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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
  • A closer look at the 2016 Presidential Race

    (KPLR) – The race for president has gotten a little more crowded now that Hillary Clinton has jumped into the fray. The former First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State announced her candidacy for the White House Sunday vowing to be a champion for the middle class. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis we’ll take a look at the race for the presidency and the race for Missouri Governor.  

  • Report highlights 75% of St. Louis County police departments not accredited

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A new report about policing shows, seventy-five-percent of the police departments in the St. Louis County area are not accredited. The study was conducted by an organization called Better Together to give you an idea of how policing is done in our area. The report shows, of the sixty police departments in the St. Louis County region, only fifteen are accredited by one of the two accrediting bodies: The Commission on Accreditation for Law […]

  • Record crowd for Cardinals home opener caused long lines at security gates

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Cardinals fans played a game of hurry up and wait Monday when they arrived at Busch Stadium for the team’s home opener. Some waited in long lines for more than an hour before clearing metal detectors mandated by Major League Baseball. The devices worked properly. Administrators didn’t anticipate a record setting crowd to attend the game. They promise to do better during this week’s games and apologized to fans for the delay. Fans are encouraged to […]

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    Severe storms bring flash flooding, abundant hail to St. Louis region

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Strong to severe thunderstorms brought large hail and pouring rain to much of the St. Louis region Tuesday morning.  As the storms moved in,  viewers reported golf ball sized hail around Warrenton and Augusta. Then the hail became extensive, blanketing the ground in quarter to half-dollar size ice pellets in west St. Louis County. The torrential rains fell fast and heavy, dropping one to two inches of rain in less than 30 minutes in many […]

  • Missing election signs cause political uproar in Moline Acres

    MOLINE ACRES, MO (KPLR) – A squabble over campaign signs reaches a boiling point in the race for mayor in Moline Acres. Opponent Janice Jones accuses current mayor Michele DeShay of stealing her political placards from her supporters’ front yards. City workers removed Jones’ signs from three locations near 367 and Chambers Road. Mayor DeShay says the move had nothing to do with politics, but rather city and county ordinances that state where election signs can and cannot be placed. […]

  • A closer look at the St. Louis building trades diversity program “BUD”

    (KPLR) – St. Louis is home to the first program of its kind in the nation designed to help more women and African-Americans secure union jobs in a variety of areas, including carpentry, plumbing, and electrical. The program called, “Building Union Diversity”, known simply as BUD is looking for participants ready to train for a skill set that can not only lead to permanent jobs, but change lives. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, find out what you need to do to participate in the […]

  • Teens destroy kitchen while trying to make homemade donuts

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – Two St. Peters sisters are lucky to be alive after a fire and explosion at their home. When firefighters arrived at the house in the 400 block of Quiet Drive at about 10pm Thursday night, they discovered a thirteen-year-old girl and her fourteen-year-old sister had been trying to cook donuts on the kitchen stove. Investigators say the older teen filled a pot with vegetable oil and turned it on. When it started to boil, she […]

  • Pulse: Joe Edwards discusses the Delmar Loop and trolley project

    (KPLR) – Joe Edwards, businessman and unofficial mayor of the Delmar Loop is moving full speed ahead with the Delmar Loop Trolley Project. A groundbreaking ceremony, which included University City Mayor Shelley Welsch and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, was recently held in the Loop, and construction is underway to build a permanent roundabout at Trinity and Delmar Boulevard at the Lions Gates. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, we talk with Edwards about the project’s progress and what it means for the St. Louis region.

  • Pulse: St. Louis Co. Exec. Steve Stenger on challenges facing St. Louis County

    (KPLR) – Steve Stenger was sworn-in as St. Louis County Executive, January 1, 2015, after defeating Charlie Dooley in a hotly contested race. Since taking office, Stenger has hit the ground running hiring key members of his administration and fulfilling campaign promises such as establishing an Office of Community Empowerment. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn more about Stenger’s accomplishments, his goals for the future, and his dreams for St. Louis County.

  • Hundreds St. Louis city residents clear outstanding warrants

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Hundreds of St. Louis residents flocked to two St. Louis city recreation centers Tuesday not to work out, but to clear up outstanding warrants. This may seem like an unlikely place to handle legal affairs, but for some people, who may be afraid of going to court, this was the location. Some 400 residents completed the program yesterday, and city officials are still tallying the numbers from Tuesday attendance. Because of the program’s success, St. Louis […]

  • Protestors visit Ferguson mayor at home, call for resignation

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – A group of protestors armed with signs, some emblazoned with names of African-Americans killed by police, showed up at Ferguson Mayor James Knowles’ house Monday morning demanding he resigns from office. Knowles met with the protestors offering to sit down and talk with them about their concerns. Meanwhile, another group, which calls themselves The Ferguson Five, filed an affidavit with the City of Ferguson to start the process to recall Knowles, who wasn’t available for comment, […]

  • Police union head says officers are doing well

    (KPLR) – A representative for the St. Louis police union says law enforcement officers are breathing a sigh of relief now that a suspect wanted in connection with shooting and injuring a Webster Groves police officer and a St. Louis County police officer last week is in custody. Jeff Roorda, spokesperson for the St. Louis Police Officers Association says he spoke with one of the injured officers about the arrest of 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams and said the officer and his […]


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