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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 atwww.fox2now.com/news/contact2.)

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
  • 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. […]

  • South city man claims he was scammed by used car lot

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A man from south city is struggling with a serious car issue. Paul Pearson tells Fox 2 he regrets trying to buy a used car from a neighborhood lot. Pearson 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 Pearson’s house. He needed a car to get to and from his job. “I figured I’d come […]

  • “Twas the night before Christmas” reading

    (KTVI) – On this Christmas Eve, reporter Bonita Cornute recites the classic tale of “Twas the night before Christmas”.

  • St. Louis man expects to give away 4,000 toys this year

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Christmas is just days away and the spirit of giving runs deep for a local man. He says he’s driven to make the holidays special for children in need. Students at Herzog Pilot Academy line up to get an early Christmas. It’s all the work of Rickey Whittington. Today he made sure the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first graders all received a brand new toy or bike. “I love doing what I do, I love doing […]

  • Last minute shoppers should watch for scams

    HOUSE SPRINGS, MO (KTVI) – Frantic holiday shopping can throw off even the most savvy consumer; and scammers know it.   With just a week left before Christmas people are still picking up last minute gifts.  A House Springs woman says she paid good money for a piece of junk.   Now, she wants to warn others. Bobbie Kassman owns the Eclectic Trading Company.   A couple of weeks ago, she was working in the shop when a man entered offering a special […]

  • Seller drives off with car and cash

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A St. Louis woman thinks she’s getting a great deal on a used car.  But her hopes are crushed.   Looking back the buyer admits there were red flags.   But risk fell by the wayside once she thought about the possible savings. Three months ago Cassandra Guyton was shopping for a car.   A friend referred her to a Belleville man who claimed he was licensed to sell cars purchased from car auctions.   They talked and she […]

  • Ferguson businesses wary of GoFundMe fraud while rebuilding

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The social media site GoFundMe  has proven to be a  boost for a variety of fundraising efforts.  It has certainly helped some Ferguson business owners hit by protestors. One woman  however  recently discovered someone is collecting money in her name.  Kaye Mershon owns  Clip Appeal Barber Shop on West Florissant Ave.   Business slowed down dramatically following the Michael Brown Jr. shooting and the announcement of the Grand Jury decision according to owner Mershon. “We were shut […]

  • Contact 2: Settlement in Missouri “no title” fraud case

    (KTVI)-A settlement comes months after consumers drive away from a St. Louis County used car lot.  It’s one of the largest no title fraud cases in St. Louis County history. Auto Credit Mart LLC is out of business now.  But when they were open, unsuspecting consumers bought cars and never received the title. Lula Parker was one of those consumers.  She bought a Grand Prix from the small dealership in 2010. She said that she was given the keys and […]