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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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: roche.madden@tvstl.com

Recent Articles
  • Argument inside Ross Dress for Less ends in shooting

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Investigators with the St. Louis County Police Department are searching for two suspects who opened fire at one another in broad daylight at a popular north county retail center. People’s sense of security seems to have been severely damaged. Officers were called to the Ross Dress for Less retail store in the 1000 block of West Florissant Avenue at 9:57 a.m. Courtney Bohlen was inside the store when the shooting began. “We just heard a […]

  • Jefferson City kidnapping, murder suspect had prior criminal record

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Police say 39-year-old Leslie K. Austin kidnapped 33-year-old Danielle Smith and her ten-year-old daughter Tuesday evening and took them from Jefferson City, MO to Bond County, IL, all while being pursued by police. Austin is said to have shot Smith several times. Smith and her daughter were eventually able to escape the car near Greenville, IL. The chase later ended with Austin and an innocent bystander dead. On Wednesday afternoon, people who live in the Jefferson […]

  • Forster convicted of first-degree murder for death of Officer Snyder

    CLAYTON, Mo. — The jury has returned from their deliberation with a verdict in the murder trial of Trenton Forster. He has been convicted of first-degree murder for the 2016 shooting death of St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder.  Trenton has been found guilty on all four charges.  The counts include murder in the first degree, two counts armed criminal action, and assault on a police officer.  This means a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole. One hundred […]

  • Trenton Forster’s own aunt and father testify they were afraid of him

    CLAYTON, Mo. – The attorney representing a man accused of killing St. Louis County police Officer Blake Snyder called members of the defendant’s family to the witness stand on day four of the murder trial. Public defender Stephen Reynolds is attempting to convince jurors to convict Trenton Forster of second-degree murder instead of first-degree murder. A conviction on first-degree would carry a life sentence without the possibility of parole. If Forster’s convicted of second-degree murder, he’d face 30 years in prison but […]

  • Prosecutors say suspect in Blake Snyder murder was obsessed with getting gun

    CLAYTON, Mo. – The trial for Trenton Forster enters its third day as the chief detective who led the homicide investigation took the stand Wednesday morning. Forster is accused of killing St. Louis County police Officer Blake Snyder in October 2016. The day began with the cross-examination of Detective Joe Percich, who was the lead detective in the murder investigation. He testified the St. Louis Area Crisis Intervention Team had visited Trenton Forster’s home on three occasions and that Forster was transported to the hospital […]

  • Family of Blake Snyder cries, hugs as autopsy photos are shown during trial

    CLAYTON, Mo. – It’s day two in the trial of Trenton Forster, the man accused of killing St. Louis County police Office Blake Snyder in October 2016. Tuesday served as a more graphic day of testimony in the courtroom, as crime scene analysts and police detectives took the stand. Detective Clay Peeler took the stand first. He was dispatched on behalf of the coroner’s office to take photos of the crime scene. Peeler discussed the photos, which were not shown in […]

  • Widow takes the stand in Officer Blake Snyder murder trial

    CLAYTON, Mo. – An emotional ending to the first day in the trial of a man accused of murdering St. Louis County police Officer Blake Snyder. The officer’s widow, Elizabeth Snyder, and his mother, Peggy Snyder, cried as jurors were presented with the slain officer’s bloodied uniform and protective vest at the end of the day’s testimony. Interest in the case was so high that the courtroom filled immediately and the overflow room was at capacity soon thereafter. Several county officers were in attendance. […]

  • Bridge work on westbound I-44 delayed until Dec. 2019

    ST. LOUIS – Drivers will have to pack some extra patience when they travel a St. Louis interstate during the year. A bridge project on Interstate 44 that was supposed to be completed last month now won’t be finished until the end of this year. It all started when the Missouri Department of Transportation completed a new bridge near the BNSF rail tracks at I-44 and inspectors noticed some cracks in the concrete. The size of those cracks is about […]

  • Ice, snow, and cold mean big business for auto body shops

    ST. LOUIS – This winter seems to be worse than recent ones and also much better for people in the car repair business. At Schaefer Autobody Center they were in the process of repairing 80 vehicles at the moment, about half of them because of the cold, ice, and snow. “I saw 14 on the way in this morning,” said John Cook, Schaefer Autobody Center. The brutal weather has been very good for car repair companies like Schaefer. The company […]

  • Thousands lose power in High Ridge, Fenton during extreme cold

    HIGH RIDGE, Mo. – The temperature dropped quickly in about 6,000 Ameren customers’ homes when their electricity failed Wednesday morning. Residents in the High Ridge and Fenton areas experienced two power outages totaling about two hours. One resident in Fenton said the temperature in her home dropped to 45° and she had to keep warm in her car. “Miserable, miserable, very cold. very cold,” said Renee Penny of Fenton. Another resident said she covered her two children with blankets. “I […]

  • In wake of Better Together plan, Chesterfield leadership ponders going from city to county

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – It appears the battle lines in the St. Louis city-county merger battle are becoming more pronounced every day. The city of Chesterfield began looking into the possibility of becoming Chesterfield County to avoid the reunification plan. “It’s a bad idea to start taking power from the people,” said Chesterfield City Councilman Ben Keathley. Keathley tweeted a statement concerning how and he three other Chesterfield city council members voted Monday night to ask city staff to determine if […]

  • Supporters of St. Louis city-counter merger may have two years to convince voters

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City and St. Louis County could soon be one again after being separated for well over 140 years. The group Better Together will have about two years to convince voters. If the merger were to occur, St. Louis could be listed on the nation’s top 10 list of most populated cities and the crime statistics would likely fall. Supporters said bringing the county and city back together makes economic sense and that reunification would reduce […]

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