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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
  • Residents around Bridgeton Athletic Complex wary of EPA results

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – The Westlake Bridgeton Landfill Community Advisory Group has lost its faith in EPA testing for contamination. The group announced its concerns during a Monday night meeting. CAG (Community Advisory Group) chairman Doug Clemens said the EPA failed to adequately test for contamination around Bridgeton ball fields commonly known as BMAC. EPA Region 7 spokesman Ben Washburn said his agency is a scientific authority in the field and has the tools necessary to do the testing. He […]

  • Investigators looking into 3 house fires in Cahokia

    CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) – Two Cahokia homes in the process of being rented are damaged by vandals over the weekend. The owners of the properties sent restoration crews to clean up fire and graffiti damage. A third home had more extensive fire damage. All home are located in the same block on West Adams Drive in Cahokia. One home had graffiti spray painted on the walls. It appeared fire was set to bedroom carpeting but did not spread. The home […]

  • Consumer Reports: Don’t use spray sunscreen on children

    (KTVI)- :“Consumer Reports” is out with a new warning: don’t spray your kids with sunscreen, at least for now. The magazine is warning parents against spray-on varieties, saying it could put children at risk for asthma or allergy attacks. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration announced they were studying the product as to whether or not it can be harmful when inhaled by children. The results are not yet known. “Consumer Reports” now says, “We now say that until […]

  • 58-year-old man is killed when a car crashes into him

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Witnesses say a speeding car flipped and killed an innocent man standing in front of a house on the 4200 block of Enright Avenue Wednesday night. St. Louis Metropolitan Police confirm the victim was 58-years-old. Friends say he lived in the neighborhood and was visiting friends. Police say the victim was one of three people standing in front of the home when a car crashed into a fire hydrant, hit a retaining wall and flipped on […]

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    Police seek man who allegedly stabbed cab driver several times

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) -St. Charles Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man involved in a stabbing incident last Friday. According to police, the suspect took a cab from the airport to the 500 block of Jefferson Street in St. Charles just before 8 p.m. When the cab driver arrived a the man’s destination and told him the fare amount, the suspect allegedly pulled out a knife and started stabbing the cab driver in the neck […]

  • All-Star pitcher and St. Louis native helps Metro East animal shelter

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – He was one of Tuesday’s All-Stars, but you would never know it if you bumped into him at an area animal shelter. St. Charles County native Mark Buehrle and his wife Jamie are supporters of Hope Animal Rescues. The metro-east group formed following the need to save animals from Hurricane Katrina. Volunteer Jen Jernigan is friends with the Buehrles. She says the couple stuck with supporting Hope Rescues after making a donation in 2008. […]

  • Jennings may outsource fire department

    JENNINGS, MO (KTVI) – The city of Jennings is asking voters to consider outsourcing fire services to the Riverview Fire Protection District. Voters will head to the polls on August 5th for a measure the mayor says needs to be passed. “We’re balancing our budget on reserves right now and reserves don’t last forever,” said Jennings Mayor Benjamin Stutphin. The mayor says the plan will save his city approximately $700,000 a year by shifting the fire duties to Riverview. The […]

  • St. Charles Director of Elections asked to return taxpayer money

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – The St. Charles Director of Elections is under fire. The County’s Auditor and Director of Finance co-signed a letter to Rich Chrismer asking hundreds of thousands of dollars be returned to taxing districts within the County. Director of Finance Bob Schnur told FOX 2 the Election Authority collected too much money and claims Chrismer is refusing to return the money. Chrismer denies any wrongdoing. Schnur and Auditor Brent Statler believe Chrismer’s office owes local taxing […]

  • Greyhound bus crash near Richmond, IN.

    One killed in Greyhound crash in Indiana, bus left from St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A wrong way driver is dead after slamming a stolen Ford Mustang into a Greyhound Bus Sunday morning in Indiana.  The bus was carrying passengers from St. Louis.  Its final destination was New York.  The crash was on Interstate 70 in Richmond.  Richmond is near the Ohio Indiana border. “There were 24 customers onboard,” said Greyhound spokesperson Lanesha Gipson.  She said the bus driver was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.  Gipson did not know the driver’s […]

  • Play a game of Candy Land to help grieving children and families

    (KTVI)- Do your kids love the game Candy Land? Then why not come play a jumbo game of Candy Land while raising awareness and funds for Annie’s Hope, which provides support services for children, teens, and their families who are grieving the death of someone significant. The fun will happen Saturday, July 19th from 9am-Noon at Westminster Christian Academy. Adults are $15.00 and children 2-17 are $20.00. Website: Annie’s Hope

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    MLK Bridge reopens after hit by barge

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Two brief bridge shutdowns are blamed on an incident involving a tugboat and barges.  Cathy Noxall called 911 just before 5pm Thursday, after she heard a loud boom.  Barges hit a pier under the Martin Luther King Bridge. Noxall said the empty barges were pushed upstream by a tugboat.   In addition to hitting a pier of the MLK Bridge, there appeared to be contact with the Eads Bridge as well. IDOT reported no damage to […]

  • Tomato growers looking at a bumper crop

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – It was a rough start to this year’s tomato season. There were wild temperature swings and a few storms. “Out of 6,000 plants we had to replace 2,000 just because of a hail storm,” said Tom Goeke, owner of Herman’s Farm Orchard in St. Charles County. Goeke showed us rows of tomato plants loaded with fruit. He typically expects one plant to yield 10 pounds of tomatoes. “This year there’s a good possibility that […]