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.
CHESTERFIELD, MO – The holidays came early for some kids in Chesterfield with special needs who received bikes from Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis. “It’s really cool. It’s a really pretty purple color and purples my favorite color,” says Keira Cromwell. It’s a bike she can ride all by herself, “My balance is really off and so I can’t ride a normal bicycle and so this makes it easier to get around in the park or in the backyard,” […]
JACKSON, Mo. – A rescued puppy and Missouri are gaining national attention. Narwhal was found wandering on the side of the road and Mac’s Mission in Jackson is giving the adorable dog a new lease on life. “He’s 100 percent normal with just a bit of flair on his face,” said Rochelle Steffen, founder of Mac’s Mission. That “flair” is a tail tucked between two eyes. “When I saw him Saturday morning, I literally exploded. He was perfect,” Steffen said. […]
COLUMBIA, Ill. – A standoff in downtown Columbia, Illinois has ended. Police tell Fox 2/News 11 that the standoff ended around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night with the suspect in custody, and no one injured. The standoff began early Tuesday afternoon when a woman called Columbia police around 3 p.m. to report that her boyfriend was having problems and had disappeared. Police later located the man at Big Al’s Dirty Laundry just off of Main Street. Workers at a nearby business […]
ST. LOUIS – A homicide in Dutchtown has neighbors speaking out about the violence in their community. “I’m not surprised really. It’s pretty sad that it’s a way of life around here,” says Tom Absolon, a witness. Another life lost in Dutchtown to gun violence. Police say a woman was shot and killed 3400 block of Gasconade Monday afternoon. “I heard a gunshot. It sounded like it was literally 10 feet away as soon as I came into the room. I […]
ST. LOUIS – Cold weather is on the way, but fall is making one final stand. Many are taking advantage of these fall temps. Some are working, raking leaves and putting up holiday lights. But, it’s also great weather for play. “It’s a golf outing on Veterans Day but the weather is going to drop out tomorrow, so we decided to go for today. We’ll get some sunshine and maybe a bee sting,” joked Mark Konersman. What a difference a […]
VALLEY PARK, MO – A fight turned deadly in Valley Park overnight. St. Louis County Police were called to the 700 block of Vest Avenue around 1:45 a.m. Saturday for a report of two neighbors arguing. Police say 37-year-old Timothy Rall got into an argument with is neighbor Anthony Morgan stabbing him multiple times. Another neighbor, Jon Lohdal tried to intervene, but was cut by twice Rall. Lohdal was treated for minor injuries. Anthony Morgan was transported to the hospital where […]
ST. LOUIS – Residents at a south St. Louis apartment complex are worried they will be kicked out of their homes and left in the cold. Tenants at Southwest Crossing Apartments off Bondero Drive saw a public nuisance notice posted. It`s addressed to TEH Realty and demands they meet with the city. Residents tell Fox 2/News 11 they have issues with mold, holes in the ceiling, garbage piling up and it`s hard to get a hold of management. The City […]
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL – Early interventionists in Illinois say they put in the work but their pay is always in question. Tuesday, Illinois Early Intervention announced that vouchers have been approved for the week of September 18, dating back seven weeks, and workers should see that money soon. “We never know when we`re going to get paid,” said Carla Bouc, a Pediatric Developmental Therapist. Some therapists and other professionals who provide early intervention services for children in Illinois say they […]
ST. LOUIS – It was a night of remembering and a night of solidarity for those touched by drug abuse. According to a representative with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) in St. Louis, there have been 214 confirmed drug overdoses so far this year and 168 of those were from fentanyl. Drugs took the life of 22-year-old Michael Fitzwalter. “We were ashamed. The word heroin we haven’t heard that word since the 60s or 70s,” said his father. That’s a […]
MADISON, IL – Teens and their parents are getting a crash course on how to handle the most dangerous situations out on the road. It’s part of a free program called B.R.A.K.E.S. which stands for ‘Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe’. “We also have a crash avoidance course, a braking course, a drop wheel recovery course, and a distracted driver course,” said Larry Dixon, Instructor. New driver Quinn Sweeney says the four-hour program gets a lot more in-depth than Driver’s […]
FERGUSON, MO – A mother is taking steps to stand against gun violence after her son was killed. It’s been nearly a year since Arnetta Burrell lost her son 20-year-old Samuel George. He was struck by a bullet in the 200 block of Northport Hills Drive when investigators say shots were fired in his direction. “Mothers are grieving. You’re up all night trying to figure out what happen. Why me? Why my child? When you really think it could never […]
CLAYTON, Mo. – Big issues taken up before the St. Louis County Council made for a packed house Tuesday night in downtown Clayton. Two big groups were in attendance and although they had very separate issues, things boiled down to the groups calling for more oversight and transparency. The first group to address the St. Louis County Council was calling for Officer Nicholas Newberry to be fired over a recent traffic stop involving 63-year-old Millicent Williams. Williams said Officer Newberry […]