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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
  • Serious water main breaks around St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Life is getting back to normal at Barnes Jewish Hospital after a large water main break knocked out power to Queeny Tower. Generators could not keep the air conditioning operating, so more than 130 patients were moved to other hospital rooms. By 3 p.m. Thursday, patients were back in their original rooms. Outside the hospital, water flooded Kingshighway. After the rupture, utility crews were called to at least four other water breaks in both north and […]

  • O’Fallon MO neighborhood dealing with a rash of break-ins

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – Residents in an O’Fallon, Missouri neighborhood have learned man’s best friend is not always dependable when it comes to protecting homes against burglars.  Margie Campbell lives in the Walden Pond subdivision and she was upset Wednesday afternoon, “Worried, scared, it’s too close to home.”  Her neighbor Carolyn Niederkorn agreed, “It’s very upsetting most of the time the neighborhood is peaceful and quiet.” Less than two weeks ago two homes and five cars were broken into while […]

  • Home owner complains about smelly sewer sludge being used as fertilizer

    FARMINGTON, MO (KPLR) – A Farmington, Missouri woman is up in arms after city sewer sludge was spread across her neighbor’s property. She said the horrendous smell made her family sick.  Farmington has two sewage treatment plants that treat human waste. If farmers want the sludge, it will be spread on their fields to fertilizer crops like hay.  The sludge is not used on crops humans consume.  Living next door to one of the fields can be devastation to a […]

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    Bathing suit clad burglars break into apartment office

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – Police in O’Fallon, Missouri posted photos of two suspects dressed that way and apparently received some important information. For two weeks police searched for a woman and a man who were seen in surveillance video as wearing swimsuits or not fully clothed. “The female did take a dip in the pool at one point,” said Officer Diana Damke, a spokeswoman for the O’Fallon Police Department. She dressed down for the swim. Detectives said the man and […]

  • Monroe County police dog passes away while on-duty

    MONROE COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – Members of the Monroe County Sheriff Department in Illinois are mourning the loss of a 10-year veteran. “She means a lot, my heart’s broken today,” said Lt. James Lansing, whose K-9 partner, Sari, died earlier this week after a tumor on her liver ruptured. Sari, a 12-year-old German shepherd, was Lansing’s partner for 10 years. She died in her favorite place: the backseat of Lansing’s patrol car. “Everybody in Monroe County knew Sari,” Lansing said. […]

  • Fatal accident in near Union MO

    UNION, MO (KPLR) – One person was killed when a concrete mixer truck slammed head-on into a small car in Franklin County. It happened Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 on Highway 47 between Washington and Union, Missouri. Adriene Benne saw the aftermath, “I was extremely shocked these cars were mangled like no other it was terrible.” The highway was shut down in both directions for hours. The Missouri Highway Patrol said a small orange vehicle was stopped northbound when authorities said […]

  • Circuit Attorney adds staffing to combat rise in violent crime in the city

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The day after a crime fighting partnership was unveiled in the St. Louis area the Circuit Attorney revealed what’s she has done in her office to get tough with the criminals. Jennifer Joyce said she and her staff saw this violence problem coming a year ago, that’s when they began preparing. This spring she re-organized the office so everyone would be ready to tackle violent criminals. Jennifer Joyce said, “We basically took the office down to […]

  • Greene County resident begin clean up after levy break floods town

    HILLVIEW, IL (KPLR) – People in a flooded Illinois town of Hillview began cleaning up and figuring out how to prevent future floods. A levee broke Sunday unleashing a wall of water that spread through much of the town.  Resident Clarence Hamm said, “It freaked me out yes sir it did.” Too much rain in a short amount of time, combined with rising creeks and rivers to blast a hole through a levee that protects much of the community of […]

  • Baseball leagues making up flood games in sweltering heat

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – First it was the rain, then the floods; now, baseball players across the St. Louis metro area are coping with the heat. At the Kirkwood Athletic Association, they’re trying to make up many of the 300 canceled games lost to adverse weather. Mike Madden is a coach of a team made up of eight-year-olds and nine-year-olds. “It’s been a month since we played because of rain, now we’re back playing again and it’s hot,” Madden said. […]

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    Belleville police: Suspect on the loose after cutting ankle monitor

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – People in Belleville neighborhoods are scared even paranoid because 40 year old Larry Alverson is not in jail.  Belleville Police detective Sgt. Mark Heffernan said, “He has a history of violent acts, home invasions most of his crimes have had a sexual nature them.” Heffernan said on Friday Alverson was spotted by office workers in a medical building near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital exposing himself. Alverson was released from prison last month. He had an ankle bracelet […]

  • Explosions, massive fire at Sikeston oil company

    SIKESTON, MO (KPLR) – A huge fire packed with explosions filled the skies over Sikeston, Missouri with black smoke.  Sikeston Department of Public Safety Captain Jim McMillen said, “Never seen anything like it, it was very dramatic.” Some 40 firefighters from Sikeston arrived on the scene at the Santie Oil Company. The fire surrounded propane tanks, the kind folks use for backyard grills.  In seconds about 100 of them went off like bombs.  McMillen said, “Before we could actually get […]

  • Man severely injured making homemade explosive

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A homemade bomb exploded early Friday morning and seriously injured a South County man.  The powerful bomb went off near Telegraph and Sheridan.  The force of it blew off much of the man’s hand. People were frightened in the Park Terrace Apartments after the blast around 3:30 a.m.  County police said a man who lived in the complex took a homemade explosive, like a pipe bomb, to a nearby field where it exploded. St. Louis County […]


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