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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.

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    Illinois man catches record catfish

    SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – An Illinois fisherman has a whale of a story, and it’s no fish tale.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources credits Jim Klauzer with catching the biggest flathead catfish in state history.  The weekend catch weighed 81 pounds and 6.4 ounces, and came out of Sangchris Lake in Springfield. “I was just out there to hang out with a friend and put a few fish in the freezer,” said Klauzer. When the fish bit his line, […]

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    Webster Groves auto repair shop fails to get city council support to stay open

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – Supporters of a Webster Groves auto body and detailing shop were dealt a setback during Tuesday’s city council meeting.  The city recommended council members reject a request for a zoning change. The request was made because of a nearly 20-year-old deal that’s set to expire.  The deal was made to allow Auto Beauty Specialists to perform auto body work.  The city’s plan commission recently voted 4-3 to support a zoning change so the business can […]

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    Hermann man praises officer for kindness towards sick niece, while being cited with a ticket

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – He was pulled over for a traffic violation in St. Charles County.  Matthew Manley was driving without the proper license plates.  He was traveling with his 5-year-old niece.  Manley was taking her home after she received chemotherapy from a St. Louis area hospital.  She’s been receiving daily doses in an effort fight off cancer. “She’s been through a lot, “said Manley. The Hermann, Missouri man knew he failed to transfer his plates from his previous vehicle in […]

  • Vigil held for children of gun violence, as community passes out gunlocks

    HANLEY HILLS, MO (KTVI) – The Village of Hanley Hills invited its community to join them Sunday for an effort to keep kids safe from violence involving guns.  Trustees joined St. Louis County Police officers and the group Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice for gun lock giveaway. It was August 25th when 21-month-old Carter Epps died after pulling the trigger on a gun left inside his grandmother’s Hanley Hills home. “This young life and so many others are being […]

  • Illinois can’t cut Lotto checks for more than $25,000

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren’t getting the largesse, they’re getting left out. Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there’s no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. Smaller amounts are being disbursed. Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait. Rick tells the Chicago Tribune […]

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    Missouri veteran’s family looking for help after father shot and son killed

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A  Missouri family is looking for help with the care of their loved one.  We first reported on James Litherland Sr. after he was shot in September of 2009.  The WWII and Korean War veteran was shot and left for dead near Potosi.  His son, Jerry Litherland, found him.   Jerry Litherlans was shot and killed a few weeks later.  Loved ones eventually took James into hiding, fearing for his safety.  A loved who was […]

  • Lifting spirits: Bartender helps save biker’s life following collapse

    ASHLEY, IL (KTVI) – A Collinsville woman believes it was divine intervention that helped save her husband’s life. The couple rode motorcycles through southern Illinois Sunday. They decided to stop in the small town of Ashley. There was no rhyme or reason why they chose to stop at a bar called Chops, but the decision turned out to be a lifesaver. Heather Haltenhoff was tending bar. She’s also a nursing student at Kaskaskia College. Haltenhoff says the customer collapsed in […]

  • Charges filed against woman that drove car into crowd

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Nine felony charges have been issued against an East St. Louis woman.  She’s accused of crashing her car into a crowd of women, and then leaving the scene of the accident.  The injured women survived. Moesha Allen was not in custody as of Wednesday night, but anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshal’s Service at 618-482-9236.  Allen faces charges related to aggravated battery and leaving the scene of an […]

  • Arrest made in toddler killed in shooting in north St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating the shooting death of a toddler in a north county neighborhood.  The 21-month-old boy was shot in the torso.  He was driven by a woman to  St. Mary’s Hospital where the he was pronounced dead. The toddler has been identified as Carter Epps. He lived in the 5300 block of College Ave in St. Louis, MO. Police say the shooting occurred at a residence in the 7700 block […]

  • Friends and family gather to mourn the loss of 9-year-old gunned down

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Hundreds of marchers rallied Sunday in support of finding the killer of 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden.  The Ferguson girl was shot and killed while doing her homework inside her home.  Her mother was also wounded but is recovering. Retired school teacher Gail Delaney joined the rally. “I’m tired of the violence,” said Delaney.  “Whoever did this to this young lady needs to step forward.  They need to be brought to justice.” Grammy winning hip hop artist Travis […]

  • Storm downs power lines in Soulard

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Some scary moments for the driver of a GMC pickup truck rolling through Soulard Tuesday afternoon.  Gregory Dixson says storm damage sent power lines on top of his vehicle while he was driving. The lines and a power pole snapped after winds estimated at 40 – 50 miles per hour grabbed hold of a tarp covering scaffolding. “It pulled it like a sail and pulled it down,” said Dixson.  He first noticed a bucket on top […]

  • East St. Louis’ mayor says financial crunch could lead to layoffs

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Addressing the state of city, East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks says the financially strapped city is facing a nearly $6 million dollar deficit. That deficit means it’s possible that city employees may be facing layoffs in all departments including fire and police. Jackson-Hicks said the money crunch could lead to payless holidays for city employees. The mayor cites the drop in gaming revenue from the Casino Queen and previous administrations waste and mismanagement of […]