I write breaking news stories, produce viral videos and manage our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. My team is often the first to confirm a story and alert our audience through our apps, social media and e-mail newsletters. We work with newscast producers to bridge the gap between online and on-air elements.
My work during the protests following the shooting of Michael Brown led to an Emmy for breaking news.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. – A woman on a walk heard a man yelling for help at around 6:30am in Bicentennial Park this morning and called 911. Firefighters found a man stuck in a tree. The 38-year-old man says he was chased by a dog in the park around 8:00 pm Tuesday night and ran up the tree. Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour tells FOX 2 that his bent knee became lodged in the tree. Chief Pour is calling it a compression injury. The […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In Tuesday’s local elections Democrats flipped a Missouri state representative seat in west St. Louis County in a special election. Trish Gunby beat Republican Lee Ann Pitman to fill the vacancy left by Republican Jean Evans. Democrats Mike Person and Rasheen Aldridge won two other Missouri House races. With no Republican opposition. In Jennings a half-cent sales tax for a new city hall and community center passed by just one vote. There could be a recount. Prop U […]
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — An Illinois state trooper’s Facebook post is going viral but she’s hoping it has as big an impact on distracted drivers and saves lives. The post was seen by well over 200,000 people in 14 hours. Sgt. Tracy Lillard is in charge of social media for the Illinois State Police. She operates two web pages: the state’s and her own Trooper Tracy page. She’s concerned about so many drivers who fail to move over when emergency responders […]
CREVE COEUR, Mo. – A new video provides a glimpse into the life of s former Cardinals baseball player. Stephen Piscotty’s $1.45 million home is now on the market. A realtor has provided FOX 2 with this clip showing the interior and exterior of the home. The Cardinals traded Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics in December 2017 so Piscotty could be closer to his ailing mother while she battled ALS. Gretchen Piscotty passed away in May 2018. The 3,682 square-foot […]
WENTZVILLE, Mo. – A student at Holt High School in Wentzville was found carrying a loaded handgun in his backpack in class. Authorities are praising another student for coming forward and alerting officials about the situation. The incident all unfolded in a matter of minutes on Thursday morning at Holt High. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but parents are certainly concerned and investigators are still trying to figure out why the student brought a loaded gun to school in the first […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — You could get paid $3,310 to participate in a Saint Louis University flu study. The catch, you will be infected with the influenza virus and quarantined for at least 10 days under controlled conditions at Saint Louis University. Volunteers will receive a nasal spray containing a strain of seasonal influenza virus. The study builds on recent work by scientists in the NIAID Laboratory of Infectious Diseases to develop a model of influenza disease. To participate, you have to be […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Metro is partnering with Lyft in a new pilot program to offer $1 rides for public transportation passengers to help make their connections. Eligible commuters must live in the preselected neighborhoods to be eligible for the first and last mile program. To take advantage of the program, Metro riders should call 314-231-2345 or text 314-207-9786 to determine if they are eligible for the program and to receive the special code. For full details of the program, […]
HAZELWOOD, Mo. — A weapon was found in a student’s backpack this morning at Hazelwood West High School, according to a representative from the school district. A phone call was placed to parents this morning about the incident. The district is not treating the situation as a threat. Administrators were notified about the weapon from a member of the community. The person told them that there was a student on school property with a weapon. This matter is being handed […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There will be a new arrival at the Saint Louis Zoo this summer. They have just announced that a 23-year-old Asian elephant named Rani is pregnant. She is expected to give birth in the summer of 2020. The father is 26-year-old Raja. He was the first Asian elephant ever born at the Zoo in 1992, and this calf will be his fifth offspring. The Saint Louis Zoo says that an elephant pregnancy lasts about 22 months […]
JENNINGS, Mo. – Another teenager has been murdered in the St. Louis-area as a 17-year-old was shot dead in an alley in Jennings Wednesday afternoon. According to Officer Tracy Panus, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Police Department, the shooting happened around 1 p.m. in the 8300 block of Strathmore Place. In addition to the calls for shots fired, police said the ShotSpotter system in the area activated. Police arrived to find the victim’s body in an alley. The […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – It should come as no surprise that the home of the Cardinals has been named as one of the best cities in the United States to be a baseball fan. Wallethub says that they compared over 360 US Cities with at least one college or professional team across 31 key metrics. They found that St. Louis ranks third among large cities. WalletHub’s 2019 “Baseball Fandom” score for St. Louis (1=Best; 180=Avg.) 6th – Performance Level of […]
DUQUOIN, Ill – The body of a central Illinois woman who has been missing since 2010 have now been identified by Illinois State Police as Benedetta “Beth” Bentley. The remains were found in December 2017 in Jefferson County, Illinois near the intersection of Saddle Club and Miller Lake roads. A friend dropped her off at the Amtrak Station in Centralia on May 23, 2010. She was taking the train back to her home in Woodstock, Illinois. She was reported missing […]