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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.

Recent Articles
  • Flood waters cause huge problems for businesses near Festus

    FESTUS, MO (KTVI) – Business owners in Jefferson County spent the day adding up their losses from the flood. Tim Surdyke, who owns Surdyke Harley Davidson, said about a dozen of his ATV and other sport vehicles were damaged or ruined by the rushing creek. “It looks like war zone back here behind the building,” he said. Surdyke said some vehicles were even carried downstream. He estimates those losses will total $150,000, not counting damaged trucks and chewed up asphalt. […]

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    Police say career criminal recently released from prison is arrested again

    LADUE, MO (KTVI) – A career criminal suspect was grabbed by Ladue Police only moments after the crime happened. Cops were giving much of the credit to an observant neighbor. This is the third time since 1993 detectives have charged 51-year-old Mitchell Leach with burglary. They said he was released from prison just months ago. The victim, who does not want to be identified, said her family was not at home in the Dunleith subdivision Tuesday afternoon when the suspect […]

  • St. Louisans not letting FBI terrorist warning ruin 4th of July

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The F.B.I. in St. Louis Tuesday night released a statement advising everyone to be vigilant this holiday weekend. This after the feds warned terrorists could launch attacks tied to the 4th of July celebration somewhere in the nation. Some fair-goers were concerned about whether the country would have a peaceful birthday party. Maggie Crist planned to go to the fair but with some reservations, “It’s concerning just because there’s so many people in one area that […]

  • New Athens residents coping with near record flood

    NEW ATHENS, IL (KTVI) – People in New Athens, Illinois are coping with one of the highest river crests to ever roll down the Kaskaskia River. New Athens Police Chief Leo Simburger said, “Third highest crest that we’ve ever had here.”  The river is at about 87 feet four years ago it reached the highest point at about 90 and half feet. Folks need a boat to get to the boats at the marina. Katherine Block and her son Christian […]

  • Cool rainy weather takes a bite out of public pool attendance

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The rainy weather has dried up business at municipal pools in the St. Louis area. Many communities could use a good long dose of sunny and warm weather. Cool weather, and too much rain have caused a drought of business at local pools.  Murray Pounds is director of Kirkwood Parks and Recreation, “We are off to an extremely slow start.” He said, revenue for the summer Kirkwood pool is down 15 percent from last year and […]

  • Floodwaters impacting residents in Hardin and Kampsville IL

    KAMPSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Towns along the Illinois River have been coping with floodwaters.  In Kampsville the Illinois moved swiftly out of its banks.  Eddie Johnson lives in Kampsville, “It’s coming up pretty good Saturday night it wasn’t even over the road right here.”  He took his 3-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter for a tour.  They may have seen the fire department surrounded by water; emergency vehicles were parked where it’s high and dry. Residents said just yesterday a popular […]

  • Flooding in Lincoln County forces road closures and emergency repair of busy railroad track

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – First responders are putting in overtime Sunday as law enforcement and fire agencies in Lincoln County have been rescuing residents since early Sunday morning. So far, over 20 people have rescued from their homes in and around Silex and Davis Missouri. In Silex homes and businesses were flooded. Six business including a funeral home, a bank, a lumber yard and a convenience store were surrounded by water.  The ball fields at the local high school went […]

  • MSD: Flooding in south St. Louis a result of sewer issue

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -The rain is gone, but cleanup is just starting in south St. Louis after dozens of residents saw flooding in their homes. The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) confirms something went wrong with the system, and the result is major headaches for people living near McCausland and Odell, just south of Southwest . A giant lake formed in the neighborhood Friday as the rain poured down. Fifty home and four streets were affected. MSD is confirming the […]

  • Flood watches across the St. Louis region

    More rain in the forecast over the next few days means all eyes are on localized flooding and the possibility for flash flooding. Rivers in the St. Louis area continue to rise. The Meramec River has marched out of its banks and flooded George Winter Park near Fenton. Picnic tables have become islands surrounded by water. The main gates are closed and locked no one is allowed in the park. “We tend to have a lot of water rescues,” said […]

  • Brentwood remembers Hurricane Ike as it prepares for potential flooding

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – One of the last times the St. Louis area was hit by the remnants of a tropical storm there were huge problems.  It happened in September of 2008.  David Schmitt owns Knight Auto Air Conditioner.  He’s now concerned about the impending weather, “It’s going to rain definitely, it’s going to rain.” He plans to be ready.  Schmitt will never forget September of 2008 when his business and others in Brentwood were flooded. Remnants of Hurricane Ike devastated […]

  • St. Clair mobilizing equipment for expected heavy rain

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI) – St. Clair County, Illinois is taking the forecast seriously and preparing for the worst. Emergency management officials fear heavy rains this week will bring flooded roads and flooded homes. Equipment is being deployed all across the county.  Herb Simmons is the Director of the Emergency Management Agency.  Simmons said, “We’re moving some equipment strategically throughout the county to give us a head start.” Equipment like generators, pumps, and a sand bagging machine will be […]

  • St. Louisans express concern over area road flooding

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Warning signs are posted on various roads from north to south St. Louis County.  Folks were wondering will crews be forced to put up more “flooded road” signs as the week progresses.  In south county Missouri Bottom Road was under water.  Heavy rains made travel down the road a challenge at best and potentially dangerous at worst. More rain Thursday afternoon soaked soggy ground. Butler Hill Road was also closed.  Resident said it is not an […]