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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
  • Restored monument revealed at O’ Fallon Memorial Day tribute

    O’FALLON, IL – Memorial Day is the nation’s time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Services were held in the St. Louis area and around the country. There was a special service in O’Fallon, Illinois. The striking veterans monument in O’Fallon Illinois continues to add new patriots. Today’s Memorial Day tribute drew hundreds for the unveiling of 24 names recently engraved in stone. An 87-year-old O’Fallon resident is the driving force behind the […]

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    FOX 2 Special – Missing babies from Homer G. Phillips Hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It has been just over a month since Zella Jackson Price met her daughter for the first time.  50 years ago a doctor at Homer G. Phillips hospital told her that daughter died just after birth. Since their reunion went viral on the internet  more than 100 women have come forward wondering if the children they too thought were dead, may actually be alive.  Others are wondering if they are children taken from their birth […]

  • The History of Homer G. Phillips Hospital

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Homer G. Phillips was opened in 1937 following years of wrangling over construction of separate segregated hospitals the residents of north St. Louis. An $81 million bond issue was passed in 1923 that allocated $1 million to construction of the hospital. Homer G. Phillips an attorney, lobbied hard for the bond passage, urging African-American in north St. Louis to vote for the measure. Knowing cost for the construction of the hospital would take more than $1 […]

  • What you need to know about credit repair

    (KTVI) – Consumers see promises to erase bad credit advertised all over the place.   While it`s a tempting offer there are some things you should know before you pay for that credit fix. Why pay a lot of money when you can do much of the leg work yourself. Bad credit is only as bad as you allow it to be It happens, you slip into a downward, job loss and medical bills can negatively impact your credit score.   But […]

  • Trench collapse illustrates importance of doing the job by the book

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –  The risks associated with excavating are very real and  rescues also pose risks.   Pulling a man trapped Sunday night to safety required skilled effort by St. Louis Fire Fighters. Contact 2’s Bonita Cornute has more on their heroic response and the importance of getting clearance for a job  like this.

  • Tips on donating to Nepal charities for earthquake relief

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Thousands of lives lost and miles of destruction are reminders of the powerful seven point eight magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend.   Help is desperately needed.  The latest reports from Nepal indicate the quake is responsible for over five thousand deaths and at least eight thousand injuries.  This mammoth natural disaster has the better business bureau offering advice on giving. Chris Thetford of the Better Business Bureau says donate to trusted charities with a […]

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    Anthem offering identity protection for those caught in data breach

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Medical insurance giant Anthem, Inc. is offering identity protection services to its members.  It’s an unprecedented response to a data breach.  At least a million people in Missouri are potential victims.  And they like almost 80 million nationwide can begin to feel more secure as a result of the offer. Letters announcing the service are being mailed out. Susan Doerge and her husband are Anthem members. She received her letter in late March. Doerge like many […]

  • Contact 2: Tenant lockout – Legal or illegal?

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Your rent’s past due and the landlord is forced to do something. What happens if the owner chooses to lock the tenant out?   No matter how frustrated the owner is, there are certain steps that must be followed. We’re learning some landlords are taking the wrong approach. Christopher Woods admits he’s behind on his rent. But he doesn’t understand why he’s locked out of his apartment with no legal notice of eviction. “They just […]

  • Identity theft victims receive surprise $8,000 check from the IRS

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – We’re just days away from the April 15th tax deadline.  And while the  IRS waits for your return, more and more crooks are collecting fraudulent refund checks. Recently, a South County Couple found themselves facing a pretty weird situation. Tom and Laurie Votrain are among thousands of people surprised to learn their identity has been stolen.  But they didn’t know what to think when a refund check arrived  from the IRS.  It came just a […]

  • Car buyers discover titles at larger dealerships

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Dozens of cars were sold without titles in St. Charles. One man who finally picked up the title Thursday. It`s been a stressful two or three months for people who bought cars from  Mylenbusch Auto Sales in St. Charles. But, we`ve confirmed they are  a lot closer to getting their vehicles registered. An O’Fallon  man  bought this car from that St. Charles car lot for his daughter.   He waited weeks for the title but never […]

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    Police running down tips in MetroLink attack

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Authorities are still on the lookout for the suspects who were caught on camera beating up a MetroLink rider. Police have received tips in the case and following up on the leads. But no arrests have been made. This video shows the man getting punched repeatedly.  Clearly other passengers watched and did nothing.  A Metro security officer got on the train during the attack and called a dispatcher who in turn called police. By that time […]

  • 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