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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
  • New municipal court reforms take effect Friday

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – A new state law mandating municipal court reform takes effect Friday. The law will cap how much municipalities can collect from traffic tickets. There are at least 82 municipal courts in the county and most, like Maryland Heights, have agreed to expand the reform measures to give people a second chance. For months, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys have been looking to improve the judicial system beyond the revenue cap. This comes after a year […]

  • Man says tree trimming company didn’t finish job

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – A St. Peters homeowner tells Contact 2, the tree trimmer he hired last month still has not completed the job. Clifford Coppedge says two trees on his property could potentially damage his home if a bad storm hits.  He paid in full to have the top branches clipped.   But says the contractor has only cut the lower branches on one tree and did nothing to the other.  

  • Woman’s dog stolen during carjacking

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – It’s been three days since a woman’s car was stolen with her beloved puppy inside. Now she’s offering a reward to get the dog back. Sharon McDuffie said she stopped as a gas station near Halls Ferry Road on Monday. As she capped the tank, someone blew a car horn. McDuffie was distracted just a few seconds, long enough for two men to jump inside her unlocked car. Unfortunately, the keys were inside the […]

  • Teen jumped while waiting for bus by man looking for drugs

    MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI) – A teenager heading to school Thursday morning was accosted by a stranger at the bus stop. Now the Parkway South sophomore is nervous about catching the school bus. The student was waiting for his bus at the corner of Enchanted Parkway and Pinyon. He was one of only two children at the stop. Children of all ages catch the bus in this quiet complex of apartments and town homes but this morning that calm was shaken. […]

  • Ferguson Rocks concert part of Ferguson commemoration weekend

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – As a part of the weekend commemoration of the one year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, a concert organized by the Action Support Committee was held in the Grove Saturday night. The concert featured the following artist:  Tom Morello and the Freedom Fighter Orchestra, The Coup, Outernational and Jessica Care Moore. The benefit concert started at 7 pm at the The Ready Room on Manchester Road. The show was free to the public and […]

  • Community hopes block party for Vonderrit Myers will build better relationship with police

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s been less than a year since 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers was shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer. Saturday a block party was held in memory of Vonderrit Myers. But organizers want people to know there`s more than just food and music at this party.  It`s intended to garner support for change in police community relations. Moving down South Grand, marchers chant: this is what community looks like. And you see different ethnic groups […]

  • Woman on fixed income loses $500 in search for new apartment

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Five hundred dollars is a lot of money to lose when you live on a fixed income. A South St. Louis woman said her apartment search took a big chunk of her savings. Contact 2’s Bonita Cornute has more on what she lost. She never signed a lease but the woman lost five hundred dollars. She’s still waiting for the promised refund This South St. Louis woman said her apartment search took her to a small […]

  • Contact 2: Timeshare scheme

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – We are midway through the summer vacation season and people are complaining about several businesses behind a timeshare scheme. The Better Business Bureau highlights losses in the millions nationwide. That’s because vacation seeking consumers are targets for scammers who make promises to help time share owners get the most out of their shared package. Timeshares generate about $7.6 billion for the hospitality industry. But it’s also an industry that’s been hit by fraud. Juli and Skip […]

  • Do your research before filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    (KTVI) – Bankruptcy is the route some people take to get out of debt.  But consumers leaning toward Chapter 7 should understand the process before paying for help filing their petition.  The woman thought she could save a little money by not using a lawyer to file her Chapter 7.  But now she wonders if it`s going to cost her more than she can afford. Tyojuana Lenard decided to file Chapter 7 in the early spring.  She saw a Craigslist […]

  • Huge sweepstakes scams prey upon the elderly

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A South St. Louis man is notified of a huge sweepstakes win. But he quickly realizes that collecting the prize money is impossible.  These sweepstakes scams never seem to stop.  Because the crooks believe people just can’t resist the chance to collect a huge payout. Jerry Davis could have been a victim, but he knew something was not right about the winning.  He says he found out that he won two different sweepstakes via telephone.  Multiple […]

  • Contact 2: Teen nearly scammed looking for babysitting job

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A local teenager looking for a babysitting job came very close to becoming the victim of scam artists. Fortunately, her parents were there to intercept the tempting payment. The teenager went to Care.com, an established website where caregivers connect with clients. The teen’s mother, Coleen Carroll, said the site worked for other friends of the family, so she allowed her daughter to sign up. “She wanted to babysit or nanny, or find a way to bring […]

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    Utility assistance available for area residents

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Summer heat means high energy costs and paying that bill can be hard to handle for some families. There is money out there for energy assistance if your cooling costs are outrageous. You want to find the reputable energy assistance program that will actually help you manage your summer expenses. I did a story recently about a woman who was ripping people off who needed help. Since that story aired I talked with the […]