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.

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    Heat wave won’t stop national senior citizen softball tournament

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The heat is not slowing down senior citizens playing softball at the Fenton Athletic Association this weekend.  The Show-Me Women’s Senior Softball Organization travels the country to play tournaments. This weekend the organization is hosting its 1st tournament in St. Louis. Twenty teams, one from as far away as Canada, traveled to St. Louis for the weekend. “For us to have this many teams, we’re pumped,” said Show-Me player and coach Terry Beuttenmuller. Teams are formed […]

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    St. Louis prosecutors fight to keep crime victim information private after retaliations

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney is fighting an order to turn over the addresses and other personal information of crime victims and witnesses to attorneys representing defendants. “We have a real problem with witness intimidation,” said Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. Her office is asking a judge to reconsider an order to turn over personal information in 172 cases. A hearing is set for Friday afternoon. Joyce’s office will ask to argue case by case why […]

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    Fake firefighter accused of luring 12-year-old girl to motel

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A University City man is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at a north St. Louis motel.  Mark Bush was charged with statutory sodomy, statutory rape, child molestation and providing alcohol to a minor.  Court documents indicate Bush lured the girl into his car by falsely telling her he was a firefighter.  He’s accused of giving the girl alcohol and taking her to a hotel on Natural Bridge Road. “I’m just surprised.  We all are […]

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    6-year-old nearly drowns in South St. Louis pool

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 6-year-old girl was breathing with the help of life support after she was pulled from Marquette Pool in south St. Louis, according to first responders.   Lifeguards started CPR and first responders shocked her heart.  She was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but was not stable. “The guardians who were with the child are shaken up,” said Lt. Kenneth Lammert, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. It’s not yet clear how the girl went underwater.  […]

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    Washington University starting preparations for October 9th Presidential Debate

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Washington University is no stranger to hosting presidential debates.  The university hosted presidential debates in 1992, 2000 and 2004.  Washington University also hosted the Vice Presidential debate in 2008. “It’s a great opportunity for St. Louis and the University to be right in the middle of something so historic,” said Washington University Associate Vice Chancellor Steve Givens. Planning for a presidential debate begins one year in advance.  Washington University is scheduled to host one of the […]

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    New video shows moments after former officer accused of 2011 murder shoots suspect

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Cell phone video obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shows the moments after a former police officer shot a suspect in December 2011. Jason Stockley, 35, was charged with the 1st degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, in May 2016. Attorney Al Watkins is representing Smith’s family. He says the video contradicts statements by Stockley. Watkins says Stockley was interested in retrieving bandages to stop Smith’s bleeding. “This video coming from a second floor […]

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    Missouri’s annual racial profiling report has supporters and detractors

    (KTVI) – Missouri’s annual report on vehicle stops reveals the state is flunking the grade when it comes to stopping racial profiling. Critics of the formula used to create the report say the findings are misleading. Statistics compiled from throughout the state found African-American drivers are 69% more likely to be pulled over than other drivers. “It’s a demeaning feeling,” said Rev. B.T. Rice, V.P. of the St. Louis County branch of the N.A.A.C.P.  He says he’s been pulled over […]

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    Pilot dies in ultra light plane crash in Washington County MO

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A sad end to the Memorial Day weekend as an ultra light plane crashed Monday evening in Washington County Missouri just outside of Potosi. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident happened at 6 pm in a field near Pucket Road not far from Missouri State Highway 185.  Sergeant Al Nothum said witnesses saw the pilot doing loops when one of the wings bent backwards before the plane crashed. The pilot, 68-year-old Dean Warner […]

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    Seedling from 9/11 Survivor Tree planted in Joplin on anniversary of tornado

    JOPLIN, MO (KTVI) – Survivors of the 2011 Joplin tornado now have a connection to survivors of the 9/11 terror attack. A seedling from a tree known as the 9/11 Survivor Tree was planted outside Mercy Hospital in Joplin on Sunday. Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the twister that took 161 lives. Each year, different cities are awarded a seedling from the tree given its name because it grew back outside the World Trade Center following the September 11, […]

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    Police search for carjacking suspects after Craigslist deal goes wrong

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI)- The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is hoping the public can help them find two suspects wanted in the carjacking of an Edwardsville man. On Sunday afternoon, May 22, a man arranged to meet with the suspect, who had responded to his Craigslist post about a car for sale. They met in the parking lot of a business near the intersection of St. James Road and Moro Road, in rural Edwardsville around 1:45 p.m. The suspect, a young black […]

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    Powerful memories stirred, five years after devastating tornado struck Joplin

    JOPLIN, MO (KTVI) – Sunday was an emotional day for Joplin.  The community marked the 5-year anniversary of a devastating tornado.  161 lives were lost to the 2011 twister.  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon attended two events Sunday. The first event was the Joplin High School graduation.  He told the class of 2016 they helped inspire the rest of the state with their resiliency.  The district’s high school was destroyed in the twister. “Some of you lost family and friends.  Some of […]

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    Police looking for father after dropping off severely burned son at hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Investigators want to know if abuse or neglect was a factor after a child was burned. The problem is the child’s father did not stick around at the hospital to answer questions. Now police are looking for him. The child was brought to Children’s Hospital Tuesday night by his father. Mom is separated from dad. But she is there and hopes police get to the bottom of what happened. Amy Enloe lives in Rolla but […]