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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.


Recent Articles
  • Gay scene in high school play has some parents raising objections

    DESOTO, MO (KTVI) – The play will go on in De Soto, despite the objections of at least one parent.   Wade Sherrow says his daughter quit the high school production of ‘Almost Maine’ over religious beliefs.   The romantic comedy includes a scene where two men declare their love for each other. “I’m not trying to hate anybody.  I’m not trying to hurt anybody,” said Wade Sherrow.  The father of two De Soto High School students filed a complaint with the […]

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    Royals fans hope success will spur new generation of household names

    KANSAS CITY, KS (KTVI) – If you attend a St. Louis Cardinals game, you will likely see jerseys with names such as Musial, Gibson, Brock and Smith mixed in with a few Molinas, Wainrights and Wachas.   Kansas City baseball fans hope the success of their 2014 team will produce a new generation of household names for Royals fans. “You go anywhere in Kansas City and it`s just blue, blue, blue right now,” said Brett Salzenstein, Aramark Retail Division Manager.  His […]

  • Kansas fans cheer the Royals in World Series game 1

    KANSAS CITY, MO (KTVI) – The Kansas City Royals took a drubbing in game one of the World Series.  The 7-1 score didn’t seem to scare away any fans in the city’ Power and Light District. “Everyone was super enthusiastic tonight,” said one fan leaving the Kansas City Power and Light District.   “Hopefully we’ll get them in game two,” she said. Fans have not seen a World Series game in their city since 1985.   Many of them started chanting, “Let’s […]

  • Maryland Heights removes 200 trees to fight emerald ash borer

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The city of Maryland Heights is taking steps to try and mitigate the damage coming from the emerald ash borer. The invasive beetle is believed to be responsible for damage to ash trees throughout the area. Damaged trees are expected to eventually die. Maryland Heights is replacing the trees in hopes of heading off a day when all the ash trees die at once. “They could fall on cars. They could fall on people. They […]

  • Brother and sister die in shootings blocks away from each other

    ST. LOIUS, MO (KTVI)- A Berkeley family is reeling from two separate murders. St. Louis Metropolitan Police say 35-year-old Margaree Dixson was shot and killed Saturday night. Her brother, 29-year-old Jermaine Jones, died at an area hospital a few hours later. He was also the victim of gunshots. Dixson’s body was found near the intersection of Lillian and Plover. Officers were called for a shooting at approximately 11:40p.m. Saturday. Police say she was shot in the head, chest, arms and […]

  • Baseball fans in mid-Missouri have mixed emotions

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – Royals fans are still basking in the glow of their first American League pennant since  1985. Those in the middle of the state are split on how to feel tonight. In Columbia Missouri they show both the Royals and the Cardinals games in sports bars. This is the halfway point between St. Louis and Kansas City. Columbia Missouri is roughly 125 miles from Kansas City.   It`s also roughly 125 miles from St. Louis. While Cardinals fans […]

  • Royals swept Orioles, on their way to World Series

    KANSAS CITY, MO (KTVI)- Fans are celebrating in Kansas City Thursday morning. The Royals Swept the Baltimore Orioles and are on their way to the World Series. FOX 2’s Jeff Bernthal is live from Kansas City with a look at the celebration. There were still people chanting lets go Royals this morning at our hotel when we left for the ballpark. This city is excited. After the game, fans danced and screamed for hours at the Power & Light District. […]

  • Cardinal Glennon benefiting from home runs hit in playoffs

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) –The St. Louis Cardinals home-run hitting success in the playoffs has been especially costly for the owner of a south St. Louis restaurant. Mathew Unger owns Mathew’s Kitchen.  He’s promised to donate $100 to Cardinal Glennon Medical Center every time a Cardinal named Matt hits a homer. “It’s up to $700 so far,” said Unger.  Matt Carpenter has 4 home runs, Matt Adams has 2 and Matt Holliday has one. “We do this because my son was […]

  • Metro East residents cleaning up after Monday’s storm

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Two Belleville subdivisions took the brunt of the storm damage Monday afternoon.  28 homes were damaged in the Orchards and Maple Hill subdivisions, according to the St. Clair County Emergency Management director. “Some roofs are lost,” said Herb Simmons, EMA director.   “The good thing is no injuries have been reported.” He said the powerful winds formed in a hurry.  It’s believed a weak tornado formed.  Trained storm spotter John Goelz suddenly realized the severe weather threat […]

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    Religious leaders call for continued Michael Brown protest

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – An interfaith prayer service at the Chaifetz arena Sunday drew an audience one official estimated at approximately 3,000 people. Religious leaders from a number of faiths took turns praising demonstrators for their actions and calling for continued actions.  Civil rights activist Cornell West was among the speakers. One area pastor said many disenfranchised youth are tired of losing loved ones. “They are tired of lost opportunities and tired of lost hope,” said Rev. Renita Lamkin, St. […]

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    Protesters gather outside St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Protestors marching on Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch’s office are demanding justice for Michael Brown. Hundreds of protesters from all over the world are in town to have their voices heard. They started at the Justice Center then went marching through the streets of Clayton.   They’re asking for County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to charge officer Darren Wilson.  The crowd was mixed in age, in race and nationality.  There there wasn’t a huge police presence.   Things started out peaceful […]

  • What’s the secret to the Cardinals success?

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The St. Louis Cardinals have had more success in recent years than just about any other baseball franchise.  Team President Bill DeWitt III credits consistency and discipline for the organization’s success. He said the biggest challenge facing any baseball franchise is balancing short and long term goals. “I don’t know if a lot of clubs are always balancing those two objectives,” said DeWitt. Take the Albert Pujols situation for example.  The Cardinals decided not to break […]