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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!

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: betsey.bruce@tvstl.com


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    Police identify suspect who shot St. Louis officer

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The 19-year-old suspect killed in a shootout with police over night was under investigation for a string of increasingly violent crimes. Law enforcement sources believe George P. Bush the third knew police were closing in on him. The dragnet may have prompted him to fire shots at a St Louis City police officer waiting for the traffic light to change at Hampton and Pernod. Acquaintances say Bush once attended the now closed Construction Careers Academy, a […]

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    NAACP offers help after Ladue students protest racial incidents at school

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Ladue police issued a misdemeanor charge Friday against a high school student who burned a classmate with a hot glue gun. The incident was one of several that prompted student protests this week over treatment of black students. District and NAACP officials hope to find solutions to both racial and derogatory slurs some Ladue students have used against classmates. The student, 17-year-old Gabriel Vazquez, faces a third degree assault misdemeanor charge in the hot glue […]

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    Ladue students hold second walk-out over racial issues

    LADUE, MO (KTVI) – Ladue High School students continued to protest Thursday against racially and sexually offensive comments and actions. It was the second day some black and white teens walked out of class. At noon time, they held a forum to talk about how they can stand up for each other and fight harassment. Sophomore Tajah Walker told the crowd of more than 100 students, “Words hurt and I could get up and leave this school, go to another […]

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    Ladue students protest after racial taunts and hot glue gun attack

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – About 200 Ladue High School Students walked out of class Wednesday to protest what they see as unequal discipline. There is deep anger with the students who protested. Both black and white feel African-American students are not valued as highly as other races by their peers, and at times, by administrators. Wednesday’s protest follows two incidents last week where African-American students were targets of an assault with a hot glue gun and racial taunts. The […]

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    Mothers visit courthouse in support of abused baby

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Strangers came to court Tuesday in St. Charles County in hopes of speaking out for a battered infant. The 6-week-old Wentzville baby has evidence of numerous broken bones and is being treated for brain bleeding. A medical spokesman was quoted by police saying if the infant survives it is likely the child will have extreme disabilities. About a dozen young mothers stood outside the St. Charles County Courthouse Tuesday morning, holding up signs saying […]

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    More than a dozen mumps cases at University of Missouri

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – Most of us regard mumps as a childhood disease; a rare one at that. In the United States, children are usually vaccinated against mumps before they go to kindergarten. But a small percentage of individuals are still susceptible to the viral disease. The University of Missouri in Columbia reported 17 cases of the illness among students on campus since September. The University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana has seen 317 cases between April 2015 and May […]

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    Additional overdoses reported downtown

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – “K2 is the new crack cocaine in the city of St. Louis.” That’s the conclusion of a man who saw 11 individuals collapsed across a couple of city blocks Wednesday morning. EMS crews responded throughout the day to multiple overdose emergency calls. Since Monday there have been more than 50 overdose cases many of them linked to what is known as K2 or synthetic marijuana. Organic material is sprayed with a chemical […]

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    Republican candidates hope strong showing by Trump will help down ballot races

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens along with supporters of Jay Ashcroft and Eric Schmitt, candidates for Secretary of State and Treasurer will be gathering Tuesday night eager to see if a strong turnout in Missouri for Donald Trump reaches down the ticket to those races. The communications director for the Missouri Trump campaign tells me that has been the campaign’s goal for the past month and a half.

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    Will Missouri voters split their ticket in presidential, gubernatorial races?

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – While the presidential election is the biggest race of the night, Missouri voters have several other key decisions to make. One of those tightly contested polls is the race for governor. In the past two presidential elections, Missouri voters have chosen the Republican nominee, while at the same time electing a Democrat to the governor’s mansion. It would not be a surprise if we see ticket splitting across the state today as well. Recent polls show […]

  • Justice Department election monitors to be on site in St. Louis city

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The U.S. Justice Department will send monitors to St. Louis city Tuesday to keep an eye on potential trouble at the polls. Since the approval of the 1965 Voting Rights Act the DOJ has monitored elections to protect the rights of voters. Members of the Civil Rights Division staff will also be available to receive telephone complaints related to possible violations of Federal voting rights laws. You can reach them at 1–800–253–3931. Complaints can also be […]

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    Voters be prepared for long lines and bring a list who you want to vote for

    MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Election authorities across Missouri are predicting a 71% state wide voter turnout Tuesday. Because of the high interest in this election, voters could see long lines at polling places. St. Louis County Elections Director Eric Fey expects a turn out potentially as high as 76% in St. Louis County. International election expert and St. Louis County resident Paul DeGregorio urged voters to be well prepared with their choices written down before going to the polls. He said, […]

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    Dark money flooding into the Missouri governor’s race

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Missouri’s lack of limits on campaign contributions has delivered a race for governor costing tens of millions of dollars. It is expected to be a record breaker when it comes to expenditures. Dozens of political commercials have flooded the Missouri airwaves, many purchased by the candidates’ campaign committees. But some come from independent political action committees (PACs). Not-for-profit political action committees are allowed to conceal their donors and that has produced so-called “dark” money that is […]