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
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    Police and couple searching for missing man

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – This will not be a traditional Thanksgiving for a St. Louis County couple. Their oldest son, Brandon Fultz, disappeared two months ago after stopping at a Maryland Heights 7-11 store to buy cigarettes. The 34-year-old, who was unemployed, then called a cab for a ride to a drug store on Olive.  Fultz’s father said the cab driver told police he waited for the young man and then brought him back to his parent’s apartment complex, […]

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    Walnut Park community mourns the loss of 3 children in fatal fire

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis City Fire investigators blame Sunday’s fatal fire on a space heater that was left on overnight. They said Monday there were no working smoke alarms in the house in the 4900 block of Plover in the Walnut Park neighborhood. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said his firefighers were impacted by the fatalities. He described his crews who worked the blaze as “visibly shaken” when he arrived on the scene. “When we don’t save a life […]

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    Home owner in rural Madison County shoots would-be intruder

    MARINE, IL (KTVI) – A Madison County man picked the wrong home to burglarize Thursday night after being sent to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the chest. The incident happened several miles east of Marine, a village of less than a thousand residents. The homeowner, who lives on Mayer Road, woke up to find a man trying to enter his home. Madison County Sheriff John Lakin said the homeowner had every right to protect his property – and […]

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    Family speaks out about teen police say shot and killed himself

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The mother of a teenager who police say committed suicide in a Normandy neighborhood last month is convinced her son was killed by a police officer. Lakea Green and her husband Anthony Cosentino are raising questions about the investigation into the shooting death of her son Amonderez Green. The initial report from the St. Louis County Medical Examiner and St. Louis County Police indicated the 18-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Wednesday […]

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    Teen injured in alternative school safe room

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A St. Peters mother is calling for a statewide review of how schools construct and use time-out safe rooms.  This comes just a day after her 8th grade son nearly severed an artery when he slammed his fist through an observation window in a safe room door at Heritage Landing Alternative School in the Francis Howell School District. A school educator who was observing the teen through the window suffered an injury to his […]

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    Illinois ups ante in 2-state bid for new spy agency home

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AP) _ Southwestern Illinois is upping the ante in the competition with Missouri for a federal spy agency’s new regional headquarters. St. Clair County officials on Monday said they would more than double the amount of free land adjacent to Scott Air Force Base available for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency relocation project. The county is offering the choice of two new sites that are at least 200 acres to go with its earlier gift of […]

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    O’Fallon scammers posing as police for PayPal payments

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Scammers looking to get a hold of your money are pretending to be an officer in O’Fallon, Missouri. They are finding their victims through the phone. The call could be a bit unnerving. A person on the phone announces there is a bench warrant for your arrest, but you can take care of it by paying a fee through their PayPal service. Police say this is the latest in a long string of phone scams where […]

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    Michael Middleton named interim president of University of Missouri system

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators turned to a veteran professor and retired deputy chancellor Thursday to lead the four campus system. The decision comes four days after students protesting racial issues pressured Tim Wolfe, the university’s system-wide president, to step down. Mike Middleton, a Civil Rights lawyer and retired MU Law School professor, was named interim president. Middleton brings a depth of experience in Columbia, both as an undergraduate student there in the 1960s […]

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    New threats made via Yik Yak about Missouri S&T, police say

    ROLLA, MO (KTVI) – Police in Rolla are investigating another social media threat, this one directed at students attending Missouri University of Science and Technology. An anonymous social media posting to the Yik Yak platform on Wednesday said, “I’m going to shoot up this school.” The Missouri Science and Technology campus police department are investigating this latest threat. Rolla city police are assisting in the investigation. Students and faculty were sent what the university calls a “timely warning” via email […]

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    MU Communications professor resigns, following fallout from trying to stop a reporter covering campus protest

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI)- The MU Dean of Journalism announced Tuesday that the courtesy title for a Communications professor is in the process of being removed. Video taken Monday shows Assistant Professor Melissa Click confronting journalists, blocking their access to Monday protests on the Columbia, MO campus. While the J-School faculty were meeting, Dr. Melissa Click resigned her courtesy appointment with the School. #Mizzou @mojonews — Kurp (@Kurp) November 11, 2015 @Mellissaclick not a J-School faculty member. Removing courtesy title in process. […]

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    New oil pipeline being constructed between Missouri and Illinois

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – From the air it looks like a snake stretching out along the rich black earth between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.  Instead it is a steel pipeline workers are welding together piece by piece. Enbridge, one of the largest energy transportation firms in North America, is replacing a sixty plus year old pipeline that carries crude oil from Missouri to Illinois.   The old equipment is still operating safely, but it is resting in a trench on […]

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    Police shoot man armed with hammer after attack on family

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A Lakeshire man was killed Thursday night in a confrontation with police outside his apartment home on Puttington. A 911 call for a stabbing brought police to the neighborhood. Neighbor Lisa DeVole called for help when a 12-year-old boy came to her door covered in blood and pleading for help for his injured mother. She said he told her, “My uncle stabbed her in the neck and I hit him in the head with a […]