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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
  • Man with criminal past set to join Wentzville School Board

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI) – The Wentzville School Board met for the first time since voters elected a school board member with a criminal past. Michael Feinstein won more votes than any other candidate. But some voters feel more should have been done to dig into his past. Feinstein had the backing of the teachers union until his past was uncovered. A leader with the Missouri chapter of the NEA. says the organization yanked its support before the election. Mike Jones […]

  • ‘Puppies for Parole’ program reaches impressive milestone

    The Missouri Department of Corrections’ Puppies for Parole Program sees dog trainers instruct inmates on how to train abandoned or unwanted dogs. The inmates nurture the dogs, train them, and see that they are ready to be adopted. Corrections director George Lombardi launched the program in 2010. He says the dogs have softened even hardened criminals, and give offenders a greater sense of responsibility. Wednesday marked the 3,000 graduation of a dog from the program. Fox 2 was the only […]

  • Cardinal Fans find metals detectors easier to get through for Wednesday night’s game

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Cardinals fans had a much easier time navigating metal detectors Wednesday night.   The team heard from some fans who complained about long lines following opening day.  The Cardinals said they were assessing the situation and expected the next big test to come this weekend. Wednesday’s crowd was smaller than the crowd for opening day but some fans arrived early just in case there were long lines.  Fans we talked with had no trouble getting […]

  • Missouri executes Andre Cole

    Update:  The state of Missouri has executed Andre Cole. BONNE TERRE, MO (KTVI) – The planned execution of Missouri death row inmate Andre Cole is back on; as Governor Nixon denied clemency and the U.S. Supreme Court  has denied a stay of execution. Preparations for the execution are set at the Eastern Missouri Correctional facility located in Bonne Terre. Andre Cole stabbed and killed Anthony Curtis in 1998. Curtis was inside the St. Louis County home of Cole`s ex-wife. Cole […]

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    St. Louis County considering warnings about flying carp

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A Friday morning rowing practice for Washington University freshmen ended with a surprise.  Asian carp started jumping out of the water at Creve Coeur Lake.  The incident was recorded by varsity captain Ben Rosenbaum.  He posted the video on YouTube.   ‘There were a lot of screams coming from the boat,’ said Rosenbaum.   Coach Stephen Harris said a good word to describe his rowers` reaction was, ‘surprised.’ No one was hurt.  Rosenbaum said he was […]

  • Cardinal fans camping out for Opening Day tickets

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Cardinals fans are already preparing for Opening Day.  They have the tents and are ready to camp out tonight.  Some of these fans have done this for decades.  They get in line for the few tickets the Cardinals put up for sale on game day. Make sure to join FOX 2 along with Y-98 and Fresh 102.5 for our home opener pep rally  Monday at 10am in Kiener Plaza. Enjoy food, giveaways, interactive games and […]

  • Brooklyn police being investigated for misconduct

    BROOKLYN, IL (KTVI) – Allegations of misconduct against the Brooklyn, Illinois Police Department are so serious, that their investigations will no longer be prosecuted by the state. The St. Clair County State’s Attorney said he has no choice. Early Wednesday morning, Brooklyn police were called to a shooting inside the Pink Slip strip club. Just last month, another shooting took place outside the club. St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said criminals are preying on a community with a […]

  • Former Ferguson court clerk fires-back after termination over racist e-mails

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Former Ferguson Court Clerk Mary Ann Twitty is speaking out about her termination.  Twitty was fired by the City of Ferguson shortly after the Department of Justice released its report critical of Ferguson Police and the city’s municipal courts. “I feel like I was the sacrificial lamb,” said Twitty.  “I was a very good employee.” We’ve reported about the specific emails that were shared between Twitty’s work computer and the computers of two Ferguson police supervisors. […]

  • Missouri lawmaker wants to tax illegal drugs

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Missouri Narcotics Officers Association is backing a bill aimed at taking the profitability out of drug-dealing.  State Rep. Shawn Rhoads, (R) West Plains, has introduced House Bill 1138.  It would tax drug dealers.  The bill passed out of committee last week. Under the proposal, drug dealers would be required to purchases stamps from the Department of Revenue.  The stamps would be required on any illegal drugs being sold.  When drug dealers are busted, if their […]

  • Cardinal and Blues fans flock to Ballpark Village

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Ballpark Village is kicking off its 2nd season of baseball.  Both hockey and baseball fans headed downtown to watch two big games.  St. Louis fans were thrilled with the outcomes. The season opener for the St. Louis Cardinals is took place in Chicago against the Cubs.  The Cardinals won 3-0.  Fans cheered when newcomer Jason Hayward scored the 1st run of the 2015 season.  Matt Holliday drove in Hayward in the 1st inning with a single. […]

  • One dead, two wounded in south St. Louis shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigating a triple shooting in South St. Louis.  One person is dead and a suspect is in custody.  Police identify the victim as 27-year-old Darryl Simms of East St. Louis.  He was shot in the chest, back and side. According to police, the shooting happened at 6:28a.m. Saturday, near the back door of a duplex in the 5200 block of Jamieson.  Police say the victims were outside and the suspect was […]

  • Owner of stolen bank gate offers reward to get it back

    HIGH RIDGE, MO (KTVI) – A Jefferson County property owner is shocked over the theft of a stainless steel vault gate.  Dave Walters recently purchased a building on High Ridge Blvd.  He says the building housed a bank in the 1950’s.  The stolen gate was part of the old vault.  Walters says it appears someone forced their way into the building and stole the custom made gate. “It’s frustrating because I’d really like to bring this building back to its […]