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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
  • Bruce Rauner sworn into office as Illinois’ 42nd governor

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Bruce Rauner has been sworn in as Illinois’ 42nd governor. The Republican businessman took the oath of office Monday during an inaugural ceremony in Springfield. He is the first Republican to lead the state in more than a decade. Rauner defeated Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November with promises to “shake up” state government. He faces an immediate challenge in working with a Democratic-controlled Legislature to eliminate a multibillion-dollar budget hole. Rauner’s inaugural festivities kicked off […]

  • Vigil held for teen killed while on his way to school

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A St. Louis family is mourning the loss of another young teenager killed in an accident.  Thursday morning, 15-year old Damon Gilmore was struck and killed by a driver with a suspended license. It happened at 5:30 am as the high school freshman was crossing Union Blvd. at Cote Brilliante on his way to catch a bus to school. Saturday night relatives and friends gathered at the accident scene to light candles and pray.  They stood […]

  • New riverfront stadium – who pays for it?

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The underdeveloped St. Louis riverfront between Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge and Laclede’s Landing would be home to the new stadium, its parking lots, as well as some recreational spaces. Not only would the stadium turn an eyesore into a sports attraction, developers think the blighted area would qualify for some revenue help from existing development programs. The stadium, designed by architectural firm HOK, promises a stunning addition to the riverfront, an attraction that would complement […]

  • 2 Hazelwood Central students killed in overnight crash

      ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – High school students in the Hazelwood School District are mourning the loss of two young friends whose car veered out of control and crashed into a street light pole at Lindbergh and Robbins Mill Road Wednesday night. The vehicle caught on fire. The accident took place around 10 p.m. For some unknown reason, their vehicle veered off to the right side of the roadway, striking the concrete base of a street light pole. […]

  • Protesters challenge lawmakers on opening day in Jefferson City

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Missouri’s General Assembly opened its 98th session Wednesday but it was not business as usual. Normally formal ceremonies, pleasantries and the announcement of lawmakers’ priorities dominate the agenda. This year, in the wake of police involved shootings in St. Louis and growing frustration among social activists, demonstrators made their voices heard inside the state Capitol. Several hundred individuals listened to speeches calling for the expansion of Medicaid health care services and an end to inequality.  […]

  • Ferguson protesters stall opening of Missouri Senate session

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The start of Missouri’s legislative session was interrupted by demonstrators protesting the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown. Dozens of protesters unveiled banners and led chants from the visitors’ gallery of the Missouri Senate shortly after it convened Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said they were violating Senate decorum rules and ordered the chamber’s proceedings suspended while police cleared the protesters. The session resumed within 30 minutes. Protesters chanted phrases such as “Hands up, […]

  • Belleville man arrested for sexual abuse of a minor

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A Belleville man faces three charges after police found a 15-year-old neighbor boy in his home Saturday night.  Police were called after the teen’s guardian found the child’s shoes and bicycle outside the suspect’s home. When officers arrived at the house in the 1100 block of West A St. the back door was slightly open and they yelled for the occupants to answer. “No one came to the door, so officers fearing for the safety of […]

  • Child amazes rescue workers after surviving plane crash in woods

    NASHVILLE, IL (KTVI) -Only one member of a Southern Illinois family survived a small plane crash Friday night in western Kentucky.  Despite a broken wrist, seven year old Sailor Gutzler managed to climb from the plane wreckage and make her way through dense woods to a home where she found help. “I opened the door and this little girl, seven years old had a bloody nose, arms scratched up, legs eat up and she told me ‘Mom and Dad are […]

  • Car burglars elude Millstadt police traffic stop

    MILSTADT, IL (KTVI) -Millstadt police spent Friday looking for a carload of young men who evaded a traffic stop and nearly struck a police car.  It happened just after 2:30am on East Madison. The officer was responding to a report of a vehicle burglary in progress when he saw the gold colored Buick. Police say four or five white men in their late teens or early twenties were in the speeding car. Dash cam video from the police car shows […]

  • Stenger promises to rebuild county government

    St. Louis County’s new executive intends to rebuild county government from the bottom up. Democrat Steve Stenger took office Thursday after a heated primary battle with incumbent Charlie Dooley and a close general election race against Republican Rick Stream. Stenger will order an audit of all county departments, hire more Certified Public Accountants to keep an eye on expenses and stream line procedures to make St. Louis County more “business friendly.” He also intends to create an Office of Community […]

  • Police still looking for suspect in shooting of off-duty officer

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The investigation into the shooting of an off-duty St. Louis City police officer continued Saturday.   Detectives were still waiting to interview the 28-year old male officer.  He had surgery Friday after he was shot multiple times while driving his personal vehicle north on North 25th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Police described the suspect as a black male in a grey vehicle who fired into the officer’s car in the 3800 block of 25th St.  […]

  • Off-duty police officer shot in North St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-An off duty St. Louis city police officer is recovering Saturday morning after being shot. He came under-fire while simply driving his personal vehicle north on 25th Street near Breman. That’s in north St. Louis. Police say that the 28-year-old officer was fired upon just before 4:00pm. He was shot multiple times in the lower extremities. His wounds do not appear to be life threatening. The St. Louis Municipal Department says the officer is in critical but […]