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.

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    Woman loses property in Craigslist move

    (KTVI) – A simple move evolves into a complicated mess for a young woman.  Now she`s struggling to get her property back from the mover she hired. The move was supposed to be quick. Kawana Dent says the load was small and not too heavy.  So she went to Craigslist hoping to save a little money.  She hired a company that fit her budget.   But she tells me there were a lot of red flags during the moving process. She […]

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    A piece of the Big Apple lands in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The “Green Bronx Machine” brings vertical gardening to a select group of students in St. Louis.  Tuesday Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club launched the “Green St. Louis Machine”, for fresh leafy vegetables grown right in the classroom. It’s a science lesson with benefits.  The compact, state of the art vertical gardens will produce fresh vegetables and herbs in just a couple of days. The man behind the “green machine” in the South Bronx Stephen Ritz, says […]

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    Banks and credit card companies rolling out new chip enabled cards

    (KTVI) – It’s a change that some say is long overdue.  New technology could protect you from credit and debit card fraud.  The credit cards we carry could be compared to dinosaurs when it comes to security matters.   But that card we’ve used and cherished for decades is finally getting an upgrade in the United States. What Americans thought was secure is considered outdated by some.  Europeans and Latin Americans have seen EMV chips on credit cards for years.   Now […]

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    Beware of staged collisions

    (KTVI) – It’s estimated thousands of vehicle crashes each year are caused by criminals preying on unsuspecting motorists.  It`s called staged collisions. You’re on the road minding your business and the driver in front of you stops suddenly.   It’s the perfect recipe for an ugly crash.  What’s worse is if it’s intentional. It can happen anywhere in the country where ever traffic is moving.   The people responsible are generally trying to file fraudulent claims when they stage a collision.  Mike […]

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    Missouri AG to announce legal action against Walgreen Co.

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – Missouri’s top law enforcer is pressing what he says is a new consumer fraud action against Walgreen Co. over the nation’s biggest pharmacy chain’s more than 1,000 alleged violations of an existing court order. Attorney General Chris Koster planned to announce details during a news conference Tuesday morning in St. Louis. Koster sued the Chicago-based retailer in 2013, accusing it of overcharging customers and using deceptive advertising and pricing schemes. Koster says that undercover Missouri investigation […]

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    Couple says they were overcharged by rental company

    FENTON, MO (KTVI) – A rental run around for a couple moving from Imperial to Fenton. They say the experience cost them both time and money.  They also say they were overcharged and they want that money back. This was an ordeal for this couple. What`s worse they are frustrated that the people they`re talking to at U-Haul are not answering all of their questions. Debbi San Filippo and Andy Nosser ordered a 26 foot U-Haul truck they needed to […]

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    Package delivery bedevils business owner

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A package bound for a Metro East boutique hits several bumps during its journey from Texas to Belleville. Contact 2’s Bonita Cornute reports the wait put the business owner in a bind. Ruth Starr is an established boutique owner. First in Belleville, then south-eastern Missouri and now she`s back in the Metro East preparing to open a new store. She uses the United States Postal Service to receive and ship her inventory. Her most recent special […]

  • New municipal court reforms take effect Friday

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – A new state law mandating municipal court reform takes effect Friday. The law will cap how much municipalities can collect from traffic tickets. There are at least 82 municipal courts in the county and most, like Maryland Heights, have agreed to expand the reform measures to give people a second chance. For months, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys have been looking to improve the judicial system beyond the revenue cap. This comes after a year […]

  • Man says tree trimming company didn’t finish job

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – A St. Peters homeowner tells Contact 2, the tree trimmer he hired last month still has not completed the job. Clifford Coppedge says two trees on his property could potentially damage his home if a bad storm hits.  He paid in full to have the top branches clipped.   But says the contractor has only cut the lower branches on one tree and did nothing to the other.  

  • Woman’s dog stolen during carjacking

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – It’s been three days since a woman’s car was stolen with her beloved puppy inside. Now she’s offering a reward to get the dog back. Sharon McDuffie said she stopped as a gas station near Halls Ferry Road on Monday. As she capped the tank, someone blew a car horn. McDuffie was distracted just a few seconds, long enough for two men to jump inside her unlocked car. Unfortunately, the keys were inside the […]

  • Teen jumped while waiting for bus by man looking for drugs

    MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI) – A teenager heading to school Thursday morning was accosted by a stranger at the bus stop. Now the Parkway South sophomore is nervous about catching the school bus. The student was waiting for his bus at the corner of Enchanted Parkway and Pinyon. He was one of only two children at the stop. Children of all ages catch the bus in this quiet complex of apartments and town homes but this morning that calm was shaken. […]

  • Ferguson Rocks concert part of Ferguson commemoration weekend

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – As a part of the weekend commemoration of the one year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, a concert organized by the Action Support Committee was held in the Grove Saturday night. The concert featured the following artist:  Tom Morello and the Freedom Fighter Orchestra, The Coup, Outernational and Jessica Care Moore. The benefit concert started at 7 pm at the The Ready Room on Manchester Road. The show was free to the public and […]