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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
  • Two peaceful protests in Ferguson on Saturday

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) –In Ferguson, two protests marked the “Weekend of Resistance” Saturday.  Several hundred people gathered at the memorial to Mike Brown on Canfield Dr. at 7pm to chant and wave signs.  One sign read “Black Lives Matter”.  Other signs called for justice in the police shooting of unarmed black teen Mike Brown. Mounds of teddy bears still circle a light pole near the shooting scene.  In the middle of the street, flowers and lighted candles mark the spot […]

  • St. Louis Police scramble radio traffic when protestors listen in

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis City police began encrypting their radio conversations Friday morning after learning protestors were listening to police radio traffic with cell phone apps. “Information about police tactics was being shared over twitter and that put officers and the public at risk,” said St. Louis police Chief Sam Dotson. Basic information about police calls will be made available on a Metropolitan St. Louis Police website. Chief Dotson said his officers will protect the rights of […]

  • Protestors, family of Vonderrit Myers gather near Shaw Market Thursday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Family members and protestors gathered near the market where Protestors showed up shortly Vonderrit Myers was shot by an off-duty police officer Wednesday night. This is the latest police-involved shooting raising concern among residents, some of which were already protesting the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Leaders from the Mike Brown Coalition told the media Thursday they believed the police officer, who is described as white, chased three young African-American males from the corner and […]

  • Ku Klux Klan flyers dropped in Fenton neighborhood

    FENTON, MO (KTVI) – KKK flyers offering neighborhood watch security were tossed on driveways in a Fenton neighborhood Wednesday.  Residents in the San Simeon Estates subdivision off New Smizer Mill Rd. found the leaflets in plastic baggies weighted with small rocks. The material was downloaded from a national website operated by the Ku Klux Klan.  A spokesman for the KKK, Frank Anacona said there are local Klan groups in the St. Louis area, but he did not know the reason […]

  • Ferguson voter registration lagging far behind expectations

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Efforts to register new voters in Ferguson were not as successful as organizers thought.  Tuesday the St. Louis County Election Board Director Rita Days said an error in running a computer report significantly overstated the number of new voters registered in Ferguson between the Mike Brown shooting on August 9 and Monday. “We issued the total of 3287 when it was actually 128,” Days said.  The larger number included a variety of contacts including […]

  • Cardinal fans hoping for victory in game 2 of NLDS

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Packed is the perfect description as fans are lined up here on the second floor watching every pitch on the giant screen. It was quiet here earlier tonight, but now the energy is pulsing through this crowd, pep rallies, cheers and a lighted hearted spirit. One bar tender even sporting a reddish-pink wig guaranteed to bring a smile. The dodgers scored first, but fans are still smiling over last night’s improbable victory. Follow Betsey Bruce on […]

  • Ferguson police target of $60 million lawsuit for false arrests

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) -Accusations of police brutality and false arrests form the foundation of a federal civil rights lawsuit that was amended Thursday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Ten plaintiffs are now part of the lawsuit. Some say they were arrested for no reason between August 11 and 13 by police from St. Louis County and Ferguson departments. Others cite injuries caused by projectiles that struck them. Attorney Greg Lattimer said the charges were “failure to disperse” even […]

  • Frank talk by leaders at roundtable on underlying issues in Ferguson protesth public and Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Key St. Louis area civic and police leaders opened up a frank dialogue Wednesday morning during a roundtable discussion at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster organized the session in hopes of producing ideas to improve police and community communication. MO State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal and St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French, who have both been among the protestors for weeks, joined the conversation along with MO Highway Patrol […]

  • Belmar: Officer’s shooting had nothing to do with Ferguson protesters

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) –A Ferguson police officer is recovering Sunday morning after being shot by an apparent burglary suspect. St. Louis County police are investigating the shooting. The first question Chief Jon Belmar was asked was whether this is tied to the protests. The answer, he says, is no. The shooting happened a little after 9:00pm Saturday night in the 1000 block of Smith. An officer on routine patrol checked in on Ferguson’s new community center, where he spotted two […]

  • Police in Ferguson must display name plates, “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets not allowed

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– The U.S. Justice Department sent letters to the city of Ferguson this week outlining their expectation that officers will begin wearing their name plate immediately. In the letter,  DOJ officials say the requirement to wear name badges is outlined in the city police department’s general order. A letter Friday also explains an understanding between Chief Jackson and the DOJ that no officers will wear “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets while on duty or in uniform. Chief Jackson […]

  • Carjacking victims claim not enough police manpower in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Protests that prompted some arrests Thursday night in Ferguson may be to blame for a shortage of police manpower that impacted other citizens seeking help. A Ferguson detective has taken a report from carjacking victims but there still are questions about why no one from Ferguson or St. Louis County actually responded to the family’s 9-1-1 calls for protection. Police were occupied by a protest outside the Ferguson police department. Activity there escalated at one point as […]

  • Ferguson summit promises face to face dialogue between protestors and police

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – “Somebody has got to be the bigger brother and calm the matter down.”  That’s the message from recording studio owner Michael “Spud” Johnson who describes himself as one of the peaceful protestors looking for justice in the Michael Brown shooting case. Johnson, age 42, will join young men from North St. Louis County on a panel with police officers Saturday morning during a Community Empowerment Summit. Organizer Steve Harmon, chair of the mentoring unit of 100 […]