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.

Recent Articles
  • Family and friends host fundraiser to help pregnant widow of motorcyclist killed tragic accident

    ST. PETERS, MO – Two months after a motorcyclist was killed in a tragic crash near the Poplar Street Bridge a community comes together to show support for his pregnant widow. Family and friends took the remains of 32-year-old George West on a final ride. “George was my best friend. He died on a night that I could’ve been with him riding,” says his best friend Robert Castillo, Jr. George died back in May when he lost control of his motorcycle […]

  • Family grieves for 10-year-old shot and killed on porch of his home

    ST. LOUIS – Nine children have been shot in killed in St. Louis since June and the latest was a 10-year-old boy who was hit in a drive-by shooting. 10-year-old Eddie Hill was on the front porch of a home in the 4700 block of Page with his father and three other adults when police say a blue SUV pulled up and someone started shooting with a high-powered gun. “He was a good kid, smart, and respectful. He didn’t get […]

  • Embracing the heat by getting outside for summer fun

    BRENTWOOD, Mo. – Some decided to embrace the hundred-degree heat by getting active in the summer sun. The Brentwood Ice Rink is just one of many cooling centers around the St. Louis-area and the temps inside are the polar opposite from what many others were dealing with. Some CrossFit gyms don’t crank the AC in this weather. Instead, they open their garage doors and sets up fans. Their patrons push themselves to feel the burn. Some athletic organizations decided to […]

  • Power outages, flash flooding as thunderstorms sweep across St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Storms brought a big swing in temperatures Wednesday, downing trees and bringing flash flooding. From a heat advisory to a severe storm in a matter of minutes. Temperatures plummeted nearly 20 degrees in a short period of time. It also brought flash flooding and downed a lot of trees, leaving nearly 14,000 people without power Wednesday evening. St. Louis firefighters were called to a home in the 5900 block of Pershing Avenue, just north of Forest […]

  • 7-year-old girl drowns, driver in critical condition after vehicle goes into a pond in Warren County

    MARTHASVILLE, MO – Just before 5 p.m. in Marthasville, Missouri an urgent call was made after a vehicle went into a pond.  Mike Thiemann with the Metro West Fire Protection District tells Fox 2/News 11 that 1 person drowned, and another person is in critical condition. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 7-year-old Safa Alkhirafi, of Chesterfield, died, and that the driver Reem Alkhirafi, 30, mother of the children is in critical condition at a hospital.  The 2 other […]

  • Family and friends to hold vigil for 2 women killed in Washington Park

    WASHINGTON PARK, IL – Fear is spreading after two women were found shot to death in Washington Park in less than 24 hours. Fox 2/News 11’s Michelle Madaras was in Washington Park for the vigil for 56-year-old Bridgett Williams. It`s a time of mourning here in Washington Park but there`s also no denying the fear in this community. Family and friends will be gathering here at 6p.m. Saturday evening to remember 56-year-old Bridget Williams of Washington Park. Her body was […]

  • Man in custody after stealing vehicle from Jefferson County firehouse

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – A fire emergency vehicle was stolen from Antonia Firehouse 1 on Old Highway M. The vehicle was stolen this morning while firefighters were cleaning a pumper truck on the parking lot. A male suspect got into the firehouse and took off with the vehicle, crashing through the bay doors. The suspect led police on a pursuit prior to crashing into several vehicles. The man has been taken into custody.

  • Outrage after dog recently euthanized by St. Louis County animal shelter

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Some are outraged over a dog put down by St. Louis County animal shelter. It has led to questions over procedure and transparency of St. Louis County Animal Care and Control. “He looked like a stray at the time, so I opened my door. I said, ‘Come here boy’ and he jumped in my car sat in my front seat started giving me kisses,” says Kayla Smith. Smith named him Thor. They played with some […]

  • CoderGirl program offers training, new job opportunities in growing IT market

    ST. LOUIS – Tech is taking over and the job market shows it. There’s such a demand for people with IT skills that is changing the way some companies hire including right here in St. Louis. Vidya Thandra Satyanarayana joined LaunchCode’s CoderGirl program. Her degree was in finance but she’s been a stay at home mom for the last decade. Now, she has a new job almost immediately upon graduation. “It gives me the confidence that women can go ahead […]

  • Rotting fish in a South City lake leave a foul smell for area residents

    ST. LOUIS – Hundreds of dead fish are rotting in the summer sun at a pond in Carondelet Park. Neighbors say there have been some issues here over the years but nothing to this extent. “There was Blue Algae over at the Boathouse on the other side in the past. They had to close it down a few times. There was one whole breed of duck that got wiped out because of it. I could literally pick the ducks up […]

  • 5 people found dead in north St. Louis County apartment

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The St. Louis County Police are investigating a homicide in North St. Louis County that took the lives of 5 adults. Police say the 5 adults were killed sometime overnight into Saturday morning. Officers were summoned to the 1900 block of Chambers Road just after noon Saturday. Police said a person who had been with the individuals Friday night returned Saturday morning and discover the adults deceased in an apartment. Chief Jon Belmar of the […]

  • One man dead in Moscow Mills shooting

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – Independence Day turns violent in rural Lincoln County as one man is dead and a person is in custody following a shooting in Moscow Mills. Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department were called to the 400 block of Hill Street at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities arrived to find a 40-year-old man dead and immediately took a person into custody. The family identified the victim as Brian Fredde. They said Fredde knew the suspect, who had […]

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