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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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: roche.madden@tvstl.com

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    Police investigate kettle thefts outside local Schnucks stores

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Salvation Army officials call the thefts of area fundraising Christmas kettles very unusual. They were stolen in just over a week here in the St. Louis area. All the crimes happened at Schnucks stores. They happened either between bell ringer shifts or when the bell ringers took a break. “To have three stolen in such rapid succession, I think this is the biggest number of kettle thefts in one area I’ve seen,” Salvation Army’s Lt. Col. […]

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    Mumps outbreak at Mizzou curtaining some social gatherings

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    Salvation Army sets goal of $85K to help those in need in Madison County IL

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    Wildwood removing rumble strips on road, citing increase in accidents

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    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis City police detectives are trying to determine if the suspect who shot the cop in the face Sunday night is connected to other violent and recent crimes in the area. Law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell Fox 2 News the suspect, 19-year-old George P. Busch III and a group he’s associated with have been on their radar for several weeks. The crimes they are checking to see if Bush was involved […]

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    Explosion in Canton, Illinois has ground downtown business to a halt

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    Emotional discussion about the dangers of heroin abuse at south county meeting

    LEMAY, MO (KTVI) – An unusual fair at a south county middle school Wednesday night. There were no games or carnival rides. Instead, there was serious discussion about heroin and death. The Hancock Place School District and four other school districts came together to hold the South County Epidemic Resource Fair. People who survived drug addiction told of their personal experience. “I think people have hit a point where there so many deaths in our area that we have no […]

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    Authorities continue search for source of drug behind downtown overdoses

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    Family ‘devastated’ following murder of Maggie O’Brien’s owner

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The reward in the murder case of Pat McVey climbed dramatically Thursday evening. McVey was the owner of a popular St. Louis pup Maggie O’Brien’s. The CrimeStoppers reward climbed to at least $10,000 and up to $15,000. Family, friends, and an anonymous person, added to the reward fund. Brian Millikan, a close friend of the McVey family, said the family is overwhelmed by grief. “Devastated, absolutely devastated; not only the loss they’ve suffered, also not having […]

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    Police investigating homicide along I-55

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