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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
  • Multiple fire departments respond to Webster Groves garage fire

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – North Forest Avenue Tuesday afternoon.  The garage was a loss but firefighters kept the flames from spreading. Neighboring departments responded to help give firefighters a break from the heat. “We like to see them take a break every 10-15 minutes and hydrate,” said Webster Groves Fire Chief Mike Capriglione. He estimated the temperature underneath their protective gear to be near 110 degrees. “We keep cool towels in the cooler” said Capriglione.   “Guys can drape that […]

  • Vandalia parents upset over kids being sent outside in the heat

    VANDALIA, IL (KTVI) – Some parents in Vandalia, IL are concerned about their school district’s decision to send kids into the heat on Monday.  Heat indices were above 100 degrees. Natasha Jackson has a child at Jefferson Primary, a school for students ranging in age from Pre-K through 1st grade.  She says students were sent outside for recess. “Kids don’t know when they get too hot,” said Jackson.  She said her daughter would play outside all day if she had […]

  • Michael Brown’s father appeals for peace and no demonstration for son’s funeral

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The father of Michael Brown, Jr. took the stage in Forest Park Sunday.  Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the crowd attending Better Family Life’s Peacefest for less than a minute, but wanted everyone to know he does not want to see any demonstrations Monday, the day his son will be laid to rest. “All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest,” said the father of Michael Brown.  “Please, please take a […]

  • Brown family calls for a day peace for Michael Brown’s funeral

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Sunday was a day for peace for all the residents of Ferguson at peacefest, hosted by Better Family Life of St. Louis. Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy Martin attended the festivities and spoke to the crowd. Michael Brown’s father also attended peacefest, speaking to the audience about his son Michael. The reverend Al Sharpton was also in attendance at peacefest. Michael’s father called for a day of peace Monday’s for Michael Brown’s funeral. A day for no […]

  • Businesses coming back after Ferguson looting

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Demonstrations in Ferguson are closing in on two weeks. So far the protests Friday night have been peaceful and some businesses are re-opening. There are signs the stress is starting to ease. The owner of Red’s BBQ defied the naysayers including his own mother. “It’s more of taking you know, bringing a sense of normalcy back to the community. My mom is worried sick I’m here and that’s the exact reason. I’m here because its nothing […]

  • St. Louis alderman not going away after protestors leave Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– One demonstrator says he will not be going away after all the other protestors leave Ferguson. Demonstrators continue to march to show their displeasure over the shooting death of Michael Brown. “Just making sure what happened Saturday never happens again,” said demonstrator Alicia Street. The pause in activity gives St. Louis Alderman Antonio French time to reflect on the ups and downs of recent nights. “It`s been incredible, um scary, inspiring a whole range of emotions this […]

  • Marchers demand justice for Michael Brown in Clayton

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – A group of demonstrators led by clergy from different parts of the country marched outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton Wednesday night. “What do we want?” shouted one protestor.  “Justice!” shouted the others. Rev. Heather Arcovitch is pastor of the First Congressional United Church of Christ in Clayton.  She told demonstrators “We want due process,” said Arcovitch.  ”We want swift process.” Rev. Jennifer Thomas is a pastor with an Evangelical Lutheran Church of […]

  • Protesters rally in Clayton over Mike Brown death investigation

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The crisis in Ferguson now shifts to the Justice Center in Clayton. Things are quiet now, but the doors to the Justice Center were closed when a group of demonstrators marched up to a police line, just after 3pm Wednesday. This was a peaceful protest.  Around 100 demonstrators approached police with a couple of bull horns and chants.  Police told demonstrators they could not cross a line. When two of them did, they were handcuffed.  Police […]

  • North county residents hope National Guard will bring calm

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Shoppers in Jennings stopped and stared as a row of Humvees carrying members of the National Guard entered a police command center. “It looks like someone is getting ready to go to war,” said taxi cab driver Kirk Sims. Governor Jay Nixon said the deployment would have a narrow mission.  He said the National Guard would be used to help protect the police command center.  They helped setup roadblocks around the command center and walked the […]

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    Police fire tear gas to disperse Ferguson protesters before curfew

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) –  Police and protesters for the 7th day in a row on West Florissant near the QuikTrip.  Hundreds filled the streets in a peaceful protest for Michael Brown until about 9pm on Sunday.  The official curfew put into place by Governor Jay Nixon is from 12am-5am.  Protesters were allowed to voice their concerns until midnight.  But, that all changed because of an altercation. Police say that protesters started tossing molotov cocktails at them when the crowd started to […]

  • Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Lacy Clay join protesters in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Demonstrators protesting the death of Michael Brown continued for 6th straight night along West Florissant Ave. The sound of horns honking continued as a line of protestors held signs, some of them with their hands in the air shouting, “Don’t shoot.” Demonstrators also received a surprise visit from civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.  Jackson walked with demonstrators to the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed.   Jackson encouraged demonstrators to channel their energy into action […]

  • Store owners speak out about surveillance video after release

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The surveillance tapes allegedly showing Michael Brown robbing a Ferguson market.  Friday, for the first time, the owners are speaking out through an attorney about the surveillance video. The owner of the store dispute the claim that they or an employee called 911, saying a customer inside the store made the call.  They also say St. Louis County issues the warrants for the hard drive of surveillance video Friday. When asked how Ferguson police ended up […]