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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!

Recent Articles
  • Belmar: Officer’s shooting had nothing to do with Ferguson protesters

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) –A Ferguson police officer is recovering Sunday morning after being shot by an apparent burglary suspect. St. Louis County police are investigating the shooting. The first question Chief Jon Belmar was asked was whether this is tied to the protests. The answer, he says, is no. The shooting happened a little after 9:00pm Saturday night in the 1000 block of Smith. An officer on routine patrol checked in on Ferguson’s new community center, where he spotted two […]

  • Police in Ferguson must display name plates, “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets not allowed

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– The U.S. Justice Department sent letters to the city of Ferguson this week outlining their expectation that officers will begin wearing their name plate immediately. In the letter,  DOJ officials say the requirement to wear name badges is outlined in the city police department’s general order. A letter Friday also explains an understanding between Chief Jackson and the DOJ that no officers will wear “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets while on duty or in uniform. Chief Jackson […]

  • Carjacking victims claim not enough police manpower in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Protests that prompted some arrests Thursday night in Ferguson may be to blame for a shortage of police manpower that impacted other citizens seeking help. A Ferguson detective has taken a report from carjacking victims but there still are questions about why no one from Ferguson or St. Louis County actually responded to the family’s 9-1-1 calls for protection. Police were occupied by a protest outside the Ferguson police department. Activity there escalated at one point as […]

  • Ferguson summit promises face to face dialogue between protestors and police

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – “Somebody has got to be the bigger brother and calm the matter down.”  That’s the message from recording studio owner Michael “Spud” Johnson who describes himself as one of the peaceful protestors looking for justice in the Michael Brown shooting case. Johnson, age 42, will join young men from North St. Louis County on a panel with police officers Saturday morning during a Community Empowerment Summit. Organizer Steve Harmon, chair of the mentoring unit of 100 […]

  • Mold closes Catholic elementary school for 4 days

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A mold problem has kept some 300 children out of school since Friday at Queen of All Saints Catholic School on Christopher in the Oakville area of South St. Louis County. But classes are scheduled to resume Thursday at the parish elementary school following extensive cleaning of the 25 classrooms and common areas.  A round of post-cleaning tests was being completed on Wednesday afternoon. Tests completed by an industrial hygiene and safety consultant showed […]

  • Daycare center thrown into chaos after staff walks out over pay

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Dozens of parents had to leave work or make special arrangements to pick up their children from a South St. Louis City day care Tuesday.  Workers, complaining they had not been paid in more than a month, refused to work.  Only a few employees at Mary Margaret Day Care and Learning Center at 4040 South Broadway were on duty. Missouri inspectors from the Department of Health and Senior Services were checking on what had happened, but […]

  • Over 150,000 attend Great Forest Park Balloon Race

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – More than 150,000 people packed Forest Park’s Central Field for the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are among the sponsors of the event. More than 60 hot air balloons from across the country took part in the competition. Once our FOX 2/News11 balloon took off, the other balloons followed hoping to drop a bag of bird-seed closest to where our balloon landed. The pilot who drops their marker closest is […]

  • Peaceful protest in Ferguson ends with arrest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – There were some tense moments in Ferguson Saturday when protestors blocking South Florissant at Paul were confronted by the driver of an SUV.  Three people were arrested including the driver of the car. Demonstrator Jerika Tyler said the driver called them derogatory names and bumped her.  “He’s pushing up with the car. I’m steady moving back with my sign. He bumped me. I dropped my sign and he just kept pushing forward like he already hit […]

  • Supporters and critics of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson call for justice

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Supporters and critics of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson are both calling for “justice” this weekend during public events. A two day weekend rally for Wilson is scheduled in Imperial at Gators South Beer and Wine Garden.  Organizer John McWherter said the “campaign is not only to support Darren Wilson, but the future protection of all of our law enforcement officers who protect and serve all, regardless of race, creed or color. Demonstrators who want Wilson […]

  • Chief Belmar says shooting of an armed suspect was “justified”

    JENNINGS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis County is now investigating a fatal “officer involved” shooting.  It’s the third in the metro area in six weeks. Two St. Louis County Police Officers were working the Jennings beat Wednesday night when a man threatened them with a rifle.  Both fired at the 42-year old subject killing him. County Police Chief Jon Belmar called the shooting “justified”  but added it was a tragedy for everyone involved. Gaddiel Patterson, a witness to the shooting, said […]

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    Some black North County leaders say “no” to supporting Democratic candidates

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – African American leaders from North St. Louis County moved to flex their political muscle Tuesday with the formation of a coalition within the Democratic Party.  However they minced no words over their dissatisfaction with how some established politicians have failed to respond to their community concerns. St. Louis County Council Chair Hazel Erby pointed to the ongoing debate over the Normandy School District, the current concerns regarding the police shooting of teenager Mike Brown […]

  • Normandy could face more change after state education head retires

    WELLSTON, MO (KTVI) – There could be more uncertainty for the Normandy schools this year.  The Missouri state education commissioner who led efforts to reformulate the struggling district will retire in December. Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon praised Commissioner Chris Nicastro for her work as a superintendent and as commissioner. Nicastro announced her decision at a Missouri State Board of Education meeting in Jefferson City Monday.  The State Board of Education will name her replacement. Changes at Normandy are already in […]