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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
  • Duct cleaning company’s history gets attention of BBB

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The business originally reached the St. Louis Better Business Bureau office under the name Anytime Air Duct Cleaning.  Eventually it became clear the name of the business changes from one coast to the other. Area homeowners report they got calls with an unbelievable deal for air duct cleaning.   Fortunately many of them called the BBB to check on the reliability of the business.  Nothing showed up in the St. Louis office.  But according to BBB investigator […]

  • Second complaint filed against contractor for faulty renovation work

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Just two weeks ago we told you about a contractor who failed to complete a mobile home renovation project.  Now we`re talking to another homeowner with a string of complaints about the same guy. In this second case, the consumer paid for one type of flooring only to find out the contractor installed a totally different product.  Janice and Dennis Husmann say they paid for carpet in the living room and hallway.   But in the kitchen […]

  • Feds cracking down on schemes targeting military personnel and veterans

    (KTVI) – They’ve served their country with honor, but it`s that very service that makes them targets. The Federal Trade Commission is on the front line in the battle against fraud that targets soldiers. The federal agency has designated July 16th Military Consumer Protection Day. The goal: help active duty and veterans recognize fraud and avoid becoming victims. The Better Business Bureau supports it. Chris Thetford of the BBB says it works hand in hand with the BBB`s awareness campaign […]

  • Man wants A/C company to reimburse after bad installation

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)– Long hot summer days can be miserable when your air conditioner goes out.   It happened to a St. Charles man after he had a new unit installed. Homeowner Shawn Dawson says the heat was uncomfortable.  “It was pretty hot in there.  It was like 90 degree weather so it was pretty hot when the AC wasn`t working,” he stated. So Shawn hired an Arnold Heating and Cooling contractor to install a new one at a cost […]

  • Contact 2: Phantom Debt

    (KTVI) – Dealing with debt collectors… Can get ugly.    It`s called Phantom Debt.  For consumers on the receiving end of one of their calls, it`s enough to scare you into submission.  Sabrina Miller is a working mother.  Last month she got a voice mail message from one of those debt collectors.  It said, ‘Please call Charles Dickens to discuss a matter.  We need to serve you papers at your work or your home.’ I called the toll free number just […]

  • Couple loses $10K over mobile home renovation

    FREEBURG, IL (KTVI) – A Freeburg Illinois couple interviews four contractors for their mobile home renovation.  Unfortunately the one they picked took off before the job was done. It doesn`t look like much now but the Cardona family saw lots of potential in a small  mobile home.   Cheryl Cardona says it was perfect.  ‘We wanted a mobile home for our daughter who`s pregnant and due in July.   So we bought this one cause it needed work and it was reasonable.’ […]

  • Contact 2 helps vet with military papers to buy home

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – After serving his country honorably a local man runs into a roadblock trying to buy his first home.   The clock was ticking and this Vet needed his military records to seal the deal. John Smith was a Weapons Specialist in the United States Army before his discharge in 2006.  When he returned home, he realized the house he grew up in needed a lot of work.  He decided to get a VA loan and buy a […]

  • St. Peters man dealing with identity theft

    (KTVI)– A St. Peters man is fighting to regain his identity.   He says he has no clue how it was stolen because he`s always been so careful. But now he`ll have to spend months trying to get his name back. Alan Davis says when he went to the mailbox a few weeks ago, he found a letter he wasn’t expecting. Mind you, you have to apply on line for Green Dot’s debit card and you must include your social security […]

  • Citizens group investigating West Lake Landfill soil samples

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-Off site soil samplings near West Lake Landfill a decade ago have grabbed the attention of concerned citizens. They wonder if there are health risks for people who travel St. Charles rock road. The group calls itself “Just Moms STL” and they’re looking at documents released in 2005. They say that report raises concerns in 2014 Soil samples collected in 2005 show radiologically impacted material in at least two locations along St. Charles Rock Road west of Interstate […]

  • Missouri tax refunds slowly being processed

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Missourians are waiting for the state to pay up so we got an update on your refund status as workers whittle away at the mound of unpaid tax refunds. Back on June 3rd the number of pending returns was a little over 300,000. As we reported yesterday, Gov. Jay Nixon says the state is moving quickly to avoid breaking state law. If you ask taxpayers like Ed Holthaus they`ll tell you, this really is a case […]

  • Renters Beware: Family left homeless after paying fake landlord

    (KTVI)– A St. Louis woman rents an apartment only to find out two months later the building is condemned.  A city official says it happens more often than you think.   Just imagine you’ve taken all the cash you have to move only to find out the man who has your money, doesn’t own the property.  It`s located on California in south St. Louis. JaTina Harrison found it online.  She talked to the man she thought was the owner late February.  […]

  • Shiloh couple contractor to pay back money for home remodeling

    SHILOH, IL (KTVI) – Months of savings down the drain.  That’s how a Shiloh, IL couple feels after a contractor drops the ball on their home improvement project.  Their down payment was more than half the total cost of the job.  Months have passed and only a fraction of the work is done.  Tanay and Marcus Gregory have lived in their Shiloh home for 13 years and they wanted to make some improvements.  A relative gave them the name of […]