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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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    Fredericktown standoff suspect could face terrorism charges

    FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KTVI) – A standoff in Fredericktown lasting nearly a half day resulted in several evacuations, one man in custody and no one getting hurt.  The suspect threatened to set off an explosion inside his mother’s house Tuesday night, according to Fredericktown police. Police says the suspect had been in and out of trouble and did not want to return to prison.  He was arrested without incident Wednesday morning, after a nearly 12-hour standoff with police.   Police say it’s […]

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    Homes evacuated for possible explosives scare

    FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KTVI) – Police have evacuated several homes in Fredericktown Missouri after a potential bomb threat was made in the city. Fox 2 understands local police, SWAT, Missouri State Highway Patrol are on the scene in Fredericktown. A representative of Fredericktown United Methodist Church on Main Street told Fox 2 that the threat is related an area near Head and Lisa. As precaution, authorities have opened the church as a shelter for residents affected by the police emergency.

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    Hillsboro R-III School District removing lead contaminated soil from athletic field

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    Firefighters battle 3 house fires on Greer in North St. Louis

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    Miracle find – Long lost class ring turns up two decades later

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    North county summer camp asking for help to repair latest round of vandalism

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    Prairie Du Rocher looks to crowdsource funding for levee certification

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    Stormy weather cancels Cardinals game

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    St. Louisans dine out in support of injured Officer Mike Flamion

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    Ongoing cleanup in south city following mid-week storm

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    Illinois family fighting to keep pet deer

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    Storm leaves damage and power outages in St. Louis area

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