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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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    Local charities gearing up to help Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Hurricane Matthew has the attention of several St. Louis based not for profits. Former Cardinal pitcher Kyle McClellan and pediatrician Dr. Pat Wolff operate charities which focus on children in Haiti, one of the islands hit by the storm Tuesday. Wolff’s Meds & Food for Kids as well as the orphanage, Idadee, supported by McClellan are both located near Cap Haitian on the northern coast of Haiti. That area was expected to get strong winds and […]

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    St. Louis area schools increase security after creepy clown threats

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – In the minds of most, the threat that someone wearing a clown costume and mask will harm you is a hoax. In the Rockwood School District, there were no threats made, but administrators took precautions by putting all security personnel on heightened alert. In some cases like Belleville, Florissant and parts of north St. Louis County, police departments beefed up their coverage particularly during the arrival and departure time for students. There have been no […]

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    Candidates for Missouri governor trade jabs during Missouri Press Association forum

    BRANSON, MO (KTVI) – There were some sharp exchanges Friday in Branson as all five candidates for Missouri governor appeared on the same platform during a forum sponsored by the Missouri Press Association. The event is not a debate in the traditional format, but nevertheless there were plenty of sharp exchanges particularly between Democrat Chris Koster and Republican Eric Greitens.  Libertarian Cisse Spragins, Independent Lester Turilli Jr., and Green Party candidate Don Fitz were also on hand. MO Press Assn governor […]

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    Metro East family’s long-standing service in Illinois State Police comes to an end

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A local Metro East family is closing the book on its service to the Illinois State Police. When Acting Captain Dave Bivens retires Friday, he will be the last of his family to leave the service. Together seven of them have provided 178 years of active duty, sworn service as Illinois State police officers. The family’s commitment to law-enforcement began in 1955, when Bevins’ uncle first joined the state police. His dad, Jim Bivens Sr., soon […]

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    Mizzou students report racial slurs hurled at them from fraternity

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (KTVI) – Officials at the University of Missouri in Columbia are investigating allegations that student directed verbal racial slurs at African American students Tuesday night. Campus police were called to the Delta Upsilon fraternity house at 711 Tiger Avenue to deal with the incident. Members of the Legion of Black Collegians issued a statement saying at one point a police officer put his hand on his gun when talking to an African-American student. The national office of Delta Upsilon […]

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    Voters begin casting absentee ballots for president in Missouri

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – In-person absentee voting for the November election began Tuesday in Missouri on National Voter Registration Day. Recent problems with absentee ballots in St. Louis City have increased the spotlight on both voter registration and absentee voting in the St. Louis region. Election authorities report a few complaints from residents who have received voter registration material from a not-for-profit group the Voter Participation Center. The outside envelope warns recipients government documents are enclosed and should not be […]

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    Parents die during vacation to Disney World from Missouri

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Relatives and friends of a Leadwood, MO couple are mourning their deaths in a car accident in Florida. Greg and Sarah Moyers had taken their two young daughters on a dream vacation to Disney World and were on the way to the beach when another car struck them and forced them off the road. Florida’s Highway Patrol says the parents died instantly. The girls, 13-year-old Haley Moyers and her sister 8-year old Sophia were in […]

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    Funeral services announced for Collinsville freshman Tray Turner

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – It is homecoming night for the Collinsville Kahoks, but the usual good spirits are subdued this year after freshman Tray Turner died from injuries he suffered in a fall over a banister inside the high school. Turner, 14, was heading to lunch on Tuesday when something happened and he fell from the second floor stairs to the first floor. A police investigation shows it was nothing but a tragic accident. Adults in the community are working to […]

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    Maintenance worker discovers bodies in Alton apartment

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – Autopsies are scheduled Friday morning for a man and a woman whose bodies were found in a first floor apartment in Alton. The two had collapsed on the kitchen floor in a three-family building in the 1500 block of Sparks. A maintenance man discovered them and called police.   Katrina Caldwell, a neighbor, said the woman had a 2-year-old daughter. The child was not present in the apartment. “I was the last person to see them alive. […]

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    Student dies from injuries after fall at Collinsville High School

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The Collinsville High School student who suffered severe injuries after falling earlier this week has died. Tray Turner was hospitalized in St. Louis after falling from a staircase at the high school Monday. The Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 is deeply saddened by his loss. “Each student is special and Tray will be missed. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends,” the school released in a statement. Thursday’s homecoming parade has been cancelled. The homecoming football game, […]

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    Student suffers severe injuries in fall at Collinsville HS

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A Collinsville high school student is hospitalized in St. Louis with severe injuries suffered Monday in a fall from a staircase at the high school. Superintendent Bob Green said the boy fell over a banister from the second floor.  Two students were nearby and raced for help from teachers. The teen was airlifted by ARCH helicopter from the school’s football field. Collinsville Police Chief Steve Evans said “We have no reason to believe this was anything […]

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    Missouri lawmakers override some of Gov. Nixon’s vetoes

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Gun safety advocates levied harsh criticism against the Missouri legislature Wednesday night after lawmakers moved to strip the gun permit portion from the state’s conceal and carry law. According to the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Missouri now becomes the first new “stand your ground” state since the death of Treyvon Martin. Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed Senate Bill 656 arguing the original conceal and carry law was a […]