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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
  • Former felon explains PR position with Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The man who has been coordinating media requests for the city of Ferguson says he hopes to land a new contract with the city.  Devin James is currently working for the city for free.  His contract with the St. Louis Economic Partnership was terminated after reports surfaced about his reckless homicide conviction. “We are basically considered free agents,” said James.  “So we’re negotiating a new contract with the city of Ferguson directly.” James says Ferguson leaders […]

  • Kenyan bishop brings message of peace to Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Demonstrations outside the Ferguson Police Department continued Monday night.  A group of about 100 people chanted and gathered around the sound of a drum. “Show me what democracy looks like.  This is what democracy looks like,” shouted some of the chanters. Some carried signs that read, “Indict now.” They continue to call for charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Just down the street, a bishop from Kenya was […]

  • Cardinal Nation catching Red October fever

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) -St. Louis Cardinals fans are celebrating another division championship.  The team store started selling merchandise Sunday.  The team store at Busch Stadium will stay open Sunday until 8 p.m. and open Monday at 7 a.m. Fans watching the final regular season game at The Post Sports Bar & Grill in Maplewood feel optimistic about the team’s chances in the playoffs even though some have one big concern. “Facing Clayton Kershaw twice in one series,” said one fan.  […]

  • Metro union workers approve new contract

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Union workers approved a new 4-year contract with the Bi-State Development Agency Thursday night.  Union leaders did not disclose the vote total, but said a majority approved the deal. According to Metro, the deal will be retroactive to July 1st and include annual pay increases of 3% for bus and Metro operators, maintenance workers and clerical staff.  5% annual pay bumps will be given to mechanics. Union president Michael Breihan said pension benefits would remain the […]

  • St. Clair County Sheriff’s office educates citizens about fraud

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – St. Clair County investigators say the number of fraud and identity theft cases reported to their department the past two years has doubled. “Our goal is to start educating the general public,” said investigator Jason Robertson. He was part of a meeting Wednesday night giving the public access to experts.  Representatives from the U.S. Postal Inspector, Internal Revenue Service and FCB Banks shared advice on avoiding scams. Some of the scams discussed included dating websites using […]

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    10-year-old made-up attempted abduction in North St. Louis

    JENNINGS, MO (KTVI) – Police say a child that alleged an attempted abduction in North St. Louis, has now told investigators the story was false and made-up. Police say the child feels horrible over the incident. The incident was alleged to have happened in the 200 block of Switzer, launching an investigation by police looking for white Chevy panel van. Follow Jeff Bernthal on Facebook and Twitter: Jeff Bernthal on Facebook Jeff Bernthal on Twitter Email: jeffrey.bernthal@tvstl.com  

  • Community comes to the aid of a family after house fire

    MARYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A relative of a husband and wife severely injured in a house explosion near Collinsville, IL says support is coming from neighbors, friends and strangers.  The house exploded Monday night.  Four children escaped unharmed. Everything inside the house is a total loss.  The Maryville Fire Chief said the couple received a propane delivery earlier in the day.  It’s believed the explosion occurred as the couple was trying to re-light the pilot light for their water heater. […]

  • 2 seriously burned in house explosion in Maryville IL

    MARYVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Two adults suffered serious burns following a house explosion in the Collinsville area.  Four children escaped unharmed.  The Maryville Fire Protection District responded at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday night to a report of a house explosion on Troy Road near the intersection of North Wilson Heights. “When I arrived there was heavy smoke, debris in the front yard and the front windows were blown out,” said Maryville Fire Chief Kevin Flaugher. The chief said the parents were […]

  • Cardinals in playoffs for 4th straight year

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Cardinals fans are celebrating a franchise milestone.  Their team is in the playoffs for the 4th straight season.  They are still in a competition with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the title of National League Division champion. Sunday night was the Cardinals final home game of the season.  The team will finish the season with a home attendance mark of more than 3.5 million. Playoff tickets are already on sale but some fans are waiting […]

  • Domestic abuse survivors include woman shot in the head

    ALTON, IL (KTVI)– Survivors of domestic violence and their supporters took to the streets of Alton Thursday night.  They hope to let others know how serious the problem is, and want victims to know help is available. The event included speeches from victims.  Denise Melchert left an abusive relationship but met back up with her abuser over the promise of money. “He was in the passenger seat and he pulled me down in a headlock, pulled my head down into […]

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    Band equipment stolen from parked van

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A Texas rock and roll band hits a sour note in St. Louis. The band Mineral had nearly all of its belongings stolen. The band performed at the Firebird near Jefferson and Olive Tuesday night. They went to the Flamingo Bowl after the concert and parked in a lot near 11th and Washington. When they came out, their door lock was tampered with and cash from the concert, electronics, band equipment and backpacks filled with their […]

  • Fire damages roof of south city business

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A fire damages part of a south city business. Work performed earlier at the business Wednesday may have lead to the fire. A witness driving by saw the fire and called 911. She said flames were coming up through the roof and appeared to be isolated to one section of the roof. One investigator said there was some welding work on the roof today, but we don’t know if that has anything to do with the […]