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
  • Whistle blowing Athletic Director, has hearing before school board

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The Hazelwood School District referred to a public meeting Monday as a name clearing opportunity for the former athletic director of Hazelwood Central High School.  The district said John Pukala and his attorney requested the opportunity to refute accusations made against the popular coach. Pukala was offered a demotion that would have resulted in a $40,000 a year pay cut and the loss of a $200,000 retirement bonus.  His attorney maintains the demotion was […]

  • Roofers mistakenly remove roof off a couple’s home

    Update:  The roofing company has contacted the McInnis’s and is stepping up to repair the damage. ST. LOUIS – An apparent roofing mistake has come at the worst possible time for Chris and Laura McInnis. The south St. Louis couple is in the process of selling their home on Rosa Ave. They’ve already moved out of town and were shocked when neighbors messaged them with news that roofers ripped up their shingles and covered the gaps with a blue tarp. […]

  • Missouri Supreme Court seeks to improve juvenile justice system

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The Missouri Supreme Court is in the process of examining the status of the state’s juvenile justice system. Part of that process included a public forum at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in north St. Louis County. “This is a listening session where we want to hear the stories of people regarding their experiences in the juvenile justice system,” said Hon. Sandra Hemphill, St. Louis County Circuit Judge. She is also co-chair of a working […]

  • Rapper starts college fund after boy says violence must end

    A rapper has started a college fund for a 6-year-old St. Louis boy who made an online plea for an end to violence. Terrence “Pusha T” Thornton said Friday in an Instagram post that he was moved by Jeffrey Laney. A video of the boy saying he was “really scared to die” and “really scared for my family to die” has received more than 200,000 views since his mother posted it to Facebook last month. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports […]

  • Shiloh family prepares to honor loved one missing since Pearl Harbor attack

    SHILOH, IL – It’s been more than 75 years but the family of a fallen U.S. sailor is about to honor their loved one.  Robert Temple joined the U.S. Navy for the purpose of serving his country during World War II.  He was missing in action following the Pearl Harbor attack. “I remember him being a good brother,” said James Temple, Robert’s brother. James Temple said family members agonized over what happened to their loved one.  He praised the Navy’s […]

  • Las Vegas tip leads police to decomposed body of a Metro East child

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Police in the Metro East are looking into whether a sex trafficking suspect facing charges in Las Vegas is responsible for the death of 6-year-old child in Illinois.  34-year-old Jason Quate faces sex trafficking charges after his wife reported he forced her into prostitution. Police say the woman told them Quate was responsible for the death of her 6-year old child in 2015 and told instigators the body could be found in the garage of a […]

  • The endless cycle of violence is vexing for St. Louis politicians

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s a problem St. Louis has yet to solve. Violent crime appears to have no end in sight. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson wants voters to weigh in on the idea of raising taxes in order to fund more police officers.  There’s no official proposal on the table but some aldermen have already voiced concerns about paying for more police. “When you look at crime, you got to look at the root cause of crime,” said […]

  • Owner of London Tea Room calls for unity after terrorist attack in UK

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A local business owner is feeling the shock waves from the latest terror attack in England. Alan Richardson is one of the owners of The London Tea Room in south St. Louis. He has two brothers who live in London.  Richardson says his family is fine but can only imagine how much heartache is being felt in his hometown. The London Tea Room recently collected a book of condolences offering support to victims of the attack […]

  • Posh Event Cottages brings fancy portable restrooms to your outdoor gathering

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Summer time means lot of weddings, family reunions, and other outdoor special events. When you are planning for a large crowd, don’t forget to plan for them to have to go to the bathroom. Hey, we all do it! Posh Event Cottages is a luxury restroom trailer company specializing in outdoor events. They offer clean and comfortable restroom cottages for weddings, grand openings, back yard parties, or even disaster response efforts. Each of their cottages, named Rose and Daisy, are […]

  • Arthur Shivers: Dealing with lower back pain

    ST. LOUIS, MO – Low back pain can not only slow down your workouts, but also your life. The low back supports the weight of the upper body and provides mobility for everyday motions such as bending and twisting. Arthur Shivers joins FOX 2 recommends stretching and using a foam roller to deal with the pain. He also shows us some exercises to strengthen the low back. For more information on training with Arthur Shivers, visit or call (314) […]

  • CJ’s Journey Washers Tournament to raise funds for children battling cancer

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – CJ Aubuchon was a normal teen until he broke his humerus in early 2008. Doctors diagnosed CJ with cancer; Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. CJ passed away in May 2009. His family created CJ’s Journey, an organization that provides hope and assistance to children, young adults and their families who are fighting childhood cancer. CJ’s Journey is hosting its 8th Annual Washers Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Vago Park in Maryland Heights. Tickets are […]

  • Commuity organizers host safety fair for kids

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Organizers of a summer safety fair in south St. Louis say Saturday’s event shows how different community groups can come together for a common purpose.  The fair was held on the parking lot of a St. Louis Public School and was organized with help from two different churches. Mallinckrodt Academy, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and Gethsemane Lutheran Church partnered in order to help kids safe.  23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro helped bring police and […]