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Since joining FOX 2 News as a general assignment reporter in June 1985, Roche Madden has reported on stories from Saudi Arabia to the former Soviet Union to San Francisco.

He recently covered Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Madden traveled to Saudi Arabia to report on preparations for Operation Desert Storm and how Scott Air Force Base was playing an important roll. In San Francisco Madden followed a group of St. Louis officials to California where they learned about earthquake preparedness. In Russia Madden followed troops who took part in Provide Hope, a program which air lifted food and medicine to the former Soviet Union.

In what he considers the highlight of his career, Madden joined Pope John Paul II as he traveled from Rome to Mexico City to St. Louis.

Madden won an Emmy Award for his reporting on flood coverage in the St. Louis area. In 1996 Madden won an Emmy for live spot news coverage.

Before coming to St. Louis, Madden spent five years in Tulsa, Oklahoma and nearly two years in Midland, Texas where he anchored the news.

Madden majored in broadcast journalism at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: roche.madden@tvstl.com

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    GODFREY, IL – It’s as if a Godfrey man has disappeared into the night time without a trace. Jersey County Sheriff’s Deputies have run out of leads and are asking citizens for help. Bill McPike did not own a car; he was a walker. The 61-year-old was last seen walking into his Godfrey home a month ago. Since then, there’s been no trace of him. “We’ve exhausted our resources and our leads in this investigation,” Jersey County Sheriff John Wimmersberg […]

  • Festus readies for tourism boost with upcoming total solar eclipse

    FESTUS, MO – Wednesday was one of the longest days of the year. Two months from now, the skies in the St. Louis area will turn dark. Folks south of the city are gearing up the total solar eclipse. In Festus, it’s expected to be dark as night for exactly 2 minutes and 36 seconds. “Pretty exciting; I’d like to witness it in my lifetime,” said Kristen Gray, Festus resident. Thousands of people are expected to jam the West City […]

  • Fake beard-wearing bank robbery suspect identified as Wentzville man

    ST. LOUIS – Charges were filed Tuesday against a man who police say was involved in a very unusual bank robbery case. It started with a weird disguise and ended with the suspect jumping off a bridge into the Missouri River. Police said the suspect, 44-year-old Austin R. Denson, remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. “It surprises me a lot. Now, I’ll be locking my garage,” said Bridget Hollocher, Denson’s neighbor. Denson is charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, three […]

  • St. Louis police plead for public’s help after deadly weekend violence

    ST. LOUIS, MO – A disturbing weekend of violence in St. Louis left seven people dead and several others wounded. There have been 85 homicides so far this year; police say 85 families affected by gun violence. During the same time period in 2016, there were 82 murders.  Guns, knives and hammers were all used in the weekend attacks. The most recent shooting was around noon Monday outside a liquor store on Grand at Montgomery. Police Lt. Donnell Moore said, […]

  • North City church celebrates Father’s Day and Juneteenth

    ST. LOUIS – Father`s Day and freedom are celebrated together at a north city church. This is Centennial Christian Church and every year this congregation looks to the past at an historic event as they move to the future. Pastor Derrick Perkins says “They didn`t get the word that all the slave we to be free.” It`s called Juneteenth and it`s all about President Lincoln and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Sadly, slaves in Galveston, Texas did not get […]

  • Overnight storms cause damage and power outages

    CASEYVILLE, IL – Overnight storms were loud and packed with high winds across the St. Louis metro area. Storm reports from the National Weather Service indicate tree limbs fell in Caseyville that they were 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Also, tree limbs fell between Hecker and Red Bud. Police report a big tree blocked a road in Marissa. At one point Ameren in Missouri and Illinois reported 30,000 folks were left without power. Close to 7,000 of those folks lived […]

  • Scooter driver killed in hit and run accident

    ST. LOUIS – A man who loved music and movies was the victim of a second hit and run involving a motorbike Friday in St. Louis. “(The suspect vehicle) kept going. Didn’t stop, didn’t slow down; it actually seemed like it sped up after it hit him,” said a witness at the scene, who asked not to be identified. The witness said the suspect vehicle was speeding, blew through a stop sign at Wells and Hodiamont, passed a police car […]

  • Lottery may dump Illinois unless the state agrees to a budget

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – Powerball and Mega Millions players in Illinois could be big losers at the end of this month. Land of Lincoln residents won’t have a chance to play both games in their state. Julie Barlow said she plays once in a while. “Honestly, it’s kind of ridiculous, because that’s how Illinois is getting their money in the first place,” she said. If Illinois doesn’t get a budget in place soon, officials say the organizations that control […]

  • Suspected congressional shooter is from Belleville

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  • Suspicious man in white pickup has South City neighborhood on edge

    ST. LOUIS – People in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood have been on the lookout for a suspicious man in a white pickup. A father whose son was approached by the man said, “It’s odd. It’s an odd behavior that really sends up the warning lights that something’s going on.” The parent does not want to be identified. He said his 10-year-old son and the boy’s 10-year-old friend were sitting at table outside LeGrand’s Market Monday afternoon when a stranger […]

  • Jerseyville police use Taser to subdue man after seizure; man considers lawsuit

    JERSEYVILLE, IL – The Jerseyville Police Department is reviewing its Taser policy after officers said they used the device on a man they were trying to help. That man, identified as Jerry Wyhs, had just suffered an epileptic seizure and paramedics needed to take the man to the hospital, but he was not cooperating. The incident happened Friday night between a pancake house and convenience store. “One (officer) said. ‘I’m going to pull out a Taser’ and I seen him […]

  • Cardinal Nation reacts to team shake-up

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