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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
  • Alligator Suspect

    Did stolen alligators from a pet store wind up in a St. Charles pond?

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Monday we broke the news about a St. Charles fisherman who netted an alligator with his fishing pole. Now FOX 2 has learned of an area alligator theft.  The owner of Exotic Amphibian and Reptile Center wonders if there’s a connection.  He shared surveillance video that appears to show a suspect pulling at least one small alligator out of an aquarium and putting it into a pocket. The theft was Saturday at approximately 7:30pm.  […]

  • St. Charles man dies from injuries suffered handling an explosive device

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Friends and family of Mike Keen are searching for answers in the death of their loved one.  Keen, 51, died this week following injuries he suffered on July 5th.  Keen was doing yard work at his St. Charles home on North Benton Avenue when a neighbor suddenly heard a loud explosion. “It was like a hand grenade,” said friend and neighbor Charles Walls. First responders said it appeared Keen picked up a fireworks mortar the […]

  • Fisherman nets alligator in a St. Charles pond

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – It’s no fish tale. Walter Bushmann really did catch an alligator while fishing in a St. Charles pond Monday. He also saw two other gators in the water. “I was super surprised,” said Bushman. “I probably jumped back a foot.” The pond is tucked away behind the Summit Subdivision. The Missouri Department of Conservation confirms Bushmann did catch an alligator, and estimates it was about a foot and a half long. Bushmann says one of […]

  • Shooting in north St. Louis leaves 4 injured

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Metropolitan Police are searching for 3-4 suspects wanted for a shooting involving an exchange of gunfire Sunday night.  Four individuals were shot as they stood in front of a home on East John just north of Emily Street.  Police say the suspects were last seen wearing red and white clothing, consistent with gang colors. A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sgt. was in the area and heard gunshots.  When he went to investigate, he found […]

  • Police: Carjacking victim forced into trunk at gunpoint

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis police are investigating a Sunday morning carjacking were the victim was forced at gunpoint to get into the trunk of his car. The carjacking occurred near Bingham and Grand. Police say two women and one man are behind the carjacking. Police say the suspects took the car to Liermann where they ordered the victim out of the trunk. The victim was pistol whipped and taken to a hospital for treatment. Police have since taken […]

  • Ryan Ferguson speaks of hope to students with parents in prison

    OLIVETTE, MO (KTVI) – He was wrongly convicted of murder and spent nearly a decade behind bars before an appeals court set him free. On Saturday, Ryan Ferguson shared his story with Ava’s Grace, a scholarship fund providing support for students who have seen one or both of their parents sent to prison. Stephanie Regagnon founded the organization after her own mother was convicted of an arson her family believes someone else committed. “I really wanted to turn the situation […]

  • Mouse Races to benefit Juvenile Arthritis research

    (KTVI)-  On August 2, 2014, the Arthritis Foundation will host the Jingle in July Mouse Races. The event will be held at Dave Sinclair Lincoln in St. Peters. Admission is just $20.00. You will get to bet on 10 races while enjoying complementary snacks, beer and soft drinks. Doors open at 6:30pm and races start at 7:15pm Call (314-447-4883) or email (dhenderson@arthritis.org) Donna for tickets. Arthritis affects 50 million Americans of all ages. For more information: visit the Arthritis Foundation of […]

  • Saturday Jubilee food drive to benefit St. Charles County pantries

    (KTVI)- The Community Council of St. Charles County has partnered with Operation Food Search to host the Saturday Jubilee Food Drive on Saturday, July 26, to benefit local food pantries. Collections will run from 9am to 3pm at 23 Dierbergs, Schnucks, Shop ‘n Save and Walmart stores throughout St. Charles County. In 2013, Saturday Jubilee provided 30,000 lbs of food (valued at over $50,000) to restock the shelves of food pantries serving St. Charles County during these critical summer months. […]

  • Man loses control of truck, slams into Olivette building

    (KTVI)– Olivette Police arrested an elderly driver Thursday afternoon, after witnesses said the male driver crashed a pickup truck into the side of ABC Trading Company.  The popular jewelry store is located on Olive Boulevard near I-170. The owners were forced to close Thursday because of the damage.  They are ready to open Friday if a structural engineer gives the okay. Workers thought a bomb went off.  Once they realized what happened, they were grateful no one was hurt.  Even […]

  • Three suspects that impersonate police officers in robbery

    LITCHFIELD, IL (KTVI) – Police in Illinois say a southbound driver on Interstate 55 was gagged, bound with duct tape and robbed after being pulled over by suspects impersonating police officers. Illinois State Police District 18 spokesman, Trooper Jeff Tenchko, said the incident happened Monday night at approximately 10:15 pm.  The suspect pulled over near mile marker 62 just north of Litchfield.  The victim was driving a work truck.  Tenchko said investigators will still trying to determine whether the victim […]

  • Fallen O’Fallon soldier remembered in Washington D.C.

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – A fallen soldier from O’Fallon, Mo was remembered during two high-profile ceremonies this week.  Army Corporal Gunnar Zwilling was killed in 2008 in one of the worst attacks U.S. soldier suffered in Afghanistan. President Obama on Monday awarded the lone survivor of Zwilling’s platoon with the Medal of Honor.  Former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts was inducted in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes Tuesday.  He named each of his 9 fellow soldiers killed in the attack and […]

  • 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 […]