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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    2-year-old shot in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigation the shooting of a 2-year-old boy. The child was sitting in the back seat of a gray sedan, when a bullet shot through the trunk area of the car Monday evening shortly after 7 pm. Police say the bullet traveled through the child’s arm.  He was transported to an area hospital and is expected to be okay. There were 3 adults and 2 children inside the vehicle, including the child’s […]

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    Vigil for pedestrians killed outside Broadway Oyster Bar

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Two tragedies in one location brought family and friends of the victims together Friday night and a call for more attention toward the issue of crosswalk safety. Amber Wood was killed four years ago crossing Broadway at Gratiot. Bapi Gupta was killed in 2015 at the same intersection. No one has been charged in Wood’s death. There is a $10,000 reward in the case. Police did make arrests in Gupta’s death, though; investigators said the driver […]

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    Prosecutor’s office discloses burial site of missing Sunset Hills woman

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    Investigators hope surveillance video will lead them to hit and run driver

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    Eagle Forum split lands in court

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    St. Louis is a front runner for MLS expansion team

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    Sex offender convicted in attack on St. Louis property manager

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    Vote on controversial religious freedom bill delayed

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    Army veteran paralyzed in shooting following Cardinals game, returns to Busch Stadium

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    Families of SIUE fire victims produce safety video for students

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    St. Louis sports fans face split decision Friday night

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