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Bonita Cornute is an experienced, respected journalist, committed to making a difference. She joined FOX 2 in 1982, and has worked diligently, covering the complex issues and events that affect women and minorities. She has been a General Assignment Reporter for FOX 2 News and now also serves as a Contact 2 Consumer Reporter, fighting for the “little guy” and working to resolve tough problems. Contact 2 investigations expose scams and rip-offs targeting consumers in Missouri and Illinois. Working closely with the Call-For-Action volunteers, Cornute helps determine which issues in our community become news stories. This is especially gratifying to her, as it truly make a difference in people’s lives. (Examples of such stories and events are posted

Prior to joining FOX 2, Cornute worked for KETC-TV, where she co-produced and co-hosted several public affairs programs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Active in many professional organizations, she has held leadership roles in the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and the St. Louis chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Cornute is the recipient of many awards for her outstanding work. The list includes four local Emmy Awards, the Quest Award from the National Federation of Press Women-Missouri Affiliate, the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Association of Women Legislators, the NAACP Crisis Magazine's Role Model of the Year Award, the Shero Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Unity Award from Lincoln University, Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, Outstanding Achievement in the Media Award from Better FamilyLife, Inc. and community service awards from the Walbridge Caring Communities Program, The Missouri Black Expo, The University of Missouri/Columbia, The Professional Organization for Women and Matthews Dickey Boys and Girls Club. Cornute was the 1995-96 spokesperson for "Be There" - the motivational attendance project for the St. Louis Public Schools. Active in community organizations, Cornute works with many civic groups including the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Community Women Against Hardship, the St. Louis Public Schools and the Matthews Dickey Boys and Girls Club. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA, The Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Center and Hopewell Center for the Mentally Ill.

Recent Articles
  • Pacific senior has identity, tax return stolen

    PACIFIC, MO (KTVI) – Senior citizens are often the target of scams. A few weeks ago, a Pacific, Missouri woman discovered her identity was stolen. She’s hoping her story will prevent it from happening to other seniors. Jean Guffey, director at the Tri-County Community Senior Center, says someone in Atlanta filed a tax return using her name and social security number. The $1,300 refund was sent to a Visa debit card account, also in Jean’s name. ‘’They went and cashed […]

  • Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club co-founder retiring

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  Hundreds of children benefit annually from the programing available at Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club. The club  has been gently guided by co-founder Martin Mathews. At age 90 Mr. Mathews is retiring and there’s a big celebration this weekend. It’s hard to believe this soft spoken man is the driving force behind a rich legacy.  But, if you spend any time with him, you quickly see, how that very approach reaches both teenagers  and […]

  • Bully bill collectors

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A Florida debt collector racks up complaints from coast to coast, and a local woman adds her name to the list of confused consumers.  There`s hardly anything pleasant about the way some third party debt collectors demand payment on old bills.  One St. Louis county woman calls it harassment.  Renae Cunningham says a Visa credit card account has been closed for years.  She defaulted and it ended up in collections. Unbeknownst to her, that […]

  • IRS tackling rise in identity theft cases

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)- The Internal Revenue Service is dealing with a growing problem of scammers, stealing your identity.   Attempts have been made to curb the increase.  And the federal tax agency is trying to get ahead of the scammers.    Typically the taxpayer doesn`t even know, that all important, Social Security number is in the hands of crooks until they file their return electronically.  And he has yet to receive his refund.  Susan Doerge just learned she`d been hit last […]

  • Securing your credit: Your financial questions answered

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Anthem, Home Depot, Target, Schnucks, all companies hit by large-scale data breaches recently. We know there are lots of questions about what those breaches can mean for your finances, everything from how it can expose you to identity theft to what it means for your credit score. We’ve assembled a team of financial experts to answer your questions. Call 1-800-782-2222. Phones lines open at 9:00pm Monday and close at 10:30pm. More info: FTC: How to Keep […]

  • Anthem data breach targets 80 million

    ST. LOUIS – Up to 80 million people may have had their personal information stolen in a cyber-attack against America’s second-largest health insurer. It is being described as a sophisticated, external cyber-attack by the president and CEO of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Observers say this could be the largest data breach to hit a health care company. In a written statement, the company announced it is cooperating with the FBI to find those responsible for the breach. Employees, along […]

  • Discount medical bed turns out to be a dud

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  A south St. Louis woman claims her new bed hurts her chronic health condition.   She says she’s sleeping better since she called Contact 2’s Bonita Cornute. Chronic illness forced Keva Robinson to move back to her parents house.  She needs a bed that allows her to sleep safely and comfortably. But, the risk of choking is reduced when her head is elevated. Her painful leg inflammation due to Multiple Sclerosis increases when  her legs are […]

  • Car owners may lose vehicles after used car dealer closes

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Imagine you`ve put all the cash you can muster into buying a used car, only to find  out you may lose the vehicle and the money.  We`ve heard from several people who bought cars from a St. Charles used car lot that abruptly closed its doors. Mylenbusch Auto Sales on Second Street in St. Charles city abruptly closed its doors about a week and a half ago.  Sandy Wolf bought a car for her son […]

  • Complaints continue over south city used car lot

    ST. LOUIS – We’ve got a Contact 2 follow-up on a story we aired two weeks ago about sales at Capital Auto Credit. Fox 2 News received more complaints after the story was broadcast. Consumers say they have lost hundreds of dollars. The two people who called after the first story don’t know each other, nor did they visit the lot at the same time, but they both said they don’t like the way business is handled at the south […]

  • Illinois residents receive fake government grant calls

    (KTVI) – Don’t Believe the Hype. Recent calls to people living in the metro east raise concerns about government grant programs. Who couldn’t use some extra cash right?  Well before you rush into anything, understand something – there is no federal grant program dolling out cash. These three women are among a half a dozen people I’ve talked with about the scam.    All six of them live in the metro east.  And over the past two weeks, they’ve received a […]

  • Couple’s plans for dream vacation proving to be a nightmare

    WARRENTON, MO (KTVI) – A trip out of this winter weather doesn’t sound so bad. And the vacation plans for a Warrenton couple to head to Hawaii are fading fast. It appears their island adventure is up in the air. The doting grandparents were looking forward to seeing children and grandchildren living at an air base in Hawaii. Jacqueline Dorlac says she called the number on a flyer from her husband’s job. “My husband brought this flyer home and I […]

  • St. Louis man scammed of down payment for car

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A South St. Louis man is struggling with a serious car issue. He tells us that he regrets trying to buy a used car from a neighborhood lot. The young man says he was desperate for transportation and admits he should have taken the time to do some checking. The used car lot on Gravois is within walking distance of Paul Pearson’s house.  He says he needs a car to get to and from his job. […]