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Shirley Washington joined KTVI in April on 2007 as an anchor/reporter for FOX 2 News. Shirley anchors the weeknight editions of FOX 2 News at 10pm and 11pm. She also reports and hosts The Pulse of St. Louis.

Shirley a native St. Louisian, graduated from Roosevelt High School and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

Shirley is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, having excelled as an anchor/reporter at several television stations across the country, including KDFW-TV, FOX 4 in Dallas, Texas, WAGA- TV in Atlanta, Georgia and WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shirley is also 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. The Motherhood Club 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.

Recent Articles
  • How will Trump’s travel ban affect refugees coming to St. Louis?

    ST. LOUIS – The Gateway City has long been a gateway for refugees fleeing their respective countries around the world. However, Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the International Institute, says the number of refugees moving to St. Louis is dropping dramatically due to the Trump Administration’s travel ban. “This last year just finished at the end of September, we were down 640 refugees total. Next year, we’re projecting fewer than 400 arrivals,” she said. Crosslin said the downward trend […]

  • ‘Toe Tag Monologues’ shows young people dangers of making bad choices

    ST. LOUIS – A stage play designed to help save the lives of young people debuts in St. Louis Friday at the annual National Council of Teachers of English conference, which got underway Thursday at the America’s Center. The play, entitled ‘The Toe Tag Monologues,’ was written by R. Byron Stringer, a former Las Vegas D.A.R.E. Police officer. Stringer took true stories he saw on the streets of Vegas involving children and incorporated them into a powerful stage production. ‘Toe […]

  • Turning Alopecia Areata from stigma to strength

    ST. LOUIS, MO – Kalika Blake 37, was diagnosed with alopecia areata when she was nine. The disease causes the body’s autoimmune system to attack the hair follicles, making hair fall out on the scalp and other parts of the body. Because of her condition, Blake says she was targeted by bullies in school. “There was a lot of pointing and laughing,” said Kalika Blake. With support from friends and family, Blake managed to survive. “What I had to do every […]

  • Female pilots find success flying military jets at Scott Air Force Base

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Women at Scott Air Force Base are making their mark in the military, enduring intense training to become pilots. There are 81 active flyers in the 375th Operations Group at Scott. Eight are women, including Major Mallory Nordquist from Rhode Island, and First Lieutenant Alicia Canetta from Florissant, Missouri. Canetta flies distinguished dignitaries in and out of the military across the country in C-21 Learjets. When asked what advice she would give young girls […]

  • Documentary covers local teen mother’s journey to finish high school

    ST. LOUIS – A compelling story about a St. Louis mother hits the silver screen after getting rave reviews at film festivals around the world. The young mom hopes her experience will inspire others here at home. ‘For Ahkeem’ is an emotionally-charged documentary about the life of Daje Shelton while coming of age amid a movement as she settles into motherhood while working to finish high school. Previous story: St. Louis-based documentary premieres Oct. 12 at 24:1 Cinema

  • The lifesaving treatment that saved a bicyclist’s life

    ST. LOUIS, MO — When Mike Dailey had a terrible accident while riding down a steep hill with friends last year, doctors didn’t think he would make it. Dailey, an avid cyclist who always wore protective headwear, had a fractured skull (even though he was wearing a helmet), lung damage, broken ribs and other severe injuries. His cardiac surgeon tried everything to save Dailey and was about to give up until he tried a new procedure. On this Pulse of […]

  • St. Louis city, county police chiefs discuss response to protests

    CLAYTON, Mo. – Facing mounting criticism with how police officers have dealt with demonstrators and protestors over the last two weeks, the chiefs of the St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County police departments sat down with members of the media to discuss the issue. Chiefs Lawrence O’Toole and Jon Belmar said they’re looking to not only defend their officers’ actions, but explain to the public what many across the country have already seen on social media.

  • The true story behind the 9/11 Budweiser commercial that only aired once

    ST. LOUIS —  As the 16th 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 […]

  • Educating teachers, parents, and students about asthma dangers

    New research shows St. Louis has the highest asthma rate in the state. At least six children die from the disease each year. And it’s the number one reason students in the St. Louis Public School District miss classes. That’s one reason the district is working with the American Lung Association to educate teachers, students, and parents about the condition. Through its Partners for Asthma Action program, the American Lung Association teaches children how to take their medicine properly and ways to reduce asthma […]

  • Training people to avoid becoming victims of cybercrime

    Cybercrimes are growing at an alarming rate. Criminals are using technology to steal everything from your personal information to your life savings. While everyone is a target, one group of people have more to lose than others. That’s one reason AT&T and the Oasis Institute are working together to offer a series of new tech training to prevent them from becoming easy prey for online predators. The courses focus on preventing older adults from becoming victims of cybercrimes, including phishing.

  • Town and Country school provides occupational therapy for special needs students

    A one of its kind school in the St. Louis area—Promise Christian Academy in Town and Country—is a private, faith-based school that takes a therapeutic approach to special education, with specific programs designed to meet all of its students’ individual needs. Promise Christian Academy has 30 special needs students, ages 5 through 21, with diagnoses ranging from autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, anxiety, and even ADHD. Each child receives a minimum of 40 minutes of occupational therapy per day. And while Promise Academy is a […]

  • U CITY in bloom aims to show the city’s diversity

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO – Drive down Olive Boulevard in University City and you will notice something amazing is happening. A three mile stretch of the Boulevard between McKnight and Sutter is beginning to resemble an art gallery with artists using utility boxes as a canvass of choice to paint pictures that reflect their idea of diversity. U City in Bloom, a local nonprofit commissioned ten artists to paint ten utility boxes along Olive unify the community and beautify the street […]