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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
  • Suspect rams police car after I-70 chase

    ST. ANN, MO (KTVI) – An I-70 police chase ended with the suspect ramming a police car late Friday afternoon. A police officer noticed a speeding vehicle on eastbound I-70 in St. Ann.  The chase wound through St. Ann streets and ended in a wooded area in Berkeley not far from the police department. The chase ended with the suspect’s car facing-off against the police vehicle. The suspect’s car rammed the police car, injuring the officer.   He was taken to […]

  • Civilian police oversight meeting erupts into chaos

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Chaos erupted at St. Louis Hall Wednesday night at a citizens’ hearing to talk about a proposal to form a civilian overview board for the city police department.  When words got heated the shoving and pushing and yelling began. During most of the evening opponents of the police had the chance to have their say and in some cases were applauded. When police officers spoke out against the oversight board proposal they were heckled. Police association […]

  • Police: Serial Burglar behind bars

    SOUTH ROXANA, IL (KPLR) – Police in South Roxana, Illinois said they’ve put a serial burglar behind bars. Chrissy Little is a victim of burglary.  Little said, “I would not go on somebody’s else’s property and take their things and I would hope that nobody would do that to me but they did. What can you do.? Thieves got into her shed and took things like law equipment. Police say Edward W. Kraut, Jr. has confessed to as many as […]

  • Police: Movie theater murder not a random act of violence

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis appears close to solving a murder that occurred outside a Creve Coeur movie theater. Ned Booker, 28, was gunned down outside the AMC Creve Coeur 12 on Sunday night. The hail of gunfire shattered glass doors in the theater lobby and left bullet holes in the metal door frames. No one else was injured. The Creve Coeur Police Department notified residents by email on Thursday that detectives […]

  • Child struck and killed in North St. Louis; driver flees scene

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A heartbreaking scene occurred Wednesday afternoon in North St. Louis.  A five year old was killed by a hit and run driver. The mother and grandmother of little Elijah Taylor were so overcome by their grief they were taken by ambulance to the hospital.  Louis Macklin was on New Ashland Place where the boy was hit.  He said, “He just ran the baby over and kept going.” Elijah Taylor was with his mother’s boyfriend who was […]

  • 11-month-old found unharmed following a carjacking

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A car theft quickly turned into a kidnapping involving an 11-month-old boy in North St. Louis County Tuesday night. A father stopped at a liquor store at Dunn Road and New Halls Ferry. He planned to be gone only a short amount of time. He left his car unlocked and running with the baby in the back seat. A suspect jumped in and drove away.  Police, including the police helicopter, converged on the scene.  Within six minutes […]

  • McDonald’s and East St. Louis residents rally to support wrestling team

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – The outpouring of love and support for an East St. Louis wrestling team is still going strong. The team was hit by thieves and all their equipment was stolen earlier this month.  Tuesday night the owner of the East St. Louis McDonald’s donated 20 percent of dinner sales to the team. Wrestler Damien Ross remembers what happened, “I didn’t have my head-gear for wrestling.”  He and his fellow team members lost their equipment after […]

  • Man shot, killed outside movie theater in Creve Coeur

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) -The Major Case Squad is investigating a homicide in west St. Louis County after a University City man was gunned down outside a Creve Coeur movie theater Sunday night. According to Lt. Jon Romas, a spokesman for the Creve Coeur Police Department, the shooting happened around11:45 p.m. outside the AMC Creve Coeur 12 Theater on Olive Boulevard, just west of Lindbergh. Pic outside AMC 12 in Creve Coeur where man shot/killed last night.Front door area boarded […]

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    St. Ann police chief apologizes for mistaken arrest and injury after chase

    ST. ANN, MO (KTVI)-The St. Ann police chief is apologizing after an innocent man was injured and bloodied when he was mistakenly arrested Thursday afternoon. Joseph Swink, 22, is a college junior studying accounting. He was on his way home from an internship at Edward Jones when it all unfolded. His grandmother, Marettree Sanders, says, “I’m angry. I’m upset. I didn’t sleep last night.” She didn’t sleep because of what happened to her grandson.  The family has a photo showing […]

  • Drury Inn murder victim remembered as “gentle soul”

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Drury Hotels is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man who killed a hotel manager overnight. Scott Knopfel was killed just before 3 a.m. in the lobby of the Drury Inn at Hampton and Interstate 44. He was one of six people murdered in St. Louis in just under 12 hours. Knopfel, 50, buzzed the suspect through a locked door in the lobby, thinking the man was a customer. The […]

  • IKEA to install solar panels on midtown store

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The new IKEA store in St. Louis plans to use the sun to keep the power on in the huge business. Construction is moving full speed ahead for the new IKEA store. Right now, there’s not much happening on the roof but this spring it will start to look similar to this IKEA in Denver.  It will be covered with more than 4,000 solar panels. All the solar panels will create a lot of electricity each […]

  • New technology will provide St. Louis police with wide-spread video surveillance

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-St. Louis city police plan to take a major leap into the video surveillance world as early as next month. It’s a Big Brother approach that could make life safer for everyone and catch criminals faster. On Monday night, many cars were broken into while fans attended women’s Saint Louis University basketball game at the Chaifetz Arena. Soon criminals like those may be caught on camera. “They’re coward, they’re low lifes.” Darlisa Diltz is upset because someone […]


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