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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
  • Disservice to service dogs; tricksters lying about animal helpers

    ST. LOUIS – Sandra Chambers takes her service dog with her wherever she goes. She is prone to seizures and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. She says her dog is a real life-saver. But Chambers is disturbed over what she calls ‘‘fraudsters” trying to pass off pets as real service dogs. She says some dog owners just want to take their pet with them wherever they go. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines service animals as dogs that are individually […]

  • 51-year-old goes missing on Halloween; family holding out hope months later

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The family of Roscheill Robinson is desperate for answers. Investigators with the St. Louis County Police Department say Robinson was last seen checking herself out of Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County on October 31. “She asked us to pick her up, but she was nowhere to be found when we arrived at the hospital,” said Lawanda Neal, Robinson’s oldest sister. Neal says Robinson was shaking and feeling ill when she checked herself […]

  • High school basketball coach suspended for verbal abuse of players

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – East St. Louis School District 189 released a statement Wednesday, confirming basketball coach Tony Young has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.  The suspension is with pay. Some students say the investigation is the result of a motivational speech the coach gave during a halftime.  That speech reportedly recorded Young encouraging players to injure an opponent.  Students say it was posted on YouTube but has since been removed.   Students […]

  • Marissa residents on edge after arson fires

    MARISSA, IL (KTVI) – An overnight arsonist is causing some Marissa residents to lose sleep.  Three fires were set early Monday morning to sheds behind homes along S. Main St.  Nobody was injured. “It’s sick,” said Alice Mines.  She lives just a few yards from where one of the fires was set.  Mines said she can’t sleep out of concern a fire will spread to her home. “Everybody’s scared,” said Mines.  “Everybody’s terrified.” Some residents are encouraging neighbors to leave […]

  • Keith Lamkins

    Family speaks out about high-speed chase that put a father in the hospital

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – He was an innocent victim caught in the middle of a high-speed police chase.  Keith Lamkins is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.  Family members say Lamkins suffered multiple broken bones, with severe injuries to his abdomen and a collapsed lung.  They say he was wearing a seatbelt. Relatives say Lamkins’ pickup truck was struck by a stolen car traveling more than 100 miles per hour at times.  Destiney Lamkins, Keith Lamkins 16-year-old […]

  • Multi-county arson investigation underway

    HILLSBORO, MO (KTVI) – One person is already in custody, and the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is looking at three additional suspects for charges associated with a recent slate of arsons. Prosecutors charged 32-year-old Justin Howard with second-degree arson. Police said Howard admitted to intentionally trying to burn down a house. Howard had a prior relationship with one of the home’s current renters. Police also questioned the people living at the burned out home. Investigators said one possible motive […]

  • Suspect killed in officer involved shooting

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The St. Louis police department is on the scene of an officer involved shooting that happened around 9:45 pm at Marcus and Cottage in north St. Louis. Police say no officers were injured. One suspect was shot and has since died from his wound. Police say the suspect was a passenger in a stolen car. The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with authorities. Chief Sam Dotson said the area was one targeted for hotspot policing. […]

  • Police arrest suspect, question witnesses in movie theater shooting

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Major Case Squad took into custody four individuals classified as either persons of interest or witnesses in the shooting death of Ned Booker, 28.  Booker was shot late Sunday night outside of the AMC Creve Coeur 12 Theatre.  Police believe Booker was targeted. Wednesday’s arrest came after police say a chase started in the Spanish Lake area around 7:30p.m.  Police identified a black Dodge Charger as a vehicle used in Sunday’s homicide.  They identified at […]

  • Officer Darren Wilson

    NYT: Justice Dept. moving to clear Darren Wilson of civil rights charges

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Justice Department is working on a memo to recommend no civil rights charges against former Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, according to the New York Times.  Officials tell the Times that the investigation by the FBI is complete and found no evidence to support civil rights charges. A broader investigation into accusations of civil rights violations by the Ferguson Police department remains open.  Discriminatory traffic stops and excessive use of force are part of that investigation.  This […]

  • Public and Ameren at odds over proposed rate hike

    ST.  CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – The Mo Public Service Commission heard several concerns from Ameren Mo customers regarding a proposed rate increase of nearly 10%.  The PSC held a public hearing Tuesday night in St. Charles County.   There will be future meetings in other parts of the state before the PSC makes its decision.  A decision is expected in May. Company officials requested the hike last year.  They say the increase is needed to offset costs related to creating cleaner […]

  • Mother pleas for missing son to come home

    CRESTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The Crestwood Police Department is asking for the publics’ help to locate a missing teen last seen Tuesday evening around 5 pm. Police say 12-year-old Brant Whittaker was wearing a black Missouri Tiger T-Shirt, gray jeans, and black shoes with red laces. Here’s a description of Brant Whittaker: White male 12-years-old 5’04….100lbs Blond Hair…Blue eyes Whittaker suffers from asthma, depression and should have an inhaler in his possession. Police say the teen is on foot and […]

  • Children and teens voice concerns over rundown playgrounds

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Some of the kids who play at parks in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood hope the city will make improvements to the two parks in that area.  A group of about a dozen youth, ranging in age from 8 to 15, spelled out their concerns during a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night. The Old North Youth Council was organized with help from Christopher Potter.  Potter is with Metropolitan Congregations United. “It’s crazy to think that our […]