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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
  • 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 […]

  • Contact 2: Trade-in troubles

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – That used car you traded in could potentially come back to haunt you. An O’Fallon woman says a year has passed since she traded in her car for a newer vehicle. So you can imagine her surprise when she received a court summons this past month for tickets tied to the car. Rachel Payne traded in a 2013 Chevy Malibu in January 2014. It was out with the old and in with the new, until she […]

  • Florissant woman scammed out of prized jewelry

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A grandmother from North County is disgusted and angry because she lost some things that are dear to her.   She says she trusted strangers who took advantage of her.  The victim admits she let her guard down.    But the 77-year-old grandmother says it is an experience she would not wish on anyone.  Gladys Washington confirms a woman caught on tape by store surveillance cameras is one of the women who ripped her off.   Gladys had no […]

  • Woman uses social media to scam people seeking utility assistance

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – People who most need utility assistance come face to face with a woman who intentionally leaves them in the dark.  It`s a scam that frustrates the trusting victims. We`ve confirmed that Ameren Missouri has taken complaints about the scam. But the reality is the consumer is still responsible for payment on the account. Charlotte Dooley says a former classmate used social media to announce that energy assistance was available at a public library.  “We met her […]

  • Man out $5,500 after buying stolen car on Craigslist

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A Florissant man needed a car and he thought he found the perfect vehicle online. Byron Holloman, father of four children, needed a reliable car. He thought Craigslist would be a sure way to get a good deal quickly. He called the woman who posted the ad on Craigslist. She was selling a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. And it would cost $5,500. They agreed to meet at a north St. Louis County grocery store. Holloman paid the […]

  • Boys & Girls Club opens new facility in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Help is coming to children in Ferguson. A ribbon cutting Monday afternoon officially opened the newest site for “Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.”   The Ferguson Florissant School District opened its doors at Ferguson Middle School offering space for year round programming. Civic leaders help launch the new site with a ribbon cutting Monday. Hundreds of children show up for the first day of summer camp as well. Antonio, an 8th Grader from Berkeley […]

  • Family and friends hold vigil for missing Linda McLaughlin

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – Linda McLaughlin is loved by her neighbors.  They are heartbroken that she’s not home yet and they worry about her safe return.  She disappeared Monday night. This  close knit group of friends wanted to pray and share their concern for the 57-year-old missing grandmother.   THey’ve been neighbors for a decade or more.  they cried, they laughed and they asked God to bring her home to her dad, her family and friends. One woman referenced the  […]