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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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: bonita.cornute@tvstl.com

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    Families touched by heart disease raise awareness on the ice rink

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – February is Heart Health Month and with good reason. Cardiovascular disease is the underlying cause in one of every three deaths in the United States. Two families have joined the same team to fight for heart health on the hockey rink. Fox 2’s Bonita Cornute has the story of a dedicated mother-daughter foursome who wants everyone to live with a strong heart. Thanks to multiple surgeries for congenital birth defects, 11-year-old Hailey Norman is able to […]

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    Helping educate students on avoiding addiction

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Experts call the increase in opioid-related deaths a public health emergency. Substance abuse counselors acknowledge addiction hijacks the brain. But before that happens, local students are learning to avoid risky behavior. Third-graders at Iveland Elementary in the Ritenour School District are learning how to avoid addiction. The district collaborates with the St. Louis chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to tackle addiction before it takes root. “There is abundant social science literature […]

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    Middle school girls catch private screening of inspirational ‘Hidden Figures’

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Preteens typically show very little interest in history. But a movie about trailblazing black women offers lessons that could impact the lives of local students forever. Hollywood captured a page from history with the award-winning film ‘Hidden Figures.’ A private screening has inspired a group of middle school girls to reach for the stars. ‘Hidden Figures’ is untold black history; the story of African-American women who dramatically affected the early days of the U.S. space program […]

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    Salvation Army helps Pacific family back to its feet after last year’s floods

    PACIFIC, MO (KTVI) – A family from Pacific, Missouri is eager to celebrate Christmas this year after facing heartache and loss during catastrophic floods in December 2015. The Prichard family is expecting a happier Christmas than last year. The day after Christmas 2015, the water was knee-deep in the upper rooms of the two-story home. “We have never had 9-feet of water in our home,” said Mark Prichard. “And we’ve been flooded four other times.” Mark wanted to knock the […]

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    Teaching children the importance of money management

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    St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer celebrates 47th year

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It is a one of a kind community resource. Celebrating its 47th year, the St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer is a valuable source of funding for area cancer organizations. Grant recipients range from researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center to an individual with a desire to address a particular need. The St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer is committed to making a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer. More information: http://stlmgac.org/

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    Program helps homeless female veterans

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    Decade-old cancer research grant paying dividends

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    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – By December 2016, more than 240,000 women in America will learn that they have breast cancer. The diagnosis will change their lives forever. But the American Cancer Society is there to inspire hope. Celebrate and support – that’s what happens at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Survivor Ronda Salazar will be there this weekend for the walk. Salazar, a business analyst, got her diagnosis a little over 18 months ago while on a lunch […]

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    St. Louis woman starts charity to give recliners to breast cancer survivors

    A St. Louis woman keeps her promise to help breast cancer survivors. Now dozens of women can sleep better after surgery. Valeda Keys was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, she had a lumpectomy. A year later, diagnosed again, she had a double mastectomy. When she came home she slept in a recliner. It was so comfortable that Valeda decided to help other women sleep better. She gives them recliners. Constance Carter received one this summer, “After the surgery, you […]

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    Variety the Children’s Charity presents family with modified van

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    Empowerment Network provides coping outlet for those with prostate cancer

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