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Shirley Washington joined KTVI in April on 2007 as an anchor/reporter for FOX 2 News. Shirley anchors FOX 2 News Weekend edition and also reports weekdays for FOX 2 News.

Shirley is a native St. Louisan and a graduate of Roosevelt High School. Go Rough Riders! Shirley graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

Prior to KTVI, Shirley was a manager in the public relations department at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Shirley is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, having excelled as an anchor/reporter at KDFW-TV, FOX 4 in Dallas, Texas for more than 7 years. Previous to FOX 4, Shirley worked at WAGA- TV in Atlanta, Georgia and WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shirley is a published author. Her book “The Motherhood Club: Help, Hope and Inspiration from New Mothers for New Mothers” helps new mothers learn about various emotional, physical and psychological effects of mothering. Shirley’s book was included in Sally Jessy Raphael’s book club, The Red Eyeglass Series.

Shirley is married and lives with her family in St. Louis. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her family.

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    Washington University targeting grandmothers in autism study

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Washington University School of Medicine is recruiting 500 grandmothers to participate in an autism study. Research shows one in every 68 children is impacted by autism. Boys are more affected by the autism spectrum disorder than girls. Women who have given birth to a child with autism are eligible to participate in the study. For more information about the research and requirements to participate in the research call Washington University at 314-362-3734.

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    Show Me Arts Academy performers go backstage at Beyonce concert

    A group of young performers from St. Louis is featured on Beyonce’s website. The Show Me Arts Academy’s ‘Spread The Love’ singers are featured under #BeyGood. There are pictures of the talented teens and a history of how the group was formed. The performers saw Queen Bey when she performed in St. Louis last weekend. The superstar’s camp gave the youngsters free tickets to sit in the Beehive Section right next to the stage. They also got to go on […]

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    Washington Univ. study on firearms and children

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A new study shows nearly half of the children of parents surveyed spend time in homes that have firearms. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine surveyed over 1,200 parents in Missouri and Illinois and discovered one in four parents did not want their children’s doctors to ask them if firearms were present in the home. And while more moms and dads are receptive to conversations about gun safety, few reported talking with their children’s […]

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    Rally to be held in Jefferson City against possible veto override of gun bill

    (KTVI) – Dozens of organizations from the St. Louis area are heading to the state capitol in Jefferson City Wednesday to rally against Senate Bill 656. It would allow people to legally carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit or training. Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the measure last June. However, lawmakers could overturn Nixon’s veto during their annual veto override session. The National Rifle Association has called the override its top national legislation priority.

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    20-month-old Honduran toddler to get life saving operation at Cardinal Glennon

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Genesis, a 20-month-old toddler girl from Honduras is scheduled to have lifesaving surgery Wednesday at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. The precious little girl has a rare heart condition that has left her critically ill. The World Pediatric Project, a nonprofit that helps children in developing countries gain access to much needed surgeries arranged to bring Genesis and her parents to the Gateway City. A Metro East couple married last month […]

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    Saint Louis University School of Nursing receives $2.1 million grant

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Saint Louis University School of Nursing receives a $2.1 million dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for scholarships for financially challenged students. The funds will be used to pay tuition for twenty nursing students. The goal is to help boost the number of nurses to provide critical care to patients in rural and underrepresented communities. SLU nursing school is one of two in the state to receive the money.

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    The true story behind the 9/11 Budweiser commercial that only aired one time

    ST. LOUIS —  As the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks approaches, FOX 2 is looking back at some of the most powerful tributes to the victims over the years. One of those tributes was an emotional ad featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales. In the ad, the horses honor the memory of the fallen with an unforgettable, breathtaking bow. The commercial only aired one time during Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002, but many people have never forgotten it. Anheuser-Busch’s creative team came […]

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    Better Family Life commissions mural depicting African-Americans in America

    (KTVI) – It is billed as the largest painting of its kind in the state of Missouri. Better Family Life commissioned the historical mural about African American culture. The artwork is ninety feet long and five feet wide and is being painted on the main wall at the entrance to the organization. Artist Gonz Jove is putting finishing touches on the artwork. It is scheduled to be unveiled to the public by the end of the year.

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    Doctor strongly disagrees with federal guidelines on Prostate Cancer screening

    (KTVI) – After two studies were published in 2012, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended against PSA screening for men. However, Dr. John Bedwinek, a radiation oncologist with SSM St. Joseph Hospital Lake St. Louis strongly disagrees with the federal guideline. Bedwinek advises men between the ages of 50 and 70 to get the test which can detect the presence of prostate cancer. Because Dr. Bedwinek says African American men get a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, which […]

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    Red Cross facing a critical blood shortage

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Red Cross is facing a critical shortage and has extended an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donations. The organization is facing a critical shortage. Shelves that are usually packed to the gills are almost empty across the country, including the St. Louis area. The blood supplies go to area hospitals to help patients in need. Everyone eligible to donate is encouraged to give the gift of life.

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    YouthBuild Superhero saving lives in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Youngsters in the St. Louis YouthBuild Program are developing and honing their super powers. You see, the 17-to-24 year-olds are Superheroes. They attend classes to earn their high school diploma and learn a construction skill by day while getting paid in the process. However, every Friday night they attend a mentoring session to become superheroes charged with doing what superheroes do, save lives. The students don’t stand in front of speeding trains or leap from tall […]

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    Better Family Life Annual PeaceFest this weekend in Forest Park

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The Better Family Life Annual PeaceFest kicks off Saturday, August 27th at the Central Fields in Forest Park. The festival, designed to end violence and promote peace and safety features a 5K run/1 mile walk, live music, vendors, food, and a health fair. Activities get underway at eight in the morning and end at eight in the evening. PeaceFest is free and open to the public. Families from throughout the St. Louis area are encouraged to attend.