Anne Steffens graduated from West High in 1985. She graduated from Augustana College in 1989, majoring in English and French. She is currently a candidate for a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in St. Louis, MO.
Anne is the education reporter for KMOV Channel 4, St. Louis' CBS affiliate. She has been in that position since 1999, having joined the station in 1996. Her reporting broke a national story involving audiotapes from the Railroad Killer, which resulted in legislation that closed the loopholes in the way Missouri does background checks for teachers. Her reports on public school day care also resulted in the introduction of local legislation.
Honors Anne has received include five Emmys, including four for her work in the field of education. Anne has been recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters' Association, the Illinois Associated Press and National Press Photographer's Association. She has been quoted in several education magazines.
Before coming to Channel 4, Anne worked in television in South Bend, Ind. and Jefferson City, Mo. She worked in radio news in Columbia, Mo. and Detroit Lakes, Minn. She also reported for MissouriNet in Jefferson City.
Anne was the keynote speaker for Emerson's Excellence in Education 2003, which awarded nearly 100 teachers for excellence in their fields. She takes time to speak to school classes about communication in the community and reads to children's groups. She has also spoken to superintendents' groups and guest lectured at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Anne has participated in charity events for organizations including St. Vincent's Home, Judevine Center for Autism, St. Louis Children's Home and the St. Louis Variety Club. She also volunteers twice a week at the St. Louis Crisis Center.