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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    WATERLOO, IL (KPLR) – The Monroe County Illinois Sheriff says it`s the worst case of child porn he`s every seen. Thousands of images were confiscated by detectives. The suspect was out on bond from Perry County Illinois for child molestation when these child porn charges were filed here at the Monroe County courthouse. Benjamin Harbaugh, 25, is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography a class 2 felony. The Sheriff wants to know if there may be other […]

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    Neighbors not surprised by arrest in disappearance of Sunset Hills woman

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    Hit and run driver to turn herself in

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    Vote on religious freedom bill delayed again in committee

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    St. Louis on track for high 2016 homicide rate

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The city homicide rate climbed again Friday morning when a man in north city was shot and killed in broad daylight. A police captain on the scene said cops need help in solving crimes and getting guns off the streets. Homicide detectives said it was 48th murder this year in St. Louis City. St. Louis is on the same pace as last year when there were 49 homicides by this date. “We believe the two […]

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    Investigation over teacher’s alleged improper communications with student

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    Zoo releases master plan for next 25-years

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    2 election officials suspended for municipal election blunder

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    One arrested after chase across state line ends in north county

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    Dojo Pizza owner faces federal child porn charges

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    Wounded Warrior turns injury into strength for military competition

    FORT LEONARD WOOD (KPLR) – A St. Charles man is turning a battlefield injury into a personal triumph. Captain Logan Phillips almost lost his life in Afghanistan. He’s now fully recovered, and next week he will compete here in the international Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood.  His partner in the competition is Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Reid.  Reid described what a sapper is, “They’re the toughest people you’re going to find in the military.” Both men are working […]

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    Religious Freedom bill draws passionate capital crowd

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – A Missouri Capital hearing room Tuesday night was packed with people. There were reporters and TV cameras from across the state and country.  The hot issue debated was Senate Joint Resolution 39.  One side believes it will legalize discrimination against gay people and others in the LGBT community.  Steph Perkins is the Executive Director of PROMO. He said, “This is sending a message to LGBT people that they’re not welcome anywhere in the state and […]


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