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Michelle Madaras joined FOX2/ KPLR11 news team in March of 2017 as a reporter and producer. Before moving to St. Louis she worked at WSIL News 3 in southern Illinois where she anchored their weekend morning show, reported and produced.

Michelle’s career began at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois. She started as an intern there in 2012, but was soon after hired to produce their morning show while she finished her journalism degree at the University of Illinois. During her time at the U of I, Michelle also had the opportunity to intern at NBC5 Chicago and write for a local newspaper that covers the Chicagoland suburbs.

When Michelle isn’t out reporting or working hard in the newsroom she enjoys yoga, golf and playing fetch with her dog Finn. Michelle is also a lifelong competitive figure skater and coaches in her spare time.

Recent Articles
  • St. Louis Chapter of American Red Cross sending supplies to Texas

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – Volunteers from the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross spent Sunday morning helping those displaced by Hurricane Harvey. They loaded tractor trailers full of supplies that will be headed south. All totaled over the weekend, the Red Cross in St. Louis will have sent enough supplies to shelter 24,000 people. If you like to donate, visit: www.redcross.org 

  • Fox 2 reporter recounts what Cuba is like today

    CUBA – President Trump recently announced his plans to tighten U.S. travel restrictions with Cuba leaving tourists and the businesses that depend on their dollars wondering what that might look like. Fox 2 reporter Michelle Madaras traveled to Cuba to experience the country before the change goes into effect. When Americans think of Cuba often images like this come to mind. The Museo de Revelicion is a symbol of how far the country has come but as I’ve learned it’s […]

  • Dealing with dangerous heat in Edwardsville

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL. – The dangerous heat and humidity is impacting folks on both sides of the river. Michelle Madaras is live in Edwardsville seeing how are people coping with the temperatures there.

  • Fair St. Louis traffic proves problematic for ridesharing services

    ST. LOUIS – Thousands of people came out for the fireworks at Fair St. Louis Tuesday night creating a lot of congestion for drivers as people tried to make their way out of Forest Park after the festivities. MoDOT closed many of the ramp by Forest Park to help control traffic.  But those closures meant long waits for drivers, especially when the fireworks show wrapped up. Later in the night, crews stopped letting traffic into the park so people who […]

  • Wood River Aquatic Center apologizes to breastfeeding mom

    WOOD RIVER, IL – A Wood River mom is speaking out about breastfeeding in public after an incident at the local public pool. Swimming can work up and appetite, so when Brei Theisen’s 14 month-old got hungry at Wood River Aquatic Center, she fed her the way she normally does. “Went to the side of the pool to breastfeed her and I didn’t feel like it was necessary for me to cover up because it is 90 degrees outside, so […]

  • Parents speak out against Aldi moving next to two Mehlville schools

    MEHLVILLE, MO – There’s controversy in the Mehlville School District as the board plans to sell a property near two of its schools to an Aldi. The land in question, an acre just off Telegraph Road, is about 50 yards from Wohlwend Elementary and just a little further from Oakville Middle School. Parents say not only would the grocery store bring more traffic to an already congested area, but they don’t like the idea of it being so close to […]

  • Police investigate break-ins at new subdivision in St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Authorities are investigating break-ins at a new subdivision in south St. Louis County. No one lives in these homes yet, but neighbors hope this doesn’t become a trend. The homes, located in the Gardens at Grant’s View, were easy targets since crews are constantly in and out as they work to finish the project, police said. “Sometime overnight we’ve got at least one suspect that broke into two homes. They’re newer homes in the […]

  • Woman, newborn baby nearly crushed after metal plate tie falls from train trestle

    PEVELY, MO (KPLR) – A mother and her newborn had a brush with death after a piece of metal falls from a train overpass as they drove underneath. The track and trestle, located along Highway Z in Pevely, belongs to Burlington Northern Santa Fe. A spokesperson said it’s quite rare for a metal plate tie to fall from the track. They’re investigating the situation and working with the family to cover all the damages. Trains pass over the trestle several […]

  • St. Louis begins process to remove Confederate monument from Forest Park

    ST. LOUIS – There were protests at the monument Tuesday night in Forest Park. Wednesday, with no warning, workers set up a barricade around the Confederate monument to create a 50 foot perimeter. Workers then used a bucket truck to take down the Confederate drive street sign. Koran Addo tells FOX 2 that this is the first step in removing the monument. Engineers will need to figure out the best way to take the monument down. This could take weeks to […]

  • Cardinal fans attend benefit concert to help flood victims

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Many decided to spend their Memorial Day at Busch Stadium where there was a country concert to benefit those impacted by the recent flood. “That flood was terrible. It effected a lot of the families in my school district, Lindbergh School District. Go Flyers,” says Nancy Boughman. Helping those flood victims is what brought her and her husband Bruce Boughman to the pre-game benefit concert. It was put on by New Country 92.3 and the Cardinals […]

  • Art on the Square artists contending with storms

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Art on the Square gets underway Friday in Belleville, where artists had to contend with the early morning storms as they set up. Heavy wind and rain knocked down several of the booths. “I look at my phone and I see this message and it says your booth went over,” said artist John Galbo. Only one of Galbo’s pieces sustained minor damage. “It got a little bit wet in here, but it dried like they always […]

  • Up-Down Arcade Bar receives approval for liquor license

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A battle over a new arcade and bar in the Central West End has ended with the establishment getting its liquor license, but there could be some strings attached. The St. Louis Excise Commissioner approved the full drink, Sunday drink, and beer garden liquor licenses for Up-Down STL at 405 North Euclid. Construction was halted there, according to attorney Al Watkins, who said the owners were waiting to learn the fate of their bar. “Am I […]