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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
  • Young academic achievers earn trip to Blues game

    ST. LOUIS – Four all-star students from the Riverview Gardens School District were picked to celebrate their academic achievements with the St. Louis Blues. “I’m excited to be on the ice,” says Tyrique Macintyre, Highland Elementary School. The students soaked it all in Friday night as the Blues met the Colorado Avalanche at the Enterprise Center. Javarion Sullivan from Gibson Elementary School says his favorite part is when the Blues score. But these kids have goals of their own and […]

  • Police, firefighters brave icy waters in rescue attempt

    KIRKWOOD, MO – Two people are dead after a car crash near I-44 in Kirkwood. “When the car went into the water it almost filled instantaneously, so you don’t have a lot of time,” says Kirkwood Fire Chief Jim Silvernail. He says some of the first responders who were first on scene jumped in the pond near Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, where the car was almost entirely submerged, without any wetsuits. “One thing we did get to see was just how brave and committed […]

  • Family seeks answers to fatal accident on Mexico Road in St. Peters

    ST. PETERS, MO – More than two weeks after her son was killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash, a St. Charles County mother is searching for answers to what caused the wreck. Fox 2’s Michelle Madaras has the story.

  • Natural Gas line ruptures in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Around 9 pm Saturday night in south St. Louis a 12-inch gas line ruptured in a south St. Louis neighborhood near Fyler Avenue and Hereford Street. Spire Gas crews are on the scene to the repair the ruptured line under the street.  Spire says crews will work throughout the night to repair the break. The St. Louis Fire Department is also on the scene and has evacuated some businesses and residents in the area.  They are also […]

  • Homeless woman braves the cold in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Temperatures dip well below freezing overnight across St. Louis and it’s dangerously cold for the homeless population. “I’ve been here for every cold day that there possibly was here in St. Louis since I’ve been here a year and a half,” says Jazz. She says it’s hard to be homeless, but it’s even harder in the winter time. “The snow came early and I was sleeping on the sidewalk. I just got this tent yesterday,” she says. […]

  • Ballwin pretreating roads ahead of weekend weather

    BALLWIN, Mo. – A cold weekend is in store for St. Louis but that isn’t stopping folks from heading out to the stores ahead of the holidays. “Sure we are getting out Christmas shopping and getting ready for the holidays,” says one shopper. Another shopper says, “We have holiday shopping and stuff to prepare for family coming in next weekend so yep I’ll be out.” The City of Ballwin is trying to prepare for snow, just in case, while also […]

  • West St. Louis County business seek workers, some travel hours to fill the demand

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Some businesses in west St. Louis County say there’s a worker shortage. Floyd Harris travels two hours each way from his home in St. Louis to his job as a dishwasher at the Ellisville Pasta House. “Get on the 90 Hampton at Lillian and Goodfellow, get on the train from there, then the bus again; so two buses and a train,” he said. But finding workers who are willing to travel or those based in […]

  • 62-year-old found shot to death in Kirkwood home

    KIRKWOOD, Mo. – A 62-year-old grandmother was found shot to death Wednesday morning in her Kirkwood home. Her family is wondering if it’s connected to another relative’s violent death. According to Det. Robert Bruhy, a spokesman for the Kirkwood Police Department, officers were called to the Townhomes at Stonecrest in the 1200 block of Rockridge Place around 8:30 a.m. They found the body of a woman in the front room of the residence. The victim was identified as Karen Torrence. She was […]

  • Highs winds and tornadoes leave a path of destruction in central and southern Illinois

    STAUNTON, IL – The threat for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms has ended in central and southern Illinois, but not before multiple tornadoes touchdown producing various degrees of damage from near Staunton, IL, up north along I-55 through Mount Olive and Litchfield. The Christian County Illinois Emergency Management says the city of Taylorville was hit hard by Saturday evenings storm.  The Taylorville Fire Department along with outside EMS crews are trying to clear large debris in the area to reach people […]

  • Swansea family reunited with pet bobcat after state seized the animal

    SWANSEA, Ill. – Following a two-month battle, a Swansea family has been reunited with their pet bobcat after the Illinois Department of Natural Resources confiscated the animal. Lakesha Mayweather had a state-issued fur-bearing animal breeders permit. She believed that allowed her to keep the bobcat but she was nevertheless cited for keeping a dangerous pet and importing live game without a permit, so she went to court. “They said I needed a USDA permit so I got that. Then once […]

  • MidAmerica Airport seeks to expand as management considers funding options

    MASCOUTAH, Ill. – After being named the best airport in Illinois in 2018, MidAmerica St. Louis Airport wants to expand. MidAmerica St. Louis Airport director Tim Cantwell says more passengers have come through the airport than ever before. He’s projecting 300,000 passengers this year, up from just 30,000 four years ago. He says now is the time to start planning for future growth. “…A new access point will be added outside the building but remember we still have to operate […]

  • Contractor seriously injured in electrical arcing accident

    ST. LOUIS – An Ameren subcontractor was taken to the hospital following an electrical arcing in south St. Louis Wednesday morning. “The lights in the building started flickering on and off about four times and alerted me to go outside the building and see what was going on,” said Lorenzo Jackson. Nearly two blocks away, Jackson captured video of the scene at the corner of Osage and South Broadway just before 10 a.m. “I saw these two workers and one of […]