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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
  • Ferguson citizens trying to help police maintain order

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The nightly protests in Ferguson have brought out the Missouri National Guard.  While the military backs up central command, there are also average citizens assisting state troopers. The situation on the streets is taking it’s toll on the folks who live and work in this area.  They are growing weary of the noise, the crowds, the attention and the tear gas. Last night we saw people holding back the line of protestors and making the […]

  • Police moving protesters from burned QuikTrip; arrests made

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Soon after we got here at noon police were lined up in front of the burned out QuikTrip.  It is no longer a gathering point and anyone who doesn’t keep it moving, gets arrested. Law enforcement made it clear they did not want anyone congregating on the sidewalks, near businesses or the burned out gas station lot.  It`s clear that local protestors and civil rights activist Jessie Jackson were all directed  away from West Florrisant and […]

  • Peaceful march held for the Brown family

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Early Saturday morning saw the outbreak of violence return to Ferguson around 1 am after a day of peace and calm. Looters ransacked several businesses along West Florissant leaving store owners in dismay and disbelief. Business owners and resident awoke to find their neighborhoods a mess. Protesters held a march from the QuikTrip on West Florissant to the site were 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed one week ago. Brown’s family did not attend the […]

  • Brown family calls for calm after video release

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)  – Michael Brown’s family wasn’t speaking Friday, but the family attorney has. This morning they like so many others saw  images of a strong armed robbery at a convenience store on West Florrissant. After the images were recorded Saturday, Michael Brown encountered the Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Brown family attorney says  the family and many of these protestors believe the still pictures released by the Ferguson police chief is an attempt to assassinate the character […]

  • Neighborhoods clean up after Wednesday night’s protest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The debris left from that confrontation between police and protestors is now in the yards of people living nearby. FOX 2’s Bonita Cornute continues our live team coverage in one Ferguson neighborhood, too close to the action.  

  • Residents in north county vent frustration over police stops

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – About three hundred people gathered at the Greater St. Mark’s Family Church to talk about the level of frustration with what should be routine police stops.  But these encounters can easily turn into anything but routine encounters.   At a community meeting last night, Rev. Al Sharpton asked the group to become what he called D.J’s. or disciples for justice. The media was not allowed inside the church, but organizers tell me it was a […]

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    Rev Al. Sharpton calls for peace, supports family of Michael Brown

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Reverend Al Sharpton stood with the family of Michael Brown Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis and spoke out against the violence in Fergurson and other parts of the area. Sharpton came to town at the request of the family of the deceased 18-year-old. “We did not come to divide the city, we came to bring the city under one accord,” Sharpton said Tuesday. Standing on the stairs of the Old Courthouse, Sharpton called for peace saying that […]

  • Businesses react to looting and ongoing protest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – On a day of clean-up for businesses in Ferguson following Sunday nights looting, many business owners and stores are worried about what Monday could bring. But for now the name of the game is to clean-up, get the doors open for business. While the clean-up continues many businesses are saddened over the fact their stores were targeted by looters; especially after so many years of serving Ferguson. Businesses not touched by the looting tried to open […]

  • Contact 2: Contractors being scammed

    (KTVI) – Contractors beware, the scam that puts local business owners on the hook for a bad deal. It`s electronic fraud with an eye for big bucks ….quick. A couple contractors who called us describe an electronic scheme. In effect they become the middle man in a bogus transaction. Summertime is peak season if you repair air conditioners. Or you’re a roofer. But in the midst of the endless service calls, someone is trying to pull a couple of local […]

  • Homeowner wants refund from contractor that failed to repair wall

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – An East St. Louis homeowner is not at all happy with work done on her foundation. The crew responsible for the rebuild left a brick and mortar mess.   What started as a gaping hole in the foundation is now a strange combination of cinder block, mortar and concrete fragments.  It has the homeowner asking for a refund. Keena Billops Martin bought this house five years ago.  Imagine the family’s shock after discovering there are issues […]

  • Cedar Hill mother ripped off by racing organization

    CEDAR HILL, MO (KTVI) – A Cedar Hill mother plans the perfect birthday celebration for herself and two daughters. The thrill is gone for this family because 5k Foam Fest ran out of money. And now the St. Louis race is off. Carrie Jones says she`s been searching the internet for answers after learning Road House Racing canceled the August 16th 5k Foam Fest in downtown St. Louis. Videos actually helped convince Carrie and her daughters to sign up. They […]

  • 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 […]