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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    Overland officer’s girlfriend suffers serious accident before he could propose

    OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) – Shaun Terry and girlfriend Holly Williamson loved riding dirt bikes. They were doing just that Saturday near Farmington when Terry was about to spring a surprise. “I had the ring in my pocket,” Terry said. But before Terry could propose to his girlfriend, she crashed. Williamson was airlifted to Mercy Hospital where she is in critical condition. Terry has remained by her side ever since. “It’s pretty traumatic and kind of hard to bear, and hard […]

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    Lindenwood basketball players accused of rape

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Lindenwood University suspended three of its basketball players Thursday after they were charged in connection with an off-campus rape. The three suspects, Tylan Birts and Ermias Nega were charged with second-degree rape. A third player, Bradley Newman, was charged with second-degree invasion of privacy. All three men live out of state. They are juniors at Lindenwood. According to probable cause statements provided by the St. Charles Police Department, the crime occurred September 18 in the 1600 […]

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    St. Louisians tune into final presidential debate

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – As the presidential candidates debated for the final time, their supporters held watch parties in the St. Louis area Wednesday night. Clinton supporters gathered at a south St. Louis restaurant.  Trump supporters watched the debate from a volunteer campaign office. Annette Read is Trump supporter and the director of the St. Louis volunteer center.  She believes recent polls underestimate support for Trump.  She feels Trump will bring a lot of non-traditional republicans and first-time voters to […]

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    Missouri Task Force 1 back from deployment in flood ravaged North Carolina

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Maryland Heights Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Steve Rinehart was back at his fire station on Schuetz Road Tuesday.  He returned to Missouri Monday after a 10-day deployment with Missouri Task Force 1.    Rinehart served as a rescue team manager for water rescue operations following flooding left behind from Hurricane Matthew.  The team used 6 boats to make rescues in North Carolina. “We put 2 rescuers and an operator in each boat, and they […]

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    Johnnie Brock’s to continue selling scary clown costumes

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The owner of Johnnie Brock’s Dungeons and Party Warehouse says his store will continue to sell scary clown costumes. Target announced its pulling some of its costumes from store shelves over the current climate involving reports of scary clown sightings.  Some of those reports have led to police involvement. Ed Brock says scary clown costumes have been popular for years, dating back into the 1990’s.  He said some of the popularity is the result of the […]

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    Deadline to receive settlement​ from Jennings Municipal Court cases fast approaching

    JENNINGS, MO (KTVI) – Some people appearing in the Jennings Municipal Court were given fines they couldn’t afford and later locked up after they couldn’t pay. Others were handed an additional fee because they were issued a warrant. Attorneys with the ArchCity Defenders alleged both actions violated the law. The group of lawyers helped settle two class action lawsuits with the City of Jennings. The suits were filed in 2014 and 2015. Skadden Fellow and ArchCity Defenders attorney Blake Strode said […]

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    Police warn drivers of road closures for Officer Snyder’s funeral procession

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – The Chesterfield Police Department will be helping with the funeral procession for fallen St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder Thursday.  The funeral is scheduled for 11am. “We are deeply honored to be given this responsibility,” said Chesterfield Police Sgt. Keith Rider.  Officers from across the country and possibly from outside the United States are expected to attend. “We expect a very large turnout, “said Rider. Police want to warn drivers of periodic road closures in […]

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    Federal grant will help pay for North/South MetroLink expansion study

    NORTH ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A federal grant of nearly $375,000 will help the City of St. Louis and Bi-State Development study a proposed MetroLink expansion route.  The money will be used to take a closer look at the development impacts of a North/South MetroLink line. The route has been pushed by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.  He believes the grant from the Federal Transit Administration is a sign the federal government believes in the plan. “It’s no secret there […]

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    Florissant approves ordinance targeting landlords

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A Florissant City Council meeting that started Monday night ended Tuesday morning with a unanimous vote in favor of an ordinance tasking landlords with more responsibilities. Several residents complained the city had not done enough to address problem properties.  Council members said those complaints helped inspire the board to take actions. The ordinance would suspend or even strip landlords of their licenses if they fail to uphold certain provisions of the new ordinance.  One section of […]

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    Incoming media at Washington Univ. react to latest Trump gaffe

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – With just two days before the presidential debate at Washington University, Republican nominee Donald Trump faces what some are calling a political bombshell. The Washington Post obtained an audio recording of Trump making extremely lewd comments about women during a 2005 conversation with television personality Billy Bush. CNN Politics Executive Editor Mark Preston predicts Trump will have a difficult time escaping an onslaught of media coverage over those remarks. Preston is in St. Louis covering the […]

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    Vigil for Officer Snyder draws hundreds of police supporters

    AFFTON, MO (KTVI) – First responders received a moving show of support Thursday night. Hundreds of people attended a spur of the moment vigil honoring the memory of slain St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder. Snyder, 33, was killed while responding to a disturbance call Thursday morning. He leaves behind a wife and young child. The vigil was moved from the Affton precinct to the athletic field at Affton High School because the field offered more space. St. Louis County […]

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    Washington University preparing to become the epicenter of presidential politics Sunday

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The campus of Washington University is transforming into the epicenter of presidential politics.  Security checkpoints are already in place for Sunday’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Some students are disappointed third party candidates will not be on the stage Sunday.  That decision is made by the Commission on Presidential Debates.  Candidates must achieve an average of at least 15% support in major polls.  Trump and Clinton are the only candidates to meet that […]