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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!

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    President Obama to speak to a joint session of Illinois legislature

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – President Barack Obama will be greeted by cold blustery weather when he returns to Springfield Illinois Wednesday. The president will make a rare speech before the Illinois state legislature where he began his political career. Nine years ago then U.S. Senator Obama chose Springfield as the location to announce his plans to run for president. That took place outside the old State Capitol also in Springfield. Illinois is in the midst of a political impasse and […]

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    City investigating balcony collapse in Soulard

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A deck that collapsed injuring five people during Mardi Gras celebrations in Soulard on Saturday appears to be missing critical bolts. The St. Louis City Building Commissioner Frank Oswald said Monday it appears there were no lag bolts. Those bolts hold the ledger board against the building. Oswald said there also may have been some stress on the exterior of the deck because it looks as if it pulled away rather than falling straight down. Jonathan […]

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    Black students seek swifter race reforms at Mizzou

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – For the second day in a row, the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators took time to listen to students’ demands for change, particularly on the Mizzou campus in Columbia. “If there still are no policies in place after all these months, then we have a right to be angry,” said graduate student and activist Timothy Love. “With the racial unrest that’s on campus, can you tell us right now what you’re doing?” Love said. Board […]

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    Robbery victim says crime spree suspect left his phone in her car

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 39-year-old man who told police he consumed 90 Xanax pills before a weekend crime spree is locked up on a $75,000 cash-only bond in Jefferson County. John Cullen Jr. left behind a series of clues that law enforcement used to link him to three stolen vehicle incidents. The victim of a theft in St Louis City on Wednesday said she, too, found a clue that led her to Cullen. Cassidy Dobson found a stranger’s cell […]


    Man charged in shooting of 7-year-old child

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A suspect has been charged in the case of a 7-year-old boy who was wounded by a gunshot that came through the floor of the apartment where he was visiting. It happened Tuesday night in the 3900 block of South Grand. Late Wednesday Saint Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce issued warrants against 29-year-old Jeffrey Eckstein. He is charged with second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. According to court documents Eckstein was in a […]

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    Police looking for man after carjacking on SLU campus

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Police are looking for a suspect after a carjacking on Saint Louis University Campus. The graduate student was paying for parking near the intersection of Laclede and Spring Tuesday.  A young man grabbed her keys and tried to steal her car.  He drove up on a curb as the two struggled over the keys. Police were looking for a black Ford Focus travelling after the suspect drove west on Laclede. The vehicle has been recovered in Pine Lawn.  It was abandoned. St. […]

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    Last black University of Missouri curator steps down

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A second black member of the University of Missouri system’s governing board has resigned in a week, leaving no minority representation on the panel as the Columbia campus tries to mend from racial unrest. Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday confirmed the David Steward’s departure, which leaves three vacancies on the nine-member board. Steward, chairman and founder of World Wide Technology based near St. Louis, didn’t return messages seeking comment Monday about this reason for resigning. Yvonne […]

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    Phone message leaves Wentzville alderwoman shaken

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI) – A Wentzville alderman says he used the wrong word when he suggested a fellow alderman’s election opponent could be “eliminated.” However, that is not satisfying the alderwoman who says she felt threatened by the phone message. Alderwomen Linda Wright brought the issue to the forefront during a regular board meeting Wednesday night. She played the phone message from her colleague, Alderman Matt Swanson. In the message Swanson said, “I just got a call from somebody who […]

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    With no budget, Rauner delivers Illinois State of the State

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner proposes fixing the state’s underfunded pension system and eliminating what he says is wasteful bureaucracy in public schools during his State of the State address. The Republican governor delivers his second State of the State speech Wednesday with no budget and mounting pressure over the seven-month-old stalemate that’s crippling services. In his speech, Rauner says he will provide more money to classrooms and hold schools “truly accountable for results.”  He repeats earlier calls for fixing […]

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    Mizzou professor waives arraignment for assault charge

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – Some Republicans in the state Senate continue to criticize the University of Missouri for not firing an assistant professor who confronted journalists during campus protests last November. Melissa Click was charged with misdemeanor assault Monday in connection with her run-in with a student videographer and a student photographer. The confrontation on the Columbia campus happened during protests over what demonstrators saw as indifference to racial issues at the school. Republican Sen. Eric Schmitt, of Glendale, and […]

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    Illinois budget impasse is forcing social services to find new funding

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Social service agencies and small businesses caught in the middle of an Illinois state budget impasse warn the state is reaching a critical point.  Millions of dollars are owed to Metro East agencies and firms which have not been paid by the state since July. Many provide critical services to those in need including newborns, juveniles in trouble, senior citizens with limited income and the disabled. More than a dozen spoke out during a news conference […]

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    Missing Eureka man’s body found in St. Louis City shed

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A 24-year-old Eureka man who had been missing for one month has been found dead. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Adams’ body was found Thursday around 12:10 p.m. inside a shed in the 4000 block of Taft Avenue in the Bevo neighborhood. Recently the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department put out a missing person’s notice for the man. The family of Tyler Adams had reported him missing in early December. The family had […]