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Jeff Bernthal joined KPLR-TV as an intern from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1988. He joned FOX-2 in 2008 and has been an anchor and reporter for both stations.

Jeff has covered some of the biggest news stories in St. Louis over the years, including the unrest in Ferguson, Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates at Washington University and the Flood of the Century. He has also traveled across the country to cover major events including the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Andrew and the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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 a fortunate to report the news in the city he knows best.

Jeff has served on the board of directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL) in the past. This organization fights bias, bigotry and racism.

Jeff is married and is the father of one daughter. You can watch Jeff’s reports on both KPLR-11 and FOX 2.

Recent Articles
  • Annie Malone May Day parade helps support children and family services

    ST. LOUIS – The annual Annie Malone May Day Parade attracted thousands of visitors to downtown St. Louis Sunday.  The event is a proud display of talent and the biggest fundraiser of the year for Annie Malone Children and Family Services. “This is our 108th year of the parade but our 130 years of services,” said Teretha Shields, Annie Malone Children and Family Services Administrative Coordinator.  “We have so many programs, everything we do is for our children.” Fox 2 […]

  • Area law enforcement teaming up to help families find missing loved ones

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL – Area law enforcers teamed up with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System on Saturday to offer help to families with missing loved ones.  Events in Missouri and Illinois offered families a chance to file a police report, add to a report and share DNA, dental and fingerprint information. “Illinois State Police and Missouri Highway Patrol are working together to just provide closure,” said Illinois State Police Lt. Abby Keller. “At any given time, there’s between 80,000 […]

  • Tropical Liqueurs set to reopen in The Grove Thursday

    ST. LOUIS – The owners of Tropical Liqueurs expect to find success in their new location opening in The Grove on Thursday.  The business ran into opposition after it opened in Soulard.  Some neighbors launched a petition that kept the business from being able to renew its liquor license. More than a year later the business is opening in The Grove neighborhood and co-owner Billy Thompson says things will be different. “It’s a complete 180,” said Thompson.   “In our old […]

  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency calls for more regulation of radioactive material in jewerly

    SPRINGFIELD, IL –  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is calling for stricter regulations regarding the sale of certain homeopathic pendants.  The pendants contain minimal amounts of radiation.  They are worn around the neck and are advertised as a healing product. The IEMA recently examined a pendant given to them by a concerned consumer.  The examination determined it contained a minimal amount of naturally occurring radiation and did not pose any health or safety concerns. The IEMA said wearing the product for […]

  • Greitens humbled after prosecution dropping invasion of privacy charge

    ST. LOUIS – Gov. Eric Greitens, (R) Missouri, celebrated a huge legal victory Monday by making a statement outside the courthouse where an invasion of privacy charge was dismissed. “Today the prosecutor dropped the false charges against me,” said Greitens.  “This is a great victory and it has been a long time coming.” The governor went on to say he was a changed man and has been humbled by what’s happened since his admitted affair with a hair stylist. “Above […]

  • Jury selection continues in the Greitens trial

    ST. LOUIS – One by one, potential jurors were questioned by St. Louis prosecutors and attorneys for Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. The process is part of finding a jury who will hear the invasion of privacy case stemming from an affair the governor acknowledged. Greitens has denied any criminal wrongdoing and his attorneys have suggested the prosecution is a political witchhunt. Some jurors questioned admitted they would have a difficult time being objective. Several potential jurors said they opposed the governor’s […]

  • North County police departments destroy unwanted firearms

    HAZELWOOD, MO – It’s a way for area police departments to free up some storage space.  It’s also way to keep unwanted firearms from being stolen or ending up in the hands of criminals.  Bridgeton Police Chief Don Hood said an event where unwanted guns were pulverized Saturday is not an attack on the right to bear arms. “There’s been some chatter on social media that we are somehow not advocates of the 2nd amendment and that’s not the case,” […]

  • Good Samaritan rescues women and dogs from apartment fire

    A FOX 2 follow up to a story we brought you Tuesday night. Two women are recovering from their injuries after they were pulled from a burning apartment building on Hodiamont.  Steve Perkins lives in the apartment building and said he could hear the women screaming as they were pulled to safety by one of his neighbors. “I just heard her hollering and he had her by the arms pulling her,” said Steve Perkins.  “She was kind of big.  She […]

  • Fundraiser set-up for woman who lost her wedding dress in a house fire

    ST. LOUIS – Toni Jordan lost everything she owned when a vacant house next to her home caught fire.  A community fundraiser has been organized to try and help.  The event will be held May 20th and will include singing, poetry, music, food, and drinks.  The fundraiser will be held from 7pm – 10pm at The Last Call, located at 721 N. 1st St., St.Louis, Mo 63102.  Admission is $10. One of the items Jordan lost in the fire was […]

  • St. Louis police department wants to return stolen property to owners

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department wants to return hundreds of items stolen from cars in the downtown St. Louis area.  Police say some of the items recovered were stolen from as far back as 2014.  The items are primarily backpacks, purses, and electronics.  There was some musical equipment recovered.  We have reported on multiple bands having equipment stolen during stops in St. Louis. Captain Renee Kriesmann credits determined detectives for tracking down 4 suspects who were […]

  • Racial profiling cases can create public relations nightmare

    ST. LOUIS – Two separate cases of alleged racial profiling are the latest examples of employees putting their company executives in a communications crisis mode.   One involved a Schnuck’s grocery store the other involved the Nordstrom Rack in Brentwood. Public relations expert Mack Bradley is the President of StandPoint said it’s critical for companies to get their message out as soon as possible. “A good rule of thumb is to address things as quickly as you can but no quicker,” […]

  • Cardinal fans show support for Stephen Piscotty, after losing his mother to ALS

    ST. LOUIS – There were heavy hearts around Busch Stadium Monday night as St. Louis Cardinals fans learned of the news that Gretchen Piscotty, mother of former Cardinal outfielder Stephen Piscotty, lost her battle with ALS. Piscotty shared his family’s battle in an emotional report ESPN aired this week.  He talked openly about crying often. The President and CEO of the ALS Association’s St. Louis Regional Chapter said the report moved her to tears.  Maureen Barber Hill hopes the report […]