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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
  • 18-year-old charged after Belleville high schools closed for threat

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office charged an 18-year-old who planned to confront students at Belleville East High School on Wednesday, forcing classes to be canceled at both Belleville East and Belleville West. The suspect, Derek Burton, was enrolled in the district but had not attended classes most of the semester. Burton was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a person under 21, and felony […]

  • Teen taken into custody after making threat against high school

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Police say a rocky romance led to scary moments Wednesday morning in Belleville. Classes were canceled at both Belleville East and Belleville West High Schools after what authorities called a “credible threat” involving students came in overnight. Police have an 18-year-old in custody. The St. Clair County State’s Attorney says he’s waiting for the case to be handed over, before determining what if any charges will be filed in the case. “We got lucky there’s no other […]

  • ATM skimmers found at Metro East credit union

    WATERLOO, IL – A warning tonight after police suspect someone of trying to steal bank card information. It happened at two branches of the Scott Credit Union. “I came to get some money out of the ATM until you just told me about some scam thing or something going on,” said customer Thomas Heavner. It’s called a skimmer, and the device can be used to steal your card information. Police found skimmers at two separate Scott Credit Union ATM locations, […]

  • McCaskill’s campaign stop in St. Louis features potential presidential candidate

    ST. LOUIS – Amid political Turmoil at the state and national level, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill held a campaign stop in St. Louis. She was joined by someone who may be a presidential hopeful. Senator Claire McCaskill Hosted a campaign stop here Sunday joined by U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey.  This comes at a divisive time in Missouri politics, that’s been shrouded in scandal. McCaskill highlighted the need for Missourians to come out to the polls, if there’s […]

  • Despite storms St. Louisans get out for outdoor events

    ST. LOUIS – Rain canceled the Muny’s Centennial Gala performance last night but this afternoon’s severe weather isn’t holding back dedicated fans. “Any rain at all isn’t going to damper us from getting to see this,” says one woman. Diehard theater fans weren’t scared away by this afternoon’s severe storms even after the Muny’s centennial performance was rescheduled last night due to the rain. “We could see them mopping the stage and trying to make everything right because it would […]

  • Water crisis in southern Illinois – Broken main replaced, but water not ready to drink

    BENTON, Ill. – A water crisis in southern Illinois began with a break at a water plant, leaving thousands to conserve water as taps quickly run dry throughout several counties. All of the water from the Rend Lake Conservancy District Travels through the rusted-out piece of pipe that blew. It provides water to more than 175,000 people across southern Illinois. The pipe was replaced Friday morning, but the water’s not quite ready to drink yet. The water crisis is affecting […]

  • Ferguson firefighters rescue puppy who fell down 20 foot pipe

    FERGUSON, Mo. – A close call for a puppy in Ferguson as rescue crews pulled the five-week-old pit bull from a pipe, where he was trapped 20 feet below ground. The family told rescuers they got the puppy for their boy the day before and hoped they would grow up together, but less than 24 hours after bringing him home that dream was nearly cut short. On Wednesday, Ferguson firefighters rescued “Poncho” after the puppy got wedged in a PVC […]

  • Families keep cool despite Mother’s Day heat

    ST. LOUIS – It was a beautiful but hot Mother’s Day across the st. Louis area. Many families spent the whole day outside. The Salinas family made their way to the St. Louis Zoo, which was packed. “Well this is our tradition. This is what we do. We did cook out… we just had lunch. Now we’re back at it again,” said Alicia Salinas. With nearly record-setting temperatures it’s no surprise some opted for cool treat. “We played soccer outside, […]

  • De Soto restaurant may close over owner’s issues with landlord

    DE SOTO, Mo. – A De Soto restaurant owner says he may be forced to leave his location over problems with the building and with his landlord. After three years at this location, restaurant owner Kevin Smith worries he’ll have to close the doors at Fountain City Grille in a space that he rents. “The roof from upstairs leaks so bad, the rain runs down on my hoods. You can see water damage; it runs all down the side of […]

  • Anti-diarrhea medication warnings

    RED BUD, Ill. – Law enforcement and pharmacists in Randolph County are warning the public of the dangers of a common anti-diarrhea medication found in your cupboard. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the coroner and state’s attorney’s office, are all warning about the risks of loperamide, which is found in anti-diarrhea medications like Imodium. Pharmacist Steven Gibson says it is similar to an opioid and people are taking it in large doses to get high or deal […]

  • City of St. Louis records 10 homicides in 10 days

    ST. LOUIS – There was another fatal shooting in St. Louis Sunday afternoon. Police say it was an adult female and she died on the scene near Fairground Park. That brings the total to 10 people killed in the last 10 days in the City of St. Louis and community leaders are calling on everyone to take action. “But everyone now from East St. Louis to Lake St. Louis has got to say what can I do. We have seen […]

  • Free rides home being offered to those celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day

    ST. LOUIS – “It’s Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo it’s a beautiful day, spring is here everybody’s just drinking enjoying we’re having a great day,” says Dustin Parres with Gamlin Whiskey House. From the Central West End to Cherokee Street people across St. Louis are out celebrating. Major Brands is offering 1,000 free lift rides for those that need a safe way home. “Everybody is having a great time enjoying their liquor and it’s good to be safe for […]