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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
  • Harris Stowe University panel discussion looks at historical impact of Michael Brown’s death

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The one year anniversary of the Ferguson protests is raising the question: How has the St. Louis region changed?  And what might happen in the future? Activists, academics, politicians and religious leaders took a look at those questions during a symposium at Harris Stowe State University Sunday afternoon. “We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go,” offered Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed as she spoke during the first of four panel […]

  • Major Case Squad called in for Alton homicide

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – The son of a retired Alton police officer was found shot to death early Saturday morning in a parking lot at the Oakwood Estates public housing complex in north Alton. The victim, 41-year old James E. Hubbard shared his father’s name. Neighbors in the apartment complex describe him as a good father. He often visited a girl friend who lived there. The region’s Major Case Squad was activated at dawn to investigate the case. More than […]

  • Shots fired at police during search for Caseyville bank robber

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The FBI and the Illinois State Police are leading an investigation into a series of crimes in the Metro East. It began with a carjacking in Caseyville. Collinsville police chased the suspect and he fired shots at them. At about 3pm a white male displaying a silver/chrome handgun demanded cash from employees at the UMB Bank in Collinsville. There were nine employees and two customers inside at the time. He made his get away in a […]

  • Low-income, rural residents affected by Illinois budget cuts

    Friday is the last day for public transit service in Illinois towns like Waterloo, Red Bud and Sparta. The lack of an Illinois state budget is forcing the Monroe Randolph Transit District to shut its doors indefinitely. The not-for-profit agency serves a predominantly rural population ranging from school children who need transportation from day care to school to seniors who must get to medical appointments. The vehicles can handle wheel chairs. Transit driver Terry Waldron is worried about his clients […]

  • Fire claims the lives of 4 children in Osage Beach

    OSAGE BEACH, MO (KTVI)- Authorities in Osage Beach, Mo continue to work to identify the cause of a deadly fire that raced through a four story condo building Tuesday night taking the lives of four small children. Meanwhile, a growing makeshift memorial of toys and flowers marks the fire damaged building at Compass Pointe, a large condo complex overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks. The blaze destroyed the central staircase that linked two buildings.  Osage Beach Police Chief Todd Davis […]

  • Accident victim crawls for hours to get help

    GODFREY, IL (KTVI) – A man who crashed his car in a cornfield on the north side of Godfrey managed to reach a nearby home for help after crawling through the corn stalks for several hours. Homeowner James Leady called 911 after he and a friend discovered the accident victim on his driveway just before noon Saturday. “All he said was he had been out there all night and that he couldn’t stand and that he had crawled through the […]

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    Churches step up to fill the void after Meals on Wheels shuts down

    WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) – Finding a way to keep serving seniors; the Meals on Wheels program closed its doors in Waterloo on Friday. That’s going to affect nearly 200 senior citizens in Monroe County who counted on daily meals delivered to their homes or senior centers. Local churches and volunteers are stepping up to fill the gap. The not-for-profit agency Western Egyptian shut down its kitchen and senior center after delivering five to six frozen meals to seniors to tide […]

  • Illinois budget cuts will hurt local Meals on Wheels programs

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – The Illinois budget impasse is affecting the Meals on Wheels program and other senior services, even though most of the funding comes from the federal government. Two programs just across the river will prepare their final meals for delivery Friday and then shut down their kitchens. As many as 300 seniors will not receive a meal next week from either the Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center in East Saint Louis or the Waterloo Senior […]

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    No vote held on licensing Uber and ride sharing companies

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Taxi drivers worried about their jobs and Uber supporters eager to see a cheaper way to travel around town jammed the metropolitan taxi commission meeting Wednesday. But one of the loudest voices came from a man who was severely injured in 2013 while riding in a taxicab. Ed Domain has been a frequent and vocal critic of the commission because he is not satisfied with the financial settlement he received from the taxi company after the […]

  • Gov. Rauner and Democratic IL legislature locked in budget stalemate

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – Illinois is operating without a state budget thanks to a political impasse inside the state Capitol.  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner insists his agenda to foster more economic growth must be approved before he talks about budget deals with the Democrat Party dominated legislature. The state has been without a budget since the new fiscal year began July 1. Gov. Rauner vetoed one budget measure his supporters say was four billion dollars out of balance. Tuesday Illinois […]


    Caseyville home a total loss following explosion, fire

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – An explosion flattened a small, frame home Saturday evening in Hollywood Heights near Caseyville.  The powerful blast sent debris into neighboring yards and triggered a fire but no one was injured. Hollywood Heights Fire Chief  Buddy Moore said, “ if anyone had been inside, they would not have survived.”  Neighbors said one man lived there with his dogs.  He had left for the day, but the animals were trapped inside. State Park and Caseyville Fire Departments […]

  • MTC to update code to accommodate Uber and Lyft

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Saturday the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission released a statement saying the commission is moving forward in updating the MTC code to better serve Transportation Network Companies like Lyft and Uber. Over the last year the MTC has locked in battle to license companies like Lyft and Uber in the St. Louis area. Today the MTC said it will have a new code draft ready by its July 29th meeting of a vote. The draft is expected to […]