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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.

Recent Articles
  • The Pulse of St. Louis: Mental health and the St. Louis religious community

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – In September 2015, worshipers at Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma, Alabama couldn’t believe it when a man walked into the sanctuary and opened fire, wounding his ex- girlfriend, their infant son, and the pastor. Churches across the country started talking about that situation, including those in the St. Louis area. Religious, community, and health care leaders banded together to combat the problem, starting a network called Bridges to Care and Recovery. Known as Bridges, the […]

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: Lessons learned from 2017 Spring flooding

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- The heavy rains of late April and early May 2017 saturated our region and sent area rivers out of their banks, flooding river communities along the Big, Bourbeuse, Cuivre, Meramec, Missouri, and Mississppi Rivers. The flooding, much of it at or near historic levels, came just 18 months after a previous devastating flood in late 2015. Shirley Washington is looking at the lessons learned from this round of flooding. She is also finding the stories of […]

  • From prison to society: Concordance Academy to help newly released inmates

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Concordance Academy of Leadership plans to help 250 inmates released from prison this year. The local non-profit is the first of its kind that offers participants a holistic approach to success which includes assistance with housing, jobs, health and wellness and education. Research shows 77 percent of former prisoners return to prison on a national level three to five years after being released. The academy’s goal is to reduce the return rate and reduce crime in […]

  • Aphasia treatment – Helping people to communicate after debilitating illness

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It’s a medical condition you’ve probably never heard about, yet research shows 180,000 people in this country are diagnosed with it every year. It’s called Aphasia, a communications impairment brought on by a stroke that can leave patients with slurred speech or no speech at all. Most stroke patients who have Aphasia will probably never regain 100 percent of their speech, but they can learn how to communicate effectively through writing, signing, or gesturing. The ABC […]

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: Why are we seeing more flooding?

    (KPLR) – The record flooding that hit parts of our viewing area shut down roads and interstates, closed schools and destroyed homes and businesses. Many residents in Eureka, Cedar Hill and Valley Park are struggling to make it amid mounds of sandbags and devastation. Through it all they can’t help but wonder why the massive flooding keeps happening. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, we get answers from the Army Corp of Engineers. We also learn about a new […]

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: New Civil Right Exhibit

    (KPLR) – A new civil rights exhibit at the Missouri History Museum is getting rave reviews. Tonight, on The Pulse of St. Louis, find out why its meaningful and significant. Also, learn about two new programs designed to help patients diagnosed with Aphasia. What it is and who is at risk of getting the condition.

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: New screening guidelines for PSA testing

    (KPLR) – Men listen up! The federal government has issued new guidelines regarding PSA screenings for prostate cancer. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn the new policy and how it can help save your life. Also on The Pulse, find out what Central Christian School in Clayton is doing to promote cultural and racial diversity.

  • New exhibit at Missouri History Museum highlights St. Louis in civil rights fight

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – An exhibit at the Missouri History Museum underscores St. Louis’ rich civil rights history and highlights significant U.S. Supreme Court cases that helped break racial barriers. The exhibit, called ‘#1 In Civil Rights: The African American Struggle in St. Louis’ also features portraits of activists created by local artists, interactive displays and actors that bring history to life. The exhibition will be on display for a year. There is no cost for admission.

  • Maryville University to open center to aid low-income students with STEM programs

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KPLR) – Helping students find STEM success in the classroom and in the workforce. Maryville University is launching an aggressive effort designed to do just that. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, aviation giant Boeing, and Scott Air Force base have all hosted STEM programs for metro area students. Maryville University is opening a center for access and achievement to help youngsters in low income school districts succeed in science, technology, engineering and math. Maryville […]

  • Couple still seeking justice for 6-year-old son gunned down

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A North Country couple is still seeking justice two years after their 6-year- old son Marcus Johnson Jr. was shot and killed while leaving O’Fallon Park, March 11, 2015. Quiana Warren Johnson and Marcus Johnson Sr. were leaving the park in their minivan with their children inside when someone opened fire. The couple believes they were ambushed because words were exchanged with an unidentified driver of another vehicle during a road rage incident in the park. […]

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: Could the St. Louis area be a Zika hotspot

    (KPLR) – Saint Louis University researchers are concerned St. Louis could be a prime location for the Zika Virus this summer. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn more about  the virus, who is at risk of getting it and what is being done to prevent it. Also tonight, voters head to the polls Tuesday. Learn more about a proposition designed to give a financial boost to law enforcement and public safety. Hear from opponents and supporters of the […]

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: Cannabidiol hemp oil

    (KPLR) – State Representative Donna Baringer is sponsoring a bill at the state capitol in Jefferson City that would allow board certified doctors to recommend CBD oil to patients who qualify for it. Tonight, on The Pulse of St. Louis learn more about CBD and find out what a local nonprofit is doing to raise awareness about violence on the city and its impact on families.