Monica is proud to be celebrating 20 years in broadcasting. She joined Fox 2 in 2005 as the morning traffic anchor as well as contributing reports in fitness and entertainment.
Monica brings years of news and sports reporting having worked in Jefferson County in her early years for Regional Radio and eventually the biggest part of her career in country music before making the switch to television. Monica was the News Director/Morning Show Host and sports reporter at KJCF in Festus and loved her early years of doing color commentating for football and baseball in the Jefferson County and St Francois County areas. It is this love for sports that led her to covering St Louis Blues, Cardinals and Rams for 12 years. She made the switch to KDJR/KHAD in DeSoto in 1995 hosting a solo country morning show.
Some of her standout memories in her career have been her one on ones with Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins and multiple other country artists as well as some of her favorites in the sports world such as Brett and Bobby Hull, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Emmitt Smith and the enjoyable competition between Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa in the 90’s.
Monica prides herself on being very diverse not only in her professional career but personally as well. She dances, sings, volunteers for multiple organizations while serving in emcee roles regularly for Family Resource Center, multiple cancer organizations and Ponybird Home in Mapaville just to name a few. She takes comfort in knowing she can make a difference in giving back. Some of her favorite memories in her volunteerism are her Dancing with the St. Louis Stars and Dancing in the Loop stints. She was the only dancer to garner a perfect score while raising money for the Jewish Community Center and Independence center.
Monica quickly changes hats when she wraps up her morning reporting on Fox 2, serving as a wellness consultant to many businesses and personal clients. She is a certified personal trainer and transformation specialist. She works one on one and in group training at multiple facilities in St. Louis.
Heart Disease and Stroke are the number two killers in the country. This weekend, the American Heart Association is hoping to bring awareness to the need for healthier lifestyles, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The 2019 St Louis Heart Walk is this Saturday at Busch Stadium. For 25 years, the Heart Walk has focused on funding the mission to cure heart disease and stroke. It is the premier event for the American Heart Association. One local organization got a […]
May is Melanoma Awareness Month. With warmer temperatures, the risk of skin cancer increases. The most severe type of skin cancer is Melanoma – a malignancy of the pigment cells of the skin. Dermatologists ask that you examine your skin at least once a month and look for anything that is new, bleeding, or changing. A skin check by a dermatologist will help make sure there is no concern or risk. Dr. Lynn Cornelius, Chief of Dermatology with Washington University and […]
ST. LOUIS – Focus St. Louis is the region’s premier civic leadership organization. They strive to connect and educate leaders so they can address issues that come up throughout the community. Confluence St. Louis and Leadership St. Louis collaborated 22 years ago to create Focus St. Louis. Their largest event of the year is the What’s Right with the Region Awards which will honor standout individuals, including some of the youth leaders in their programs. Focus St. Louis has recognized […]
They are the unsung heroes in life. The mentors in our formative years. They are Parents as Teachers and they invest in your family and impact communities nationwide. Parents as Teachers started by visionary Mildred Winter after she realized children were coming to school under prepared. “What began as a pilot in four Missouri School Districts is now the most highly replicated evidence-based home visiting model in the nation,” says Winter. The model they created through parent educators is for […]
The Make a Wish Foundation has been making wishes come true for children with critical illnesses since 1980. On Monday, the Make a Wish Missouri and Kansas team came to Ballwin, MO on Monday to surprise a special, young boy. Patrick was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in October of 2018. His dream was to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming on a family fishing trip and wish granter, Ashley, brought Patrick on stage at his school for a special announcement. […]
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is teaming up with the Salvation Army to create programs that inspire hope and empower African Americans. Urban League St. Louis co-owns the new Ferguson Community Empowerment Center facility with the Salvation Army, allowing them to serve a high number of those in need. Michael McMillan, President and CEO of Urban League St. Louis, says “our goal [is] to make it a triumphant facility that [will] serve thousands of people in the course […]
ST. LOUIS – The 26th annual Bark in the Park is on May 18th and all donations will be going to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACT). The Humane Society of Missouri’s ACT serves to investigate, heal, and prevent animal abuse. There are 15 full-time officers that respond to calls in St. Louis as well as natural disasters all over the country. “We recently returned from hurricanes in both Texas and Georgia, Louisiana,” says Shana Cook, Humane […]
Drew Hessler, a former CBC standout football player, was entering his junior year in high school when he went on a family vacation and his life changed forever. Hessler fell off a 4th story balcony, broke his neck, and was paralyzed from the chest down. Doctors told Drew he would never have function again. “I don’t know why but from the beginning, I never accepted that,” says Hessler. After a series of tests, Doctors said his C5 injury was not a […]
For almost 50 years, the St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer (STLMGAC) has raised and donated millions of dollars for St. Louis cancer research, care, and prevention. This year will be the first annual Women’s Event dinner to benefit STLMGAC. Inside Edition Anchor Deborah Norville will be the featured speaker for the Women’s Event. She will speak on her fight with thyroid cancer. “The mission is that they raise money for cancer prevention, cure and care for men, women, children, […]
The Hispanic Festival, Inc coordinates Hispanic festivals and presentations throughout the St. Louis area. Every member of the Hispanic Festival, Inc is a volunteer. They hope to share the rich and colorful Hispanic culture with the Greater St. Louis Area. “For over 25 years, we’ve given out over 50,000 dollars in scholarships,” says Elisa Bender, board member. Bender says there are “over 20 Hispanic countries” and all will be represented proudly during the two-day celebration at the Fiesta in Florissant, […]
For the last 15 years, LESA has been providing financial resources for children to obtain a Lutheran education throughout St Louis, St Charles, and Illinois. LESA has awarded over 5 million dollars to over 3,300 students. Students in grades K-4 are learning LEGO robotics, coding and other STEM skills thanks to a generous grant and they are looking to expand the program. LESA receives no government funding. They are supported by gifts from individuals, foundation grants, and corporate sponsorship. You […]
In Summer 2016, Lily was running around like a normal three-year-old. After appearing to have pulled a muscle, her family took her to the doctor where their life imminently changed. An X-Ray was performed and, after coming back suspicious, doctors performed a bone biopsy on young Lily. It came back positive for cancer. Anne LaMartina is the mother of Lily, now five years old. She is the youngest of six children. “I was terrified,” Anne says. “Heartbroken, stunned, and you […]