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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
  • Contact 2: Trade-in troubles

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – That used car you traded in could potentially come back to haunt you. An O’Fallon woman says a year has passed since she traded in her car for a newer vehicle. So you can imagine her surprise when she received a court summons this past month for tickets tied to the car. Rachel Payne traded in a 2013 Chevy Malibu in January 2014. It was out with the old and in with the new, until she […]

  • Florissant woman scammed out of prized jewelry

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A grandmother from North County is disgusted and angry because she lost some things that are dear to her.   She says she trusted strangers who took advantage of her.  The victim admits she let her guard down.    But the 77-year-old grandmother says it is an experience she would not wish on anyone.  Gladys Washington confirms a woman caught on tape by store surveillance cameras is one of the women who ripped her off.   Gladys had no […]

  • Woman uses social media to scam people seeking utility assistance

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – People who most need utility assistance come face to face with a woman who intentionally leaves them in the dark.  It`s a scam that frustrates the trusting victims. We`ve confirmed that Ameren Missouri has taken complaints about the scam. But the reality is the consumer is still responsible for payment on the account. Charlotte Dooley says a former classmate used social media to announce that energy assistance was available at a public library.  “We met her […]

  • Man out $5,500 after buying stolen car on Craigslist

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A Florissant man needed a car and he thought he found the perfect vehicle online. Byron Holloman, father of four children, needed a reliable car. He thought Craigslist would be a sure way to get a good deal quickly. He called the woman who posted the ad on Craigslist. She was selling a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. And it would cost $5,500. They agreed to meet at a north St. Louis County grocery store. Holloman paid the […]

  • Boys & Girls Club opens new facility in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Help is coming to children in Ferguson. A ribbon cutting Monday afternoon officially opened the newest site for “Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.”   The Ferguson Florissant School District opened its doors at Ferguson Middle School offering space for year round programming. Civic leaders help launch the new site with a ribbon cutting Monday. Hundreds of children show up for the first day of summer camp as well. Antonio, an 8th Grader from Berkeley […]

  • Family and friends hold vigil for missing Linda McLaughlin

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – Linda McLaughlin is loved by her neighbors.  They are heartbroken that she’s not home yet and they worry about her safe return.  She disappeared Monday night. This  close knit group of friends wanted to pray and share their concern for the 57-year-old missing grandmother.   THey’ve been neighbors for a decade or more.  they cried, they laughed and they asked God to bring her home to her dad, her family and friends. One woman referenced the  […]

  • ‘Scary Science’ summer camp

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – School’s out for the summer, but students at one Ferguson elementary school are continuing to explore the world of science. They are attending the St. Louis Science Center’s Scary Science summer camp, sampling everything from “mummy making” to an “egg drop.” The Scary Science camp at Vogt Elementary is presented in partnership with the Mound City Medical Forum, a group of African-American physicians that wants to continue supporting students’ understanding of science, engineering, and technology.

  • Private College 529 plan helps save for school at today’s prices

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – You don’t have to get hit with huge costs over a short period of time.  Many parents are familiar with the 529 savings plan. But another option is the “Private College 529″  plan. It is not a savings plan. It is a prepaid tuition plan that could offset the rising cost of college tuition. The plan allows families to borrow tomorrow’s tuition dollars  at today’s prices. Experts say you should take advantage of these programs […]

  • Restored monument revealed at O’ Fallon Memorial Day tribute

    O’FALLON, IL – Memorial Day is the nation’s time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Services were held in the St. Louis area and around the country. There was a special service in O’Fallon, Illinois. The striking veterans monument in O’Fallon Illinois continues to add new patriots. Today’s Memorial Day tribute drew hundreds for the unveiling of 24 names recently engraved in stone. An 87-year-old O’Fallon resident is the driving force behind the […]

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    FOX 2 Special – Missing babies from Homer G. Phillips Hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It has been just over a month since Zella Jackson Price met her daughter for the first time.  50 years ago a doctor at Homer G. Phillips hospital told her that daughter died just after birth. Since their reunion went viral on the internet  more than 100 women have come forward wondering if the children they too thought were dead, may actually be alive.  Others are wondering if they are children taken from their birth […]

  • The History of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Homer G. Phillips was opened in 1937 following years of wrangling over construction of separate segregated hospitals the residents of north St. Louis. An $81 million bond issue was passed in 1923 that allocated $1 million to construction of the hospital. Homer G. Phillips an attorney, lobbied hard for the bond passage, urging African-American in north St. Louis to vote for the measure. Knowing cost for the construction of the hospital would take more than $1 […]

  • What you need to know about credit repair

    (KTVI) – Consumers see promises to erase bad credit advertised all over the place.   While it`s a tempting offer there are some things you should know before you pay for that credit fix. Why pay a lot of money when you can do much of the leg work yourself. Bad credit is only as bad as you allow it to be It happens, you slip into a downward, job loss and medical bills can negatively impact your credit score.   But […]