Michelle Madaras joined FOX2/ KPLR11 news team in March of 2017 as a reporter and producer. Before moving to St. Louis she worked at WSIL News 3 in southern Illinois where she anchored their weekend morning show, reported and produced.
Michelle’s career began at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois. She started as an intern there in 2012, but was soon after hired to produce their morning show while she finished her journalism degree at the University of Illinois. During her time at the U of I, Michelle also had the opportunity to intern at NBC5 Chicago and write for a local newspaper that covers the Chicagoland suburbs.
When Michelle isn’t out reporting or working hard in the newsroom she enjoys yoga, golf and playing fetch with her dog Finn. Michelle is also a lifelong competitive figure skater and coaches in her spare time.
ST. LOUIS – The Great Balloon Race is flying high in Forest Park this weekend. 47 years ago the event started with about six balloons and maybe a dozen spectators. Now, it’s become a race known internationally that many people look forward to all year long. Belinda and Matt Beerman staked out a spot underneath a shade tree for the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. They try to come every year so they already know exactly what to bring. “We’ve […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ill. – The Illinois State Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who passed away after police took him into custody in Madison County, Illinois. A spokesperson for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call for someone throwing things at a person’s car as they were driving near Third and Williamson. A deputy was able to locate that person and he became combative, so they called for backup. They said a […]
ST. LOUIS – Three people were injured in a shooting at a wine bar in the Shaw neighborhood late Saturday night. The shooting happened at Sasha’s Wine Bar at 4069 Shaw Boulevard where more than 30 customers were inside the bar at the time. Police were called to the scene at 9:48 p.m. Police say a man in his 30s was seriously injured when he was shot in the neck. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police […]
ST. LOUIS – A deadly shooting in Carondelet early this morning has neighbors calling for change. Police are focusing their investigation around a vehicle that was parked on the street. It had several bullet holes in it. “This is a great neighborhood and it’s just sad that a few people are really dragging down the neighborhood,” said one resident who didn’t want to be identified. Flashing lights illuminate the early morning in Carondelet as police investigate the shooting of four […]
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – A big announcement from the Gary Sinise Foundation for two officers whose lives were altered after being shot in the line of duty. Officers Matt Crosby and Ryan O’Connor both received personal calls from Sinise, saying they’re getting new smart homes that will be fully accessible in their wheelchairs. These homes are completely mortgage-free and come furnished, along with the latest and greatest in smart technology. Judging by the tears of joy, it’s evident how much these […]
AFFTON, Mo. – A new school year means a new start time for students in the Affton School District. Rogers Middle School had one of the earliest start times in the St. Louis region at 7:10 a.m. but this year it was pushed back 50 minutes. Many students say they’re thankful for a later start time. “Some concepts are even hard to understand when you’re not tired; when you are tired? Oh my God,” said eighth-grader Brandon Bennett. “Last year, […]
CLAYTON, Mo. – Emergency responders from around the region gathered for the Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Sunday morning. Participants walked up 110 stories to commemorate 343 firefighters that died in the World Trade Center attack. Money raised from the event goes to benefit the family of those who lost their lives on that tragic day.
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – Saturday was the ribbon-cutting for the new Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights. It’s also home to the Blues for their practices. Gloria continues and so does the good time as the Blues new practice facility opens its doors to the public. “We’re pretty excited about it. It’s kind of a shame that things went down at the Mills. It’s just kind of happened, but we’re pretty stoked about this. It’s closer to home,” said […]
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Wednesday marks a big day for Boeing on several fronts. It delivered its 400,000th JDAM, which is a guided weapons system, and Boeing announced the expansion of their St. Charles plant. Boeing has committed to building a new 35,000 square-foot plant for harpoon production. Local contractors are doing the site prep. For now, Boeing says the addition doesn’t include any more jobs, just reassigning other employees, but that could change. Boeing says the purpose of this […]
ST. LOUIS – Financial knowledge may seem like a barrier to opening your own business, but there is an organization in St. Louis that can help. WIBO or Workshop in Business Opportunities is a 16-week program put on by Grace Hill Women`s Business Center which was initially founded to help marginalized, low-income communities. “Business owners have challenges understanding the financials that means looking at the break-even cost analysis, making sure that there`s a profit, looking at the pro forma, where […]
ST. LOUIS – Some folks who had Labor Day off decided to put their free time to good use and explore some cultural activities around St. Louis. The Saint Nicholas Greek Festival in Central West End immersed folks in the food and fun of Greek culture. Volunteers say they didn’t labor over a barbecue pit on Labor Day in the name of a good cause. Meanwhile, over at the Missouri Botanical Garden, thousands came out for the annual Japanese festival. […]
WATERLOO, IL – Hundreds of people lined the route as the body of Trooper Hopkins was carried to his final resting place. SkyFox was over the scene as police officers from all over the country paid their respects. Fox 2/News 11’s Michelle Madaras has the reaction from the community and first responders.