FOX 2 reveals new set Wednesday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve been without our “studio home” for the past few weeks. But, that’s about to change in a big way.

For the past few weeks we’ve been working in something of a construction zone. Our newsroom and studio have been taken over by carpenters, electricians and engineers. Crews have been hard at work dismantling our old set right after Christmas. Then, carefully assembling the pieces of a state-of-the-art, ultra modern set. It was a massive undertaking but well worth it.

Everything on set is new from top to bottom. The new anchor desk is sleek, and the center of the studio is a kind of the hub of where everything happens. Behind the desk is one of two amazing video walls made up of high-tech monitors bringing you crystal clear video and graphics.

Caroline Aldridge led the design team for the new set.

“I love that you have two video walls. Most stations are lucky to get one, to have two is great,” she said.

The other video wall will be used by the FOX 2 team of meteorologists in our brand new weather center. Whether it’s delivering breaking severe weather alerts or tweaking the 5-day forecast this is the most advanced weather center in Saint Louis.

Our set also has new LED lighting walls and monitors that reporters and anchors can use to better tell their stories with enhanced technology. For the very first time FOX 2 and KPLR’S News 11 team will broadcast from the same studio.

“We have two television stations to operate and we’re doing 80 hours of local news a week. There’s an awful lot more than just reporting the news, it`s reporting the content and serving the viewers in the best possible way. We figured this type of arrangement would make them feel comfortable with who they already know.” said station General Manager Spencer Koch.

We’re really excited about it.

See a time-lapse of the new set construction here:

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

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