Victoria Babu is a "veteran broadcaster" which is code for she's been in the business a long time--36 years! She's spent the majority of it behind the microphone or in front of the camera.
Although her radio career began as a teen in her hometown of Springfield, IL, Victoria spent 22 years in television news, anchoring and reporting.
After graduating from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she returned to radio in her hometown but a television job took her to Cape Girardeau, MO then onto North Carolina and back to Missouri for stints at KSDK-TV and KTVI Fox 2, with several Emmy wins along the way.
For the past few years she's been a freelance reporter for Charter Communications, "Get Hooked on Health" and "Smart Living" and HEC-TV's "Behind the Minds" and "State of the Arts." Her nationally recognized award-winning documentary work has taken her to Africa, Russia and Ukraine.
Talk radio came in 1999, after Victoria left television news full time. Since then she's hosted three health-lifestyle shows, "Housecalls," "Body By Babu," and "Smart Living with Victoria Babu" and co-hosted two daily afternoon talk shows before returning to radio news as News Director and morning anchor.
Although Victoria is a self-professed night owl, most of her broadcasting career has started before sunrise--that's quite a feat for someone who doesn't drink coffee! Victoria's seemingly boundless energy might come from her love of exercise, napping, traveling around the globe with her husband and spending time with her two grown daughters and son-in-law.
The former certified personal trainer, triathlete and marathon runner now embraces walking every day and golf. If she's not lacing up her shoes, she's donning high heels for one of her many charity events. A Scleroderma survivor, she hopes her voice will be the platform to raise awareness and to find a cause and cure.
Melanie Moon co-anchors KPLR's News 11 at 7 weeknights with Dan Gray. An award-winning journalist, Melanie has been recognized four times by the Associated Press for her investigative reporting. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL, Melanie got her start in TV while still in college, anchoring a news segment on WCLF TV in Tampa, Florida.
Melanie studied telecommunications and journalism at the University of South Florida and later transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, where she graduated cum laude. She interned for a semester at CNN in Washington, D.C.