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Michelle Madaras joined FOX2/ KPLR11 news team in March of 2017 as a reporter and producer. Before moving to St. Louis she worked at WSIL News 3 in southern Illinois where she anchored their weekend morning show, reported and produced.

Michelle’s career began at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois. She started as an intern there in 2012, but was soon after hired to produce their morning show while she finished her journalism degree at the University of Illinois. During her time at the U of I, Michelle also had the opportunity to intern at NBC5 Chicago and write for a local newspaper that covers the Chicagoland suburbs.

When Michelle isn’t out reporting or working hard in the newsroom she enjoys yoga, golf and playing fetch with her dog Finn. Michelle is also a lifelong competitive figure skater and coaches in her spare time.


Recent Articles
  • Thousands of dollars of pain killers stolen from Alton pharmacies

    ALTON, Ill. – A warning from police Tuesday after thousands of dollars’ worth of opioids were stolen from two Alton pharmacies. Police said they’re working to track down the suspects before they target another store. “Any community with a 24-hour pharmacy is a potential target,” said Lt. Gary Cranmer, Alton Police Department. Suspects robbed two pharmacies located across the street from one another on Washington Avenue within a three-day period. “So I’m asking to please help identify the suspect so […]

  • St. Louisans attempt to beat the heat anyway they can

    ST. LOUIS – The heat and humidity aren’t stopping some people from getting outside on this Monday. From those hard at work in the heat to those hard at play, they all have one thing to say. “It’s pretty hot,” says Adalena Foltz. As the excessive heat warning is expected to continue safety is a major concern for those working out in these conditions like landscapers and construction workers. MoDOT has a few tips they share with their employees. “We […]

  • Vandals leave broken glass in Aquaport pool, forcing waterpark to shut down

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – The Aquaport in Maryland Heights was forced to close for safety reasons Wednesday after officials found broken glass in the giant pool. Waterpark enthusiasts will have to wait until at least this weekend as the park closes to drain 400,000 gallons of water from the pool. Park officials suspect the shards of broken glass were left behind by trespassers who may have hopped the pool fence late Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning. “It appears that […]

  • Bear sighting in Pevely mobile home park

    PEVELY, Mo. – A black bear sighting in Jefferson County has authorities warning residents to be on the lookout. A man in the Lynwood Mobile Home Park in Pevely saw the bear around 8 p.m. Monday as it walked through his backyard. Conservation experts are advising residents not leave garbage sitting out, to take in any bird feeders, and make sure their pets are on a leash. “They are cute but they’re not very cuddly,” said Haley Harris, a resident […]

  • Authorities search Gillespie Lake in Denita Hedden case

    GILLESPIE TOWNSHIP, Ill. – Five months into the search for Denita Hedden, Gillespie police got a tip which led Investigators to Gillespie Lake. “We did sonar and we did get drones up in the air and we did do a dive in the water, so there were guys in the water…and then we also have contacted the Major Case Squad,” said Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Khal. Hedden disappeared on January 25, her 37th birthday. She was last spotted near Royal […]

  • Grandfather gunned down on his porch in Berkeley

    BERKELEY, MO – A Berkeley family praying for answers after a grandfather is gunned down on his own front porch late Saturday night. “I hope they find his killer because he took my husband,” says Keatherine Johnson. She says she was inside the house with her daughter and three grandkids in the 8400 block of Jacklin Avenue in Berkeley Saturday night when she heard several gunshots. “My daughter jumped up and said somebody shooting my daddy, somebody shooting my daddy, and glass is […]

  • Firefighter battle 4 alarm fire and 90-degree heat

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – While firefighters were trying to put out those flames, they couldn’t control the heat of Mother Nature. There wasn’t a lot of shade, but there`s a lot of black top making it hot on top of the heat from the fire, and that`s what crews had to deal with and while battling the flames. Captain Robert Daus with the Maryland Heights Fire Department say more than 100 firefighters were called out to the scene; from more […]

  • Death of Kate Spade a reminder that depression doesn’t discriminate

    ST. LOUIS – Fashion mogul Kate Spade died Tuesday morning after an apparent suicide. She was 55. The Missouri native built an empire on her designer handbags and other accessories known for being vibrant and outgoing, but health experts say even those that may seem like they have it all can still struggle with depression. Depression does not discriminate. “We all know someone but that someone could also be us,” said one woman. Spade’s death is a grim reminder of […]

  • Soulard residents and workers on edge after second shooting

    ST. LOUIS – Two shootings in a weeks’ time has left the Soulard neighborhood on edge. A male victim was shot in the knee early Sunday morning. Witnesses say the man was riding a bike here on Russell and threw rocks onto the Bastille’s patio just after midnight. A worker across the street at Joanie’s Pizzeria ran out to tell him to leave and that’s when the man fired shots at the worker.  The worker returned fire striking the man […]

  • Fatal shooting leaves one dead on I-64

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City homicide detectives have been call to a fatal shooting on westbound I-64 at Clayton Avenue.  The shooting happened just after 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Police say the victim, a 30-year-old male was found in the driver’s seat of a SUV with a gunshot wound to the chest. An investigation is ongoing. Appears as though I-64 just opened back up past the Grand exit after police investigate a shooting on the highway. @FOX2now @KPLR11 pic.twitter.com/DejBaLrC5e […]

  • Litchfield schools placed on lockdown after ammo found in bathroom

    LITCHFIELD, Ill. – Two pieces of ammunition were found in the men’s bathroom at Litchfield High School Wednesday morning. According to police, the discovery took place around 8:40 a.m. and the middle and high schools were placed on a soft lockdown at around 9:30 a.m. The students were taken to a safe location and their parents contacted. The high schoolers who drove to campus and those who were carpooling with them were escorted out of the building. “The school has been surrounded […]

  • Coffee shop owner embraces diversity

    CLAYTON, MO – Diversity certainly isn’t an issue at one local coffee shop. Fox 2’s Michelle Madaras shows how the owner has embraced diversity in his hiring of employees.