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.
CLARKSVILLE, MO – Historic flooding throughout the Midwest Monday night. Three people have died, hundreds of homes are flooded, and thousands of people are being forced to evacuate. Governors in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Nebraska have declared states of emergency. Towns up and down the Mississippi River have been warned there could be potentially devastating flooding in the next three months. Just days ago, people began building a temporary flood wall in Clarksville and so far, it looks ready to meet […]
ST. LOUIS – They may be from different faiths but St. Louis religious leaders have come together in condemning the hate and violence that happened in New Zealand. They gathered at Daar Ul Islam Mosque in west St. Louis County. In prayer and word, members of the Islamic Foundation and the Interfaith Partnership condemned the horrific massacre in New Zealand, which saw one man murder at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch. “Hate and terror have no religion […]
ST. LOUIS – There have been wind damage reports coming in from all over the St. Louis metro area. High winds blew over a signal light in downtown St. Louis. Fox 2’s Randi Naughton witnessed it. She said a pedestrian narrowly escaped injury. MoDOT crews worked quickly to clear a big old tree that stopped traffic in both directions on First Capitol in St. Charles in both directions. It’s one of the main roads that leads to St. Joe’s Hospital […]
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis-area may be affected Thursday by a bomb cyclone moving across the Midwest. A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid pressure drop. The bomb cyclone caused blizzard-like conditions in Denver, forcing the cancellation of approximately 1,300 flights to and from the city. At St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, at least 14 Denver flights were either canceled or delayed by noon. In St. Louis, tree cutting specialists like The Davey Tree Expert Company were being […]
ST. LOUIS – The United States is still allowing the Boeing 737 Max 8 to fly at airports nationwide while countries around the world have grounded the aircraft. Southwest Airlines has 34 of the Boeing 737 Max 8s. That’s the type of jet that has crashed twice in less than six months, first in Indonesia and then Sunday in Ethiopia. “I figured those pilots wouldn’t be on the plane if they didn’t think it was a safe airplane,” said one […]
ST. LOUIS – Aviation company Boeing is working to answer a lot of safety questions after eight Americans were killed Sunday on a Boeing 737 plane that crashed in Ethiopia. 157 people were killed in all. Boeing’s Chicago headquarters released a statement about the crash saying, in part: “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board… A Boeing technical team will be traveling to the crash site to help with […]
FESTUS, Mo. – A Festus man who was loved by many dies after being stabbed in the Crystal Tavern. At this time, the motive remains a mystery. It all happened just two doors down from the Crystal City Police Department. “It’s not a common, not a common crime here,” said Crystal City Police Chief Chad Helms. The chief identified the victim as 34-year-old Keith Dozier. The suspect, 38-year-old Dwayne Bisch, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. “Apparently, […]
ST. LOUIS – The icy weather has forced school districts to call off classes again for kids across the metro area. Some districts have run out of snow days and are now scheduling make-up days. Dr. Desi Kirchoffer is the superintendent of the Northwest R-1 School District. His district includes 120 square miles, 10 schools, and 6,200 students. Much of it is rural and the weather can give bus drivers a tough time navigating narrow and hilly roads. “Our busses […]
ROXANA, Ill. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed a 58-year-old St. Louis police officer was killed Tuesday evening in a collision on Highway 367. The accident happened around 7 p.m. just north of Jamestown Way in north St. Louis County. State police released information indicating George Boggs, who was off-duty at the time, was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the divided highway. Boggs struck another vehicle and his car flipped. He died at the scene. The driver […]
CAIRO, Ill. – Governor J.B. Pritzker surveyed southern Illinois Tuesday as the floodwaters have been rising. In the small town of Cairo, the Ohio River is expected to crest at its third highest flood stage. “My job is to make sure that wherever there are Illinoisans potentially in harm’s way that we put our put our public safety personnel, our emergency agency officials, to work,” Pritzker said. The governor’s first stop was a meeting with state and local officials. At […]
ST. LOUIS – It could be a St. Louis spring of sandbags and rising water. “Conditions are ripe for significant flooding,” said Mark Fuchs, hydrologist for the National Weather Service. Fuchs said there are three ingredients in that flooding recipe: above average streams and above average soil moisture in the upper Midwest, plus heavy snowfalls in states like Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. “They’ve really gotten hammered with snow over the past few weeks,” Fuchs said. There’s even a chance—about 5 […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Road crews in Illinois and Missouri are on the attack. They’re taking advantage of the nicer weather to fill potholes. If you think the pothole problem is worse than normal, you’re right. The Illinois Department of Transportation had 80 workers across metro east dedicated to patching potholes Thursday. Experts estimate there are three times as many this year as last. MoDOT also had crews out making repairs. A spokesman says there are about the same number of […]