Bonita Cornute


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

  • Federal agency suspends seizing tax refunds to recoup social security over-payments

    Posted on: 10:10 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    (KTVI)– A steady stream of complaints forces the social security administration to rethink at least one of its policies. The...
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  • Recent retail data breaches may be linked to tax return identity theft

    Posted on: 6:07 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 10:15pm, April 9, 2014

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– It’s a battle, that you’re forced to fight. Someone steals your social security number and files...
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  • Hiring the right contractor after a storm

    Posted on: 8:55 pm, April 4, 2014, by

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI)– While storm victims want a fast fix, being patient may save you from a scam. While...
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  • Wellston homeowner blames plumbing contractor for soaked walls

    Posted on: 10:14 pm, March 26, 2014, by

    WELLSTON, MO (KTVI)– A Wellston homeowner complains her walls are soaked and she blames a plumbing contractor hired to fix...
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  • Roofer faces fraud charges for working under false name

    Posted on: 6:53 pm, March 24, 2014, by

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A North County grandmother gets scammed by a roofer with a history of ripping people off....
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  • Republic Service asking out-state residents how to solve West Lake landfill issue

    Posted on: 6:27 pm, March 17, 2014, by

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)– Who’s responsible for recent telephone surveys regarding the West Lake Landfill?  The Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7...
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  • BB gun found at Festus High School

    Posted on: 2:19 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 05:43pm, March 14, 2014

    (KTVI)-Two students were taken into custody Friday after a BB gun was seized at Festus High School. Festus Police Chief...
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  • Vapor mitigation system to prevent toxin exposure from 60 Elmwood Park homes

    Posted on: 5:32 pm, February 24, 2014, by

    (KTVI)– How do you fight an underground, odorless, colorless toxin?   Well people living in Elmwood Park, will benefit from a...
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  • Court ordered Carbon Monoxide data submitted for the Bridgeton Landfill

    Posted on: 7:00 pm, February 20, 2014, by

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)– Thursday was the deadline for submission of expanded air sampling data from the Bridgeton Landfill. It should...
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  • Mo. Attorney General looking for answers to surface fire at landfill

    Posted on: 6:20 pm, February 17, 2014, by , updated on: 08:55pm, February 17, 2014

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)– Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster spent three hours today going over yesterday’s surface fire at the Bridgeton...
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  • St. Charles homeowner claims contractor left project unfinished

    Posted on: 10:11 pm, February 11, 2014, by

    ST. CHARLES,MO (KTVI)– A St. Charles homeowner says a contractor received a partial payment and didn`t return to finish the...
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  • Volunteers helping the homeless stay warm

    Posted on: 6:38 pm, February 6, 2014, by

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– This has been a winter of records. And one of the most telling is the safety...
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