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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
  • Nixon vetoes Missouri student transfers legislation

    BRECKENRIDGE HILLS, MO (KTVI)-Missouri’s governor Jay Nixon vetoed this year’s school transfer bill Friday, saying the measure was hijacked. It was supposed to improve opportunities for public school students living in unaccredited districts like Riverview Gardens and Normandy. A coalition of Democratic and Republican lawmakers had tried to improve educational opportunities for students trapped in failing districts, but the bill opened the door to the expanded use of taxpayer financed vouchers for online education.  That was just one of the […]

  • Can St. Louis region support another sports facility?

    FENTON, MO (KTVI) – Could a plan to build a hockey haven in Fenton be on hold? City leaders and a developer met Thursday night to discuss the fate of the project, which would see an arena built at the site of the old Chrysler plant. Questions were raised about financial troubles plaguing the St. Charles Family Arena, as well as the ongoing drama regarding the future of Rams football in St. Louis. The public hearing brought praise for the […]

  • Is sewer backup an act of god or not?

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – When is a sewer backup in your basement an act of God or not an act of God?  That’s the question some Arnold residents are asking after finding raw sewage in their basements several times in the past two and a half months. The first time, April 9th, the City of Arnold responded quickly telling homeowner Grace Reeves she would be compensated for her losses.  “I had a completely finished basement and I’ve already received my check […]

  • Hillary Clinton speaks in Florissant in campaign stopover

    GRANT’S FARM (KTVI) – Hillary Clinton made her first campaign stop in St. Louis Tuesday but did not talk to local reporters.  She appeared at an invitation only discussion in North St. Louis County.  Racism and opportunities for young people were among the topics at Christ the King United Church of Christ. It was the kind of visit some African-American pastors fear may become common place during the presidential campaign after the unrest in Ferguson and now the mass shooting […]

  • After days of rain, St. Louis soaks up the sunshine

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – After weeks of pummeling rain, St. Louisans enjoyed a full day of sunshine and blue skies Saturday.  The good weather helped organizers of weekend events who did not have to implement rain plans. With the sun back in the sky, children were able to play outside again, restaurant patios re-opened and some folks got that long-delayed yard work done. A taste of Louisiana came to downtown with the second annual Crawfish Fest featuring a traditional Louisiana […]

  • Flash flooding traps some St. Clair County residents

    CENTREVILLE, IL (KTVI) -St. Clair County first responders rescued some 30 individuals from their flooded neighborhood in Centreville Friday afternoon.  The county’s Emergency Management Director Herb Simmons said the ground was so saturated recent rain water had no place to go.  He described the area on Piat Street west of I-255 as one of the worst. Centreville Mayor Mark Jackson said many of the displaced residents had relatives to stay with until the waters recede.  But a local church was standing […]

  • Granite City High football player collapses during practice, later dies

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI) – A 13-year old freshman showed no signs of preexisting medical issues before he collapsed at the beginning of stretching exercises with the football team Wednesday, officials at Granite City High School said. Toney Graham was rushed to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, but medical personnel were unable to save him. Graham was pronounced dead just after 6 p.m. Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said an autopsy showed evidence of cardiac disease. Toxicology tests […]

  • Rising Missouri River floods parts of Hermann MO

    HERMANN, MO (KTVI) – Flood waters from the Missouri River backed up into low lying areas of Hermann along Frene Creek this week. Much of the historic river town is well above the flood plain.  But the Hermann City Park and the Lion’s Club ballfields take on water during periods of flooding. Hermann Police Chief Marlon Walker described the flooding as “minor.”  “We’ve had it worse,” he noted as he surveyed the inundated basketball courts and playgrounds that will remain […]

  • Mississippi River causing flooding in Jefferson County

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO  (KTVI) – Swollen creeks and rivers in northern Jefferson County have emergency management staffs on alert for flash flooding.   Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Bill could dump enough precipitation to swamp low spots along the Meramec and Big Rivers as well as creeks like Romaine and Joachim. Some of the high water is backing up from the Mississippi and bringing with it tree limbs and logs.  Boat access points along the Joachim Creek in Herculaneum are already […]

  • St. Louis County Police Chief: Shooting of officers was ‘an ambush’

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A St. Louis County police investigation continues into what the chief is calling “an ambush.” Late Thursday, a St. Louis police spokesman reported they took several individuals into custody for questioning in connection with the shooting of two police officers overnight. No arrests were made and all of them were released by 5 p.m. Detectives spent the day searching neighborhoods west of the Ferguson police station looking for discarded weapons and any other possible […]

  • Tom Schweich’s former chief of staff says she will stay

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – The chief of staff for the late Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich spoke out Wednesday for the first time since he committed suicide. Trish Vincent described a conversation she had with the now Missouri State republican Party Chairman John Hancock in December. She said Hancock had called her asking for her support in his race for party chairman. “I told him I could not support him for chair because he was telling people Tom was Jewish, […]

  • Gov. Rauner wants to change how Illinois does business

    GREENVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who swept the state in the November election, is back on the campaign trail. He is working to get citizens to lobby lawmakers in hopes his turn around agenda is approved in Springfield.  The governor wants to tighten state fiscal operations, encourage more local control and empower voters. He visited the Enertech firm in Greenville Tuesday afternoon. Rauner said “the challenge for the next fiscal year is to get reforms past.” He […]