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.
WAYNE COUNTY, Ill. – Two Illinois state troopers met with a couple they saved last week following an accident involving a box truck. Dramatic dashcam video showed a box truck driver lost control on icy roads Tuesday of last week. The truck came with inches of killing four people, including 67-year-old Peggy Vaught. “Thank God I’m alive and they’re alive,” she said. Vaught’s 71-year-old husband, Bud, also survived. “(The troopers) definitely saved our lives,” he said. Illinois State Troopers Adam […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The man who’s charged with murdering his wife is described as a quiet, laid-back guy. Beau Rothwell is being held in the St. Louis County Jail. Steven Farber, who played in the same racquetball league as Rothwell, said he and other league members were stunned by the turn of events. “He’s always been a good guy; we played sports. He was never anything you would ever assume to be aggressive or angry or anything like […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is taking a big step to fight teenage vaping. Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order last month to create a statewide campaign and now it’s a reality. “To educate, warn and prevent the use of vaping devices among the youth of the state of Missouri,” Parson said. Joined by leaders from the state departments of health, education, and public safety, the governor launched the Clean the Air campaign. “We’re trying to change the trajectory. […]
CREVE COEUR, Mo. – St. Louis County prosecutors charged the husband of a missing woman Friday with second-degree murder in connection with her disappearance. Beau Rothwell, 28, was charged Thursday with tampering with evidence. St. Louis County police are investigating the disappearance of his wife, Jennifer Rothwell, as a homicide, although her body hasn’t been found. According to law enforcement, a second-degree charge is generally issued for an intentional murder that lacks premeditation. Court papers show Beau was charged with […]
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis County police are asking for the public’s help as they search for a missing 28-year-old woman. They said it seems totally out of character for the young woman not be in contact with friends or family. Detectives with the St. Louis County Crimes Against Persons unit said Jennifer Rothwell has been missing since early Tuesday morning. Rothwell left her home in the 12600 block of Northwinds Drive in central St. Louis County and hasn’t returned. […]
ST. LOUIS – The snow may have ended last night but the problems continued as the bitter cold gripped the region. Parents and students in the St. Louis City Public schools complained about standing in the cold waiting for a bus running late. Candice Israelsen is the grandmother of a 14-year-old student who had to wait in the cold, “How many of our children stood out here this morning in 7-degree weather from five to maybe 17 years old and […]
ST. LOUIS – It did not take a lot of snow to have an impact on many people in the St. Louis-area. Classes were not canceled Monday morning but by this afternoon, students got out early in some districts. The buses in the Parkway School District hit the roads and hour early Monday afternoon. Officials decided it was best for the 17,000 students to go home early. “Getting everyone out before rush hour will help out a lot. Also, a […]
ALTON, Ill. — A huge number of car break-in cases appear to have been solved by police in Metro East with the apprehension of four people. The Madison County Sheriff Department thinks more than 100 cases may have been solved. Alton Police detectives launched the investigation, which at first involved dozens of car break-ins. Then that number grew. Sheriff’s detectives joined the investigation and officials say good hard police work led to the arrests. Chief Deputy Jeff Connor works at […]
BELLEVILLE, Ill. – It was an emotional ending to a drunk driving case. A man was killed while riding his motorcycle near Belleville three years ago. Thursday’s sentencing ended with tears and sobbing from families on both sides of the aisle. “If you’re drinking, just drink responsible. If you’re doing anything else, don’t get behind the wheel and hurt somebody or kill them,” said Deborah Nazari. Her son, 23-year-old Douglas Landers, was killed April 1, 2016. He was riding his […]
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A student is in police custody after telling others at Edwardsville High School that they were going to bring a gun to school. A statement from the school says that charges are pending in this case. The student did not have a gun and no weapon was found on school property. School Superintendent Jason Henderson says that a Snapchat was sent by another student telling others what the student had said. The school is in the process […]
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – More than a third of students at Edwardsville High School missed school Wednesday after learning of rumors that someone was going to bring a gun to campus. This comes one day after racial problems boiled over Tuesday, resulting in at least one fight and hateful social media messages. School district officials said they may not know until Thursday just exactly how many students were absent. Superintendent Dr. Jason Henderson said the rumors about guns and threats were […]
WARRENSBURG, Mo. – A University of Central Missouri student is dead after a gun accidentally discharged at an apartment building on campus. Stephon Abron of St. Charles died after being shot around 3:30 p.m. Monday. Another student was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, but charges have yet to be filed. Abron graduated from St. Charles High School in 2017, where they were remembering him Tuesday. He left his mark and touched so many people’s lives. Jessica Evans was Stephon’s […]