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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
  • Hermann tourist trolley and SUV collide in fatal crash that also injured several others

    HERMANN, Mo. – Fall fun took a tragic turn in Hermann Saturday afternoon.  A driver was killed after her SUV turns into the path of a tourist trolley in the river town.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident.  Their initial report shows that a woman who was driving the SUV was turning left out of the Village Plaza parking lot when she pulled in front of the trolley. The trolley was heading east down Highway 100  when […]

  • Car crashes into rear of Roxana fire truck on I-255

    ROXANA, Ill. – A Roxanna fire truck was struck on Interstate 255 Thursday as first responders tended to a separate emergency on the interstate. “We place our vehicle in that position to protect us from exactly what happened today,” said Roxanna Fire Chief Daryl Trask. He said traffic on I-255 was down to one lane while they helped someone with a medical emergency. That’s when a driver smashed into the back of their fire truck. Four to five firefighters were […]

  • Missouri mother worries her son may have rare, polio-like illness

    ST. LOUIS – As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new report about a polio-like virus, a Gasconade County mother worries her son may have it. So far, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has been found mostly in children. It leads to polio-like symptoms such as arm or leg weakness or difficulty swallowing. The CDC says that AFM is very rare, probably one in a million in the US, but a Missouri mom worries her son may just […]

  • Floodwaters close roads, drench low-lying areas in Missouri

    ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Rain-soaked rivers and creeks continue rising in Missouri, closing more than 80 roads and inundating farmland. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the road closures are mostly in the northwest part of the state, where nearly two dozen counties are under a flood warning. The National Weather Service says the Missouri River is expected to flood a residential area in St. Joseph and railroad tracks in Napoleon as it crests Wednesday in those cities at more […]

  • Saint Louis FC makes USL playoffs as interest in a MLS team peaks

    FENTON, MO – Saint Louis FC is headed to the playoffs. The soccer team needed a win or a tie Saturday night to put them in the playoffs for the first time ever. The match ended in a Nil- Nil draw. TODAY IS THE BEST DAY EVER!! pic.twitter.com/c2g8BFBvgo — (x) – Saint Louis FC (@SaintLouisFC) October 14, 2018 “We’ve already made strides and I already had the most wins in team history and we’re looking to make another and getting into the […]

  • Clarksville fighting rising floodwater to save 40th annual AppleFest

    CLARKSVILLE, Mo. – Clarksville is fighting back the floodwaters as it prepares for one of its biggest tourist attractions of the year. At the moment, volunteers in Clarksville are filling sandbags that they will use to build a retaining wall to help protect the businesses downtown. “But we are survivors here in Clarksville. We’ve been here before. It’s been worse before, but we stay because we love it,” says Joanna Brock, president of the Clarksville Community Chamber of Commerce. AppleFest is also […]

  • Schnucks begins takeover of select Shop ‘N Save stores

    ST. LOUIS – It’s out with the Shop ‘N Save and in with the Schnucks. Schnucks is rolling out its first round of new stores after acquiring several Shop ‘N Save locations around the St. Louis metro area. “I knew it was coming and I’m glad it’s here because I always did like Schnucks,” said shopper Cathy Buescher. Within 63 hours, workers swapped out everything from the signage, to sales systems, carts, bagging, and products. So far, customers seem to […]

  • City hopes new signs will deter vandalism of Christopher Columbus statue

    ST. LOUIS – Columbus Day is just hours away which means celebrating the Italian explorer for some, but distress for others who are upset over treatment of indigenous people. Monday is Columbus Day and for the past few years, this statue of Christopher Columbus here in Tower Grove Park has been vandalized. A little over a month ago members from the community gathered here to discuss what should be done with the statue. Tower Grove Park Executive Director Bill Reininger […]

  • 12 protesters arrested in Clayton after Kavanaugh’s supreme court confirmation

    CLAYTON, MO – Protests across the country including here in St. Louis continue even after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on the Supreme Court. A group of protesters has been out here since at least Tuesday, but on Saturday, just as the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh, Clayton police say 12 people were arrested for disturbing the peace and resisting arrest. Police say they warned the group as some members walked out into the road […]

  • Recent pedestrian deaths have St. Louis County police urging caution for drivers, walkers

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Police are reminding pedestrians to pay attention after two people were killed on St. Louis County roadways this week. On Thursday, a hit and run driver killed a man in his late 50s as he walked down Halls Ferry Road around 7:40 p.m. According to Sgt. Shawn McGuire, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, part of the problem is that people aren’t paying attention while behind the wheel. And others just don’t […]

  • Swansea family fights to keep pet bobcat

    SWANSEA, Ill. – A Swansea family is heartbroken after the Illinois Department of Natural Resources confiscated their pet bobcat. “I don’t understand. We tried to do what was right. We made a vet appointment on time to take him to the vet because we are told that was one of the things that we needed to do,” said Lakesha Mayweather. She says she took her pet bobcat Capone to a new vet last Thursday and the next day there was a […]

  • U. City police set to ticket crosswalk violators

    UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Next time you drive through University City, you should take extra caution at the crosswalks. “We want to make sure that drivers, pedestrians, bikers are always paying attention,” said Captain Fredrick Lemon, University City Police Department. Lemon said that’s the aim of a new crosswalk safety program put on by the department. They’re targeting areas like the Delmar Loop, where there’s a lot of foot and vehicle traffic. “I mean, it’s the people you’ve got to […]