Jeff Bernthal joined KPLR-TV as an intern from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1988. He joned FOX-2 in 2008 and has been an anchor and reporter for both stations.

Jeff has covered some of the biggest news stories in St. Louis over the years, including the unrest in Ferguson, Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates at Washington University and the Flood of the Century. He has also traveled across the country to cover major events including the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Andrew and the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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 a fortunate to report the news in the city he knows best.

Jeff has served on the board of directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL) in the past. This organization fights bias, bigotry and racism.

Jeff is married and is the father of one daughter. You can watch Jeff’s reports on both KPLR-11 and FOX 2.

Recent Articles
  • Blues fans hopeful in series against Nashville Predators

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Blues fans are disappointed their team lost to the Nashville Predators but they still believe their team can win the series. Nashville defeated the Blues 4-3 Wednesday night at the Scottrade Center. The Blues fell behind 2-0 but tied the game at 3 before giving up a goal late in the 3rd period. “It’s okay they still have plenty more chances,” said one Blues fan who watched the game at Ballpark Village. “We’ve been […]

  • Injured bystander questions high-speed pursuit that ended at Lambert Airport

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – A police chase ended with the suspect’s vehicle crashing into an innocent bystander’s car.  Two young children were critically injured. The collision happened near St. Louis lambert international airport tying up traffic for hours to terminal two. The suspects are juveniles, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl traveling in a vehicle police say was stolen.  They crashed into the car of a family leaving the airport. Two women in the front seat of the car struck […]

  • Lindbergh High School community lends support to student seriously injured

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – The parents of Brad Bauer call it an overwhelming show of support.  The Lindbergh High School senior suffered a serious injury to his vertebrae during a freak spring break accident.  Brad’s mother said her son was running on a beach in Mexico and dove into the water not realizing a sand bar was underneath. The leader of the Lindbergh water polo team required emergency surgery.  Brad is now rehabbing at Ranken Jordan Hospital in Maryland […]

  • Loss of a son spurs family to create memories for families with newborns in intensive care

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Seamus Johnston was born 3 months premature. He lived long enough for a group of volunteer photographers to take professional photos of Seamus and his parents at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The Johnston’s consider those photographs priceless. “They’re all over our home,” said Sharon Johnston, Seamus’ mother.  “I have 2 sons and we talk about Seamus on a regular basis.  They see pictures of Seamus.  They ask questions about Seamus so it’s just kind of part […]

  • Families of homicide victims gather for a vigil to remember loved ones

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It was a chance for the families of homicide victims to remember how their loved ones lived and not how they died. A vigil remembers victims from both St. Louis City and St. Louis County was held at the St. Louis Dream Center in north St. Louis. The vigil was organized by the Crime Victim Advocacy Center and the Homicide, Ministries & Community Alliance. “We wouldn’t be here if these victims didn’t have a life,” said […]

  • Moore Foods: Great steaks on the stovetop

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Chef Georgios with Moore Food Distributors says don’t worry when it rains on your grilling fun. Just bring the cooking inside. Chef made us a delicious filet mignon with asparagus and potatoes, all in one pan on the stove. The secret? Butter! For more information, visit or call 314-426-1300. Moore Food Distributors 9910 Page Avenue St. Louis, MO 63132

  • Learn new skills at a Sugar Doodles cake decorating party

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Looking for something special and different for your next party? Why not learn to be a master of the “sugar arts?” Sugar Doodles offers cake decorating parties where an instructor comes to show you how to decorate unique cakes or create extra-special cake toppers. Sugar Doodles provides all the tools and materials needed for you and your guests. To book your next party, contact Sugar Doodles  at (618) 476-1921 or visit  

  • Spoiled winning ticket forces rollover, jackpot may grow to over $400K

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The VFW Post in Caseyville, IL was filled with people hoping to hit the Queen of Hearts Jackpot Wednesday night.  There was no winner because organizers were unable to make out the handwriting on the winning ticket.  The ticket was declared, “spoiled.” “I was hoping that they would pick another ticket,” said one player. Post Commander Tom Clark told the crowd, “We will not redraw.  It will be a rollover.  When you fill out your ticket, […]

  • Overflow crowd upset over demotion of popular athletic director at Hazelwood Central HS

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – There was an overflow crowd for the Hazelwood School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.  Several of the people attending indicated they were showing support for John Pukala.  Pukala’s attorney told FOX 2 his client, the current athletics and activities director at Hazelwood Central High School, was being removed from his position and was offered a position with a $40,000 a year pay cut. “He went to school here.  He grew up […]

  • Missouri American Water sends out alert after company truck is stolen

    BRECKENRIDGE HILLS, MO (KTVI) – Missouri American Water is sending out an alert regarding a stolen vehicle.  One of the company’s 2008 Dodge Dakota work trucks was stolen Monday.  A worker parked the vehicle along Woodson Road in Breckenridge Hills.  The vehicle was taken while the worker was checking meters. “There have been instances across the country where unscrupulous people use utility companies as an excuse to enter somebody’s house and commit a crime,” said Missouri American Water Spokesman Brian […]

  • Newborns dressed in special Easter bunting at St. Luke’s Hospital

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – It is a long standing tradition at St. Luke’s Hospital.  Newborns arriving during a holiday are dressed in a special seasonal bunting.  Nine newborns were wrapped in buntings resembling Easter eggs and bunnies Sunday. “It’s pretty amazing,” said Daniel Smith.  He and his wife Melinda are the proud parents of an 8 pound baby girl named Gwendolyn. The tradition was started by Gussie Freese, a St. Luke’s Volunteer.  Freese passed away a few years ago but […]

  • Mushrooms get their own celebration at Pere Marquette Lodge

    GRAFTON, IL (KTVI)- Celebrate morels and much more at the Pere Marquette Lodge Mushroom Festival on Sunday,  April 23, 2017. Listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch, taste local wines, and learn all there is to know about mushrooms from 11:00am-3:00pm. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00pm (weather permitting). Find the smallest morel, the largest morel, or the most morels and you just might go home with a free night’s stay. More information: Pere Marquette Lodge Mushroom […]