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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
  • Double shooting leaves one man dead; Police searching for suspects

    (KTVI)- St. Louis police are looking for a group of men Monday morning that are still on the loose after shooting two people. One of those victims is a young man who died on Sunday. Police say a twenty-five-year-old man who was shot multiple times did not survive. A twenty-five-year-old female who was wounded in the leg  is expected to survive.  Police say a vehicle with several unknown males opened fire  Sunday afternoon as the victims left a store near […]

  • New father killed trying to help woman shot

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A double shooting in north St. Louis Sunday afternoon leaves one man dead and one woman wounded.  Family members say Mario Washington was the shooting victim who did not survive.  Police say the victim was shot multiple times, including the torso, arms, buttocks and legs .  Police say the female was shot in the leg, and is expected to survive. Washington’s brother held back tearful family member trying to run through police tape at the intersection […]

  • West Florissant quiet and open for business

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – As the sun set on Ferguson Saturday night, West Florissant Avenue was quiet.  Businesses were welcoming customers but the shooting death of Michael Brown was not forgotten.  A t-shirt stand sold shirts with, “unity” and “hands up don’t shoot” on the front. One business hit especially hard this month was the Swish Bar and Grill.  The owner was forced to close the doors while police set up their command center in front of his business. “I […]

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    Illinois women charged with cooking meth in church

    HILLSBORO, IL (KTVI) – Montgomery County Sheriff Jim Vazzi calls it a first.  He says his department has never arrested two women on meth making charges at a church.  Police say Judith Hemken, 53, and Tiffany Burton, 26, snuck into a small, rural church near Hillsboro, IL Tuesday night in order to make meth. A witness reported seeing one of the women walking into the Waveland Presbyterian Church with a cigarette.  He thought the women looked out of place and […]

  • Heat can have adverse affects on medication and you

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The owner of a St. Louis Synergy HomeCare franchise is keeping an especially close eye on his clients’ medications these days.  That’s because Donald Heck says extreme heat can cause problems. “Many medications can cause elderly to either lose hydration faster than they ordinarily would, or in some cases actually suppress the person’s ability to realize that they are becoming overheated,” said Heck. He said some elderly clients have a difficult time verbalizing their need to […]

  • Multiple fire departments respond to Webster Groves garage fire

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – North Forest Avenue Tuesday afternoon.  The garage was a loss but firefighters kept the flames from spreading. Neighboring departments responded to help give firefighters a break from the heat. “We like to see them take a break every 10-15 minutes and hydrate,” said Webster Groves Fire Chief Mike Capriglione. He estimated the temperature underneath their protective gear to be near 110 degrees. “We keep cool towels in the cooler” said Capriglione.   “Guys can drape that […]

  • Vandalia parents upset over kids being sent outside in the heat

    VANDALIA, IL (KTVI) – Some parents in Vandalia, IL are concerned about their school district’s decision to send kids into the heat on Monday.  Heat indices were above 100 degrees. Natasha Jackson has a child at Jefferson Primary, a school for students ranging in age from Pre-K through 1st grade.  She says students were sent outside for recess. “Kids don’t know when they get too hot,” said Jackson.  She said her daughter would play outside all day if she had […]

  • Michael Brown’s father appeals for peace and no demonstration for son’s funeral

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The father of Michael Brown, Jr. took the stage in Forest Park Sunday.  Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the crowd attending Better Family Life’s Peacefest for less than a minute, but wanted everyone to know he does not want to see any demonstrations Monday, the day his son will be laid to rest. “All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest,” said the father of Michael Brown.  “Please, please take a […]

  • Brown family calls for a day peace for Michael Brown’s funeral

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Sunday was a day for peace for all the residents of Ferguson at peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life of St. Louis. Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy Martin attended the festivities and spoke to the crowd. Michael Brown’s father also attended peacefest, speaking to the audience about his son Michael. The reverend Al Sharpton was also in attendance at peacefest. Michael’s father called for a day of peace Monday’s for Michael Brown’s funeral. A day for no […]

  • Businesses coming back after Ferguson looting

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Demonstrations in Ferguson are closing in on two weeks. So far the protests Friday night have been peaceful and some businesses are re-opening. There are signs the stress is starting to ease. The owner of Red’s BBQ defied the naysayers including his own mother. “It’s more of taking you know, bringing a sense of normalcy back to the community. My mom is worried sick I’m here and that’s the exact reason. I’m here because its nothing […]

  • St. Louis alderman not going away after protestors leave Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– One demonstrator says he will not be going away after all the other protestors leave Ferguson. Demonstrators continue to march to show their displeasure over the shooting death of Michael Brown. “Just making sure what happened Saturday never happens again,” said demonstrator Alicia Street. The pause in activity gives St. Louis Alderman Antonio French time to reflect on the ups and downs of recent nights. “It`s been incredible, um scary, inspiring a whole range of emotions this […]

  • Marchers demand justice for Michael Brown in Clayton

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – A group of demonstrators led by clergy from different parts of the country marched outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton Wednesday night. “What do we want?” shouted one protestor.  “Justice!” shouted the others. Rev. Heather Arcovitch is pastor of the First Congressional United Church of Christ in Clayton.  She told demonstrators “We want due process,” said Arcovitch.  ”We want swift process.” Rev. Jennifer Thomas is a pastor with an Evangelical Lutheran Church of […]