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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
  • Dine out fundraiser planned for wounded Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor

    ELLISVILLE, MO – She organized successful dine out events for injured Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion and the family of fallen St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.  Now, Katie Zaitz-Fink has organized a dine out event for critically wounded Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor.  More than 50 restaurants will be donating a portion of their proceeds from Wednesday, December 20th to help the O’Connor family. Zaitz-Fink hopes that number will grow. “I guess due to the holidays the response […]

  • Thousands of wreaths placed on Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery graves

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The nonprofit Wreaths Across America helps place wreaths on the grave sites of fallen service members across the country.  Thousands of volunteers helped place 10,000 wreaths on grave sites at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Saturday. “We are honoring the veterans who have come before us by laying a wreath on their grave,” said Kathy Schulte, a volunteer with Gateway Blue Star Mothers of America.   Her organization helped lead the effort in St. Louis. “As we […]

  • In spite of Facebook warning, ‘grab and run’ suspect arrested

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Fairview Heights police have made an arrest in what’s known as a ‘grab and run’ crime. Police Chief Nicholas Gailius said the suspect was caught stealing from the Dillard’s at St. Clair Square Tuesday night. He said grab and run thieves grab as much merchandise as they can and then run out the door. “This was not your run of the mill theft,” Gailius said. He said the suspect is believed to be connected to at […]

  • Victim of attempted downtown carjacking scares off attacker with panic button

    ST. LOUIS – The victim of an attempted carjacking in downtown St. Louis is still haunted by being on the other end of a pointed gun. “Even if I’m in the shower and I close my eyes, I keep seeing his face with the gun pointed at me,” said the victim, who asked not to be identified. The victim was getting into a parked car in the 1400 block of Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis shortly before 4 p.m. […]

  • Reedy Press Reboot event to help local publisher recover from massive fire

    ST. LOUIS, MO – A group of local authors is calling it the Reedy Press Reboot.  An event at Blueberry Hill Monday, December 11, from 6:00-9:00pm will bring together authors who lost inventory in a massive warehouse fire in November.  Reedy Press lost an estimated 200,000 books in that fire. “Right before the holiday season is the worst possible time not to have inventory to sell,” explained local author Amanda Doyle. She said several authors had to cancel book signing events […]

  • Shake Shack restaurant founder and St. Louis native preps for hometown opening Monday

    ST. LOUIS, MO-  Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer was back in his hometown of St. Louis Saturday.  Meyer is about to fulfil a dream of opening a Shake Shack in St. Louis.  The corner of West Pine and Euclid is expected to be packed when the store opens Monday at 10:30a.m. “I’m getting chills thinking about it,” said Meyer.  He said the store location is a block from where he grew up. Meyer said each Shake Shack uses what’s called […]

  • Small plane crashes at gas station near Spirit Airport; pilot killed

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Spirit of St. Louis Airport Police and local firefighters responded to a nearby gas station Wednesday afternoon following a report of a plane crash. The plane, a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, was preparing to land at the airport just before 3 p.m. when it crashed at the BP gas station in the 100 block of Long Road Crossing Drive. The aircraft was flying from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Chesterfield, an airport spokesperson said. An employee at the gas station […]

  • Arnold residents react to news of officer shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Arnold residents promise to rally behind their police department, wounded officer Ryan O’Connor and his family. When residents first heard the news that Officer O’Connor was shot and faced life-threatening injuries their hearts sank. “It’s a bad day,” said Arnold resident Terry Kraft. Arnold Police Chief Robert Shockey asked for prayers and the Arnold community responded. “Hopes and prayers definitely go out to him and his family and I hope for the best,” said Kraft. “I […]

  • Proposal to bring trash transfer station to St. Charles still under review

    ST. CHARLES, MO – A proposal to bring a trash transfer station to St. Charles County will continue to be reviewed by elected officials. More than a dozen residents expressed opposition to the plan during the St. Charles County Council meeting Monday night. Officials with the company proposing the plan said the station would not be a landfill. The station would be a place where trash would be transferred from smaller trucks to larger trucks hauling the waste to landfills. […]

  • Homicide detectives investigate shooting near south St. Louis Imo’s

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Homicide detectives were called to the back parking lot of the Imo’s Pizza near Spring and Delor. The scene was just a few blocks away from where police say an Imo’s worker was justified in shooting and killing a robbery suspect. A source close to the investigation tells FOX 2 the shooting that happened Monday just after 8pm does not appear to be connected to last week’s shooting. Instead it is possible the shooting was connected […]

  • ‘Misfits’ brunch benefits Toys For Tots campaign

    ST. LOUIS, MO- Tenacious Eats Chef Liz Schuster invited several other local chefs to join her Sunday for a holiday brunch called the Misfit Christmas Bunch.  Guest were invited to show up in their pajamas and watch a Christmas movie while several local chefs prepared brunch.  A full 100% of the proceeds benefit the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. “I just wanted to do something fun and casual and also wanted to raise money for something I feel […]

  • Hundreds of crosses mark each St. Louis area murder in dramatic church display

    ST. LOUIS, MO – A St. Louis County church hopes its dramatic display will help put a dent in the amount of deadly violence in the St. Louis area.  Pastor E.G. Shields, Sr. places crosses on the church lawn of Mt. Beulah Missionary Baptist Church each December.  The church places a cross in the ground for each victim of homicide in St. Louis City and St. Louis County in 2017. “On an average of 1.3 days, there’s a homicide committed […]