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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    Merchants hoping for more business in the Delmar Loop

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – Businesses in the Delmar Loop are hoping customers will return for the holidays. Some business owners say sales took a dramatic hit during recent construction. Construction on the Loop Trolley is on a temporary break, after tracks were laid on the western half of the project. “The merchants requested that the contractor respect that, and try to get it done,” said developer Joe Edwards. “And they did.” The parking barriers are gone and visitors can […]

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    Officer injured while working a multi-vehicle accident

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – Webster Groves police say a routine 3 car crash turned into a far more serious situation when a driver slammed into a police vehicle, injuring an officer and one other person. Police say it was just before 6:30 pm Tuesday when the Webster Groves officer stopped to help 3 people involved in a minor accident on Elm just north of Lockwood.  That’s when police say another vehicle slammed into the rear of the officer’s vehicle, […]

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    Turmoil erupts in Jennings City Council meeting

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    Homeless veteran’s East St. Louis campsite slated to be bulldozed

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    MoDOT engineers to continue inspections at Blanchette Bridge

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    Missouri lawmaker proposes Syrian refugees be put into internment camps

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    Aging infrastructure causing problems for MSD

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    Judge rules against St. Peters on red light cameras

    ST.CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Supporters of a countywide red light camera ban in St. Charles County celebrated a victory Monday. Missouri’s 11th Judicial Circuit Court upheld the ban. The cities of St. Peters, O’Fallon and Lake St. Louis filed a lawsuit challenging the ban.  Their basic argument was St. Charles County exceeded its authority when it told cities they could not have the cameras. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, an attorney for the plaintiffs said the issue wasn’t […]

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    Wentzville public safety forum on Highway 61 improvements

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    Bonne Terre dodges severe weather bullet

    BONNE TERRE, MO (KTVI) – Parts of St. Francois County breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday when it became clear severe weather was not going to materialize. Some areas south of St. Louis are still recovering from spring storms. Bonne Terre Police Chief Douglas Calvert said just about every roof in the northwest part of the town was damaged in April. Alex Keen, who owns an auto body shop in St. Francois County, said repairs are still taking place on […]

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    County Executive Stenger squares off with municipalities over uniformed policing

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    Donald Trump brings his campaign for president to Illinois

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