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
  • St. Louis County Council holds hearing on police protest response

    CLAYTON, MO – St. Louis County Councilwoman Rochelle Walton Gray called it an opportunity for everyone to weigh in on the arrests made during a protest inside the Galleria last month.  The public was invited to comment about interactions between police and protestors during a committee hearing Tuesday afternoon. Protestors have maintained police were heavy handed with the way arrests were made. Police have maintained protestors were told to leave and say police incidents involving force will be reviewed. Walton Gray […]

  • Transit union calls for more safety measures for Metro drivers after weekend shooting

    ST. LOUIS – The shooting of a Metro bus operator this weekend has leaders with the Amalgamated Transit Union calling for more safety measures.  The operator was shot near a transfer station at North Broadway and Taylor early Saturday morning.  Metro officials say he was not on his bus and was off Metro property when he became the victim of a robbery attempt. The operator was about to begin his first route of the day.  Metro officials say he was […]

  • Couple turns the loss of a child into the gift of life for others

    ST. LOUIS -A local couple has turned the loss of their child into an annual, life-saving event.  Joey Eidleman passed away in 2011. “He passed away unexpectedly during a nap when he was a 15 ½ months,” said Tom Eidleman, Joey’s father. Tom and his wife Sarah hosted their annual blood drive at Clayton High School Sunday.  The drive is held in Joey’s memory.  Donated blood was used to try and save Joey at the hospital. “We realized then when […]

  • Local organization helps those in need of medical devices and supplies

    ST. LOUIS – They provide donated medical supplies for free. The group St. Louis H.E.L.P. received a boost Saturday from volunteers who helped set up donation sites across the St. Louis area.  The equipment ends up at the organization’s warehouse. St. Louis H.E.L.P. is a place where donors can drop off medical supplies from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  It is also a place where those in need can try to find equipment they cannot afford. […]

  • Madison County State’s Attorney supports putting license plate reading cameras on the Clark Bridge

    MADISON COUNTY, IL – The Madison County State’s Attorney believes license plate reading cameras on the Clark Bridge would give investigators an added tool for fighting crime.  Tom Gibbons said his office will be working the Alton and Godfrey communities along with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to find a way to make the cameras a reality. We’ve reported on the effort by Alton Police to convince area communities the license plate readers would be worth the investment.  Gibbons said […]

  • Car valued over $200K stolen off hotel parking lot

    FENTON, MO –  It’s described as a one-of-a kind vehicle worth more than $200,000.  A custom El Camino painted in bright green was stolen from the parking lot of the Fenton Fairfield Inn.  St. Louis County Police report the vehicle was enclosed in a trailer and was taken sometime between 7 p.m. on Monday and 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle was passing through the St. Louis area and was on its way to a car show, according to police.  Anyone […]

  • Coffee shop in Troy, MO keeps the memories of loved ones lost alive

    TROY, MO – The owner of a Troy, Mo coffee shop has decided to display photos of lives taken too soon.  Kim Silverberg says anyone can send a photo of their lost loved one to the Cornerstone Coffee Shop and she will place it in a frame and hang it on her wall.  The wall contains an image of a tree Silverberg calls a tree of eternity. Silverberg lost her 20-year-old daughter to suicide and says a coffee shop employee also […]

  • Warm weather is driving crowds to go to pumpkin patches

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The Thies Farm and Market was expecting a busy weekend at its pumpkin patch in Maryland Heights but did not expect temperatures near 80 degrees as mid-October approached. “It’s crazy,” said owner Darrell Thies. He said the warm, dry summer has actually been good for the pumpkin crop. “They’re exceptionally big this year,” said Thies. He said rain on Saturday put a little damper on business but hopes he can make up the difference before October […]

  • Volunteers and sorority come together to clean up park for children

    ST. LOUIS – Maryann Jackson lives in the 27th ward of north St. Louis and has been an active volunteer cleaning up areas that need improvement.  Her focus of attention was on Summit Place Park Saturday morning.  She was joined by volunteers from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. “We want kids to come and play,” said Jackson. She said the park shut down after it became a haven for drug users.  She’s worked with city leaders to reopen the park […]

  • Heavy police presence in South City following shots fired

    ST. LOUIS – Just after 8:45 pm Wednesday night St. Louis police were summoned to south St. Louis at Minnesota and Winnebago. Since that call a heavy police presence has built up in the area around Nebraska and Winnebago. A separate call went out around 10:10 pm for shots fired by a subject from a porch. It’s not known if the two events are related, as police have cordoned off the area.

  • Police begin releasing protesters from I-64 shutdown

    ST. LOUIS – A protest that led to the shutdown of I-64 Tuesday night resulted in 143 arrests for trespassing, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Some of those arrested were released Wednesday afternoon.  A crowd of protestors gathered outside the St. Louis Justice Center to show support for those who were jailed overnight.  Some said they should not have been sent to jail. Jordan Chariton is an on-line journalist with The Young Turks and said he is […]

  • Religious leaders are offering comfort for those in need, following mass shooting in Las Vegas

    CREVE COEUR, MO – The tragic Las Vegas shooting has local faith leaders offering comfort for those in grief.  Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh is the senior rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Creve Coeur.  She said faith and prayer can help be a guide for those struggling with grief. “I think we also at the same time have to balance that with action,” said Hersh.  She said the action could be giving blood or something as simple as treating strangers with more […]