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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
  • Ferguson voter registration lagging far behind expectations

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Efforts to register new voters in Ferguson were not as successful as organizers thought.  Tuesday the St. Louis County Election Board Director Rita Days said an error in running a computer report significantly overstated the number of new voters registered in Ferguson between the Mike Brown shooting on August 9 and Monday. “We issued the total of 3287 when it was actually 128,” Days said.  The larger number included a variety of contacts including […]

  • Cardinal fans hoping for victory in game 2 of NLDS

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Packed is the perfect description as fans are lined up here on the second floor watching every pitch on the giant screen. It was quiet here earlier tonight, but now the energy is pulsing through this crowd, pep rallies, cheers and a lighted hearted spirit. One bar tender even sporting a reddish-pink wig guaranteed to bring a smile. The dodgers scored first, but fans are still smiling over last night’s improbable victory. Follow Betsey Bruce on […]

  • Ferguson police target of $60 million lawsuit for false arrests

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) -Accusations of police brutality and false arrests form the foundation of a federal civil rights lawsuit that was amended Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Ten plaintiffs are now part of the lawsuit. Some say they were arrested for no reason between August 11 and 13 by police from St. Louis County and Ferguson departments. Others cite injuries caused by projectiles that struck them. Attorney Greg Lattimer said the charges were “failure to disperse” even […]

  • Frank talk by leaders at roundtable on underlying issues in Ferguson protesth public and Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Key St. Louis area civic and police leaders opened up a frank dialogue Wednesday morning during a roundtable discussion at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster organized the session in hopes of producing ideas to improve police and community communication. MO State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal and St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French, who have both been among the protestors for weeks, joined the conversation along with MO Highway Patrol […]

  • Belmar: Officer’s shooting had nothing to do with Ferguson protesters

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) –A Ferguson police officer is recovering Sunday morning after being shot by an apparent burglary suspect. St. Louis County police are investigating the shooting. The first question Chief Jon Belmar was asked was whether this is tied to the protests. The answer, he says, is no. The shooting happened a little after 9:00pm Saturday night in the 1000 block of Smith. An officer on routine patrol checked in on Ferguson’s new community center, where he spotted two […]

  • Police in Ferguson must display name plates, “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets not allowed

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– The U.S. Justice Department sent letters to the city of Ferguson this week outlining their expectation that officers will begin wearing their name plate immediately. In the letter,  DOJ officials say the requirement to wear name badges is outlined in the city police department’s general order. A letter Friday also explains an understanding between Chief Jackson and the DOJ that no officers will wear “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets while on duty or in uniform. Chief Jackson […]

  • Carjacking victims claim not enough police manpower in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Protests that prompted some arrests Thursday night in Ferguson may be to blame for a shortage of police manpower that impacted other citizens seeking help. A Ferguson detective has taken a report from carjacking victims but there still are questions about why no one from Ferguson or St. Louis County actually responded to the family’s 9-1-1 calls for protection. Police were occupied by a protest outside the Ferguson police department. Activity there escalated at one point as […]

  • Ferguson summit promises face to face dialogue between protestors and police

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – “Somebody has got to be the bigger brother and calm the matter down.”  That’s the message from recording studio owner Michael “Spud” Johnson who describes himself as one of the peaceful protestors looking for justice in the Michael Brown shooting case. Johnson, age 42, will join young men from North St. Louis County on a panel with police officers Saturday morning during a Community Empowerment Summit. Organizer Steve Harmon, chair of the mentoring unit of 100 […]

  • Mold closes Catholic elementary school for 4 days

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A mold problem has kept some 300 children out of school since Friday at Queen of All Saints Catholic School on Christopher in the Oakville area of South St. Louis County. But classes are scheduled to resume Thursday at the parish elementary school following extensive cleaning of the 25 classrooms and common areas.  A round of post-cleaning tests was being completed on Wednesday afternoon. Tests completed by an industrial hygiene and safety consultant showed […]

  • Daycare center thrown into chaos after staff walks out over pay

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Dozens of parents had to leave work or make special arrangements to pick up their children from a South St. Louis City day care Tuesday.  Workers, complaining they had not been paid in more than a month, refused to work.  Only a few employees at Mary Margaret Day Care and Learning Center at 4040 South Broadway were on duty. Missouri inspectors from the Department of Health and Senior Services were checking on what had happened, but […]

  • Over 150,000 attend Great Forest Park Balloon Race

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – More than 150,000 people packed Forest Park’s Central Field for the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are among the sponsors of the event. More than 60 hot air balloons from across the country took part in the competition. Once our FOX 2/News11 balloon took off, the other balloons followed hoping to drop a bag of bird-seed closest to where our balloon landed. The pilot who drops their marker closest is […]

  • Peaceful protest in Ferguson ends with arrest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – There were some tense moments in Ferguson Saturday when protestors blocking South Florissant at Paul were confronted by the driver of an SUV.  Three people were arrested including the driver of the car. Demonstrator Jerika Tyler said the driver called them derogatory names and bumped her.  “He’s pushing up with the car. I’m steady moving back with my sign. He bumped me. I dropped my sign and he just kept pushing forward like he already hit […]