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Shirley Washington joined KTVI in April on 2007 as an anchor/reporter for FOX 2 News. Shirley anchors FOX 2 News Weekend edition and also reports weekdays for FOX 2 News.

Shirley is a native St. Louisan and a graduate of Roosevelt High School. Go Rough Riders! Shirley graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

Prior to KTVI, Shirley was a manager in the public relations department at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Shirley is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, having excelled as an anchor/reporter at KDFW-TV, FOX 4 in Dallas, Texas for more than 7 years. Previous to FOX 4, Shirley worked at WAGA- TV in Atlanta, Georgia and WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shirley is a published author. Her book “The Motherhood Club: Help, Hope and Inspiration from New Mothers for New Mothers” helps new mothers learn about various emotional, physical and psychological effects of mothering. Shirley’s book was included in Sally Jessy Raphael’s book club, The Red Eyeglass Series.

Shirley is married and lives with her family in St. Louis. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her family.

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    Eight years ago, Barack Obama inspired Americans to embrace political change with the mantra “yes we can.” He bade them farewell Tuesday after a historic, tumultuous presidency with the words “yes we did.” Obama revived the spirit and idealism of his 2008 campaign in a nostalgic, sometimes emotional final address to the nation from his hometown of Chicago, 10 days before he cedes power to Donald Trump, his antithesis in personality and politics. The President stood unbowed and unapologetic after […]

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    Non-Profits working to better lives of St. Louis area residents

    (KPLR) – St. Louis is teeming with non-profit organizations that are working to change the lives of residents throughout the region. Tonight, on The Pulse of St. Louis, see how St. Louis Artworks and Better Family Life are making a huge difference in our community.

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    Pulse of St. Louis – Domestic Violence

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Domestic violence is a serious issue in the Gateway City area. In fact, research shows one in four women will be abused by her husband, ex-husband, partner or ex-partner during her lifetime. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn what non profit organizations are doing to not only help raise awareness about domestic violence, but also help women secure their independence and freedom. Guests: Holly Yoakum, Legal Services Eastern Missouri Carla Maylee Program Manager […]

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    Art can help build confidence and critical thinking for children

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    Better Family Life starting entrepreneurship training program

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Better Family Life, a local non-profit has opened a Business Development Center designed to help people start and grow their own business free of charge. It’s part of a master plan to redevelop Page Boulevard and make dreams come true. Aspiring entrepreneurs learn everything from how to write a business plan to how to market products. The organization has also partnered with Carrollton Bank, which offers low interest business loans from $500 to $5,000 dollars. For […]

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Fighting racism in schools

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    CoderGirl is accepting applications to learn computer code for tech jobs

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Wash U. researchers design website to aid in enrolling for Obamacare

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    Washington University launches website to help sign-up for health plans

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Better Family Life to renovate 100 homes in St. Louis city

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    Boy Scout collect over 2 million food items for annual food drive

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Organ Donors

    (KPLR) – Thousands of people in the St. Louis area are in dire need of life-saving organ transplants. A St. Charles woman recently gave her mother the ultimate gift, the gift of life. Stacy Jiles donated a kidney to her mom, Janet Horton. They are both doing well. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn more about organ donations and how you can help save a life.