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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
  • Cuban dancing in the Loop

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – A flash mob event in the University City Delmar Loop, draws crowds for Cuban dance. The event happened Saturday afternoon at Chuck Berry’s statue in the loop. Tonight hundreds are expected dance the night away for International Rueda Day

  • Missouri AG sues local car dealership

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – A local car dealership is being sued by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. The lawsuit names Suntrup Ford Westport and Suntrup Ford Kirkwood. It alleges the dealer violated state law. About two and half months ago, the attorney general’s office began looking into the sale of used vehicles by the now defunct Mylenbusch Auto Sales in St. Charles. At least 100 unsuspecting consumers failed to receive vehicle titles at the time of purchase. That’s against […]

  • Missouri Attorney General wins judgment against predatory lender

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Its payback time for an online lender barred from doing business in Missouri. The guy ran his business from a small town in South Dakota.   But his customers live in different parts of the country including Missouri. This south St. Louis woman is one of seven hundred and eighty five St. Louis consumers who borrowed money from the online lender.  Those same people are named in a consent judgment won on their behalf by Missouri Attorney […]

  • Homeowner fights to get working electric oven

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A St. Louis couple bought a new oven over a month ago and they still can’t use it. They tell Contact 2 they didn’t get what they paid for. Suzanne bell placed an on-line order for a wall oven from the Army and Air Force Exchange service. Her old oven was gas. But a customer service rep told her she’d have to take an electric one.  That’s all they had available. She agreed. She then paid […]

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    Urban League expanding services to Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – More job training is coming to Ferguson. Monday the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis announced that the organization will be expanding its serviced to the city. The organization says the “Save Our Son’s” extension will offer job training and management services for African-Americas and other young men residing in the surrounding communities. The building will occupy the space where the QuikTrip was burned to the ground during violence in the aftermath of the Michael Brown […]

  • Tax preparer takes off with $1,000 of client’s refund

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Anetha Camese asked that her face be concealed.  But, she’s quite open about her bad experience with the preparer at Safeguard Tax Service on North Union Blvd. “I don’t know where she is. And every time that I call she doesn’t answer and when she does answer she’ll say I have the wrong number.” said Anetha Camese. Camese’s tax return shows her refund  was sent to a bank account that does not belong to her.  […]

  • Worries about the Ferguson home market

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A Ferguson realtor is optimistic about the city’s future because predictions about a mass exodus have not materialized. Realtors and developers are key players when measuring said exodus. They’ve had several months now to anticipate change and deal with it. If nothing else, this has required great patience. You see ‘For Sale’ signs on homes in different parts of Ferguson, but you actually see a lot more ‘I Love Ferguson’ signs. Something realtor Pearce Neikirk has […]

  • Pacific senior has identity, tax return stolen

    PACIFIC, MO (KTVI) – Senior citizens are often the target of scams. A few weeks ago, a Pacific, Missouri woman discovered her identity was stolen. She’s hoping her story will prevent it from happening to other seniors. Jean Guffey, director at the Tri-County Community Senior Center, says someone in Atlanta filed a tax return using her name and social security number. The $1,300 refund was sent to a Visa debit card account, also in Jean’s name. ‘’They went and cashed […]

  • Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club co-founder retiring

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  Hundreds of children benefit annually from the programing available at Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club. The club  has been gently guided by co-founder Martin Mathews. At age 90 Mr. Mathews is retiring and there’s a big celebration this weekend. It’s hard to believe this soft spoken man is the driving force behind a rich legacy.  But, if you spend any time with him, you quickly see, how that very approach reaches both teenagers  and […]

  • Bully bill collectors

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A Florida debt collector racks up complaints from coast to coast, and a local woman adds her name to the list of confused consumers.  There`s hardly anything pleasant about the way some third party debt collectors demand payment on old bills.  One St. Louis county woman calls it harassment.  Renae Cunningham says a Visa credit card account has been closed for years.  She defaulted and it ended up in collections. Unbeknownst to her, that […]

  • IRS tackling rise in identity theft cases

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)- The Internal Revenue Service is dealing with a growing problem of scammers, stealing your identity.   Attempts have been made to curb the increase.  And the federal tax agency is trying to get ahead of the scammers.    Typically the taxpayer doesn`t even know, that all important, Social Security number is in the hands of crooks until they file their return electronically.  And he has yet to receive his refund.  Susan Doerge just learned she`d been hit last […]

  • Securing your credit: Your financial questions answered

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Anthem, Home Depot, Target, Schnucks, all companies hit by large-scale data breaches recently. We know there are lots of questions about what those breaches can mean for your finances, everything from how it can expose you to identity theft to what it means for your credit score. We’ve assembled a team of financial experts to answer your questions. Call 1-800-782-2222. Phones lines open at 9:00pm Monday and close at 10:30pm. More info: FTC: How to Keep […]