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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 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 […]

  • Woman, 2 children succumb to injuries in University City fire

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – A space heater started a house fire that claimed the lives an elderly woman and her two great-grandchildren in University City. According to the University City Fire Department, the fire occurred at a residence at Roth Avenue and Bartmer on Wednesday. Firefighters entered the burning house and pulled 78-year-old Mamie Williams, eight-year-old Kaliyah Dunger, and four-year-old Trevion Dunger from the upstairs. Efforts to revive them failed. All three were pronounced dead at local hospitals. Fire […]

  • New Illinois governor wants to change the way state conducts business

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his “turn around” agenda to lawmakers Wednesday during the traditional State of the State speech at the state capitol in Springfield. He is the first Republican to hold the state’s top office in a dozen years.  His proposals reflected his pro-growth campaign message. Illinois owes billions of dollars to vendors and state employee pension funds.  Rauner wants to stop the drain of workers to other states by making Illinois more competitive.  […]

  • New recommendations to improve St. Louis County municipal courts

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A committee determined to reform St. Louis County’s municipal court system is calling on the courts to voluntarily adopt new procedures to make the system fairer. At the same time, court critics argue the committee, which is made up primarily of lawyers and court officials, is equivalent to the fox guarding the hen-house. The Municipal Court Improvement Committee headed by Overland Municipal Judge Frank Vatterott is proposing alternative community service in place of traffic violation […]

  • Two wanted for questioning in shooting at St. Charles Chuck E. Cheese

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – St. Charles City Police released surveillance video Saturday of a January 26 shooting at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.  The video clearly shows a man jump from a wall next to a table booth and extend his arm while gripping a hand gun. The incident happened about 8:25pm.  Police say that before the shooting, Aesian Anunique Clay, 20, from north St. Louis County, called someone and told that person to bring […]

  • UCity student reports sexual assault during high school basketball game

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – A University City female high school student reports she was sexually assaulted inside the school during a basketball game in early January.  School district officials told parents in an email Wednesday they began an investigation immediately and contacted police. Three other University City High School students, a juvenile and two 17-year olds, were taken into custody but released pending possible criminal charges.  University City police learned about the alleged attack on January 7, one day […]