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Since joining FOX 2 News as a general assignment reporter in June 1985, Roche Madden has reported on stories from Saudi Arabia to the former Soviet Union to San Francisco.

He recently covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Madden traveled to Saudi Arabia to report on preparations for Operation Desert Storm and how Scott Air Force Base was playing an important roll. In San Francisco Madden followed a group of St. Louis officials to California where they learned about earthquake preparedness. In Russia Madden followed troops who took part in Provide Hope, a program which air lifted food and medicine to the former Soviet Union.

In what he considers the highlight of his career, Madden joined Pope John Paul II as he traveled from Rome to Mexico City to St. Louis.

Madden won an Emmy Award for his reporting on flood coverage in the St. Louis area. In 1996 Madden won an Emmy for live spot news coverage.

Before coming to St. Louis, Madden spent five years in Tulsa, Oklahoma and nearly two years in Midland, Texas where he anchored the news.

Madden majored in broadcast journalism at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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Recent Articles
  • Flood warnings along riverfront areas in the St. Louis region

    Heavy rains in the upper Midwest caused flooding downstream in the St. Louis area. In St. Charles County, the ‘road closed’ signs go up when the river rises. Farmers’ fields turn into lakes. Some residents are always prepared; they live in elevated homes. Boats are parked in front yards, ready to go, just in case. “This particular kind of flood happens two or three times a year,” said Steve Young, who lives in Portage Des Sioux. A few streets in […]

  • McCluer North teacher accused of inappropriate messages with students

    FLORISSANT, Mo. – For the second time in two years, an employee of the Ferguson-Florissant School District is suspected of serious allegations involving students. District officials got word on Tuesday that a staff member had inappropriate communications with more than one student at McCluer North High School and by the next day, the staff member had been put paid administrative leave and police were called. On Friday, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged 35-year-old Timothy Nagel with patronizing prostitution […]

  • St. Louisans and local businesses enjoying dramatic temperature drop

    ST. LOUIS – A dramatic drop in the temperature has many St. Louisans greeting the cold with a warm hug. A pumpkin grower in Maryland Heights says colder temperatures cause people to think of Fall, Halloween and buying pumpkins. Parents and kids were having fun in the Thies farm pumpkin land on Thursday. The cooler temperatures are not only boosting business, but the chill in the air is also good for pumpkins still growing in the fields. “It just makes for […]

  • Ferguson residents forced out of apartments after building labeled unsafe

    FERGUSON, Mo. – Residents of a Ferguson apartment complex said it’s been a chaotic 24 hours after their building was deemed unsafe to occupy and they were forced to move out. It all began a couple weeks ago when Ferguson inspectors noticed cracks in the concrete and called in a structural engineer. People said their lives have been chaotic and hectic since then. The structural engineer was checking out cracks in the upstairs sidewalk of one building Tuesday afternoon and […]

  • St. Louis tries for MLS franchise once again, with Taylor family leading the way

    ST. LOUIS – The possibility of a Major League Soccer team playing in St. Louis took a giant step forward. A member of the would-be ownership group from last year’s failed bid held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce a new proposal to bring the MLS to St. Louis. Jim Kavanaugh, co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology, and members of the Taylor family met at Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club with Mayor Lyda Krewson, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, and […]

  • Historic church goes up in flames; investigators suspect arson

    MARQUAND, Mo. – Fire officials said an arsonist has been causing serious problems in southeast Missouri by targeting old and historic buildings. It’s happened in and near Marquand, Missouri, which is about 100 miles south of St. Louis. The crime scene tape was still in place around an old log cabin in the city park. The cabin is the community’s pride and joy, very old very historic. It appeared somebody set the building as well as a nearby church on […]

  • Clayton hotel remains closed following water main break

    CLAYTON, Mo. – The Sheraton Hotel in Clayton remained closed Friday a water main break. The cause of the break was still under investigation. The 254-room hotel was more than half-full when the main broke around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Customers arriving Friday were greeted by warning signs. Water to the hotel has been cut so they cannot welcome guests. Exactly 159 guests and another 50 employees were evacuated without any injuries. The break happened two levels below the ground floor […]

  • Mizzou professor wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A University of Missouri professor has been awarded a Nobel Prize. The 2018 Nobel Prize in chemistry is shared by three people including Mizzou’s own Dr. George P. Smith. It’s the first time a professor at Mizzou, doing research on campus, has won such a prestigious award. Dr. George Smith was greeted warmly by students as he arrived for an afternoon news conference which included a standing ovation. He said he got the phone call from Sweden […]

  • Radio segment cause for concern for people with celiac disease

    ST. LOUIS – People with celiac disease were angered during a morning radio show segment. Dana Smith said she was listening to Z1077 on her radio when the show went to a segment called “Dirty Little Secret.” A listener called in and said she worked at a bakery and lied to customers by telling them there was no gluten in the baked goods when there actually was. “I was fuming, I was infuriated,” Smith said. Smith cannot eat gluten because […]

  • Three injured after police chase from St. Ann ends in St. Louis city crash

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A St. Ann Police chase ended in North St. Louis in a multi-vehicle crash with three people injured. The St. Ann Police chief said this will not stop him from enforcing his tough police chase policy. It happened around 9:30am Monday at North Florissant and St. Louis Avenue. The suspect’s silver Ultima clipped a red car then plowed into a black convertible. There was so much force the suspect’s vehicle flipped. Three people were injured, one […]

  • Police chase from St. Ann ends in St. Louis city crash

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A police chase from St. Louis County has ended in a crash in the city of St. Louis.   An officer from St. Ann appears to have followed a suspect during a high-speed pursuit on I-70.  The chase ended in a crash on West Florissant and St. Louis Avenue. A person was placed in police custody at the scene. The man had to be pulled from the vehicle.  Others had to also be pulled from the suspect’s vehicle. […]

  • Mother files federal lawsuit after son doesn’t make varsity team

    ST. LOUIS, MO — The mother of a Ladue High School student took her case to the federal courthouse after her son, called John Doe in legal documents, did not make the varsity soccer team and was not allowed to play on the J.V. team. The woman’s attorney said the issue is age and sex discrimination. Friday morning Ladue school officials said if a junior does not make the varsity team, the boy cannot play again on the junior varsity […]