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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
  • St. Clair County Sheriff supports body cameras for officers

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI) – The St. Clair County Sheriff hopes police departments across the state of Illinois will soon attach body cameras to the uniforms of their officers. Rick Watson is also chairman of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. “We’re trying to create credibility with our people that we are here to serve and protect,” said Watson. He is supporting legislation backed by State Senator Bill Haine (D) Alton and State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D) […]

  • Highland teachers reject contract proposal; no school Monday

    HIGHLAND, IL (KTVI) – Teachers in Highland have rejected the latest contract proposal. That means students will not be going back to class Monday. Students have not been in school and the high school football has forfeited one game.  Teachers soundly rejected a tentative agreement over what their union says is a pay issue and what she calls a matter of respect. The union says the vote was 20 in favor and 140 against.  Teachers left quietly after the vote […]

  • Protesters that attempted to shut down I-70 move to Ferguson city hall

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – An attempted shutdown of Interstate 70 on Wednesday afternoon sent some protestors to Ferguson.  They blocked S. Florissant Rd. after it was clear police would not allow protestors onto the interstate. One demonstrator said she headed to Ferguson, “So they know we’re serious about our protest, and we’re serious about what we’re asking.” A group of approximately 70 demonstrators marched down S. Florissant and eventually stood in the street blocking traffic.  Some of them chanted, “Mike […]

  • Hundreds attend Ferguson’s first city council meeting since Michael Brown shooting

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A long line of speakers fired passionate comments during the 1st Ferguson City Council meeting following the shooting death of Michael Brown. The Council conducted its regular business and then took public comment.  The meeting held at the Greater Grace Church on Pershall Road ended at 10 pm with some citizens still waiting to speak. The city planned on calling up speakers by name based on speaker cards filled out before the meeting.  But the plan […]

  • Ferguson city council to propose sweeping changes

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – It will be the 1st meeting for the Ferguson City Council following the unrest following the Michael Brown shooting.  The council will meet at Greater Grace Church, 3690 Pershall Road at 7 pm. Through a press release, the city indicated a number of proposed changes will be discussed during the meeting.  The public will also have an opportunity to speak. One change is the creation of a citizen review board tasked with working with the Ferguson […]

  • Concert to help heal Ferguson attended by residents

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Soul singer Brian Owens hoped a concert he headlined Sunday on the parking lot of his Ferguson church will inspire adults to get involved in the lives of young people.   Owens worships at the Ferguson Heights Church of Christ and felt compelled to help Ferguson heal. “I hope that everyone will take what happened to heart, put their feet to the ground, put their hands to the plow and really get involved,” said Owens. The Heal […]

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    St. Louis County Police invites DOJ to review policies and practices

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Justice Department says the St. Louis County Police Department will be included in an investigation into Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. US Attorney General Eric Holder said Chief Belmar has voluntarily asked to be included in the review during a press conference Thursday in Washington DC. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says he invited the U.S. Department of Justice to work with his department to determine if policies and procedures could be […]

  • Thieves hit over 20 cars in Waterloo

    WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) – A crime spree in two quiet parts of Waterloo, IL has some residents changing their ways.  More than 20 vehicles were targeted. Thieves took money, and in one case a purse.  Police say the vehicles were left unlocked. “Everything was kind of pulled out, and my wife’s purse was taken,” said John Moore.  He recently moved into the neighborhood and was one of the victims. “It looked like they were just in a hurry and grabbing […]

  • Illinois woman survives being stuck in mud for 26 hours

    CARMI, IL (KTVI) – An Illinois woman says she’ll never take a walk along the Little Wabash River again.   Amy Chitwood slipped and fell along a steep bank and ended up trapped in mud up to her waist.  She was trapped for 26 hours before being freed by White County rescuers.  A fisherman spotted her and called 911. “I don’t know how I got through it,” said Chitwood. Chitwood left her Carmi, IL home Saturday morning to go for the […]

  • Double shooting leaves one man dead; Police searching for suspects

    (KTVI)- St. Louis police are looking for a group of men Monday morning that are still on the loose after shooting two people. One of those victims is a young man who died on Sunday. Police say a twenty-five-year-old man who was shot multiple times did not survive. A twenty-five-year-old female who was wounded in the leg  is expected to survive.  Police say a vehicle with several unknown males opened fire  Sunday afternoon as the victims left a store near […]

  • New father killed trying to help woman shot

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A double shooting in north St. Louis Sunday afternoon leaves one man dead and one woman wounded.  Family members say Mario Washington was the shooting victim who did not survive.  Police say the victim was shot multiple times, including the torso, arms, buttocks and legs .  Police say the female was shot in the leg, and is expected to survive. Washington’s brother held back tearful family member trying to run through police tape at the intersection […]

  • West Florissant quiet and open for business

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – As the sun set on Ferguson Saturday night, West Florissant Avenue was quiet.  Businesses were welcoming customers but the shooting death of Michael Brown was not forgotten.  A t-shirt stand sold shirts with, “unity” and “hands up don’t shoot” on the front. One business hit especially hard this month was the Swish Bar and Grill.  The owner was forced to close the doors while police set up their command center in front of his business. “I […]