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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
  • Nixon under fire over response to Ferguson violence

    JENNINGS, MO (KPLR) –Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited the Unified Command Wednesday talking with law enforcement officers tasked with protecting people and property in Ferguson and in the rest of the St. Louis area following a grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case. The governor is facing a political firestorm for not deploying a larger number of National Guard members to Ferguson before a wave of looting and rioting broke out Monday night. Dozens of businesses were destroyed or […]

  • Ferguson to address safety issues from Monday night’s violence

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR)- The city of Ferguson held a news conference on Tuesday to discuss issues and concerns that have resulted from Monday night’s protests. At the conference, Mayor Knowles was joined by area community leaders and business owners to address the events resulting from the civil unrest. The press conference was held at the Ferguson Community Center located at 1050 Smith Avenue.  

  • Statue spray painted with anti-police message

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The naked statue at Compton Hill Reservoir Park was vandalized Sunday night or Monday morning. Someone spray painted FTP, an anti police message across the front of it. A few blocks away, the entrance to Flora Place was also marred with a message that also included the letters FTP. Both locations are near Shaw Avenue where an off duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed a teenager last month. Investigators say the teen fired first. […]

  • Helping others this Holiday season

    (KPLR) – Thousands of people in the St. Louis area are in desperate need of basic necessities: food, clothing, and a place to call home.  As the holiday season approaches, charitable organizations such as Mers Goodwill, Operation Food Search, and The Salvation Army are stepping up efforts to make sure our neighbors have what they need to survive, not just during the giving season, but all year round. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn what you can do to help brighten the lives of others […]

  • North County Catholic high school offering tuition break

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Trinity Catholic High School in North County is reducing the cost of tuition for the 2015-2016 school year. Any freshman that enrolls at Trinity Catholic will receive a two thousand dollar discount off the nine thousand dollar cost of tuition and fees, if they complete the application process by February 19, 2015. There are 27 catholic high schools in the St. Louis area. Trinity Catholic High School is located at 1720 Redman Road. The […]

  • Plans to link north and south St. Louis County stall

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A coalition is working to expand the light rail system in the St. Louis area. The group, which helped to defeat Amendment 7, the three-quarter cents sales tax referendum, wants a rail line built to connect north county and south county. Members say they want to do something positive because they believe in good transportation for the region and expanding the rail line will help provide jobs and boost the economy. The project has been talked about for […]

  • Cop Watch opens office in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Copwatch, a national organization that uses video cameras to record and document police activity opened an office in Ferguson Monday. David Whitt, head of the local chapter of Copwatch says the goal is to help prevent police brutality and to teach people their rights when stopped by law enforcement officers. After completing the class, participants are given video cameras to record police activity.  Copwatch shares office space with another grassroots organization called, Hands Up United. The […]

  • St. Louis rolls out new program to hire minority police officers

    (KPLR) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is working in collaboration with the NAACP St. Louis Branch, the St. Louis Public Safety Department, and the Ethical Society of Police to recruit more minority police officers to the force. The City has been working on the initiative for months. However, the tragic shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on, August 9, 2014, gave the plan a greater sense of urgency. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn the qualifications needed to […]

  • St. Louis launches major campaign to recruit minority police officers

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-The city of St. Louis has launched a major campaign to recruit more minority police officers. Mayor Francis Slay has joined forces with the St. Louis branch of the NAACP, African-American police officers, and the Public Safety Department to create a more diverse workforce. Not only for police, but throughout the Department of Public Safety. Slay says the initiative has been in the works for months, but the unrest in Ferguson created a greater sense of urgency […]

  • Church of God in Christ holds convention in St. Louis for 5th straight year

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – For the 5th consecutive year the 6 million strong Church of God in Christ Church is holding its annual convention in St. Louis at the America’s Center. The city is rolling out the red carpet for the organization, as they are expected to spend around $15 million dollars in the St. Louis metro area.

  • Ferguson looms over St. Louis County Executive race

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Missouri voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in the general election. The race for St. Louis County Executive is one of the most hotly contested in our area. Democrat Steve Stenger and Republican Rick Stream are vying for the seat. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis they share their plans and promises they hope to fulfill, if elected.

  • Amendment 2 causing debate in Missouri’s legal community

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Voters in Illinois and Missouri are preparing to go the polls to cast their ballots in the, November, 4, 2014, general elections. Several bills are on the ballot in Missouri. Amendment 2 is causing quite a debate in the legal community in the Show-Me-State. If approved, it would allow evidence of prior criminal acts charged or uncharged to be considered by courts in prosecutions of sexual crimes that involve a minor victim. Supporters say the […]


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