Spirit of St. Louis – Pick Your Charity, Pick Your Car
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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


Recent Articles
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    Hunger is real for thousands of families. The St. Louis Area Food Bank continues to meet the challenge of feeding the needy throughout the bi-state region. When looking for a decent meal, the homeless, the unemployed, and the underemployed will often visit area soup kitchens and pantries, many of which are supported by the St. Louis Area Food Bank. “The food bank covers 26 counties total and we have a little over 500 agencies that we serve. Many of which […]

  • BackStoppers creates circle of support for families of fallen first responders

    If you are in a giving mood this holiday season, consider the FOX2/KPLR11 Spirit of St. Louis charity campaign. BackStoppers is one of three local organizations that you are invited to support. You can help improve the quality of life for the families of fallen first responders. These men and women risk their lives for others. BackStoppers is there to help families pick up the pieces when a work-related tragedy hits. Elizabeth Snyder’s husband, Blake Snyder, was a St. Louis […]

  • Variety the Children’s Charity putting smiles on kids’ faces this holiday season

    ST. LOUIS – Fox 2 News is giving viewers the chance to give back to three incredible local charities—Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, BackStoppers, and the St. Louis Area Food Bank—through the month of December as part of its Spirit of St. Louis campaign. Choosing Variety means you will help children with special needs in the St. Louis area. It is amazing what they do. Just ask Christian’s mom, Amy Parker-Stayton. “I first found out about Variety shortly […]

  • Fashion show helps young girls learn self-confidence, personal guidance

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  • Non-profit lends families expensive equipment for home medical care

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  • Epworth Children and Family Services provides crucial help for teens

    ST. LOUIS – Not everyone has the support needed to build strong families. Those who require a little guidance can get the help they need from Epworth Children and Family Services. Former client Princess McDaniels found Epworth at the right time. Her son was an infant when she stumbled across Epworth’s teen drop-in center in Normandy. “I was just getting out of high school and I went to UMSL, it’s right down the street, and I used to ride the bus […]

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  • ‘Autism Speaks’ connects people with resources

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