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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
  • Unified command better prepared for grand jury ruling

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – As the St. Louis area awaits the grand jury’s ruling in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, activity at the police unified command at the Buzz Westfall Plaza has picked up. Saturday afternoon CNN reported that grand jury will convene again on Monday to consider possible charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Meanwhile, police at the unified command center are continuing to prepare for the eventual announcement. Follow Betsey Bruce on Facebook and […]

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    Ferguson waits: No decision this weekend

    FERGUSON, Missouri  –FOX 2′s Betsey Bruce has confirmed from St. Louis County government source that the Michael Brown grand jury will resume deliberations on Monday. Anticipating a grand jury decision at any moment, more businesses boarded up their doors and windows and residents hunkered down in their homes on two of Ferguson’s main roads. On Saturday, the city learned it will have to wait a little more. The grand jury convened on Friday, but did not reach a decision, federal […]

  • Peace rally for Michael Brown held at Harris Stowe State University

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The nation is waiting for word from the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case. Local leaders are asking people to act peacefully when the decision is released. The FBI has nearly 100 additional agents in the area to help local law enforcement prepare for possible unrest. Protestors also rallying for peace. Young people looking for a way to make a difference after the Michael Brown shooting gathered at Harris Stowe State University for […]

  • Cars stolen after drivers leave them running

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) — Thursday’s early morning chill cost three drivers their vehicles in St. Louis County. Police say each had started their car to warm it up and left the keys in the ignition while they went back inside their house. St. Louis County Police say it is a common crime especially when the weather is particularly cold or hot. The cars were stolen from homes on Weber Trail Drive in Affton, Claudine in Spanish Lake and Vallette […]

  • Mayor Slay says National Guard will only play a support role

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking Governor Jay Nixon to provide 400 members of the Missouri National Guard to help protect the city during anticipated protests following the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. “As long as they are in the city of St. Louis my understanding is they will be armed, they will be in uniform as I understand it. But as I said they are not going to be out there […]

  • County officials explain why they ran out of paper ballots Election Day

    MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County election officials ordered 30,000 extra blank ballots on Election Day Nov. 4 and had them flown to St. Louis from a firm in the state of Kansas.  The cost to taxpayers was $4,675 including $2,875 for the charter flight. A shortage of paper ballots prompted the decision. 57 county precincts ran low on paper ballots that day according to Election Board Director Rita Heard Days.  She told the St. Louis County Election Commissioners […]

  • Michael Brown’s parents react to release of Ferguson police calls

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Attorneys for Michael Brown’s parents are reacting to police  radio calls from the day their son was shot and killed by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson. The police dispatch recordings were obtained by St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The new  recordings have not changed the family’s opinion about how the Ferguson police department responded that fateful day. Mike Brown Jr’s parents returned to St. Louis Friday night. Before they or their lawyers were aware the St. Louis Post […]

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    Report: New Mike Brown shooting radio calls reveal short and fatal encounter

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Video surveillance and radio calls obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveal new details in the shooting death of Michael Brown.  The police dispatch radio calls show that the interaction that ended in Brown’s death happened over about 90 seconds. Records obtained under Missouri’s Sunshine Law include radio dispatch recordings and some surveillance video of officer Darren Wilson leaving and returning to the Ferguson police station after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on August 9th, […]

  • Michael Brown’s parents return from U.N. trip

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KTVI)-The parents of Michael Brown returned home to St. Louis Friday night. Members from the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition and the National Action Network welcomed them home. Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden were in Geneva, Switzerland this week speaking to the U.N. Human Rights Commission Against Torture.  They spoke to the media upon their return at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.  They spoke separately but relayed the message.  They wanted to thank everyone for welcoming […]

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    Pathologist hired by Brown family goes before grand jury

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Grand Jury working on the Michael Brown fatal shooting case heard testimony Thursday from a prominent forensic pathologist hired by the Brown family to conduct a second autopsy of their teenage son. Dr. Michael Baden spent the morning inside the County Justice Center, but when he left during the lunch hour he was under a gag order and unable to discuss his testimony with reporters. Lawyers for the Brown family predicted his […]

  • Dooley and Slay appeal for calm ahead of Brown grand jury ruling

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Chatter on social media suggesting local governments are ill prepared for the reaction to the coming grand jury decision prompted top city and county leaders to talk Wednesday about their efforts to reach groups of protesters.  They say they are talking to other community leaders about how to move forward and how to make sure lasting change does happen. St. Louis County executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay believe the region has an […]

  • Gov. Nixon says law enforcement prepared for Brown grand jury ruling

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is calling on area residents to remain calm once the grand jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting is released.  He and members of the local unified command promise police will protect the community and the rights of citizens to exercise free speech, but violence will not be tolerated. “Our dual pillars here are safety and speech. Anybody that comes here needs to know they are going to be safe […]