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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
  • New Athens residents coping with near record flood

    NEW ATHENS, IL (KPLR) – People in New Athens, Illinois are coping with one of the highest river crests to ever roll down the Kaskaskia River. New Athens Police Chief Leo Simburger said, “Third highest crest that we’ve ever had here.”  The river is at about 87 feet four years ago it reached the highest point at about 90 and half feet. Folks need a boat to get to the boats at the marina. Katherine Block and her son Christian […]

  • Cool rainy weather takes a bite out of public pool attendance

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The rainy weather has dried up business at municipal pools in the St. Louis area. Many communities could use a good long dose of sunny and warm weather. Cool weather, and too much rain have caused a drought of business at local pools.  Murray Pounds is director of Kirkwood Parks and Recreation, “We are off to an extremely slow start.” He said, revenue for the summer Kirkwood pool is down 15 percent from last year and […]

  • Floodwaters impacting residents in Hardin and Kampsville IL

    KAMPSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Towns along the Illinois River have been coping with floodwaters.  In Kampsville the Illinois moved swiftly out of its banks.  Eddie Johnson lives in Kampsville, “It’s coming up pretty good Saturday night it wasn’t even over the road right here.”  He took his 3-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter for a tour.  They may have seen the fire department surrounded by water; emergency vehicles were parked where it’s high and dry. Residents said just yesterday a popular […]

  • Flooding in Lincoln County forces road closures and emergency repair of busy railroad track

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – First responders are putting in overtime Sunday as law enforcement and fire agencies in Lincoln County have been rescuing residents since early Sunday morning. So far, over 20 people have rescued from their homes in and around Silex and Davis Missouri. In Silex homes and businesses were flooded. Six business including a funeral home, a bank, a lumber yard and a convenience store were surrounded by water.  The ball fields at the local high school went […]

  • MSD: Flooding in south St. Louis a result of sewer issue

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) -The rain is gone, but cleanup is just starting in south St. Louis after dozens of residents saw flooding in their homes. The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) confirms something went wrong with the system, and the result is major headaches for people living near McCausland and Odell, just south of Southwest . A giant lake formed in the neighborhood Friday as the rain poured down. Fifty home and four streets were affected. MSD is confirming the […]

  • Brentwood remembers Hurricane Ike as it prepares for potential flooding

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – One of the last times the St. Louis area was hit by the remnants of a tropical storm there were huge problems.  It happened in September of 2008.  David Schmitt owns Knight Auto Air Conditioner.  He’s now concerned about the impending weather, “It’s going to rain definitely, it’s going to rain.” He plans to be ready.  Schmitt will never forget September of 2008 when his business and others in Brentwood were flooded. Remnants of Hurricane Ike devastated […]

  • St. Clair mobilizing equipment for expected heavy rain

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – St. Clair County, Illinois is taking the forecast seriously and preparing for the worst. Emergency management officials fear heavy rains this week will bring flooded roads and flooded homes. Equipment is being deployed all across the county.  Herb Simmons is the Director of the Emergency Management Agency.  Simmons said, “We’re moving some equipment strategically throughout the county to give us a head start.” Equipment like generators, pumps, and a sand bagging machine will be […]

  • St. Louisans express concern over area road flooding

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Warning signs are posted on various roads from north to south St. Louis County.  Folks were wondering will crews be forced to put up more “flooded road” signs as the week progresses.  In south county Missouri Bottom Road was under water.  Heavy rains made travel down the road a challenge at best and potentially dangerous at worst. More rain Thursday afternoon soaked soggy ground. Butler Hill Road was also closed.  Resident said it is not an […]

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    Police: Wood River burglary suspect prowled while families slept

    WOOD RIVER, IL (KPLR) – It may to be one of the most frightening crimes: a family asleep in their home while a burglar goes bedroom-to-bedroom, stealing their possessions. Police said it happened repeatedly in a Wood River, Illinois neighborhood. Josh and Erica Wilcutt and their five children were among the victims. “There’s no words, terrifying, no words to describe it,” Erica said. Police said four homes and six vehicles were broken into. Detectives moved quickly and within six hours […]

  • Train derailment clean-up to last into Thursday

    EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – A huge cleanup of a train derailment in Eureka will continue into at least Thursday. Even in the intense heat, workers were scrambling to deal with the 27 car derailment of a Union Pacific train.  The cars went off the tracks Tuesday afternoon.  No one was hurt.  The train was transporting grain from Iowa to Texas. Train buffs like 16-year-old Thomas Francois and his father watched the workers from the Lewis Road railroad overpass. Thomas Francois […]

  • Flooded roads in Lincoln County trapping motorist

    LINCOLN COUTY, MO (KPLR) – High water trapped motorists in their cars at several points In Lincoln County. The Cuivre River jumped its bank and flooded farmland and roads. Several acres of farmland are under water and corn plants were flooded. Hours after the rain packed storm passed cars were still stuck in water.  Eight vehicles including a tow truck tried to make it through roads that had turned into rushing creeks. Drivers and passengers were able to get out […]

  • Major Case Squad called to Sunset Hills for elderly death

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KPLR) – The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was called to Sunset Hills Monday morning to assist police with an investigation involving the suspicious death of an elderly woman. The victim has been identified as 86-year-old Terry Tobey. Police say she was shot to death. Tobey was found dead in her home in the 12600 block of Bradford Woods.  She woman lived alone and suffered from dementia. A neighbor, who usually checks in on the […]


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