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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
  • Flood watches across the St. Louis region

    More rain in the forecast over the next few days means all eyes are on localized flooding and the possibility for flash flooding. Rivers in the St. Louis area continue to rise. The Meramec River has marched out of its banks and flooded George Winter Park near Fenton. Picnic tables have become islands surrounded by water. The main gates are closed and locked no one is allowed in the park. “We tend to have a lot of water rescues,” said […]

  • Vandals steal windows from closed Walnut Park School

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Alderman Chris Carter says it’s painful to see the damage done to the school his parents attended.  Approximately 40 windows are missing from the former Walnut Park School on Thekla Avenue. The 27th ward alderman says thefts have come over time, and says there’s even more damage on the inside.  He believes the vandalism is happening in the dark of night.  The building no longer has electricity and Carter says that means there are […]

  • Overland police recover veteran’s lawn mower and honor his service in WWII

    OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) – Bill Niemetz was relieved when Overland Police recovered his stolen lawn mower. “It felt good to get it back. It belongs to me,” said the longtime Overland resident. Detective Steve Hurst says several stolen lawn mowers were recovered from an area pawn shop.  Hurst soon realized Niemetz was a World War II veteran who survived 211 air attacks. “He did amazing things for our country.  He served 2 tours, one as a Merchant Marine and one […]

  • Road construction coming soon to busy section of Lindbergh Blvd.

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – It’s already a busy stretch of Lindbergh Blvd., and it’s about to get even more congested. MoDOT is warning drivers to seek out detours for the next 2 weeks in the area of Lindbergh and Rusty Rd.  A stretch of Lindbergh spanning over railroad tracks is being resurfaced. “If we didn’t close it and we had to do one lane at a time, we could potentially be backing traffic up onto I-55 which would […]

  • Injuries reported at house explosion in Florissant

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A house explosion in Florissant sent two brothers to the hospital with burn injuries.  One of them was in critical condition Sunday evening.  First responders were not immediately aware of the condition of the second victim.  Neighbors say it appeared one victim was more seriously injured than the other one. The explosion happened at approximately 2pm at a home in the 800 block of Pershall Road.  Neighbors said both injured men appeared conscious as they escaped.  […]

  • Mizzou considers ways to make campuses safer

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – Mizzou students are reacting to possible changes aimed at making college life safer. The Mizzou Fraternity Alumni Consortium will soon meet with a number of other groups and the University of Missouri chancellor to discuss ideas. Nothing has been finalized, but some ideas have been made public. Banning hard liquor from fraternity houses and banning visits from females during weekend overnight hours are some of the ideas sparking debate. The idea is to minimize the risk […]

  • Chilling videotaped confession of a killer on death row

    STRAFFORD, MO (KTVI) – Missouri death row inmate, David Zink is scheduled to die in July. His victim was from Strafford, Missouri, near Springfield. In an exclusive look at the killer`s videotaped confession. David Zink recounts    he was drinking and driving, on parole and didn`t want to go back to prison.  That`s why David Zink says he killed 19-year-old Amanda Morton. He gave investigators a videotaped confession shortly after the murder.  Zink says he feared going back to prison; he […]

  • Relative of victim says it was 15 years too long for execution of Richard Strong

    BONNE TERRE, MO (KTVI) – Relatives of Eva Washington and her two-year-old daughter Zandrea Thomas say their lives were changed forever when Richard Strong fatally stabbed their loved ones.  Detectives said the crime scene was so horrific it took an emotional toll on them. The mother and daughter were stabbed repeatedly in their Edmundson apartment in October of 2000.  Strong was put to death Tuesday by the state of Missouri.  He was given a lethal injection a few minutes before […]

  • Convicted killer Richard Strong to be executed Tuesday night

    BONNE TERRE, MO (KTVI) – Death row inmate, Richard strong is scheduled to be executed Tuesday night for the stabbing deaths of his girlfriend and her two-year-old daughter in their Edmundson home. Strong is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection just after 6 pm at the correctional facility in Bonne Terre. But state does have the option to put Strong to death in a 24-hour window, barring any last minute appeals to delay his execution. The victims, […]

  • 14-year-old asks for clemency for father on death row

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – With the clock ticking, 14-year old Alyshia Strong is asking for clemency for her father.  Richard Strong is scheduled to be executed by the state of Missouri Tuesday.  The execution warrant covers a 24-hour period beginning at 6pm. Alyshia Strong is also the daughter of one of the murder victims.  Investigators with the Edmundson Police Department say the October, 2000 murders of Eva Washington and her two-year-old daughter Zandrea Thomas took an emotional toll on even […]

  • 14-year-old daughter of victim and killer seeks clemency

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – Alyshia Strong was effectively left an orphan 14 years ago when her father killed her mother and half-sister. Still, the girl is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to spare his life. Richard Strong faces execution Tuesday for killing Eva Washington and her 2-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Both were found dead Oct. 23, 2000, in her apartment in St. Ann. Alyshia, then 3 months old, was unharmed. Alyshia said in an interview with The Associated Press […]

  • Homicide detectives investigate murder-suicide in South St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis homicide detectives are working a fatal double shooting that occurred on Fairview Ave. near Roger Place Sunday morning around 11 am.  Police say officers called to the scene found a female and male unconscious and not breathing. Both victims suffered from gunshot wounds.  They have been identified as 42-year-old Tanisha Williams and 39-year-old Arvel Long. “This appears to be a murder suicide,” said Lt. John Green, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  “But it’s early in […]