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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!

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: betsey.bruce@tvstl.com


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    Biden cites need for technical training in St. Louis visit

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Vice President Joe Biden visited St. Louis Friday to promote high-tech training for non-traditional students. He spent more than an hour with graduates and students at LaunchCode, a not-for-profit training program that connects corporations and students through apprentice programs. Biden praised LaunchCode founder Jim McKelvey for the innovations he brought to the training system. McKelvey began the program in St. Louis to help fill the shortage of computer coders and software developers in town. At least 300 […]

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    Absentee voting begins in Dem primary do-over for Missouri 78th District

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Absentee voting starts Thursday in the new Democratic primary election ordered for Missouri’s 78th District House of Representatives Seat. The results of the original election were thrown out by a judge. The election pits Democratic incumbent Penny Hubbard against political newcomer Bruce Franks. Hubbard won the primary, but Franks sued after questions arose about how absentee ballots. Last Friday, Judge Rex Burlison threw out the election results, ruling mistakes and irregularities caused by election board staff […]

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    Gov. Nixon hopeful vetoes will get past the Missouri legislature

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Missouri’s governor appealed to state lawmakers Wednesday to pay attention to the fine print in the laws he has vetoed. Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is facing a veto session next week where the Republicans have the votes to easily override all of his vetoes. Nixon warned some of the bills would cause long-term harm for citizens. One measure reduces consumer rights for those who purchase an extended warranty on a product. Another would eliminate the […]

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    New St. Louis election board members picked after primary

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is appointing two new members to the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners after a judge ruled the board didn’t follow state law. Nixon’s Tuesday appointments came days after St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison called for another election for a St. Louis-area state House seat because of irregularities that he said are the election board’s fault. Burlison in a Friday ruling said another election is necessary because the board accepted […]

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    One killed, one wounded in Washington Park shooting

    WASHINGTON PARK, IL (KTVI) – Washington Park police and Illinois State police detectives are investigating the murders of a young pregnant woman from Saint Genevieve County in Missouri and a young man from East St. Louis. The two were shot while driving in a car near the intersection of 47th St. and Hallows Avenue in Washington Park. It happened about 9:30 PM Sunday. 24-year-old Anthony Pennell Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger 23-year-old Amber Bieser died Monday morning […]

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    Judge orders new election for St. Louis state rep over voting irregularities

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A St. Louis city judge has ruled in favor of challenger Bruce Franks in his effort to get a new election in the 78th Missouri state house district. Judge Rex Burlison threw out the August 2nd primary results and ordered a new election for Friday, September 16, 2016. Incumbent representative Penny Hubbard won the August primary race thanks to absentee ballot votes. Challenger Franks lost by just 90 votes.  He and his attorney pointed out irregularities in […]

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    St. Louis City judge to decide on new Democratic primary election

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A St. Louis City judge will have just a few days to decide if a new election should be ordered in a Democratic primary race. The St. Louis Election Board wants to know by Tuesday morning if a special election must be held for the 78th Missouri House nomination. Testimony in the case concluded Thursday afternoon. Bruce Franks filed the suit after he lost the primary by 90 votes to incumbent state Representative Penny Hubbard. He […]

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    Court case over absentee ballot fraud in St. Louis Democratic primary

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A Democrat who is challenging a powerful Democratic family in St. Louis City politics is asking a judge to order a new election.  Challenger Bruce Franks is charging State Rep. Penny Hubbard and her campaign coordinated an effort to submit unlawful absentee ballots to win their race for the party nomination for the 78th Missouri House District. Franks won the vote at the polls but lost the race once the absentee ballots were counted by 90 […]

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    Father faces charges after leaving son in hot car

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – At least 27 children in the U.S. have died from heatstroke this year (2016) after being left alone in cars. An employee at a Bridgeton business may have prevented a Hazelwood 4-year-old boy from the same fate on Friday.  He was working at COPART, an auto auction firm in the 13000 block of Taussig when he saw the child suffering seizures inside his father’s parked vehicle. Bridgeton police were called and the child was rushed to […]

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    St. Louis man charged in death of infant son

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A St. Louis man is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his son. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 22-year-old Deveontay Bell also was charged Sunday with felony child abuse resulting in death. He is jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond. Police were called to Bell’s home Friday. The infant was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Charges say an autopsy revealed liver laceration and tears to other organs. The medical […]

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    Smith, Ashcroft discuss Missouri Secretary of State election

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Voters often don’t pay much attention to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, but this election year many in the St. Louis area will at least recognize the candidates’ names. Republican nominee Jay Ashcroft, an engineer and lawyer, is the son of former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator John Ashcroft. The Democratic nominee is Robin Smith, a former local television journalist who spent 42 years on the air. She also has a master’s degree in international business. […]

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    St. Louis City Election Board releases applications for fifth ward absentee ballots

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The St. Louis City Election Board followed a court order Thursday and released applications for absentee ballots and mailing envelopes signed by voters in the city’s fifth ward to Democrat Bruce Franks. Franks sought the documents from the August 3rd primary election after becoming suspicious the absentee ballot process had been tampered with in that area. He lost the Democratic Party nomination for 78th district Missouri State Representative to incumbent Penny Hubbard by 90 votes. An […]