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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
  • Some in Ferguson are asking where’s the clergy?

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – For now, Ferguson is peaceful. The number of protesters at the Ferguson Police Department is smaller than they have been for the last two days. But that doesn’t mean emotions aren’t running high. One of the questions being raised tonight in Ferguson is where is the clergy? Elloitt Davis asked that question to several pastors today and found out that some have been intimidated other louder voices in the movement arguing for a more aggressive approach […]

  • South Grand stores start clean-up after Monday night’s vandalism

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It was a completely different look along the area known as South Grand.  Owners of boarded up businesses welcomed volunteer artists to apply some creativity to a difficult situation.  It was hard to tell looting hit this south St. Louis strip a few hours earlier. Artists painted creative landscapes on plywood that went up after violence overtook protests following the news Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown. The owner […]

  • Clayton continues preparations ahead of grand jury ruling

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – There are barricades and parking restrictions around the St. Louis County Justice Center.  Clayton officials indicate those changes will remain in place Monday when the grand jury investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown meets again. Carondelet Ave. between Central and Bemiston will remain closed Monday.  Access to a parking lot just north of the St. Louis County Justice will have restricted access.  Media trucks from around the country are already assembling in Clayton in anticipation […]

  • Preliminary tests show nurse does not have Ebola in Jefferson County

    CRYSTAL CITY, MO (KTVI)– Does Missouri have its first case of Ebola?  Preliminary tests show that the nurse does not have the illness. A nurse just back from West Africa is hospitalized in Jefferson County while doctors try to determine if she has been infected. She was admitted at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. But she is not inside the main hospital. They have her in a special isolation room across the street at Mercy`s Surgery Center. There are […]

  • Country star Hunter Hayes cancels concert over state of emergency

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Fans of country music star Hunter Hayes will not be able to see him in concert Thursday at Chaifetz Arena.   The 23-year-old’s concert has been cancelled.   A statement on the Arena’s website indicates the concert was cancelled because the Missouri governor has declared a state of emergency. National Guard members have been activated in anticipation of a decision from the grand jury investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. “Out […]

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    Police dog tracks down pizza robbery suspects

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – Alton police send three robbery suspects to jail with help from a Wood River canine officer.  Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons says it was Sunday night when a call was made for a pizza delivery to the 200 block of Lampert Street.   No one answered the door. Simmons said while the worker tried to determine what was going on, someone arrived on the porch and said the pizza was for him.  That’s when police say the […]

  • Man freed from prison because of clerical error accused of purse snatching

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The subject of one of the most bizarre criminal cases the courts have ever seen is in trouble with the law again.  Cornealious “Mike” Anderson escaped a 13 year prison sentence earlier this year because of a clerical error.   The sentence followed a 2000 armed robbery. Now Anderson is charged with 2nd degree robbery, following an early morning arrest on Sunday.  St. Louis Metropolitan Police say Anderson took a purse from the shoulder of a victim. […]

  • MoDOT crews battle snow, prepare for ice

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– MoDOT fully staffed is maintenance centers Sunday as the agency worked to keep interstates from freezing.  MoDOT assistant district maintenance engineer Amy Twellmann said pavement temperatures were above freezing when snow started to fall. “With the pavement temperatures still being up, the little bit of snow doesn’t hurt us too bad,” said Twellmann.  “It just makes the pavement wet, which is still an unsafe situation if motorists don’t slow down and drive appropriately for the conditions.” […]

  • Getting salt to St. Louis difficult before busy winter

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – With snow already in the forecast, the president of Gunther Salt Company is bracing for a busy winter. John Gunther says salt suppliers are still recovering from last year. Gunther says his company is at about 80% inventory when it comes to its salt supply. He says there is plenty of supply. The problem is finding a way to get the salt to St. Louis. “It’s really more of a logistics and transportation issue,” said […]

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    Official: Taveras was drunk during fatal crash

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Dominican officials say St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month. Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in Puerto Plata. She says the 22-year-old […]

  • Big chill over St. Louis has some remembering last winter

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The big chill over St. Louis is bringing back painful memories for some homeowners.  The owner of Kirkwood Plumbing recalls working around the clock after water pipes froze, expanded and broke during the last winter’s sub-zero weather. “They could be on an exterior wall or they could be anywhere where there wasn’t proper insulation put in,” explained master plumber Paul Schaefer. He encourages homeowner to make sure they have proper insulation and make sure […]

  • Police chase ends in crash on eastbound I-64 at McKnight exit

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Brentwood Police Chief Dan Fitzgerald says two fraud suspects put multiple lives in danger after trying to escape from police.  He said a male and female duo was wanted for trying to pass a bad check at a bank on Brentwood Blvd. When police pursued the suspects the pair started speeding on Interstate 64.  Fitzgerald said police backed off.  He said the suspects even made a U-turn on the interstate, and were driving head […]