Jennifer Blome

Jennifer Blome spent 34 years at KSDK-TV as an anchor/reporter. She anchored St. Louis’s first morning newscast, Today in St. Louis alongside Tom O’Neal, Art Holliday, and Pat McGonigle over the years. During her time at KSDK, Jennifer did a lot of reporting on mental health.

For the past three years, Jennifer Blome has been Director of Humane Education at the APA of Missouri. She ran the PetReach program, where volunteers and their dogs visit senior communities. She started a Prison Art Program where offenders at three Missouri prisons create pet portraits for the APA to raise money for homeless animals. She teaches children pre-kindergarten to seventh grade, the responsibilities of being kind, compassionate, and a good pet owner. An anti-violence “No More Bullying” program will launch soon for third, fourth, and fifth graders.

Jennifer Blome earned her Bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV-Film from Bowling Green State University and her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University. Jennifer had a private therapy practice for about five years.

She currently lives in Richmond Heights with Dave Keiser and three dogs, Roy, Clyde, and Pollyanna.

Kelly Jackson

Kelly, an Emmy nominated journalist, started at KSDK in 1998, and has a love affair with St. Louis and St. Louisans. She did take a short break from her adopted hometown and moved to California to anchor mornings at one of KSDK’s sister stations in Sacramento, but St. Louis kept calling her name. At the beginning of 2014 she teamed up with McGraw in the Morning. When she’s not working, you’ll find her advocating for pets during the week. She loves hanging out with friends, volunteering, traveling and discovering all the fabulosity of St. Louis with her pooch, LaRue.

Betsey Bruce

Betsey Bruce is a veteran St. Louis broadcast journalist who worked at two local stations,  KMOX-TV now KMOV and KTVI,  over her 46 year career.  While working at Channel Four she was part of the team that pioneered “live” reports with portable video cameras and microwave technology.   St. Louis viewers often tell Betsey they grew up watching her; she was the first woman TV reporter from the baby boomer generation to work general assignment stories here in town.  Although she specialized in covering public policy and political stories, Betsey was also known for spot news coverage ranging from the floods of 1973 to court ordered school desegregation and the unrest in Ferguson prompted by the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

Christine Buck

Christine Buck spent 39 years at the same station. She wore many hats at KPLR Channel 11, including weather caster, news anchor, talk show host and occasional, not very good sports anchor. Christine retired in April 2016. It’s no coincidence it was the same time her first grandchild, Vivian, was born. She’s been married to architect David Mason for 37 years and has two sons and a daughter in law. Christine has won many awards including four Emmy Awards, Silver Circle Award and most recently, Woman Of Achievement for youth dedication. She is also the daughter of the late Hall Of Fame announcer Jack Buck. Christine turned 65 in September and is traveling, gardening and babysitting Vivi.

Karen Foss

Karen Foss is often asked if being a television newscaster was her childhood dream, but Karen will tell you that when she was a child,  local TV news consisted of fifteen minutes an evening with an ‘Old-White-Guy’ holding up black and white newspaper photos of the day’s events. It did NOT look nearly as exciting as being an airline stewardess or a secretary! Today Karen is enjoying the anonymous life in Santa Fe NM, where she is writing and studying painting. But for more than 27 years she was seen on Saint Louis television as a reporter and anchor at KSDK, with a brief foray at KETC and KSD Radio. The six-time Emmy award winner was inducted in 2005 into the Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences for her 25 years of journalistic excellence. She was also named St. Louis Media Person of the Year by the STL Press Club in 1995.  Karen  is equally well known for her community contributions. In 1983, she received the “Paraquad Service Award.”  She also was the first recipient of the St. Louis Ambassadors’ “Spirit of St. Louis” award in 1985.  The St. Louis Suburban Journals named her “Woman of Achievement” in 1989.  Also in 1989, the YWCA honored Foss with the “Special Leadership Award” for her long-standing volunteer commitment to improving the lives of the disabled and youth in St. Louis.  In 1992, the St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP honored Foss when she became the first television reporter to receive the “Roy Wilkins Freedom Award.” She retired in 2006 with every intention to just ‘kick back’ but the opportunity to join Ameren  presented itself and she spent several years there, working with the electric utility to refine its communication with customers. Karen’s son, and his wife and children live in Germany; her daughter and granddaughter live here in Saint Louis — guaranteeing she’s here from time to time.

Cindy Preszler

Cindy Preszler has a passion for weather with 35 years of experience in cities from Atlanta to Chicago to St. Louis.  She was the chief meteorologist at KSDK-TV for almost 18 years before leaving last year.  She is now operating her own weather website, WeatherSTL.com., offering daily forecasts, weather videos & storm tracking and still doing what she loves… giving people the weather information they need & want.  You can find her any time by going to her website or her Facebook pages.  Please welcome our good friend and colleague, Cindy Preszler.

Robin Smith

Robin Smith joined KMOV Channel 4 as an Anchor and Reporter. Her work is acclaimed with Emmy Awards for both News Anchoring and Reporting, as well as recognized nationally with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for reporting.Born and raised in St. Louis, as were 5 generation in her family, Smith brings special insight to reporting and anchoring the area’s news by having worked in the market for decades. Loyal viewers have relied on her professionalism in bringing them complete coverage of the news of the day as well as coverage of lead reports and investigative pieces.

For decades, Smith was the Anchor of the number one rated “News 4 St. Louis” in varying time slots Monday through Friday. Hundreds of thousands of viewers watching television in the St. Louis Metropolitan Media Market, tune Robin in when she’s anchoring the news.

As “Host” of the Sammy Davis, Jr. Variety Club Telethon, Smith served for almost 20 years alongside dozens of Hollywood Stars including the legendary Mr. Davis, as a grand master of ceremonies. Smith was instrumental in motivating viewers to give millions  from their hearts for many of the areas children with varying abilities. Smith was also “Host” of the United Negro College Fund Telethon which helped enable students who needed financial assistance to get a college education.

Smith is married to basketball TV Sports  broadcaster Isaac “Bud” Stallworth, who is  one of only 3 students in the history of Kansas University to graduate both “Academic All American” and “Athletic All American.” Stallworth is a  retired Executive with the University of Kansas, where he worked in construction design management. Stallworth played in the NBA National Basketball Association for the New Orleans Jazz and Seattle Supersonics.

The Stallworths are parents of two adult sons, their wives and 3 grandchildren.

Sharon Stevens

Sharon Stevens is a 2017 “Media Person of The Year.” She received the prestigious honor from the St. Louis Press Club.

Sharon Stevens is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years’ experience in the St. Louis area.

A reporter/producer with HEC-TV since 2013, Sharon previously worked as the Education Reporter for KSDK-TV and KTVI-TV. Sharon was also an adjunct professor of Mass Communications at Lindenwood University/St. Charles, MO.

A  native Chicagoan and graduate of Northern Illinois University, Sharon is a life-long journalist.  She began as a writer for her elementary school newspaper and later wrote for her high school, neighborhood and college publications.  Sharon also worked as a reporter at WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL , WGBH-TV in Boston,MA and NBC Network Radio in New York,NY.

Sharon  received the Silver Circle Award  from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).  Stevens has been honored by the Associated Press, the National  Association of Black Journalists  ( NABJ,) where she also served as Vice-President/Broadcast and the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, the Missouri  Association of School Administrators, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority  and the Gateway Classic Foundation.  For nearly 20 years, Stevens has tutored and mentored hundreds of students in St. Louis and at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.