Illinois 2018 primary election results

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
  • Illinois governors race heats up after primary election

    CHICAGO – It was a close call for incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner who held off a strong primary challenge from Republican Jeanne Ives Tuesday night.   J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic nomination with fewer than 50% of the votes in a crowded field of candidates. Both candidates were busy campaigning Wednesday morning in Chicago.  Rauner told reporters that Republicans will come together and unite. He believes Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan a political liability for Pritzker. “Pritzker is Mike Madigan’s hand-picked […]

  • Illinois Gov. Rauner wins GOP nod for 2nd term

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has won a chance at a second term. The wealthy private-equity investor won the Republican nomination Tuesday over the insurgent candidacy of conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton. He will face in November the winner of Tuesday’s six-way Democratic race. Ives challenged Rauner after claiming Rauner had abandoned conservative values by signing public financing of abortions and a law limiting law enforcement interaction with immigrants. She ran a highly criticized ad dramatizing the […]

  • Shots fired during robbery at Creve Coeur jewelry store

    CREVE COEUR, MO – Armed with AK style pistols and handguns, masked robbers fired shots inside a Creve Coeur jewelry store Monday afternoon. Vincent’s Jewelers, located at the intersection of Olive Boulevard and Ballas Road, was robbed around 2:40 pm.  Police quickly arrived and determined that the four masked suspects had fled the scene in a dark-colored pick-up truck. Employees said that multiple shots had been fired inside the store by the suspects, but there were no customers inside the store and no […]

  • Democrats and Republicans stand side by side in march to get out the vote in Alton

    ALTON, IL – Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the Illinois primary.  A group of candidates and pastors marched in Alton Sunday to try to boost voter turnout.  Monday marks the final day for early voting in Illinois. “We have to do our part of getting the word out there and let people know it’s very important to be voting,” said march leader Pastor Jason Harrison, Riverbend Ministerial Alliance of Alton. The march included both […]

  • Swansea couple gets married on family St. Patrick’s Day float

    BELLEVILLE, IL – The Bailey family St. Patrick’s Day celebration took on a new look this year.  The family has its own float it brings out for the parade in Belleville.  This year one of the family members asked if he could marry his bride on the float on St. Patrick’s Day. “They called about 6 weeks ago and asked what we thought about having a wedding on our float” said Janie Bailey, the groom’s aunt.  “I said I love […]

  • Trump touts benefits of tax cuts to businesses, Wall Street and Main Street at Boeing

    ST. LOUIS – President Trump’s visit to St. Louis gave the Commander in Chief an opportunity to highlight the benefits of tax cuts and raise money for a U.S. Senate hopeful. “The State of Missouri was very good to me,” said President Trump referring to the support he received during the 2016 election. The President hopes his popularity in Missouri will help U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley give Republicans a Senate seat gain.  The President greeted Hawley with a handshake at […]

  • Intruder sexually assaults UMSL student in apartment

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis County authorities have charged a suspect in the sexual assault of an 18-year-old male UMSL student.  23-year-old Devonta Bagley is charged with one count of sodomy or attempted sodomy, one count of burglary and 2 counts of armed criminal action. St. Louis County Police report the victim lived in the University Meadows campus apartments.   Police say the victim woke up early Sunday morning and saw a stranger in his apartment and told the stranger to […]

  • Controversial Parkway BOE candidate’s social media post not discussed at public forum

    CHESTERFIELD, MO – The controversy surrounding the social media feed of one Parkway School Board candidate was not an issue discussed during a public forum Monday evening.  The League of Women Voters hosted the forum and said questions addressing a single candidate would not be included. Candidate Jeanie Ames has been criticized for items shared on her social media pages including a link to a story calling a Florida school shooting survivor as a paid actor and a retweet of […]

  • Volunteers help repackage food aid for those in need

    ST. LOUIS – More than 100 volunteers spent their Saturday morning inside a St. Louis area warehouse repackaging boxes of food so they can end up in the hands of people who need them.  Agape Inventory Donation takes overstock inventory and moves it to people in need.   “This is not a big corporation.  It’s just pretty much a grass roots effort,” said the organization’s founder Jay Peters.   The grassroots effort will lead to approximately one million meals being repackaged […]

  • Police use drone to help locate suspect in burglary

    CREVE COEUR, MO –  Creve Coeur Police say it’s the first time they’ve used a drone to help solve an active investigation.  A burglary suspect was taken into custody Wednesday morning after a resident on Gaillard Drive reported a suspect was in her garage rifling through her vehicle. The suspect was seen running into a wooded area.  Police set up a perimeter and say with the help of the drone and other resources the suspect was located.  He was chased […]

  • Committee charged with investigating Governor Greitens hold first meeting

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri House Special Investigative Committee tasked with taking a closer look at Governor Eric Greitens indictment met for the first time in Jefferson City Tuesday.  The meeting at the Capitol was brief with the committee chairman State Rep. Jay Barnes telling reporters no members of the committee will be commenting to the media about their work. “This committee exists solely as a fact-finding entity and this is something that we take seriously,” said Barnes, a […]

  • Parents call daughter’s recovery miraculous, after she collapsed on basketball court

    ST. LOUIS – It’s been a month since Makenna Jones collapsed on a basketball court, went into cardiac arrest and was connected to a ventilator inside the Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Her mother says her 12-year-old daughter dribbled a basketball Monday. “It’s nothing but miraculous,” said Lindsay Jones. The Crystal City girl remains hospitalized at St. Louis Children’s Hospital but has left the ICU and is now undergoing therapy.  Doctors are helping Makenna recover from a […]