it back home. It’s been a long battle to make that happen. Scores of Patriot Guard Riders escorted Sgt. Clever and his family to the […]

  • Military sex offenders evade registering on state offender list

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It is been going on for years, troops convicted of sex crimes in the military have not had to register on sex offender lists  across the country even though civilians are required  to do so. Officer Neil Scognamiglio is a member of the St. Louis County Police Department.  He said, “One sex offender that’s not registering one too many.” Officer Scognamiglio like other police check certain homes at least twice a year making sure registered sex […]

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    Chronic DWI offender arrested for 13th time in Florissant

    FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – A chronic DWI suspect is arrested for the 13th time in Florissant.  Police said  Owen R. Tross  is a repeat offender, at least a dozen times for DWI, and if convicted of the latest incident that number will rise to 13.  Florissant Officer Craig DeHart said, “In my experience I’ve never seen 12 DWI arrests prior to a 13th one.” Florissant police arrested Tross Friday after a traffic accident. No one was hurt. They said the […]

  • Lawyers working with clients to get to the truth behind babies taken at birth

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Lawyers Al Watkins and Donna Clark Frayne work at different law firms. Both strongly believe young mothers at the old Homer G. Phillips Hospital were told their babies died just after birth,  but the infants were alive and stolen and sold or given to strangers.   Al Watkins said, “I’m as close to 100% sure as I can be without saying 100%.”  Donna Clark Frayne added, “I feel 99.9 percent sure this was going on.” Watkins represents […]

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    FOX 2 Special – Missing babies from Homer G. Phillips Hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – It has been just over a month since Zella Jackson Price met her daughter for the first time.  50 years ago a doctor at Homer G. Phillips hospital told her that daughter died just after birth. Since their reunion went viral on the internet  more than 100 women have come forward wondering if the children they too thought were dead, may actually be alive.  Others are wondering if they are children taken from their birth […]

  • Good Samaritan helps saves woman’s house in St. Francois County

    HAMILTON Hall, IL (KPLR) – A Good Samaritan rushes to help a neighbor to keep her home from burning to the ground in Hamilton Hall, Missouri. Carol Kolb is the owner of the residence.  It’s been a tough year for her; she was injured on the job, her husband died a year ago and now her house was damaged from fire. She won’t forget waking to the smell of smoke. Kolb said, “Shock, surprise, can I get anything out of […]

  • Homer G. Phillips medical records pulled from storage in search for missing babies

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Old medical records have been moved out of storage and taken to the St. Louis City Health Department. Information inside those files could solve a mystery surrounding the old Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Some people believe babies were stolen from young mothers at the hospital during the 1950s and 1960s. There are allegations the babies were either sold or given to couples. The files could tell women who their doctor was, as well as other information […]

  • Trial starts for student accused of spreading HIV

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Young men who said they were exposed to or infected with HIV testified against a former Lindenwood University student who is now on trial. 23-year-old Michael Johnson is a former wrestler and student at Lindenwood University. He’s charge with infecting two male sex partners and exposing four others to HIV. Testimony on Tuesday revealed that about two weeks before he had sex with one alleged victim Johnson was diagnosed with HIV. Before having sex the […]

  • St. Louis man wonders if his twin brother was taken at Homer G. Phillips

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There are new and disturbing allegations from an attorney who is looking into possibly questionable practices at the old Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Al Watkins is a lawyer, he said, “This was a well thought out scheme and artifice.” Watkins feels strongly that babies were taken from young mothers and then sold in the 50’s and 60’s. The medical facility serviced African Americans in St. Louis. He said, “There was absolutely available on the market infant black […]


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