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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    East Alton coal plant shutting down; workers in the dark about future

    EAST ALTON, IL (KTVI) – Workers at a coal-fired power plant in East Alton, Illinois are looking for answers about their future after word came down of plans to close the facility. Approximately 90 employees at Dynegy’s coal-fired plant are expected to lose their jobs within a year. More than 80 percent of them belong to the IBEW Local 51 union. Union workers met Thursday evening for the first time since the news broke late Wednesday. Not only will the […]

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    Mother outraged over murder suspect freed in son’s death

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The mother of a teenage murder victim is calling for an end to a culture of silence in St. Louis.  Deadra Rounds discovered this week the suspect in her son’s killing was released Monday after prosecutors determined they could not proceed with a trial this week. 16-year old Chauncey Brown was shot to death in September 2013. He was just beginning his sophomore year at Sumner High School and was looking forward to spending the summer […]

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    Security is paramount at Collinsville marijuana dispensary

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Medical marijuana will soon be available to Illinois patients with a doctor’s referral and a state approved card.  Construction is underway at a state approved dispensary in Collinsville located a block away from the Illinois State police office. As soon as a final inspection by state inspectors is complete, the firm, HCI Alternatives expects to open its doors. Some 40 surveillance cameras, a concrete lined vault and a protective sally port are part of the security […]

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    Call for action, accountability from local politicians

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Advocates who want the Ferguson Commission’s report implemented stood outside St. Louis City Hall Monday morning protesting. They complain St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other area elected officials failed to attend a Sunday public meeting on the commission’s action items. Mayor Slay’s office said he’d informed the group weeks ago he would not be able to attend because of a conflict in his schedule. A dozen city employees were on hand for the discussion, including […]

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    Two dead in multi-vehicle crash on EB I-70 near Kingdom City

    CALLAWAY COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Two people were killed Tuesday morning in a seven vehicle pileup on eastbound Interstate 70 at the Kingdom City exit, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. According to state police, the accident occurred at 9:15 a.m. at mile marker 147.8, a busy stretch of the interstate. Authorities said at least one vehicle crossed over the wire cable in the median from westbound 70. It appeared two tractor-trailers collided head-on. One other tractor trailer, three pick-ups, […]

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    First-grader safe after wandering away from St. Clair Elementary School

    ST. CLAIR, MO (KTVI) – A first-grader walked away from St. Clair Elementary School on Wednesday, but staffers never realized the young girl went missing. Six-year-old Lilli Palmature walked about four-tenths of a mile from her school, crossing a set of train tracks, and navigating a street construction zone, before an adult spotted her on the corner of N. Main Street and St. Clair Plaza Drive. Jean Welty and a construction worker noticed Lilli standing outside a second-hand clothing store […]

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    Mayor’s office: Public vote could derail new NFL stadium

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Should city funds be used to finance a new NFL stadium? It could be put to a vote. The mayor’s office is concerned that an eleventh hour effort to require a public vote on authorizing city funds for a new stadium could kill the project. The ordinance requiring a vote on March 15, 2016 will be introduced Friday before the St. Louis Board of Aldermen. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay warns such a requirement would […]

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    St. Louis County executive wants uniform policing standards

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Just when can a police officer use deadly force? That question remains at the heart of the fatal encounter between teenager Michael Brown and former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. And department rules for high-speed vehicle pursuits and traffic stops can vary significantly from one St. Louis County municipality to the next. Those issues are behind St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger’s proposed new minimum uniform standards for the 57 police departments in the county. “These […]

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    St. Clair County man targeted in violent home invasion

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI) – A violent home invasion took the life of a 24-year old St. Clair County man just before 1am Tuesday. He was attacked when he answered the door to his trailer in the 1800 block of Apache St. near Caseyville. Authorities say the victim, Nicholas Hood was pronounced dead at the scene. A family member who called 911 and several children in the home were not injured. By 3am the St. Clair Co. Sheriff’s Department […]

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    Pet store owner hopes thief will return stolen chameleon

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – A local pet shop that specializes in reptiles and amphibians is on the lookout for a stolen chameleon. Exotic Arc in the 300 block of Lemay Ferry Road told St. Louis County police someone removed a female Panther Chameleon from a cage in the shop on the evening of October 9. Owner Jim Brumley released surveillance tape showing a teen or young man opening a cage door and appearing to remove the lizard. It is […]

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    Hancock and Kelley: First Democratic presidential debate

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Political consultants John Hancock, a Republican, and Michael Kelley, a Democrat, present opposing viewpoints on current issues every Sunday morning on FOX 2 at 8:30am. This week, we take a look back the first Democratic presidential debate. Hosted by CNN and Facebook and held in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, frontrunner Hillary Clinton and popular Senator Bernie Sanders were joined on stage by the three other declared candidates, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island […]

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    Shed fire spreads to Collinsville home

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A small shed fire Saturday afternoon spread  to a family’s home on the eastern edge of Collinsville. Firefighters from five departments were called in to help when Collinsville had a second fire at the same time. Two of the residents who live in the home on Richter Hill Rd. were present when the fire broke out. The blaze destroyed a 12 x 12 foot shed and then jumped to the roof of a carport.  From there it […]