Victoria is honored to serve on the NATAS Mid-America Board of Directors and enjoys mentoring budding broadcasters.
Currently, she works with HEC Media and is a contributing reporter to HEC Live, sharing profiles of notable authors and stories of St. Louisans making a contribution in science, arts and education.
She began her broadcasting career 40-plus years ago as a teenaged radio deejay in her hometown of Springfield, Illinois.
Victoria’s television stints in St. Louis since 1987 include producing corporate videos, traveling the country producing firefighting rescue training tapes, reporting with KSDK-TV Newschannel 5, working for ABC News during the flood of 1993 and serving as an Emmy award-winning anchor on KTVI FOX 2.
As host and reporter for Charter Communications, she tapped into her background as a triathlete and certified personal trainer on St. Louis TV shows, “Get Hooked on Health” and “Smart Living.” She also hosted her own health and fitness radio show, “Body by Babu” and “Smart Living with Victoria Babu” for nearly a decade and raised thousands of dollars for several causes through her participation in marathons, triathlons and golf tournaments.
In 2004, her company, Babu Productions, produced a documentary for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, featuring St. Louis area teens and their journey to Russia and Ukraine. Her extensive travels are documented in photo essays on St. Louis’ Feast Magazine online at www.feaststl.comunder “Travelogue.”
Currently, Victoria is a fill-in news anchor at KFTK 97.1 FM TALK after hosting her own morning show on 1380 AM and ten years as host/news director at KTRS-AM and part-time anchoring at KMOX-AM 1120.
Victoria’s radio interview series with Fenton-based televangelist Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries garnered first place in feature reporting from the Missouri Broadcasters Association in 2010. In 2011, the MBA awarded her news staff first place for spot news coverage of a tornado.
Married for 36 years to healthcare sales executive, David Niswonger, the couple has two adult daughters and one granddaughter.