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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
  • Elsberry man charged with murdering his father

    ELSBERRY, MO – A Lincoln County family and their small town is in shock after a 23-year-old murdered his father. The family has lost a father and his son is now behind bars all in one day. The suspect, Brandon Spies went to the police department and started pounding on the doors and an officer came out and he said I murdered my father. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is now leading the investigation. Spies told authorities that during a […]

  • Elsberry man killed, son charged with murder

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – Lincoln County prosecutors charged an Elsberry man with homicide after the man confessed to killing his father. Brandon Spies, 23, went to Elsberry Police Department on Saturday night and banged on the door.  He told them he had stabbed his father in the neck during an argument.  Police said he told the officer that answered the door, “I murdered my father.” Detectives searched the home on the 700 block of Lincoln Street and found a bloody knife in […]

  • Kids start bake-sale to benefit injured Arnold officer

    FENTON, MO – You can get a fix for your sweet tooth while helping out a good cause in Fenton.  Two 5th graders from the Rockwood School District are hosting a bake sale to benefit Arnold officer Ryan O’Connor who was wounded in the line of duty. Brody Recht got the bake sale started. He’s best friends with Officer Ryan O’Conner’s son Keerin and wanted to do something special for the family. Recht set up this bake sale and lemonade stand with […]

  • Egyptian exhibit makes North American debut in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Next time you walk into the St. Louis Art Museum you’ll be greeted by three in enormous statues roughly 16-feet tall and weighing approximately six tons each. “When the queen goes up, I’ll probably cry a bit little bit. It just makes me that excited,” said Lisa Cakmak, the organizer behind the Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost World exhibit. “About 80 percent of those objects are from underwater archaeological excavation and that material is supplemented by real gems […]

  • New Brentwood police chief discusses plans for department

    BRENTWOOD, Mo. – Big changes are ahead for the Brentwood Police Department as it welcomes a new police chief this week. Incoming Chief Joseph Spiess says he’s getting straight to business. “The more closely we pay attention to our cops, the better employees we have,” he said. “The more engaged they are (with) our citizens, the less violent confrontations we’re going to have, which has caused a lot of the issues.” Spiess has spent 32 years in law enforcement around […]

  • Mother discusses pulling son from car while being held at gunpoint in carjacking

    GRANITE CITY, IL – A Granite City mother and her 2-year-old son were carjacked at gunpoint Monday in the Walmart parking lot. Angie Shields said she had just parked and was getting out of her truck at the Walmart located at 379 West Pontoon Road in Granite City to pick up pull-ups for her son when a black Ford four-door hatchback pulled up behind her. Shield’s said the two men said something, but she couldn’t hear them so she took […]

  • Brentwood looks to increase security at MetroLink stop, following woman attacked in garage

    BRENTWOOD, MO – An attempted carjacking is caught on camera inside the Brentwood Metro garage in December. Now three months later, after a CrimeStoppers report, police have two suspects in custody but they ’re still searching for a third. “Very surprised about it, I know there’s been some incidents around the Metro area but it’s always scary to hear and it just hits home when someone actually talks to you about it,’ says a Brentwood resident. Police arrested 23-year-old Christopher Mitchell […]

  • 3D printer now at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Children’s Hospital is aiming to be the model of advanced care with its latest tech addition – a 3D printer. “So this is the main printer. You can see what’s happening now is actually a pelvis being printed for the orthopedic department and they’re using this probably for surgical planning for a particular case,” said Dr. Kanlesh Patel. These models are exact replicas of the organ or bone that they’re working on down to the […]

  • Mizzou fans trying to unload SEC Tournament tickets following elimination

    ST. LOUIS – A busy night for basketball but not for ticket sales as Mizzou was knocked out of the SEC Tournament. Many Missouri fans are calling it quits after Thursday’s 62-60 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, and that’s leaving a lot of tickets up for grabs at low prices. Scalpers said ticket sales hit a slump after Mizzou’s loss. “We have our tickets, but we’re trying to sell four others and really not getting the value out of them, […]

  • House committee meets in private with witnesses at Jefferson City Police Department

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The investigation of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens by a special Missouri House Committee is in its second day in Jefferson City.  But they aren`t meeting at the capitol building. The special house committee investigating Governor Eric Greitens met for over 4 hours, but instead of doing it away at the Capitol, they met at the Jefferson City Police Department. Battening down the hatches and covering the windows and doors; hoping to keep the identity of their […]

  • Chesterfield police searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ man after shooting

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Chesterfield police are looking for a 42-year-old man they’ve described as “armed and dangerous” following a shooting early Tuesday morning. According to police, the shooting occurred just before 5 a.m. in the 14000 block of Forest Crest Drive. Two people were inside the home when the suspect, identified as Phillip Stroisch, used a handgun and fired several shots into the residence. The two people inside the home suffered non-life threatening injuries. Chesterfield police issued at-large warrants against […]

  • Students sent home after suicide at Washington County school

    CADET, MO – Students were sent home Monday morning after a student took his own life at a Washington County high school. The Washington County Sheriff says a 17-year-old male was found dead from what’s believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  No other students were in danger during this incident. The body was discovered by another student at around 7:40am in a cafeteria restroom. That student told a staff member, who then called the police.  There are about 400 […]