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.
ST. LOUIS – The end of the school year means graduation parties at homes across the St. Louis area. But one particular party item could cause big problems for other homeowners, businesses, and power companies. An Ameren Illinois official said the utility company is concerned about mylar balloons due to their metallic coating. If they are released outdoors, they can end up landing in powerlines and knock thousands of homeowners and business offline for hours. “Don’t do a release of […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson is calling for a vote on a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Parson on Wednesday said the bill could make Missouri “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country.” The measure only includes an exception for medical emergencies, not rape or incest. Parson’s comments come after Senate Democrats slammed the bill for hours Wednesday before Republicans had a chance to bring it up for debate. […]
DELLWOOD, Mo. – Families in two Dellwood homes are expected to be evacuated Tuesday night. An MSD storm channel has been carrying their backyards away and now things are dangerous. “Oh no it’s not safe, it’s not safe when you look back there it’s no safety,” said Melva Curtis, a neighbor of the two families. If people in one home walked out of their sliding glass door, they’d drop about 6 to 8 feet. The problem has been getting only […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The crack in the Jefferson Barracks bridge is being called both an emergency and a critical problem. Tens of thousands of drivers have to find a different route to work until at least the end of this week. MoDOT is bringing in experts and special equipment from across the country. An inspector Sunday discovered a crack in the steel in one of the arches of the westbound bridge. As a precaution, the westbound lanes of […]
ST. LOUIS – Mother’s Day is Sunday and the people that make moms everywhere smile are working long hours to share the love. It is the second biggest day of the year for sales for florists, second only to Valentine’s Day. The floral designers at Walter Knoll Florist were creating all sorts of arrangements for moms across the St. Louis area. “We work longer hours,” said floral designer Lindsey Knoll Rawlins. “We each had a late night either yesterday or […]
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. – This could be a big weekend for Clarksville, Missouri where they’ve been battling flood waters. People there are hoping Saturday will offer a shot in the arm for a plan to end sandbagging, maybe forever. Folks plan to give an elected official an earful on how to put a simple end to all the sandbagging. It’s proven successful in other cities around the world. “This town seems to get hit with floods year after year after year,” […]
ST. LOUIS – Residents upset about flood debris floating in the River Des Peres took matters into their owns hands Wednesday night. This after one city official said the river was like a toilet, that soon the trash would be flushed away. That city official apparently was right, the river seemed to be fairly clear Wednesday night compared to earlier this week. However, that didn’t stop the volunteers from pitching in. 8 adults and a baby came together near the […]
ST. LOUIS – The school year wraps up for many districts in May. Research shows this month ranks fourth for school shootings. Some St. Louis area schools have taken unusual steps to keep active killers at bay. Students at Hancock Place Middle School demonstrated how they’ll react if there’s an active killer in their school. The secured the classroom door in at least three different ways. Haider Waheed, a 6th-grade student said, “If anything dangerous happens I know what to […]
PORTAGE DES SIOUX, Mo. – A flood victim took a Fox 2/KPLR 11 news crew on a tour of the flood damage done to all of the family properties in Portage Des Sioux. Andy Dallwitz, 38, said he’s lived in the community all his life. “The toughest thing is moving the wife and the kids out and seeing everybody lose all their belongings,” he said. Dallwitz said the floods seem to be getting worse. “More frequent and higher,” he said. […]
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Nature’s tremendous power was on full display Monday morning as two levees in St. Charles failed, spilling water across the land. The opening at the Elm Point Levee breach continued to grow larger as chunks of the earthen levee collapsed into the rushing water. As the waters of Mississippi River continued to pour forth, several people began to move their belongings to higher ground. The owners of the On Wheels Storage put out the call […]
WINFILED, MO – In Winfield, Missouri people have learned painful lessons from past floods. That’s why some of them are very prepared when the Mississippi River overflows its banks. Water was moving down Highway N towards Winfield at a rate of about 50 yards in 3 hours. One family raised their home several feet after the great flood of 1993. It would take a repeat of that disaster to damage the home now. Nearby the McMillian family rents a house […]
WINFIELD, Mo. – The water proved too much for the Winfield levee. Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Jim Sharp was notified of overtopping Friday morning. It was not a breach or a failure; the levee itself was still holding. “We’ll be up all night watching,” Sharp said. The director said there are five places the Winfield levee was being overtopped by the Mississippi River, all in about a quarter-mile stretch. He said it’s almost a certainty homes will be flooded; […]