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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
  • 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 […]

  • Thousands celebrate Cinco de Mayo in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Thousands of people came out for the Cinco De Mayo celebration on Cherokee Street. “This city is so cool. Everybody is just so loving. It’s so fun. This is the most diverse event that we’ve been to and everybody is just out here having a good time together,” said Sarah Bradbury. That feeling is why organizer Carlos Restrepo moved here 15 years ago from Columbia. “Latin sounds in the streets where you live in the middle […]

  • Alton deploys new ‘muscle wall’ system to stave off floodwater

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – Alton is used to dealing with floodwater, but Mayor Brant Walker said this year the city is implementing a new system to try and protect the town. And that now that system is really being put the test since city leaders didn’t expect the river to crest quite so high. “What started off as a moderate to minor flood, we are now in a major flood category, with a crest in Alton at 35 feet,” Walker […]

  • Humane Society offers to aid pet owners facing flooding concerns

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Rising flood water isn’t only a problem for people. It’s also a problem for our pets. That’s why the Humane Society of Missouri is stepping in to help them find temporary shelter. “I’m expecting more animals to be coming in today especially with the current rains that we’re having,” says Mike Perkins the Director of the Animal Cruelty Task Force. So far he’s taken in three dogs and two cats from parts of Jefferson and St. […]

  • John Burroughs Bombers competes in robotics championship

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Competitors from around the globe are gathering for the last time in St. Louis this week for the First Tech Challenge World Championships. John Burroughs School from Ladue is the only local team to make it through the regionals to the big meet.  They’re going to have nine matches over the next three days and they’re really hoping to make it to the finals with Sharpie Bot 2.0. It took the John Burroughs Bombers more than […]

  • New bill would tax St. Louis city, county residents to pay for zoo

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Zoo welcomes people from everywhere, but a new proposed sales tax hike would affect just St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis. Some residents say that’s just not fair. “It kind of feels like it always falls to us to be the one to pick up that sort of slack,” says city resident Kate Eckelkamp. She already pays a portion of her property tax to the zoo. Zoo officials are calling […]

  • Scottrade job fair aims to fill hundreds of new openings

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KPLR) – A special job fair is going on Tuesday in west St. Louis County, as financial brokerage firm Scottrade is on the verge of a mass hiring, hoping to fill hundreds of new positions. The job fair is located in the Marriott St. Louis West Hotel on Maryville Centre Drive. The job fair is slated to go until 7:30 p.m. Lots of job seekers are on hand dressed for success and resume in hand. Scottrade plans to hire […]

  • Crestwood Mall demolition on track for redevelopment

    CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – An eyesore in Crestwood will soon get a fresh start. The old mall is being torn down to be replaced with a multi-use facility leaders hope will become a regional destination. This is all that’s left of the old Crestwood Mall which once was a popular hangout. Only the former Macy’s store is still standing, but that will be down by May. City Administrator Kris Simpson says this redevelopment project is almost two decades in the […]

  • With state start-up funding set to be cut, other cities looking to copy St. Louis’s success

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Mayors from around the country are in St. Louis this week to see why start-ups are having so much success here. But this comes as Governor Grietens proposes cutting their state funding by almost 75 percent. Plans to slash state funding that helps grow local startups isn’t sitting well with developers.  It was what attracted Chad Stiening to St. Louis when he started Kypha, “I wouldn’t be here and the company and the fund and all […]