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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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    The Pulse of St. Louis: World Pediatric Project

    (KPLR) – World Pediatric Project, a local non-profit is working to help critically ill children from developing countries gain access to life-saving medical care in St. Louis. The organization focuses on little ones from Central America and the Caribbean. A newlywed couple from Maryville, Illinois is hosting a heartfelt online fundraiser to help a twenty-month-old girl in desperate need of heart surgery. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn the special way the bride and groom are helping to […]

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    YouthBuild Superhero saving lives in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Youngsters in the St. Louis YouthBuild Program are developing and honing their super powers. You see, the 17-to-24 year-olds are Superheroes. They attend classes to earn their high school diploma and learn a construction skill by day while getting paid in the process. However, every Friday night they attend a mentoring session to become superheroes charged with doing what superheroes do, save lives. The students don’t stand in front of speeding trains or leap from tall […]

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    Newlyweds ask wedding guest to help critically ill toddler in lieu of gifts

    MARYVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Maryville, Illinois newlyweds are making a big difference in the life of a critically ill little girl named Genesis from Honduras by raising funds for her lifesaving heart surgery, but it`s not a traditional fundraiser. India and Eric Johnson took a cruise to the Bahamas were they were married, August 9, 2016, on a white sandy beach. In lieu of wedding gifts, the couple asked friends and family to donate money to World Pediatric Project (WPP), […]

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Prison to Prosperity program for former inmates

    (KPLR) – Prison to Prosperity, a new initiative unveiled last year by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is proving to be very successful. The program is designed to help former inmates stay on the right track after they are released from prison by offering them valuable resources such as access to jobs, education and housing to help them lead brighter lives. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn how the program works and how it is impacting the Gateway […]

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    Prison to Prosperity program is making an impact on young offenders

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A pilot program St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay introduced last year appears to be having a profound impact. It is called From Prison to Prosperity (P2P) and is designed to offer much needed resources like jobs, education, mentors and social services to inmates being released from the corrections system in an effort to prevent them from returning to a life of crime. More than one hundred people between the ages of 17 and 24 are involved […]

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Ferguson 2-years on and Hospice Care

    (KPLR) – It’s been two years since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Since that time, significant changes have taken place in Ferguson to help eliminate systemic racism and help heal the community. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, the new police chief and new city manager give us a sense of what is happening to help move Ferguson Forward. We will also learn more about Crossroads Hospice, a fairly new facility in the Gateway City area that is […]

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    Significant changes have taken place in Ferguson since Michael Brown’s death

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Significant changes have taken place in Ferguson since former police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, Jr., two years ago today. The city has new African-American leadership, including the police chief, city manager and three council members. The council passed an ordinance to establish a civilian review board to monitor police. Sweeping reforms of municipal court have resulted in thousands of warrants being lifted and a new judge being installed. New businesses have opened […]

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Nonprofits working to make life better in St. Louis

    (KPLR) – Community organizations are working diligently in the Gateway City area to save lives and make our community better.  Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, we’ll hear from Michael Brown Sr., founder of the Michael Brown Foundation Chosen for Change and transplant recipient Larry Bonds, founder of Foundation 4 Life. Learn more about these non-profits and their respective missions and how you can get involved.  

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    Students given free haircuts for back to school event

    FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – Gary Winfield, owner of G-Revae’z Salon Studio recruited fifteen fellow barbers to volunteer their time offering free haircuts to students at Ferguson Middle School Monday during a back to school registration event. The Barbers for Boys initiative is designed to help the youngster’s look and feel their best on the first day of school. The young men are also members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis. Students who attended the registration event also […]

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Bullying

    (KPLR) – It won’t be long before summer ends and a new school year begins. Before you send your student to class, experts want you to talk with them about bullying. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn more about the serious issue that can lead to depression, emotional and physical distress and suicide and what you can do to help stop it.

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    Murals to adorn vacant buildings along Page Boulevard

    (KPLR) – Turning blight into beauty, students from the St. Louis Job Corps Center picked up life sized boards from Better Family Life’s headquarters to draw pictures of successful people from the St. Louis area that inspire others to do great things. The portraits will be added to the prestigious collection of dignitaries posted in windows of abandoned buildings on Page Boulevard between Skinker and Kingshighway.

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    North City couple wins fight to adopt grandson

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A north city couple’s adoption saga has a happy ending. Hilda and James Norwood were facing challenges adopting their young grandson due to outstanding arrest warrants for minor infractions, including one for an unpaid trash bill and several traffic violations. The couple worked with Blake Strode, an attorney with Arch City Defenders to get the warrants lifted. The Norwoods have officially adopted their grandson giving him a permanent home.


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