Monica Adams is the morning traffic anchor for Today in St. Louis on 5 On Your Side in St. Louis, Missouri. She’s also a fill-in anchor and feature reporter.
Monica is a native of St. Louis and grew up in Florissant watching 5 On Your Side.
“My family, like so many others in St. Louis, grew up with Mike Bush, Art Holliday, Kay Quinn, and many other talented 5 On Your Side journalists. I was thrilled to learn from some of the best in the business during my internship in the early ‘90s, and I’m elated to return to my roots,” said Monica.
Monica says she’s been blessed to work her entire career in her hometown. She moved to 5 On Your Side in January 2020 after working as KTVI’s traffic anchor since 2005.
“I enjoy the connection of our TISL team. We are all passionate about our field and want to deliver the news that people need in their lives but also have fun so there is that perfect balance,” said Monica. “I love that viewers bring us in to their homes and I want them to feel like we are part of their family.”
Her media career began in 1993 when she reported on the St. Louis Blues, Rams, and Cardinals for KTJJ-KJCF radio before becoming the station’s News and Sports Director. From 1997-2005 Monica was the Morning Show Host, News and Sports Director, Anchor, Reporter, and Producer for WIL-FM.
Throughout her career, Monica has earned many professional honors, including Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards for field reporting, complete newscast, and spot news, and an Associated Press Award for Story of the Month.
Feature reporting comes naturally to her because she enjoys telling positive stories.
“I love to tell stories that make others think about their own lives and how to live to the very best of their ability,” said Monica. “Positive stories are what I’m drawn to and digging in to find a way for everyone to realize they have the potential to have a better version of their lives if they feel lost.”
Since 1999, Monica has been an AFAA-certified personal trainer and has helped thousands of people in our area reach their goals.
Health and fitness have always been a big part of her life, and so has volunteering. When she was 19, Monica developed a large blood clot that nearly killed her. Her doctors called her their “miracle patient” and she feels her life was saved to make as big of a difference in the world as possible.
She is committed to giving back in any way she can, and volunteers for many area non-profits, including Responder Rescue, American Lung Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and more.
Monica is the wife to a St. Louis County police lieutenant and is a big supporter of first responders. She’s also an animal lover and advocates for pet adoption because there are so many that need a loving home.