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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
  • Fire official worried over oil and gas being transported by train

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A federal report from the Department of Transportation backs up the concerns St. Louis City’s Fire Chief has for trains hauling as many as 100 tanker cars full of crude oil from Montana and North Dakota through the city. Chief Dennis Jenkerson said Wednesday there is an immediate need for the industry to improve safety and strengthen the tanker cars that haul the crude from the Bakken Fields.  The oil that comes from oil shale often […]

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    Man arrested after attacking woman at Brentwood fitness center

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KPLR)- Security video and photos inside the Brentwood Club Fitness gym helped police identify a suspect in an assault at the club early in the morning on February 17. A female patron told police a man attacked her by pulling her from a workout machine and wrestling her to the ground where he attempted to sexually assault her.  She fought him off and ran.  He fled, but was caught two days later not far from the workout facility. […]

  • Star studded send-off for Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club co-founder

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis honored Martin Mathews with a birthday bash, a retirement party and a huge community thank you Saturday night. The co-founder of the Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club retired as president and CEO in November. He turned 90 years old this month. The event at the Fox Theater was also a fund raiser to help maintain Mathews’ legacy of service to young people. The evening included a VIP dinner and a concert by the […]

  • Slippery thieves make clean getaway after stealing detergent

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis Police in South city are trying to clean up multiple cases of shoplifting at Family Dollar stores.  The product:  laundry detergent. South Patrol Commander Major Rochelle Jones said the suspects work in groups and often act as if they were shopping.  “They’ll take a shopping cart, put a trash can in it and fill it up with cartons of laundry detergent.”  The thieves refuse to pay for the merchandise and just rush out […]

  • Cold shelters filling up as temperatures turn deadly

    ST. LOUIS – The bitter cold has local governments on the lookout for anyone without an indoor place to stay. Dangerously low temperatures blanketed the St. Louis region Wednesday night, but no cold-related fatalities were reported. Most shelters open between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and provide a hot meal to those who need one. St. Louis City’s emergency center sheltered a season record number of residents. More than 200 individuals spent the night at the recreational center at 12th […]

  • Fire departments installing free smoke detectors

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Red Cross is on a mission to prevent anymore fatalities after multiple fire deaths in this region this year.  Firefighters say the lack of working smoke alarms contributed to some of the deaths. St. Louis Region Red Cross CEO Cindy Erickson announced the plan Tuesday to provide and install as many free alarms as needed in a 21 county, bi-state area.  “Our hearts go out to the families who have been impacted and so we […]

  • Police: Modest number of arrests at Soulard Mardi Gras

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -The 36th annual St. Louis Mardi Gras celebration weathered plunging temperatures Saturday.  Organizers reported outdoor crowds appeared lighter than normal once the sun went down and the mercury dropped. But tens of thousands enjoyed the morning parade and live bands in the afternoon. Fans walked through the Soulard neighborhood south of downtown displaying their beads and Mardi Gras finery. It is a major weekend for the area bars and restaurants.  Kory Hammerstone, owner of Hammerstone’s on […]

  • Eminent domain could be used to keep federal agency in the city

    ST. LOUIS – Some north St. Louis property owners are preparing to fight city hall. They fear a decision made by the board of aldermen Friday will force them to sell their homes to make way for an office park. The National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency, the federal agency that helped bring Osama bin Laden to justice, needs to upgrade its technology, and its current home in south city cannot meet those needs. Even though the agency will stay in the […]

  • Police fear tax fraud could get worse

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Filing fraud hits hard in the middle of tax season and local police worry it could get worse. Maryland Heights police is already reporting 21 complaints of stolen income tax refunds. Kirkwood, Chesterfield and Clayton report above average fraud numbers as well. Not only do thieves steal your refund, they also create major headaches and security issues in your financial life. Last year the IRS estimates it paid out $5.2 billion dollars in phony tax refunds […]

  • Hearings starting on governor’s tactics for Ferguson unrest

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Two different stories emerged in Jefferson City Wednesday as Missouri’s governor and Ferguson leaders spoke out about the night arson fires and riots erupted. Governor Jay Nixon said he wanted experienced local police officers on the front line. He said they knew how to handle the protesters. But Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told law makers his community had been promised National Guard troops to guard public buildings like city hall and the police department. Several […]

  • O’Fallon, IL police seek assault suspect

    O’FALLON, IL (KTVI) – O’Fallon, Illinois police continue to look for a man wanted for assaulting a woman at her front door.  The suspect was dressed or disguised as a member of the 1980’s Blues Brothers Band complete with black hat, sunglasses, white shirt and black tie. The attack happened in the 900 block of Jordan Drive in the Quail Meadow subdivision February 5 at 11 am.  Neighbors described the area as very quiet and frequently patrolled by police.   Dorothy Moye […]

  • Vigil held for U-City fire victims

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) -A crowd of nearly 100 people shared a candlelight vigil Saturday night in University City to remember three victims of a house fire.  Candles flickered in a strong breeze as relatives and friends signed a large card for the family and prayed with them. At the end of the prayers, they released dozens of helium balloons. The Wednesday night fire trapped 78-year old Mamie Lou Williams and two of her great- grandchildren on the second floor of […]