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.

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    Pilot dies in ultra light plane crash in Washington County MO

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A sad end to the Memorial Day weekend as an ultra light plane crashed Monday evening in Washington County Missouri just outside of Potosi. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident happened at 6 pm in a field near Pucket Road not far from Missouri State Highway 185.  Sergeant Al Nothum said witnesses saw the pilot doing loops when one of the wings bent backwards before the plane crashed. The pilot, 68-year-old Dean Warner […]

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    Seedling from 9/11 Survivor Tree planted in Joplin on anniversary of tornado

    JOPLIN, MO (KTVI) – Survivors of the 2011 Joplin tornado now have a connection to survivors of the 9/11 terror attack. A seedling from a tree known as the 9/11 Survivor Tree was planted outside Mercy Hospital in Joplin on Sunday. Sunday marked the five-year anniversary of the twister that took 161 lives. Each year, different cities are awarded a seedling from the tree given its name because it grew back outside the World Trade Center following the September 11, […]

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    Police search for carjacking suspects after Craigslist deal goes wrong

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI)- The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is hoping the public can help them find two suspects wanted in the carjacking of an Edwardsville man. On Sunday afternoon, May 22, a man arranged to meet with the suspect, who had responded to his Craigslist post about a car for sale. They met in the parking lot of a business near the intersection of St. James Road and Moro Road, in rural Edwardsville around 1:45 p.m. The suspect, a young black […]

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    Powerful memories stirred, five years after devastating tornado struck Joplin

    JOPLIN, MO (KTVI) – Sunday was an emotional day for Joplin.  The community marked the 5-year anniversary of a devastating tornado.  161 lives were lost to the 2011 twister.  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon attended two events Sunday. The first event was the Joplin High School graduation.  He told the class of 2016 they helped inspire the rest of the state with their resiliency.  The district’s high school was destroyed in the twister. “Some of you lost family and friends.  Some of […]

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    Police looking for father after dropping off severely burned son at hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Investigators want to know if abuse or neglect was a factor after a child was burned. The problem is the child’s father did not stick around at the hospital to answer questions. Now police are looking for him. The child was brought to Children’s Hospital Tuesday night by his father. Mom is separated from dad. But she is there and hopes police get to the bottom of what happened. Amy Enloe lives in Rolla but […]

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    Ladue police investigating construction site thefts

    LADUE, MO (KTVI) – A string of construction site thefts has police asking for help. The latest thefts occurred in Ladue during the past month. Police say three different sites involving new home construction have been hit by thieves looking for equipment and tools. Ladue Police Sgt. Ray Hahs wants the public to be alerted about the thefts so they can help. The Ladue thefts have all happened on weekends. “If you see any suspicious activity near these construction sites, […]

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    Victim in Jefferson County double shooting describes incident

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – “He shot me in the leg and shot my buddy for no reason.” That’s how Timothy Moore described what happened Wednesday afternoon at his home on Jones Creek Road in Jefferson County. Moore was released from the hospital Thursday evening. His friend, Kenneth Mann, was also shot but did not survive. “After he shot me I told Kenny, I said, ‘He’s got a gun!’ Then he turned around and shot Kenny after he shot me,” […]

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    Major Case activated for double shooting in Cedar Hill

    CEDAR HILL, MO (KTVI) – The Major Case Squad is investigating a double shooting in Jefferson County.  One of the victim’s has died.  Investigators have not released the victim’s identity, but said he was a 56-year-old male.  The two shooting victims lived in the same area.  The shooting was in the 9900 block of Jones Creek Rd Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say the shooter arrived at a home and demanded his car back, but the homeowner had no idea what the […]

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    Blues fans concerned over teams performance

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Ballpark Village was packed Tuesday night, but fans had little to cheer about. St. Louis hockey fans were dressed in Blue, but you could also see plenty of Cardinals fans sporting red. Both teams lost. Some Blues fans have concerns over how the team performed.  They feel San Jose appears to be a tougher match-up than either Chicago or Dallas. The next time the Blues play will be in San Jose Thursday.  The Cardinals play that […]

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    Blues ice shows have fans wanting more

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Blues fans have been giving rave reviews to the pregame light displays on the ice during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The team gave us a behind the scenes look at how they put together the displays. The team says it’s contracting with a Canadian company to produce the displays.  The equipment is being rented for the playoffs, and Blues employees help put the combination of video, images and music together.  A total of 8 projectors […]

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    Caseyville hotel owner faces charges related to prostitution

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The owner of the Caseyville Rodeway Inn faces charges related to prostitution.  The Village of Caseyville will now take up the issue of whether it should take action to shut down the hotel. Caseyville Police Chief Frank Moore said the arrest of Papatlal Patel came after months of undercover work by the Illinois State Police. “I think they hit a home,” said Moore.  He said his officers are being called to the area of the hotel […]

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    Former Missouri death row inmate granted temporary prison leave

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Reginald Clemons was convicted of the murders of Robin and Julie Kerry. The conviction was overturned and Clemons is awaiting a new trial. He’s also serving time for a charge of assaulting a state prison employee. A former employee of the Missouri Department of Corrections is outraged over a recent privilege granted to Clemons. He was allowed to visit a St. Louis area funeral home to say his final goodbyes to a family member who passed […]