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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
  • Lessons learned from sad story of Cecil the lion

    STE. GENEVIEVE (KTVI) – The Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary in Ste. Genevieve hopes something positive will come from the story of Cecil, the African lion killed by a Minnesota dentist. “A lot of people don’t realize that these lions are almost endangered,” said Caroline Yeargain, animal keeper. She says many of the big cats being cared for at the sanctuary were taken out of their natural habitat and used by entertainers. “Most of our animals come from a roadside attraction […]

  • Man living gang life speaks out

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – He grew up around the gang life in the St. Louis area.​ “Waking up in the morning and going to the kitchen you see some people you don’t even know in the front room just doing drugs,” said a man we will call “Dave”. Now “Dave” hopes leaving the gang life will set an example for others who grew up in a life of crime.  He asked us not to reveal his name, but felt he […]

  • $2,000 worth of guns stolen from a home in Jefferson County

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – There’s a renewed call for gun owners to secure their weapons.  The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office reports 682 guns have been reported stolen in the City of St. Louis during the past 18 months.  That averages more than a gun a day. “Those guns don’t go away,” said Mary Pat Carl, Lead Homicide Prosecutor for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.  “Those guns can end up in the hands of criminals.” Carl says sometimes […]

  • Police investigating shooting in North St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Tuesday night at the intersection of New Halls Ferry Road and Parker. Police say a 21-year-old male was driving when he was shot in the head. The victim has been transport to the hospital in critical condition. Police on the scene are continuing their investigation. 21 year old male shot in the head while driving near Parker and New Halls Ferry. Victim condition unknown. […]

  • Spot storms damage parts of St. Louis area

    MILLSTADT, IL (KTVI) – Powerful winds coupled with lightning and heavy rain left behind a concentrated area of damage in Millstadt Monday night.  The boarded-up Farmer’s Inn building sustained roof damage.  A nearby barn had its roof trashed.  The damage was concentrated in the area of Illinois State Highway 158 and Triple Lakes Road. “I was hoping the house wouldn’t, the rood wouldn’t blow off,” said Noah Baumann.   “It was pretty scary.” The Millstadt resident says a lightning strike contributed […]

  • Fatal shooting at Jefferson County park, suspect released from custody

    HOUSE SPRINGS, MO (KTVI) – A man is dead and the alleged shooter has been released from custody after a fatal shooting Saturday night at Rockford Beach Park in Jefferson County. It happened around 8:00 pm Saturday. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department says the suspect, age 30, was enjoying a night out with his family at Rockford Beach Park, when the victim approached the suspects’ vehicle and started a verbal confrontation. The suspect fearing that the altercation would escalate drew a […]

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    Alleged bra and panty thief arrested in Highland, Illinois

    HIGHLAND, IL (KTVI) – A man is sitting in Madison County Jail amid accusations of breaking into a co-worker’s home and stealing her underwear, the Highland Police Department said. According to Highland Police Chief Terry Bell, police responded to a burglary call in the 700 block of 12th Street on July 8 just before 10 p.m. The victim, a 20-year-old, told police she got home from work and saw a man inside her home with a flashlight. She ran to […]

  • Tracking system can help locate people prone to wandering off

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Thursday will mark two weeks since 12-year-old Jonathan Shay wander off from his Phelps County home.  Searchers have focused on an area near St. James and near the Meramec River.  Shay is autistic.  Family members believe he is hiding and does not want to be found. St. Charles County Police Cpl. Steve Case is heartbroken over the situation.  He heads up training for a program known as Care Trak.  People at a high risk […]

  • Alleged molester was never placed on sex offender registry

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – He’s faced a laundry list of criminal charges including sex related crimes, but Larry Alverson was never placed on a sex offender registry.  That’s because he was never convicted of a sex related crime. The most recent charge of public indecency/lewd exposure involved accusations from a witness he was masturbating.   That charge is a misdemeanor and is still pending. More than a dozen year ago, Alverson was accused of breaking into a home and crawling into […]

  • Billboard guy renews vow to stay atop of billboard until city goes a week without a murder

    St. Louis (KTVI) – He’s become known as the “Billboard Guy.”  Daniel “Bonne” Fuller spent night number 12 on one of his billboards.  It’s located at the corner of Washington Blvd and Sarah St in St. Louis City.  He vows to live on the corner until St. Louis goes 7 consecutive days without a murder. “We can do it,” said Fuller. He hopes the attention will inspire others to get involved. “St. louis is not a war zone,” said Fuller.  […]

  • St. Louis County PD: Sexual Assault Suspect (July 17, 2015)

    Police searching for man who allegedly sexually assaulted 11-year-old, threatened to kill siblings

    MEHLVILLE, MO (KTVI)-A child was reportedly sexually assaulted Saturday and St. Louis County Police need your held to identify the suspect.  At 12:48pm Saturday, police received a call from a mother who was driving her 11-year-old daughter to a hospital after she said she had been sexually assaulted inside her home in the Mehlville area. Detectives from the Crimes Against Persons division responded and met with medical staff at the hospital. They also spoke with three children, the 11-year-old victim and her […]

  • Freeburg High School mascot name will remain

    FREEBURG, IL (KTVI) – The Midgets will remain; a big decision from Freeburg High School over the future of its controversial mascot. There was passionate public comment Thursday evening as a majority of speakers came to support the mascot. The district took on the name because of a David and Goliath type of story when its basketball team performed well despite not being very tall. It’s since become a badge of honor for many residents, but the name is also […]