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Jeff Bernthal came to KPLR-TV as an intern from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in1988. He spent the next three years working behind the scenes before being hired as a full time reporter. His first story was the expansion of the St. Louis Science Center. Throughout his journalism career, some of the major events he's covered include the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Hurricane Andrew in Florida and the Flood of the Century in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Journalism Review have recognized Jeff numerous times for his outstanding reporting. He is a St. Louis native who feels fortunate to anchor and report the news in the city he knows best. He has served on the board of directors for the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL.) This organization is dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism and promotes understanding and respect among all races religions and cultures. The group helps promote and celebrate the diversity of St. Louis. Jeff attributes his position as a reporter that he's had the good fortune of discovering first hand how diverse the St. Louis community is.

He is proud to be associated with Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization, which raises funds locally, for both Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Whether he is attending a performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra or a concert at The Pageant, his love of music is varied. He enjoys playing golf, cooking, Cardinals Baseball and he says he "Bleeds Blue," (for the St. Louis Blues.)

You can watch Jeff Bernthal on News 11 weeknights at 7pm.

Recent Articles
  • Bonds reduced for suspects in boy’s fake kidnapping

    TROY, MO (KTVI) – Four defendants charged in a fake kidnapping plot designed to scare a six-year-old boy had their bonds reduced in a court appearance Thursday. The boy’s mother, aunt, and grandmother are all accused of cooking up the plan to terrorize the boy so he wouldn’t talk to strangers. A fourth person, a non-relative, was hired to conduct the faux kidnapping. Police said the boy was threatened with a gun and told he could be sold into sex […]

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    Varughese family wants justice for son found deceased in woods

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A Jackson County, IL grand jury determined there will be no criminal charges in the death of SIU-Carbondale student Pravin Varughese.   But family representatives believe the grand jury did not receive all the relevant information. Varughese went missing in February of 2014.  His body was found in a wooded area in Carbondale.  After police discovered his body, they stated he likely died from hypothermia.  They suspected he was unable to get out of the woods after […]

  • Thieves targeting homeowners of Indian descent

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police believe burglars may be targeting homes owned by families from India.   They suspect a group of thieves is hoping to find expensive jewelry. Two homes were burglarized on February 11th.  One was on Westglen Farms Drive in Wildwood and the other was in unincorporated St. Louis County.   The burglaries were at 3pm and 8pm. “It’s not good, “said Satya Baragada, owner of the Paradise Indian Cuisine Restaurant in Manchester.  He […]

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    Family Dollar store robbed in north St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police are searching for a suspect wanted for the robbery of the Family Dollar store on Parker Road.  Investigators say the suspect robbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash. A manager told police the suspect indicated he had a gun and wanted money from the cash register.  Police believe the suspect is African-American in his late teens or early 20’s, and was wearing dark-colored clothing. A search of the […]

  • Plumbers in demand not only for frozen pipes

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s not just broken pipes from the big freeze.  Plumbers are in demand for another reason. They’re being tapped to replace water heaters because some customers are trying to beat the deadline for new federal regulations. Manufacturers must meet stricter efficiency guidelines beginning April 16th.  Kirkwood Plumbing’s Paul Schaefer says that means future water heaters will cost more. “I’ve had many people that have already called and we’ve started switching out heaters six months ago because […]

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    St. Louis remembers Clark Terry

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Jazz great and flugelhorn hornist Clark Terry passed away Saturday at the age of 94.  Terry was a St. Louis native and received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1996. Gene Dobbs Bradford, President and CEO of Jazz St. Louis, www.jazzstl.org says Clark was, “One of our greatest ambassadors and one of our greatest exports.” Joe Edwards is founder of the St. Louis Walk of Fame.  He said Terry was adored by the […]

  • Armed robbery suspect on the loose in Washington, Missouri

    WASHINGTON, MO (KTVI) – Police in Washington, Missouri are investigating three armed robberies that took place during a span of a dozen days. The most recent crime was Wednesday night around 9:13 p.m. Police say a suspect wearing a ski mask walked into the Fastrip gas station on Washington Heights Drive, pulled out a gun, and cleaned out the cash drawer. The fact that it was so cold outside may have helped the suspect pull off the crime. The clerk […]

  • St. Charles tracking program has perfect success rate

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KTVI) – This kind of bitter cold adds to the worry when a loved one goes missing. But one police department has developed a program that will not only relieve families of worry, but also save lives. In fact, they say their program is perfect.

  • Police embracing new technology to help safeguard the vulnerable

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – When someone with Alzheimer’s or autism goes missing, they rarely dress for the elements.  It’s a concern weighing heavily on many families, especially when winter temperatures turn bitterly cold. Andria Keith’s son, Brendan, is diagnosed with a form of autism that causes him to wander away.  In fact, he wandered away during the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday. “He was out in pajama pants and a t-shirt barefoot, and I was scared to death,” said Keith. […]

  • Bridgeton woman still in the running for mission to Mars

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – A Bridgeton woman could someday make space travel history.  Maggie Duckworth is one of 100 people from around the world being considered for a one-of- a-kind space mission to Mars. We introduced you to the costume creator, zipper maker and electrical engineer in January of 2014. She was one of 200,000 applicants from around the world.  A Dutch non-profit was looking for humans willing to travel to Mars, and live there in an effort to start […]

  • Area roads expected to be ready for Tuesday’s commute

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Area roads are expected to be ready for the Tuesday morning rush hour, even though were several accidents Monday night. Check the latest traffic conditions here:  FOX2Now.com/Traffic One driver appeared to spin out on Interstate 55 just north of the Butler Hill Road exit. Police briefly closed 2 lanes of I-64 in Chesterfield because of an accident involving 2 automobiles. MoDOT planned on treating area interstates throughout the night. St. Louis County crews will work […]

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    Preparing roads for heavy snowfall

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – MoDOT predicts road conditions in St. Louis will turn treacherous Monday. Snow is one thing, but the bitterly cold temperatures will leave ice melting materials just about useless, according to MoDOT. “Make sure you’re planning to at least double your commute time,” said MoDOT’s Becky Allmeroth. She said MoDOT will focus more on plowing and less on putting down chemicals. “We have over 210 truck outs and it’s going to be plows down all night,” […]