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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

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
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    Contact 2 examines exploitation of the elderly

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Imagine living a long and productive life only to lose your life savings to fraud. It happens at an alarming rate. Basic home repair can be a nightmare for some senior citizens. And depending on the contractor, it can reach the level of criminal activity. Last month, 47-year-old Michael David Rickey of Hannibal, Missouri, was charged with felony financial exploitation of an elderly person. Lt. Andy Binder of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said an […]

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    Free tax preparation services available in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Some people struggle to pay the cost of filing income tax returns. This year, that challenge disappears with free tax preparation services organized by St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green and the National Association of Black Accountants. The St. Louis Community College William Harrison Education Center is the site for evening sessions on February 10 and February 17. Electronic filing is free for the elderly, the disabled, and low income taxpayers. St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green says […]

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    Maryland Heights family concerned over trench opening in front yard

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – The heavy rain that brought in the New Year, flooded many communities.  But in Maryland Heights homeowners watched their yard or driveway drop.   The Conway family is always on the move.  Raising four boys means lots of activity.  They live in a subdivision a short distance from Creve Coeur Park.   It’s a beautiful neighborhood.  But there’s something ugly happening to their front yard according to Mary Conway.  ‘When the water came, it rained; it sunk […]

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    Power finally restored in Arnold neighborhood

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – Sandbags could not stop water from reaching some homes. For the people living in the area adjacent to Arnold Park there was no electricity, per order of the emergency management team. Record flooding caused major issues for people along the Meramec River in Arnold. But people living near Starling Airport Drive felt helpless when power was shut off and a sewer pumping station flooded. Sump pumps wouldn’t work and those residents ended up with sewage back-up […]

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    Eureka church congregation opens its doors as relief center

    EUREKA, MO (KTVI) – Folks have finally been able to get back home to flooded-out Eureka and are finding a mess left by the high water. But there is help out there for those that need it. Where do you start when you’ve lost so much in a natural disaster? The congregation at Central Baptist Church of Eureka decided to start with the basics: soap, mop, buckets, toiletries, and food. Hours after it was clear people were going to be […]

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    Bankruptcy frustrates consumer over ordering tablet for Christmas

    CADET, MO (KTVI) – Retailers are pleased with online sales this holiday season. But one family from Cadet, MO tells us the child’s gift they purchased online may not arrive in time for Christmas.  The makers of a popular tablet for children filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.  In a statement on its website, Fuhu, Inc, the company that produces the Nabi tablet announced it is reorganizing its finances.  Nabi tablets have been around for a couple of years but […]

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    Citizens stepping forward to help women scammed of rent money

    (KTVI) – It’s been five days since FOX 2 told you about a rent scam.  The person or persons behind it are still out there.  And we’re learning about other victims. Our original story featured three women desperately trying to move out of a  homeless shelter. There’s no paperwork to prove they paid a woman hundreds of dollars to rent section 8 property hat, in reality wasn’t available for rent.  Their story touched a nerve. A couple of people have […]

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    Scam artist takes advantage of women hoping to move out of homeless shelter

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Dashing the dreams of the vulnerable. With just two weeks before Christmas, families living in a local homeless shelter get the worst possible news. Moving into their own place has been delayed by a rental scheme that cost them hundreds of dollars. The women say they were targeted. And they say they’ve let their children down, despite a desire to make life better. With their stay at a local homeless shelter coming to an end, the […]

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    South County woman learns tough lesson about bogus lender

    (KTVI) – A South County woman learns a tough lesson after agreeing to terms offered by a bogus lender. In September Sheri Black did an online search for loans. Soon after, an email arrived approving her for a $5,000 dollar loan from Advance America. The terms were reasonable according to Sheri. ‘It seemed like a good deal for a $5,000 loan. And it was only ten percent interest for 48 months.’ Sheri says that she gave her bank account information […]

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    Chris Koster announces effort to stop abusive debt collectors

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announces efforts to stop abusive debt collectors. The Attorney General is trying to address the second highest number of complaints that come into his office. Nearly $100 billion dollars worth of defaulted credit card debt is sold annually for pennies on the dollar. These companies often drag consumers into court using abusive litigation practices. Attorney General Chris Koster says minorities are disproportionately targeted. He’s asking that the state’s rules of civil court procedure […]

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    Family fights lien after unfinished plumbing job

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A plumbing job goes haywire for a West St. Louis family.  They’re fighting a lien despite unfinished work. LeKeisha Sanders, her children and her grandmother shared a home in the West End.  They wanted to sell the house but a collapsed lateral had to be repaired.  They called their home warranty company expecting to get a qualified plumber.  That didn`t happen.  The home warranty company sent a guy with no credentials.  According to LaKeisha a city […]

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    Parents found dead in Valley Park home, son answers door for police

    VALLEY PARK, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide in a Valley Park neighborhood on Monday. Officers responded to a welfare check call in the 100 block of Carnegie Court around Noon after a child who lived there had  failed to show up for school. When police arrived, they were met at the door by a six-year-old boy.  When they went inside, they found the boy’s parents, a 50-year-old man and a 46-year old woman, both dead. The child was not harmed […]