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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
  • Professor creates app that will aid in making roads safer and smoother

    COLUMBIA, MO – Smartphones, you take them everywhere you go, but what if they could help give you a smoother drive? That’s the driving force behind an app being developed on the University of Missouri campus. What if road crews knew exactly where every crack and pothole is starting to form? Well, that’s what a new app called ‘Roughness Capture’ measures. It’s helping engineers better determine what materials should go into our roads. “Let’s go find some cracks and potholes on some […]

  • Icy road conditions led to tow truck drivers being in high demand Sunday

    ST. LOUIS – Yet another round of winter weather for St. Louis made for tough conditions. “I walked out my front door and I didn’t even see the ice covering my steps. I totally power bombed myself,” says driver Tina Radford. Talk about a bad wakeup call early Sunday morning.  The ice also had drivers slipping and sliding so tow trucks we are in high demand. “It was so busy this morning that they called and got me up to come out. […]

  • Dog found by postal worker nearly frozen, fighting for survival

    ST. LOUIS – A dog found nearly frozen to death on the sidewalk has vets reminding people to keep an eye out for pets as another round of winter weather heads our way. A postal worker found a dog collapsed on a sidewalk. She wasn’t moving when helpers with Stray Rescue got to her. “Just the panic in the caller’s voice, we knew that it was going to be a life or death situation and that minutes counted,” says Dr. […]

  • Family of slain St. Louis County officer expresses gratitude after verdict

    CLAYTON, Mo. – A lot of emotion from family and friends on both sides in court on Friday as Trenton Forster is found guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Officer Blake Snyder. “Listen this man killed a cop. We pay our police officers in this country to represent us in things that we wouldn’t ask other people to do. I think when you murder a policeman that in many ways is an indictment on our entire community, our […]

  • Clean-up, water testing underway following crude oil leak in St. Charles County

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A crude oil spill in St. Charles County has crews looking for the source of the leak. For the time being, it has also halted pumping on two pipelines in that area. “They’re bringing in heavy equipment to begin excavating the contaminated soil and staging that for proper disposal. But at the same time, they’re trying to excavate down and expose the pipelines to try and determine which pipeline actually leaked,” says Brad Harris, the […]

  • SIUE hosts Black Business Expo

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Friday marks the start of Black History Month and SIUE is kicking things off with a Black Business Expo. Forty-four vendors representing black-owned businesses came to show off their merchandise and services. SIUE’s Campus Activities Board and Black Student Union are coming together to support black business. “College is definitely the place where you get that experience and you learn from your surroundings,” says Amelia Williams, Black Heritage Month chair. The Black Business Expo is also a chance […]

  • Caring for the most vulnerable during the extreme cold

    ST. LOUIS – The City of St. Louis decided to increase its winter shelter and outreach operations because of this bitter cold and many others are stepping up to help those in need. “Police brought some of the homeless there. A lot of people have gone out of their way just to help us homeless. They come out. They’re not even part of the churches and stuff but they just volunteer out of the kindness of their hearts and offered […]

  • One suspect in custody, one at-large after striking police officer at Arnold Walmart

    GREEN PARK, MO – A high-speed chase ended in the City of Green Park in south St. Louis County Saturday evening. The police pursuit started in Arnold Missouri just after 6 pm at the Walmart on Michigan Avenue.  Two Arnold Police Officers had responded to the Walmart for a report of a theft of merchandise by two suspects.  While on the parking lot one officer was struck by the suspects SUV. The officer received a minor injury to his knee […]

  • Remains of former Navy Seal killed in Syria returned to St. Louis

    OVERLAND, MO – The body of former Navy seal Scott Wirtz was return home to St. Louis Saturday afternoon.  Local VFW member share their condolences as Wirtz procession passed. His brothers and sisters in arms paid their respects, along with police officer, firefighters, and other citizens.  Some had flags, others took a moment of silence as the convoy went by.  A visitation is set for Tuesday, February 5 at Ortmann-Stipanovich funeral home in Creve Coeur. Local Service men and women […]

  • Loved ones gather on one-year anniversary of Macoupin County woman’s disappearance

    MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. – Family and friends of Denita Hedden aren’t giving up their search for answers a year after she disappeared from Macoupin County. January 25 was Hedden’s birthday and it also marked a year since her disappearance. Family and friends gathered to show the community they are still pushing for answers. Denita’s kids attended along with other family and friends. Many shared their favorite stories of her and how proud they are of her kids for how they’ve […]

  • Jefferson County deputy shoots knife-wielding suspect

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – A knife-wielding man was hospitalized Thursday after being shot by a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy. According to a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, authorities responded to a disturbance call at home around 6:30 p.m. Three suspects ran from the home and deputies began to scour the area searching for them. Authorities came upon the suspects a short time later at the Phillips 66 gas station at Route 110 and Highway 67. One of the three people […]

  • Mizzou student from Bethalto, Ill. found dead in dorm room

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A 19-year-old junior at the University of Missouri died Tuesday in his dorm room on campus. According to a university spokeswoman, campus police were called to Mark Twain Hall around 2:30 p.m. to help with an unconscious student. Officers arrived to find Boston Perry, unresponsive in his room. Medical personnel and police attempted to resuscitate Perry to no avail. Perry was pronounced dead. A cause of death has not been determined. Counselors have been provided to students, […]

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