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.


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    Friends and co-workers hold benefit for Applebee’s worker in need of help

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – The Alton community is rallying behind an Applebee’s worker in need of help.  The restaurant donated 15% of its sales tonight to help Eddie Hitchcock.  The restaurant server is well known in the community for his kindness.  His father was recently critically injured in an out-of-state accident and Eddie does not have a vehicle to get back and forth to Alton.  Friends started a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses and they hope to help […]

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    Lotto fever strikes as Powerball goes over $400M

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – When the Powerball jackpot soars into the arena of ridiculous amounts of money, few people care about how much of the jackpot goes to taxes. What many players don’t realize is the jackpot amount could very significantly depending on where you live. Illinois residents pay a lower tax rate than Missouri residents.  A $403 million Illinois winner could walk away with approximately a million dollars more than a Missouri winner.  The tax rate for a high […]

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    Some University City residents are wondering who will foot the bill for flood damage

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – Some February flooding has a few University City residents wondering how the cleanup bill will be paid.  A water main break on Trenton Avenue sent water into at least 5 basements.  Water rushed into an open sewer and backed into several homes, according to a Missouri American Water spokesman. Vicki Pfeifer has lived in her home in the 7800 block of Trenton since 1968.  She says water rose to about the first step leading into […]

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    A Farmington family’s battle with heroin detailed in Facebook video

    FARMINGTON, MO (KTVI) – Farmington resident Jade Hall is going public with her family’s heroin battle in hopes it saves a life.  She lost her older brother to a heroin overdose while her younger sister was in rehab after overdosing on heroin. She created a video showing her family’s painful journey because she wants others to see what heroin can do to a family. “It can mentally, physically emotionally tear it apart,” said Hall. She said her sister had not […]

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    Hi-Pointe Drive-In broken into for the second time

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The owner of the Hi-Pointe Drive-In has no good explanation for why his restaurant has been broken into for a second time in recent days.  Mike Johnson says he arrived for work Saturday morning to find his window smashed in and cash registers taken. “We don’t keep any cash anywhere in any registers or anywhere around here so it’s pointless to come break our window every two weeks and steal something,” said Johnson. The owner is […]

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    Mizzou battling mumps outbreak on campus

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – A mumps outbreak is lingering over the Mizzou campus Wednesday night.  Students are being offered free vaccine shots to stamp out the outbreak. All day today and for the next several days students can go to the Memorial Student Union to receive a vaccination for free.  The university is trying to curb the mumps outbreak. Students were lining up earlier today getting what`s known as an MMR vaccine, that stands for measles, mumps and rubella. Mumps […]

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    Winning $11M lottery ticket sold in southern Illinois

    BENTON, IL (KTVI) – There’s a big winner in a small town.  The winning ticket for Monday’s $11,250,000 Illinois lottery jackpot was sold at a Circle K in Benton, IL. “It’s a total shock,” said one resident.  “I’m glad somebody finally won from Benton.” As of Tuesday night, there was no word from lottery officials about a winner stepping forward.  Many of the residents we talked with said a winning ticket could do a lot of good in the Franklin […]

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    St. Louisans sound-off about crime

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – We headed into some of the toughest St. Louis neighborhoods and asked residents about their opinions on whether violent crime in St. Louis is getting better or worse.  We received some straight talk from one man who asked not to be identified. “Ain’t nothing changed,” said the lifelong St. Louis resident.  “Everything is still the same.” He said when it comes to violent crime in certain St. Louis neighborhoods, there’s an opinion that justice needs to be […]

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    Skimming device found on ATM in Troy MO

    TROY, MO (KTVI) – A skimming scam was stopped after a Troy, Mo bank noticed a suspicious device attached to the card reader of one of the bank’s ATMs.  Police say the device was on the ATM for approximately 12 hours.  The bank has notified customers who swiped their cards during that time and no fraudulent activity has been detected, according to police. Det. Tony Stewart with the Troy Police Department said the location of the ATM was not being […]

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    Skiers enjoy nice weather at Hidden Valley

    EUREKA, MO (KTVI) – It was a surprise for many families looking for some winter weather.  Hidden Valley still has enough snow for tubing, skiing and snowboarding.  Customers were at the Wildwood business just one day after St. Louis saw a record high temperature of 74 degrees. “I’m sure folks are thinking about sports other than skiing and snowboarding but there’s still plenty of opportunities,” said Hidden Valley General Manager Fred Seymour. It’s been a winter without much snow and […]

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    Both sides of the abortion debate hold protest in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The abortion debate took center stage this weekend as groups on both sides held demonstrations in St. Louis. The demonstrations come at a time when both sides are intent on having their voices heard. The St. Louis Board of Alderman voted Friday in favor of a measure giving protections to women who have had an abortion.  The vote prohibits landlords and employers from discriminating against women who have had an abortion, use contraceptives or are pregnant.  […]

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    “Science on Tap” invites you to be a student of beer tonight

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Thinking a cold beer sounds good during this warm February weather?  St. Louis Science Center has just the beverage for you as they explain the science behind your favorite brew on Saturday, February 11th from 7:00-11:00 P.M. Learn the chemistry and science behind the entire beer brewing and bottling process. Over 80 beer tastings will be featured, along with science demonstrations, live music, and much more. Tickets are $45 for Members, $55 for non-Members, and $60 at […]