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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
  • Missouri farm rights under debate as voters consider Amendment One

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Missouri farmers are lining up on both sides of the so-called “Right to Farm” amendment to the state constitution. Critics warn it will handcuff lawmakers and citizens from approving future laws covering agriculture. Supporters deny that but insist they need protection to be sure those laws don’t infringe on their chosen farming practices. “My fear as a young producer is that animal rights groups will limit the number of cattle that I can purchase,” said […]

  • Madison County fair goers brave the heat

    HIGHLAND, IL (KTVI) – Hot muggy weather did not deter fair goers to the Madison County Fair in Highland. The annual six day event attracts visitors and exhibitors from surrounding counties. Saturday proved to be the hottest day of the summer so far for the St. Louis area. “People don’t care.  It’s summer in southern Illinois; it’s always hot. We’ve had a good week..nice and cool ..this s  a little bit humid, but it’s the fair,” said Madison County Fair […]

  • Democrats square off over race for county executive nomination

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Intensity, plenty of headlines and hard hitting political commercials characterize the race for the Democratic Party nomination for St. Louis County Executive. Challenger, Steve Stenger… a county council member, lawyer and CPA charges the state’s biggest county is suffering from a lack of engaged leadership. “We lost three and a half billion dollars in the last ten years of residential income. When you think about that that’s a staggering figure and I think it’s because of […]

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    Traffic warrant ticket amnesty program promises clean records

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Anyone facing arrest because of warrants for traffic violations, back child support or some misdemeanors will have an opportunity to clear up those issues without facing arrest. Without a clean police record it is difficult to rent an apartment, get a job or even purchase day care. The annual Better Family Life “St. Louis Metropolitan Area Amnesty Project” is scheduled for early August.  Three sessions, one at each of the three St. Louis Community College campuses, […]

  • Top VA official sees health care crisis at St. Louis medical center

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The acting head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had a first-hand look at the health care crisis facing his agency when he toured the VA`s John Cochran Medical Center in north St. Louis Tuesday. A series of health care scandals from questions of dental equipment hygiene in 2010 to the demotion of a whistle blower recently have kept the hospital on North Grand in the headlines. Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, who has only been […]

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    Suspect in fatal stabbing released pending further investigation

    WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) – A Valmeyer man arrested Thursday night in connection with the stabbing of another man was ordered released Friday afternoon by the Monroe County State`s Attorney pending further investigation. Waterloo police were called to a home in the 11-hundred block of Cottonwood Lane just before 10pm Thursday.  They found 27-year old Eric Boyer of Waterloo collapsed with serious stab wounds.  He was later pronounced dead at a St. Louis hospital. Officers charged 20-year old Christopher Russell of […]

  • Amendment 7 critics say message board looks like MoDOT sign

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Critics of a proposed new state sales tax for transportation are complaining about a message board along Interstate 44. They say it looks like a MoDOT electronic sign. Seen at night in a home video, the sign advocates for Amendment 7 on the August 5th primary ballot. But it is not a MoDOT sign. A small notice indicates supporters of Amendment 7 paid for it and it was parked on private property, belonging to Antire Quarry, […]

  • Dooley and Stenger battle over new campaign ads

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley came out swinging Wednesday with a new TV commercial blasting opponent Steve Stenger who he faces in the August 5th primary. Both campaigns claim the other is playing with the facts. Tonight both candidates are expected to attend a league of women voter candidate forum at the Florissant Valley Community College. The forum is slated to start at 7 pm in the student center on the campus. The […]

  • Carriage horse gets clean bill of health, cleared by vets to resume service

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis City’s Health Director issued regulations for horse drawn carriage businesses in the city late Tuesday afternoon after investigating the conditions of two horses owned by Brookdale Farms. Director Pam Walker said she has the authority to regulate animal housing and to protect the welfare of all animals in the city under the St. Louis City Charter and city ordinances. The owner of Brookdale Farms Jerry Kirk said most of the rules are not as […]

  • Vigil honors man murdered after aiding woman being attacked

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A candlelight vigil Saturday night brought relatives and friends together to honor a man who was shot to death after he intervened in a domestic dispute. “I know he touched lot of hearts out there..please keep me in your prayers,” asked Michelle Crawford as she spoke of her oldest son. Tony Jordan, 32, a groundskeeper for an apartment building in the 5800 block of Cabanne, asked a man to leave a tenant’s apartment when he found […]

  • SWAT team handles neighbor dispute over fence after man pulls gun

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – Neighbors in the 2200 block of Central Parkway in North St. Louis County were surprised to learn they slept through a police stand-off Thursday night into early Friday morning. St. Louis County police say 53-year-old Craig J. Smith barricaded himself inside his home for several hours before giving up about 3:30 AM.  He was wanted for threatening to shoot his neighbors with a semi-automatic hand gun just before midnight. A probable cause statement released by the […]

  • Man murdered in Granite City home; Daughter taken into custody

    (KTVI) – The daughter of an elderly Granite City man who was murdered early Thursday is in custody in connection with the killing.  The Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn said 82-year old Woodrow Dilday was killed with “blunt force trauma” to his head. Granite City police were called to a home in the 28-hundred block of Harding at 3:30 AM.  Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor said officers quickly determined it was not a random crime and took the 54-year old […]