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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.

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    PrideFest St. Louis underway downtown; parade on Sunday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The annual St. Louis PrideFest is underway downtown near Soldiers Memorial. This year’s event will be marked by sadness and beefed up security. It was less than two weeks ago 49 people were murdered at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Participants cannot help but think about that horrific night. “It goes to show you we are not accepted as a community in everybody’s eyes, yet that’s why we continue to do what we do; to gain […]

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    St. Louis police trying to keep watchful eye on public safety

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Real Time Crime Center at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is now a year old. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said it’s been a welcome addition to crime fighting. “We’re really happy with the results we’re seeing,” Dotson said. When a cop answers a call for help, the people in the center immediately begin looking at surveillance cameras in that part of town. “To see if we can get a description of a […]

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    Black history museum has A/C units stolen for the 5th time

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A St. Louis history museum has turned into a furnace after thieves ripped off the building’s air-conditioners.  Lois Conley is the founder of the Griot Museum of Black History.  Conley said, “It makes me mad, it make me sad, makes me sorry, makes me regretful that we’re still treating each other this way.” The museum opened about 20 years ago and now for the fifth time in four years thieves have stolen two of the museum’s air-conditioners […]

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    Former Lindenwood coach charged with drug possession

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – An assistant coach at Lindenwood University was arrested and jailed late Tuesday afternoon.  He and another man are facing drug charges following a search warrant executed on a St. Charles home. Kenneth Dale Sims II was an assistant coach for the football team at Lindenwood for about two years. Neighbors on Southwick Drive in St. Charles won’t soon forget last week’s police raid in the subdivision.  Patty Shannon who lives across the street from the home […]

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    Vandals damage nearly 200 vehicles across three communities

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Close to 200 car owners in three local communities awoke to find their vehicle windows smashed. Many of the victims live in south St. Louis. Early last week and again this weekend vandals struck hard.  About 170 car windows shot out in the city, with BB guns or pellet guns.  Boyd Kleen’s car was damaged. “Pretty angry and frustrated. People don’t care enough. Their idea of entertainment is costing other people money and time,” Kleen said. A […]

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    Rally to stop the violence held in Fairground Park in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A party in the park had a serious message in North St. Louis Saturday night. Folks were banding together to stop the killing. The night time skies over Fairground Park were filled with sky lanterns. They honored the memories of people murdered in the St. Louis area. Organizers said releasing sky lanterns is believed to bestow good luck and symbolically cause worries and problems to float away.  The lanterns were a part of the all day party […]

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    Home in Granite City neighborhood turning into drug house, residents say

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI) – Tensions boiled over in a Madison County neighborhood, where residents are sick and tired of what’s going on at one home. The sheriff’s office and the prosecutor are working together to bring peace to the community. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said a home in a neighborhood near Granite City has turned into a drug house. People who live nearby say they’re sick and tired of it. Wednesday night the neighborhood was filled with […]

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    Near drowning victim thankful for her savior

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 6-year-old girl who almost drowned in a south St. Louis public pool is back home and her family said back to normal. Dutchess Brand and her family are thanking all of the people who made a difference in her life, especially and 11-year-old girl. People feared the worse when Niesha Thurman rescued Dutchess and brought her to the surface of the pool. The family said the prognosis was not good, even if she survived there […]

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    Parents and students come out in support Lindbergh teacher pay raise

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Lindbergh teachers had the most supporters at Tuesday night’s school board meeting but they did not have the votes among board members. Educators efforts to get a bigger pay raised failed.  The board did approve a 1.25% pay raise. Teachers and their supporters turned out in force to protest long before the meeting began. Lindbergh typically ranks near the top of the list when it comes to academics.  But teachers said their salaries are much […]

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    Muny and Shakespeare Festival goers applaud the break in the heat

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI ) – A break in the heat wave was applauded by theater goers at two different performances Monday night.  A few claps of thunder and some heavy rain were the result of a big change in the weather. A storm pounded south St. Louis. Trees were whipped by the winds as big rain drops slapped the roads and streets. It came down fast and heavy. Rick Dildine is in charge of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.  He said, “Mother […]

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    Coping with an early blast of summer heat

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – People were coping with an early blast of summer heat Friday. Denetria Thompson owns a lawn care company. She said she tries to get her crews to begin work by 6am so they can call it a day early to beat some of the heat. Her employees will mow as many as ten lawns in one day. “It’s going to be a hot summer this year.” said Thompson. John Wallace installs windows and was building […]

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    St. Louis school desegregation program to be phased out

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A decades-old desegregation policy that allows city children to attend schools in the suburbs will not be renewed and thus phased out in a few years. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation (VICC) ruled that beginning in Fall 2019, children will only be allowed to transfer to suburban schools if they have siblings already enrolled there. The program began in the early 1980s, as the parents of thousands […]