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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
  • Operation Clean Sweep kicks off this weekend in JeffVanderLou neighborhood

    ST. LOUIS – Operation Clean Sweep kicks off in the JeffVanderLou neighborhood this weekend. James Clark, with Better Family Life unveiled plans during a news conference Tuesday that calls for cleaning up the community riddled with abandoned buildings. Members of various organizations will be on hand to help with the effort, including the St. Louis Forestry Department. Crews will cut down trees, remove debris from vacant lots and supply dumpsters. Volunteers are needed and are encouraged to meet at 2728 […]

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: Better Together report on cost of services in the St. Louis Area

    A new effort is underway to merge St. Louis City and County services after Better Together, a local nonprofit released a new report that shows the region is spending 119 million dollars more per year for municipal services than just three years ago. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis find out how city leaders are reacting to the study. Also, learn more about a highly unusual condition that causes children to drown long after they get out of a body of water.

  • Understanding the dangers of ‘dry drowning’

    Francisco Delgado, a father from Houston, Texas, devastated by the loss of his four-year-old son Frankie Delgado, somehow managed to push through his grief to share how a rare condition called dry drowning claimed the life of his sweet little boy. When Frankie went swimming during a family vacation in Texas, a wave pushed him down and his head went underwater. Family members say Frankie became ill the next day, complaining of stomach issues and he had diarrhea. One week […]

  • The Pulse of St. Louis: Escalating violence in the City of St. Louis

    (KPLR) – St. Louis Police are called to heartbreaking fatal shootings time and time again. There have been ten so far, this month alone. Eight are homicides. The violence is happening in the same distressed neighborhoods that have experienced gut wrenching violence for years. City and state leaders say easy access to guns are only part of the problem. Tonight, on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn more about the issues that are plaguing or communities and what is being […]

  • St. Louis County Police using boxing program to interact with area children

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Children throughout the Gateway City area are learning how to box through the St. Louis County Police Department’s PAL Program (PAL). The mission of PAL, which stands for Police Athletic League is to give youngsters ages six through sixteen something constructive to do while at the same time help to improve relations between the police and the community. There are several programs available through PAL, including swimming, cultural and academic enrichment. PAL pays insurance, […]

  • Operation Food Search to provide meals to children this summer

    (KPLR) – Operation Food Search is teaming up with the St. Louis Public Library to provide lunches to children this summer at select locations. Starting June 5 through August 11, seven library branches will offer a nutritious lunch along with activities for kids from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Meals will be available free of charge for children 18 and under. Each Thursday, families will be given a bag of food for the weekend. Kids will get pizza as a special treat […]

  • St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s crimefighting plan includes school visits to encourage students

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has launched an aggressive campaign to help combat crime. Gardner is working with local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to get violent offenders off the streets. She is also visiting schools encouraging students to get an education and avoid a life of crime. Gardner says improving relations between the community and the Circuit Attorney’s Office is also a top priority because she wants crime victims and witnesses […]

  • Giving voice, opportunity to would-be minority filmmakers

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Do you want to become a filmmaker, but don’t know where to start? A local non-profit called Continuity can help. The St. Louis-based organization is launching its first Annual Media Training Program this August. The goal is increase the number of minorities in media production. Participants will learn everything from how to produce a film from conception to completion. The 36-week course is free of charge and participants will be paid throughout the entire course. When […]

  • 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 […]