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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
  • No significant change in Ferguson home sales after demonstrations

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Some residents in Ferguson are putting their homes on the market. Not because of racial issues and protests that, at times, turned violent after the August ninth shooting of Michael Brown, but because of life changes. Jeannie Boettcher has lived in Ferguson more than 70-years. She says there are two houses on the market in her neighborhood. “It’s a case of people dying and or being in a nursing home you know,” said Boettcher. If […]

  • Bridging the healthcare gap in St. Louis

    (KPLR) – There are huge disparities in the St. Louis area when it comes to health and healthcare. Where you live, your economic status, and your level of education can all impact your health and your access to healthcare and can be a determining factor when it comes to longevity in life. A new study called, “For the Sake of All” reveals chilling information you need to know to have good health and remain healthy.

  • St. Louis clergy hope to bring peace to Ferguson

    (KPLR) – A group of religious leaders from throughout the St. Louis area are in Ferguson trying to keep peace and help protect peaceful protesters. They have been in Ferguson since the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Their mission is not to take sides, be police informants, or to determine guilt or innocence; but rather to help lift the voices and deliver the messages of those peacefully protesting. Their message is clear – see me as a human being, treat me as a human being, and respect […]

  • Clergy pray for peace in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Monday the ongoing protest over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown produced a few tense moments when gunfire was heard as members of the clergy were praying for peace. Clergy from around the St. Louis area joined protesters in a demonstration across from the Ferguson Police Department. One clergy member was arrested during the demonstration. Reporter Shirley Washington interviewed a rabbi Tuesday on what the clergy brings to the protest.

  • A closer look at domestic violence

    (KPLR) – Domestic violence is a serious issue across the country, and the St. Louis area is no exception. It’s a problem that impacts men, women, and children. The National Football League has come under harsh criticism lately for the way it has handled several high profile domestic violence cases. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis we’ll take a closer look at domestic violence, where victims can go for help, and what can be done to stop the abuse. Links and […]

  • Department of Justice hosting meeting on Ferguson Police Department

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR)  –  Representatives from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department are holding a public meeting tonight at Saint Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. They are expected to give an update on their investigation of the Ferguson Police Department and speak privately with anyone who wants to share stories of their encounters with Ferguson police. The meeting comes on the heels of a visit to Ferguson by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who met privately […]

  • Michael Brown memorial burned and rebuilt

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – A memorial dedicated to Michael Brown burned in a fire early Tuesday morning at Canfield Green Apartments on Canfield Drive in Ferguson. Residents say it broke out between five and six o’clock at one of two memorials dedicated to Brown. The 18-year-old unarmed teen was shot and killed August 9, 2014, by Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. A Ferguson police sergeant tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. The fire department was […]

  • Ferguson man finds pepper balls used for crowd control from riots

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Sixty-two-year-old Darrell Burgess is concerned about four red balls he found at his apartment complex located behind the burned down QuikTrip in Ferguson. Burgess believes they are rubber bullets police in riot gear fired on protesters during demonstrations after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Burgess says when two of the balls fell out of his pocket and hit the ground, they released smoke that made him sick. “It was […]

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    The Pulse of St. Louis: Entrepreneurship in St. Louis

    (KPLR) – St. Louis is getting a reputation as the place to be for entrepreneurs starting new businesses. Several start-ups have sprout up over the last couple of years in just about every industry, everything from swimwear to office furniture. Perhaps, the best known start-ups in the Gateway City area that have grown into billion dollar companies are Express Scripts and World Wide Technology Inc. If you have a great idea for a product or business, check out this edition of The […]

  • Police keep Michael Brown protesters off I-70

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Shortly before 3:20 pm Michael Brown protesters had gathered at I-70 and Hanley Road to started their promised push to shut down I-70 during Wednesday’s rush hour. Police from surrounding communities, along with St. Louis city and county officers and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were on hand to prevent any attempt to block traffic on I-70. Law enforcement officials have stated the protester had the right to protest, but not to block the […]

  • Police block Michael Brown demonstrators from shutting down I-70

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Demonstrators fail to block a major highway during rush hour in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon. They are seeking justice for the police shooting death of Michael Brown. Police stopped the protester’s efforts to shut down I-70 They formed a line and met activists on Hanley road. Traffic was blocked on Hanley road while police met with activists. There have been over a dozen arrests at this point. Organizers of the protest have told demonstrators to move […]

  • Ferguson City Council posed to enact sweeping changes

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The Ferguson City Council is meeting Tuesday for the first time since the shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. The council plans to address several proposals in the wake of the shooting including establishing a Citizens Review Board to work with police and limit how much of the city’s general revenue can come from municipal court fines. Some community activists say they  are pleased with the progress, but say more needs to […]


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