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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
  • Rams fans worried over future of team in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – This weekend NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced there will be no NFL Team in Los Angeles when the 2015 football season starts. The news was met with cautious optimism from Rams fans hoping their team will stay in St. Louis.  If Rams owner Stan Kroenke decides to move the franchise there are still hurdles he would need to climb.  His fellow owners must approve the move with a two-thirds majority vote.  There is also a hefty […]

  • New strategy for fighting St. Louis violence may come from New York’s playbook

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce hopes to take a page out of a New York crime fighting playbook.  Joyce recently visited prosecutors in Manhattan and believes some of the strategies used to reduce crime in the Empire State could work in St. Louis. “Gun violence to me is the number one problem that this region has,” said Joyce.  “I think about it all day long, every day.” Joyce says prosecutors in Manhattan use intelligence […]

  • School districts waiting to see if they will cancel classes or delayed opening Thursday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Several area school districts are hoping to reach the end of the semester without cancelling classes.  The weather forecast calls for snow Thursday morning.  Friday will be the final day of the semester for some area districts.  Many area high school students are wrapping up final exams.  The timing of the latest round of winter weather is not lost on area school districts. “It’s on our minds because we have to have a plan B,” said […]

  • MSD explains foul odor in Dogtown

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – There’s an odor in the air that has some Dogtown residents wondering where it’s coming from.  The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has the answer.  MSD is in the middle of a sewer project that crosses McCausland Avenue just south of I-64. A company spokesman said the project is to blame for the smell, but work is expected to be finished Thursday.  Traffic on McCausland Ave is limited to one lane in each direction. “We apologize […]

  • Ferguson Commission tackles municipal court operations and police traffic stops

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Monday’s Ferguson Commission meeting took aim on the municipal court system in the St. Louis area.  Citizens and experts had a chance to weigh in with complaints and solutions. Some suggested the state should cap how much money any municipality collects.  Some suggested replacing fees with community service.  Another idea was to create a sliding scale system so that fee amounts are linked to income levels.   Some suggested providing legal representation to offenders. Thomas Harvey is […]

  • Fire forces Florissant family out of their home

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A Florissant family is struggling to get back on their feet after a kitchen fire damaged their home on Saturday afternoon.  Florissant Valley Fire Protection officials say a grease fire did enough damage to force the family out of their home in the 2500 block of St. Catherine.  As of Sunday night, stickers on the house read, “not approved for occupancy.” Irisa Gay says the fire started while her husband was caring for her mother who recently suffered […]

  • Rams fans wonder if this will be last prime time game at the Dome

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Rams fans are hoping Thursday night`s prime time game is not the final prime time game for the NFL in St. Louis. The Rams have the option to break their lease with St. Louis after the 2014 season. Team owner Stan Kroenke has remained silent over his plans. Tailgaters outside the Edward Jones Dome Thursday were showing their support for the team. “Today is my 163rd consecutive home game,” said Lowell Friend. “I`ve not missed […]

  • Wash U. students offer designs to transform Railroad Exchange building

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s an understatement to say the 21-story Railway Exchange building is big.  Inside its walls is 1.2 million square feet of space.  The building located in the heart of downtown St. Louis is vacant.  Its owners are looking for ways to put the building back on the map. The search for ideas prompted Downtown STL Inc. to partner with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University.  Assistant professor Catalina Freixas was […]

  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects Goodwin appeal before execution

    BONNE TERRE, MO (KTVI) – A Missouri death row inmate is just hours away from execution after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Paul Goodwin’s appeal. Paul Goodwin is scheduled to die at one minute after midnight. He was convicted of killing a St. Louis County woman with a hammer. The convicted killer’s attorney is arguing her client is not competent to be executed because of mental and cognitive disabilities, but unless the governor or a court steps in, Goodwin will […]

  • Burned down church rises from the ashes

    BRUSSELS, IL (KTVI) –It’s been a long three years for member of the Immaculate Conception parish in Brussels, IL.  The church was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve, 2011.   Monday night the church opened its new doors for the first time.  Parishioners filled the pews and celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Church leaders say there are approximately 300 members.  That number is twice the size of the population of the Village of Brussels. Charles Burch helped lead the […]

  • Grandmother says daughter stabbed toddler because he, “had demons inside him”

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police say 19-month-old Elijah Ebberson was stabbed to death by his own mother.  Valisa Ebberson, 24, is charged with murder in the second degree. Sunday night the grandmother of the murdered child spoke out, saying she believes mental illness contributed to her daughter’s deadly actions. “She said her baby had demons inside him,” said a tearful Valarie Ebberson.  “She ran out of the bathroom and said, ‘I did it’.” Valarie Ebberson said that’s […]

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    Thieves stealing air conditioners from Jefferson County churches

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is sending a crime alert to area houses of worship. The department is trying to find the suspect or suspects involved with seven reported thefts involving air conditioning units. The department reports parts of air conditioning units or in some cases entire units have been taken from 6 churches. One church was hit twice. A pizza business was also recently targeted. Sheriff’s deputies are also aware of three similar crimes […]