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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
  • 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 […]

  • Police moving protesters from burned QuikTrip; arrests made

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Soon after we got here at noon police were lined up in front of the burned out QuikTrip.  It is no longer a gathering point and anyone who doesn’t keep it moving, gets arrested. Law enforcement made it clear they did not want anyone congregating on the sidewalks, near businesses or the burned out gas station lot.  It`s clear that local protestors and civil rights activist Jessie Jackson were all directed  away from West Florrisant and […]

  • Peaceful march held for the Brown family

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Early Saturday morning saw the outbreak of violence return to Ferguson around 1 am after a day of peace and calm. Looters ransacked several businesses along West Florissant leaving store owners in dismay and disbelief. Business owners and resident awoke to find their neighborhoods a mess. Protesters held a march from the QuikTrip on West Florissant to the site were 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed one week ago. Brown’s family did not attend the […]

  • Brown family calls for calm after video release

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)  – Michael Brown’s family wasn’t speaking Friday, but the family attorney has. This morning they like so many others saw  images of a strong armed robbery at a convenience store on West Florrissant. After the images were recorded Saturday, Michael Brown encountered the Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Brown family attorney says  the family and many of these protestors believe the still pictures released by the Ferguson police chief is an attempt to assassinate the character […]

  • Neighborhoods clean up after Wednesday night’s protest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The debris left from that confrontation between police and protestors is now in the yards of people living nearby. FOX 2’s Bonita Cornute continues our live team coverage in one Ferguson neighborhood, too close to the action.  

  • Residents in north county vent frustration over police stops

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – About three hundred people gathered at the Greater St. Mark’s Family Church to talk about the level of frustration with what should be routine police stops.  But these encounters can easily turn into anything but routine encounters.   At a community meeting last night, Rev. Al Sharpton asked the group to become what he called D.J’s. or disciples for justice. The media was not allowed inside the church, but organizers tell me it was a […]

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    Rev Al. Sharpton calls for peace, supports family of Michael Brown

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Reverend Al Sharpton stood with the family of Michael Brown Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis and spoke out against the violence in Fergurson and other parts of the area. Sharpton came to town at the request of the family of the deceased 18-year-old. “We did not come to divide the city, we came to bring the city under one accord,” Sharpton said Tuesday. Standing on the stairs of the Old Courthouse, Sharpton called for peace saying that […]

  • Businesses react to looting and ongoing protest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – On a day of clean-up for businesses in Ferguson following Sunday nights looting, many business owners and stores are worried about what Monday could bring. But for now the name of the game is to clean-up, get the doors open for business. While the clean-up continues many businesses are saddened over the fact their stores were targeted by looters; especially after so many years of serving Ferguson. Businesses not touched by the looting tried to open […]