Shirley Washington joined KTVI in April on 2007 as an anchor/reporter for FOX 2 News. Shirley anchors the weeknight editions of FOX 2 News at 10pm and 11pm. She also reports and hosts The Pulse of St. Louis.

Shirley a native St. Louisian, graduated from Roosevelt High School and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

Shirley is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, having excelled as an anchor/reporter at several television stations across the country, including KDFW-TV, FOX 4 in Dallas, Texas, WAGA- TV in Atlanta, Georgia and WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shirley is also a published author. Her book “The Motherhood Club: Help, Hope and Inspiration from New Mothers for New Mothers” helps new mothers learn about various emotional, physical and psychological effects of mothering. The Motherhood Club was included in Sally Jessy Raphael’s book club, The Red Eyeglass Series.

Shirley is married and lives with her family in St. Louis. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her family.

Recent Articles
  • Pulse – ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ to raise awareness about sexual violence

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Mark your calendar! An important event is being held in the Gateway City Thursday, September 19, 2019. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes initiative encourages men to literally walk a mile in women’s high heeled shoes. The goal is to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence against women and children. Learn about resources available to support survivors, what can be done to prevent abuse and why men are encouraged to get involved. Guests: Samantha […]

  • Mother pleads for public’s help in solving her son’s murder

    ST. LOUIS – More than a year and a half after her son’s burned body was found in a dumpster, Rhonda Boykin is still seeking justice for him. Human remains were discovered in a dumpster on Kossuth Avenue in January 2018. After checking dental records, St. Louis police identified the body as 29-year-old Breyon Robinson, Boykin’s youngest son. She’s spent the months since they trying to figure out why someone would kill her son. St. Louis police are still in […]

  • Pulse – St. Louis Police Chief addresses alarming number of kids shot this summer

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — An alarming number of children have been shot and killed in St. Louis this summer. One child was two years old. Only one case has been solved. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, Police Chief John Haden explains why the case was solved quickly and others have not been solved. He also defines strategies designed to protect children. Also, hear from E. Richard Webber, a senior federal court judge about his unique approach to preventing […]

  • Pulse – What elected officials in St. Louis are doing to save kids under fire

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Hearts throughout the St. Louis area are broken after another child, seven-year-old Xavier Usanga was shot and killed while playing with his siblings in his backyard. Xavier would have been in second grade. He was killed the day before school started. Gun violence has claimed the lives of several children this summer. The youngest victim was two years old. Find out what police and elected officials are doing to save precious lives. Guests: Antonio French, Founder […]

  • Pulse – Preparing for a successful school year in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — It’s hard to believe summer is almost over and students are heading back to school, but that’s the reality for thousands of students in the St. Louis Public School District. The first day of class is, Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Buses will be rolling bright and early and a network of volunteers will be on hand at bus stops throughout the district to make sure youngsters are protected and get on the right bus. Find out […]

  • Michael Brown’s mother tells her story of coping with the loss of her son, 5-years after his death

    ST. LOUIS  – Michael Brown’s mother Lezley McSpadden-Head has spent the last five years trying to cope with the loss of her son.  And in the midst of tremendous pain, she is working diligently to bring about positive change.

  • Pulse – Urban Expo Back to School and Community Festival

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Parents, if your children are heading back to school listen up. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is preparing for its annual premier event, The Urban Expo Back to School and Community Festival, August 10th and 11th at the America’s Center. Students can get everything from free health screenings to free school supplies. Legendary recording artists Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark Cole, El Debarge, and others are scheduled to perform during the weekend event. Another big […]

  • Conference aimed at reducing gun violence coming to St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – In St. Louis, shootings involving children are happening at an alarming rate. As News 11’s Shirley Washington reports, a national conference with international experts recognized for their strategies for reducing gun violence is coming to the Gateway City soon. If you’re interested in attending the conference, register on the organization’s website at

  • Pulse – Helping kids develop character through sports

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Larry Hughes Basketball Academy is changing the lives of young people throughout the St. Louis area. They have camps and programs designed to help youngsters develop character on and off the court. Hughes, an NBA legend and St. Louis native talks about the importance of supporting children and helping them accomplish their dreams. Guests: Lucy McKean, Larry Hughes Basketball Academy Participant Melanie Mckean, Parent Larry Hughes Jr., High School Athlete Larry Hughes, NBA legend and […]

  • Pulse – RetailNext is a local competition to find a big hit with consumers

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Do you have a great idea for the next big thing in retail? You know, something hip, cool, snazzy and so unique it is sure to be a mega-hit with consumers. If you have a winning concept, get ready to compete. The Meadows at Lake St. Louis has kicked off “RetailNext” a competition designed to find The Next Big Thing in Retail. The winner will receive, among other things, free rent for up to a year […]

  • Pulse – Life-changing programs for students

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Area students are experiencing life-changing programs that are teaching lessons that will stick with them forever. The Jennings School District is partnering with law enforcement to offer a camp that creates a path to careers in law enforcement. The Show Me Costa Rica Project, founded by Samantha Lurie, Dean of Students at Vashon High School offers students an opportunity to raise funds then take a trip of a lifetime to the Central American country. Learn more […]

  • Pulse – Wesley Bell opens up about first 6 months as St. Louis County Prosecutor

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — It’s been six months since Wesley Bell was sworn in as St. Louis County Prosecutor. During that time, Bell, the first African American to secure to position has established several new policies. Learn about the changes that have been made in the county prosecutor’s office and how they could impact you and your family. Also, learn about a new political training program designed to help candidates running for office. Guests: Wesley Bell, St. Louis County Prosecutor […]

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