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.
GRAFTON, Ill. – Depending on the business, weather can be a blessing or a curse. A big splash of water is just what folks wanted from Raging Rivers Waterpark when the temperatures outside are blisteringly hot. Floodwaters kept the park closed for six weeks. The business lost income and so did employees. “When we weren’t open we were laid off for a few weeks,” said manager Julie Pohlman. Raging Rivers is an important part of the Grafton community. When the […]
HILLSBORO, Mo. – Fox 2 got an exclusive look at a new piece of equipment coming to the Jefferson County authorities that’s designed to keep jail inmates and corrections officers safe and could save taxpayers millions of dollars. “It’s a matter of limited danger to our employees in the jail but also danger to the inmates in the jail,” said Grant Bissell, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Before inmates end up in the custody of the Jefferson County […]
ST. LOUIS – High temperatures mean a fish kill that’s just begun on the River Des Peres will likely get even worse. The stench is expected to become even more overwhelming. People who live along the river said it happens once a year or so. They said it’s a smell they never get accustomed to. “It’s an awful odor and it’s hard to sit outside whenever that happens,” said Elizabeth Sergel, who lives near the river. And it’s already begun. Small […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – An 86-year-old South County man who wants to remain anonymous said he was targeted Saturday morning in a shopping center parking lot. When he came out of the grocery store he quickly noticed something was wrong with his car. Paris Morris, a private detective with Daden Investigative Services, is helping the elderly man. She said, “(86-year-old man) went to go pull out of his spot noticed that his car was wobbling really bad a man […]
ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY, Mo. – An 8-year-old boy was killed Thursday when a pickup truck slammed into the rear of the buggy he was riding in. Four other people were seriously injured. No charges are expected to be considered until after the investigation is complete. The people in the buggy were all Old Order Mennonites. One member said they follow their faith and shy away from modern conveniences like cars and trucks. “I’ve been working these roads here for over […]
SAUGET, IL – A foul ball coming off a major league bat is like a rocket. Fans don’t react quickly and can get injured. Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants safety changes made at major league ballparks, “There’s just no way for fans to entirely protect themselves,” said Senator Durbin. Senator Durbin took to the Senate floor Tuesday asking Major League Baseball to extend netting from home plate to the right and left-field corners. Amber Quarles is a St. Louis […]
STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO – There are new developments in the Lynn Messer case, the woman went missing five years ago Monday. She disappeared in 2014 in Ste. Genevieve County, her remains were discovered in 2016. A vigil was held Monday at the county courthouse for the 52-year-old woman, people don’t want her to ever be forgotten. Debra Donze is Lynn Messer’s sister, “It’s really hard on the boys and the grandkids one day she was there and the next day […]
ST. LOUIS – Laclede’s Landing has tried many different ways over the years to bring new life to these old buildings and streets. Now, things are beginning to click. After the Arch Grounds were remodeled and reopened, people said the number of tourists walking from the Arch to the Landing has increased dramatically. “When I was sitting down there having lunch they said, ‘We just got hammered by tourists from two o’clock to five o’clock,’” said Brian Rehg, who runs Blue […]
ST. LOUIS – Three people were shot Wednesday evening near a MetroLink station along Delmar Boulevard. The shooting happened around 7:55 p.m. near the intersection of Delmar and Des Peres Avenue in the West End neighborhood. Police said a white vehicle drove by the station and opened fire on a group of young people. Two of the victims suffered graze wounds. The third victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. The ages of the victims were not disclosed. Fox 2 News will […]
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – During fireworks sales season, local fire departments visit stands frequently. Rock Community Fire Marshall Jeff DeLapp said his inspectors are busy in his Jefferson County district. “If we do find an illegal item, we will pull it off the shelf,” he said. DeLapp and his investigators visit every firework stand in the district each day and fill out a report. They ensure the stand is operating safely and they look for questionable fireworks. The state fire […]
WINFIELD, MO – The flood waters have dropped in Winfield. But the problems they caused are now being revealed. Flood victims were being offered help and after another all day long in Winfield. At the local high school, more than 20 state agencies and charities set up shop to help folks get their lives back in order. The sadness flood victims have been feeling has been powerful. Ellen Spires is a volunteer with Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief. She described one […]
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Planned Parenthood clinic has won another temporary reprieve and will continue to offer abortions, at least until August 1; although, it appears they could be in business much longer. The clinic was in danger of closing Friday night, making Missouri the only state that did not have access to abortion services. Pro-choice folks were celebrating. “Today is certainly a win for Missourians,” one woman said. Activists walked onto the Eads Bridge late Friday afternoon and […]