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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
  • Bogus tenants cost couple renting home

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) – When you don’t have time to sell your house, but have to move, renting becomes the most attractive option. In this case, the tenants were all wrong for this property. Mirinda and Bryant Walker built a home in Fairview Heights and then had to move out of town. Bryant is an engineer in the United States Army. They entered into a management agreement with Cecil Management Group in O’Fallon Illinois. The couple paid the company […]

  • Woman’s health benefits change during her care

    (KTVI) – A Jefferson County woman tells Contact 2, her medical benefits changed with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Kelly Planzo`s breast cancer was diagnosed about a year ago.  She needed multiple operations.  Soon after her first surgery her insurance coverage changed.  She says she did not receive notice of the change until her treatment was underway.  ‘I was very scared because imagine, I have breast cancer and I`m in the middle of reconstructive surgery.   I can`t tell […]

  • Better Business Bureau warns about company selling door-to-door steaks

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A new warning from the Better Business Bureau. If someone comes to your door with an amazing deal on meat products, proceed with caution. An investigator with the Better Business Bureau says there’s an interesting connection between a now defunct business and a new company. When the BBB started looking at Missouri Steaks LLC, they discovered something rather curious. “Missouri  Steaks is a brand new company, just 2 months old.   But, our concern is there […]

  • Daughter dealing with mother’s life insurance woes

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– An adult daughter is disappointed that months passed without a clear understanding about her mom`s life insurance policies.  No one could find record of premium payments made on the policies. Velma Maul, 74, purchased her first life insurance policy in 1991. She was 51 years old. She bought a second one three years later and a third was purchased in 2002. Last year, she had a stroke.  Now she lives with her daughter Gloria Anderson. “Her doctors explained […]

  • Homeowner upset with plumbing company paid for work not done

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A St. Louis woman wins in Small Claims court but she`s still waiting for the plumbing company to pay up. Bertha Smith says her basement is dry now.  But last winter she spent over a week trying to keep water away from her furnace and hot water tank.  It was taking a toll on her.  ‘I was so upset. All I wanted to do was get this thing taken care of. ‘ Then the St. Louis […]

  • BBB: Donated vehicle may not fully benefit the needy

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Generous consumers are urged to use caution when considering a New York-based charity. According to the Better Business Bureau, your donated vehicle may not fully benefit those in need. Requests for your old vehicle reached metro area homes in the form of a small mailer. It caught the attention of the BBB in St. Louis. The mailer invites motorists to call for information on donating a vehicle to Heritage for the Blind. There’s also a reference […]

  • Consignment shop closes with bridal gowns left for resale

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A consignment shop in Florissant closes its doors.  Clients are concerned about the potential loss of thousands of resale dollars. I called the owner who says she is relocating and has all of the gowns in storage. She hadn’t contacted anyone because her phone was stolen with her clients contact information. The clients I spoke with are not happy. Jaime Steinmetz says she found Savvy Silhouette on the internet.  It specializes in consignment sales of wedding […]

  • Birmingham mayor passes the civil rights movement torch to North County

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama came to St. Louis Friday to meet with African American mayors in North County where he called for dialogue and action. William Bell is president of the African American Mayors Association. In the 1960’s, his city played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement where peaceful protest was met with violence and hatred. Mayor Bell described his meeting as a passing of the torch. Bell says his association plans to […]

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    Ferguson protestors file $40M lawsuit against police

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Five people are named as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed alleging police violated their constitutional rights during protests in Ferguson. Lawyers and five individuals talked about the experiences with police following the death of Michael Brown Jr. The multimillion dollar lawsuit was announced on the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis. It names St. Louis County, its police department, the city of Ferguson and its police department along with individual officers. The lawsuit […]

  • Cementland fire burns without easy access to water

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Firefighters responded to a structure fire at what has come to be known as Cement LAND. It was once a thriving concrete company. This old cement factory off of Riverview near Chain Rocks of Bridge was the late Robert Cassily`s next big project. The fire started in a single story building and quickly spread to a second structure. Firefighters from the city and county were forced to run hoses for more then three city blocks […]

  • Death of Michael Brown could potentially be subject of four lawsuits

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– There were quieter protestors in Ferguson Thursday afternoon. With US Attorney General Eric Holder here Wednesday and the Grand Jury hearing evidence, people are asking questions about the legal options. Fox 2’s Bonita Cornute examines the lawsuits ahead.

  • Ferguson citizens trying to help police maintain order

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The nightly protests in Ferguson have brought out the Missouri National Guard.  While the military backs up central command, there are also average citizens assisting state troopers. The situation on the streets is taking it’s toll on the folks who live and work in this area.  They are growing weary of the noise, the crowds, the attention and the tear gas. Last night we saw people holding back the line of protestors and making the […]