Some folks are born curious. I plead guilty to that. A strong sense of curiosity and a commitment to public service have fueled my interest in news reporting.

My first assignment was writing stories about my junior high for the Tonawanda (NY) News. After heading west to major in journalism at the University of Missouri, I found my first TV job in St. Louis. Women TV reporters were oddities then, but when I started on the air in 1971, St. Louis audiences kindly accepted my work.

KTVI hired me in 1989 to anchor weekend news and cover government consumer stories for Contact 2. Today, my assignments include general news, politics and education stories.

From the Flood of ’93 to the Pope’s visit – from presidential nominating conventions to stories of personal adversity and courage – TV news reporting gives me a front row seat for history in the making!

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    Mt. Olive mother homeschooling autistic son after child comes home with bruises

    MT. OLIVE, IL (KTVI) – A Macoupin County family turned to homeschooling their special needs child after he came home with unexplained bruises. Last month, the six-year-old first-grader came home from his special needs classroom at Mount Olive Elementary with unexplained bruises on his stomach and arms. Thomas was diagnosed with a form of autism, ADHD, and several other physical health issues. But in his mother Jodi’s eyes, the barrier that is keeping him from going to school is his […]

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    East St. Louis teachers may go on strike Thursday

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – In anticipation of a teachers’ strike Thursday, the East St. Louis School District 189 called off classes for the day. The message went to parents late Wednesday afternoon. Members of the Illinois Federation of Teachers Local 1220 voted Tuesday night to turn down a tentative contract which union leaders had endorsed. East St. Louis School Superintendent Arthur Culver said he believes many teachers are reconsidering their vote and would like to cast a secret ballot […]

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    St. Louis County opens new emergency operations center

    BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County is unveiling its new radio system for first responders this week.  Tax dollars from a special sales tax will pay for $66.4 million dollars of equipment.  It will connect police, fire and emergency medical crews on special radio channels when multiple agencies are needed for a natural or manmade emergency. St. Louis County Public Safety Supervisor Daniel Davis said surrounding counties are in the process of joining the communication effort.  The terror attack […]

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    Not all cell phone calls to 911 relay your location

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County plans to dedicate its new 911 Communication Center this week. But despite the new technology the public often expects more than it actually delivers. That is the case at times with cell phones when residents use them to call 911. The county’s 911 Coordinator Tom McCormick explains cell phones send signals to a cell tower but that tower might not be closest to the 911 center that dispatches for your Police Department. A […]

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    Metro van driver shot in North St. Louis

    NORTH ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A Metro van driver is hospitalized after he was attacked while driving a bus in North St. Louis. Police say he knew his attacker. Police have been working the case since someone fired multiple shots at the driver and his occupied Call-A-Ride van just before 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon. The driver had picked up two passengers who scheduled the Call-A-Ride service and was heading north on North Kingshighway.  As he approached Lexington a person the […]

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    North County residents enjoy Ferguson’s Streetfest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Ferguson’s annual fall festival drew hundreds of residents to the center of town Saturday for a day of music, food and children’s activities. “I think everything is coming back into focus the way it is supposed to be,” said Pastor Melvin Dunn whose North County church includes Ferguson residents.   A year ago the town of 22,000 was reeling from the raw emotion of multiple protests following the confrontation between Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and teenager […]

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    Pine Lawn police chief, acting mayor stay mum on topic of secret meeting

    PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI) – Uncertainty over the future of the Pine Lawn Police Department continues to raise concerns in the small town. The acting mayor and the police chief met in a closed meeting at city hall Friday and both are reassuring residents that everything is fine. In recent weeks, the Pine Lawn City Council heard presentations from both the St. Louis County Police Department and the North County Police Cooperative about taking over the Pine Lawn Police Department. […]

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    Federal dollars used for tornado safety room at Troy Buchanan High School

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A federal grant aimed at tornado safety will do double duty for a school district in Lincoln County. The $1.8 million in FEMA funds will help Troy Buchanan High School to build a tornado safe room that will also serve as a performing arts center. “We practice monthly drills regarding tornadoes,” said Superintendent Mark Penny. “But we don’t really have a safe place to go other than away from windows.” A combination of community fund […]

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    Authorities investigating car windows shot out in Fenton area

    FENTON, MO (KTVI) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is looking for help from the public to find those responsible for damaging five vehicles along a two-mile stretch of Saline Road in the Fenton area. In several of the cases it appears a bb or pellet gun was used to shoot at the vehicles.   In each case the projectile shattered a window. Wednesday morning at 7:05 a woman called for help after something broke the rear window of her Ford […]

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    High end purses stolen in armed robbery, suspects lead police on high-speed chase

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) –Chesterfield police are investigating what they call a strong-armed robbery at a store at the St. Louis Premium Outlet mall Saturday night.  Three suspects, all black females, grabbed a large quantity of high end purses from the Kate Spade store and ran out. As they left, they knocked over an 11-year-old boy who was entering the store with his mother.  He suffered bumps and bruises but will be fine according to police. On Sunday morning, Chesterfield updated […]

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    Great Forest Park Balloon Race takes flight

      FOREST PARK, ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Thousands of people crowded Forest Park Saturday for the 43rd annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race.  The colorful event drew 65 hot air balloons and pilots. It also gave a 14-year-old kidney patient the ride of her life. St. Louis Children’s Hospital selected patient Danesha Hibbler of Cahokia to ride in the hospital’s balloon.  Her child life specialist Stacy Sedlack joined her. “I  have been looking forward to it through Danesha’s eyes,” explained […]

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    Missouri legislature fails to override Nixon’s veto of Right To Work

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Supporters of a right to work law for Missouri fell 13 votes short of overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto Wednesday. Lawmakers on both sides of the issue say they were under intense pressure to change their vote. But supporters picked up only four additional votes after a summer of lobbying. They needed 109 votes to reach the two-thirds majority necessary to override a veto. Consequently the measure died and did not move on to the […]