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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    Protect your identity and finances this holiday season

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Don`t let identity theft, scams or overpriced merchandise ruin your holiday shopping experience. Arm yourself with information that will help you spend wisely. Whether you head to the stores on Black Friday or your fingers do the work on Cyber Monday.  Warnings are coming from various sources encouraging you to shop with safety in mind.    Even Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says shop and save with security at the top of your list. He suggests: take […]

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    Think security for receiving and delivering packages for this holiday season

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Caught on camera, a porch pirate.  He stole on camera, and is still out there.  And we’re sure ‘he’ is not the only one.  This is proof, ’tis the season to think security. You`re going to see more package deliveries as we head into the holiday season, so we thought it’s time to the people who deliver and receive packages. A guy steals a package from a house in the city.  It’s about 5:30 in the […]

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    Overland homeowner having trouble demolishing condemned property

    OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) – An Overland woman hits a brick wall trying to get a condemned property demolished. She says the contractor has received thousands of dollars. Dolores Miller’s house was heavily damaged when a man suffered an epileptic seizure and lost control while driving on Tudor Avenue in Overland.   Miller says it was clear the house was lost. ‘It was condemned that night it. We were not supposed to go back in and get any of our things.   It`s […]

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    State senator hosts final town hall on Westlake Landfill dangers

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    Maryland Heights police host classes to fight fraud

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – The Maryland Heights Police Department is reaching out to its business community to fight fraud.  The billion dollar fraud industry targets honest, law-abiding consumers and business owners.   But there are some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim. Tuesday the police department offered tips to local business owners after recent fraudulent schemes hit the area. Identity theft is just one of the many tools used to defraud the unsuspecting.   Stolen credit card numbers, […]

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    Glitch brings two phone customers together

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    Single mother falls prey to Craigslist ad for a home

    (KTVI) – A single mom looking for stable housing hits a roadblock.  She spent over $2,000 and has nothing to show for it.  Glynnette McKinney works full-time. She`s raising four boys and they needed to move.  The house the family rented was damaged in a fire. A Craigslist ad caught the working mom’s attention.  She says it was posted by Andre Lester and Ace Property Investments.  ‘He would find someone who wanted to sell their home. And put them in […]

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    Contractor woes killing man’s dream of East St. Louis redevelopment

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    RushCard glitch has customers’ money stuck in Russell Simmons’ debit card service

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It’s been over a week since we were given assurances by RushCard that major technical problems were getting ironed out. Nine days later there have to be hundreds maybe thousands of cardholders who still can’t get their money. The pre-paid debit card business owned by Russell Simmons continues to work through the maze. Tempest Tuggle is a cardholder and she worries about losing her car because the payment is late. “I could lose my car if […]

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    Customers upset over RushCard service

    (KTVI) – The RushCard has been around for over a decade.  And the prepaid card works for many people.  But things hit a sour note this week. Cardholders can’t believe their money is inaccessible.  The shock of it all is what has most people flooding social media with complaints.  Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons is the founder of the prepaid visa card business.  But today his customers are not happy about what’s happening to their money.  Greg Tiefenbruch a Restaurant […]

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    BBB warns consumers to checkout roofer before having work done

    (KTVI) – Roof woes for a homeowner in North St. Louis.  She`s says she`s living a nightmare because of a reckless roofer.  The Better Business Bureau tells us this homeowner is not alone, they’ve received numerous complaints and consumers are warned to use caution when doing business with the questionable roofer. Homeowner Linda Mitchell said her leaky roof needed attention.   So she hired a guy who claimed to work for a company called Expert Roofing; they agreed on a price […]

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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 […]