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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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    Youth baseball umpire is charged with failing to register as a sex offender

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    Firefighters train to free victims crashes safer and faster

    GREEN PARK, MO (KPLR) – Dozens of firefighters from across Missouri and Illinois were in St. Louis Tuesday night learning how to rescue auto crash victim faster and safer. The training session was held at the CARSTAR Collision Center. Every year new cars change.  Different materials are used and safety systems are updated. Firefighters want to know everything they can about those changes and the latest information about items like air bags.  Tony Barboza works with Holmatro Rescue Tools.  He […]

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    Shoplifting ring busted in Chesterfield

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    Pair arrested after $2.4 million in drug money discovered during traffic stop

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The Illinois State Police confiscated approximately $2.4 million in suspected drug money from during a traffic stop in Madison County. Authorities took the first step Friday to turn all that cash into drug fighting money. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said his office is trying to legally seize the money for law enforcement agencies to use against drug dealers. “We’re talking about an incredibly large scale this was $2.4 million in cash that was hidden […]

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    Security breach at Lambert Airport turns out to be lost passenger

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    Area businesses offering deals after Los Angeles Rams losses

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    Residents arguing over school consolidation in Metro East

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    Flags of Valor, dog tags available for $75 donation

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    Visitation services for Phyllis Schlafly; Trump expected to speak at funeral

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in St. Louis Saturday to attend the funeral of Phyllis Schlafly. A visitation is being held Friday night at an Olivette funeral home. Phyllis Schlafly died earlier this week at the age of 92. The conservative activist first captured the heart of Republicans she when published a book called, “A Choice Not an Echo.” One of 27 books she authored. The Alton woman was the woman credited […]

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    St. Louis board of elections racing to get ready for 78th District special election

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis City Board of Elections is under the gun; and time is of the essence for everyone involved in this new election. This is the first meeting since the governor appointed two new members. That came as the result of a city circuit judge`s ruling determine there were variety of mistakes by election staff that put the 78th house race in doubt.  In that Democratic Primary Penny Hubbard faced Bruce Franks. A new election […]

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    Police investigating alleged abduction in East Alton IL

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