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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
  • Accident victim crawls for hours to get help

    GODFREY, IL (KTVI) – A man who crashed his car in a cornfield on the north side of Godfrey managed to reach a nearby home for help after crawling through the corn stalks for several hours. Homeowner James Leady called 911 after he and a friend discovered the accident victim on his driveway just before noon Saturday. “All he said was he had been out there all night and that he couldn’t stand and that he had crawled through the […]

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    Churches step up to fill the void after Meals on Wheels shuts down

    WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) – Finding a way to keep serving seniors; the Meals on Wheels program closed its doors in Waterloo on Friday. That’s going to affect nearly 200 senior citizens in Monroe County who counted on daily meals delivered to their homes or senior centers. Local churches and volunteers are stepping up to fill the gap. The not-for-profit agency Western Egyptian shut down its kitchen and senior center after delivering five to six frozen meals to seniors to tide […]

  • Illinois budget cuts will hurt local Meals on Wheels programs

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – The Illinois budget impasse is affecting the Meals on Wheels program and other senior services, even though most of the funding comes from the federal government. Two programs just across the river will prepare their final meals for delivery Friday and then shut down their kitchens. As many as 300 seniors will not receive a meal next week from either the Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center in East Saint Louis or the Waterloo Senior […]

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    No vote held on licensing Uber and ride sharing companies

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Taxi drivers worried about their jobs and Uber supporters eager to see a cheaper way to travel around town jammed the metropolitan taxi commission meeting Wednesday. But one of the loudest voices came from a man who was severely injured in 2013 while riding in a taxicab. Ed Domain has been a frequent and vocal critic of the commission because he is not satisfied with the financial settlement he received from the taxi company after the […]

  • Gov. Rauner and Democratic IL legislature locked in budget stalemate

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – Illinois is operating without a state budget thanks to a political impasse inside the state Capitol.  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner insists his agenda to foster more economic growth must be approved before he talks about budget deals with the Democrat Party dominated legislature. The state has been without a budget since the new fiscal year began July 1. Gov. Rauner vetoed one budget measure his supporters say was four billion dollars out of balance. Tuesday Illinois […]


    Caseyville home a total loss following explosion, fire

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – An explosion flattened a small, frame home Saturday evening in Hollywood Heights near Caseyville.  The powerful blast sent debris into neighboring yards and triggered a fire but no one was injured. Hollywood Heights Fire Chief  Buddy Moore said, “ if anyone had been inside, they would not have survived.”  Neighbors said one man lived there with his dogs.  He had left for the day, but the animals were trapped inside. State Park and Caseyville Fire Departments […]

  • MTC to update code to accommodate Uber and Lyft

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Saturday the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission released a statement saying the commission is moving forward in updating the MTC code to better serve Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber. Over the last year the MTC has locked in battle to license companies like Lyft and Uber in the St. Louis area. Today the MTC said it will have a new code draft ready by its July 29th meeting of a vote. The draft is expected to […]

  • Original victim of suspected sexual predator calls for tougher laws

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The victim of suspected sexual predator Larry Alverson is calling for tougher laws in Illinois which she believes may have stopped the accused child rapist sooner. The woman, who we’re identifying as ‘Jane Doe’ to protect her anonymity, came forward after learning Alverson was locked away at the St. Louis County Justice Center and charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in her home. It brought back difficult memories from 17 years ago for Jane. Jane […]

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    Missouri Senate to review new claims against LeVota

    JEFFERSON CITY (KTVI) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill are both questioning the ability of fellow Democratic State Senator Paul LeVota to continue to serve his constituents. LeVota faces allegations from two former interns that he made sexually in appropriate statements to them. One intern, who worked this winter for LeVota, told an independent Senate investigator after she refused his sexual advances her assignments as an intern were diminished and that she was retaliated against. The […]

  • Protesters demand Ferguson’s mayor resigns, as city installs interim police chief

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The city of Ferguson named a new interim police chief Wednesday several weeks before the first anniversary of the Michael Brown fatal shooting that plunged the city into turmoil last year. Mayor James Knowles said it is part of the city’s plan to move forward with a strong community policing approach.  The new chief, Andre Anderson comes from the Glendale, AZ police department.  He described himself as having a “caring nature” and as an officer with […]

  • Soccer complex appears to be headed to Belleville

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – It looks as if Belleville is going to have a youth soccer and sports tournament complex before Chesterfield does.  Global Sports International proposed a complex along I-64 on land owned by the city of Chesterfield more than a year ago.  But that project is stalled and now the firm is negotiating with Belleville for funding to cover some of its infrastructure costs at a new hotel and convention center development along IL Rt. 15. That announcement […]

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    Masked gunman robs Arnold coin shop

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – A man wearing a full face mask and dressed in black pointed a hand gun at the owners of a coin and currency shop in Arnold Saturday morning demanding money. Jefferson County Sheriff deputies say he got away with an undetermined amount of gold and other currency after tying the two owners together with plastic zip ties. It happened at Americoin in the Village Plaza strip center on Jeffco Blvd around 9:30am. The business buys and sells gold, […]