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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    SLU students react to debate between Trump and Clinton

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Some 400 Saint Louis University Students gathered on campus to watch Tuesday’s Presidential Debate. The watch party was co-sponsored by the university’s political science and communications departments. “One thing that’s important to me is trying to engage individuals more in politics,” said Assistant Political Science Professor Steven Rogers. Supporters of each candidates expressed pleasure with the way their candidate performed. “She obviously came prepared.  She knows here stuff,” said Joy Kudia, president of the Campus College […]

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    Driving range invites folks to tee off on presidential candidates

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – If this political season is driving you mad, a local driving range is inviting customers to relieve their stress by aiming for some political targets. The First Tee driving range in south St. Louis County has photos of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approximately 60 yards away from the tee boxes. The driving range used targets of presidential candidates in 2012. “Everybody loved it,” said owner Paula Muck. “Here we go again, four years […]

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    Changing the way a north county school district holds elections

    FERGUSON – A town hall meeting at Wellspring Church in Ferguson addressed changes in the way the Ferguson-Florissant School District holds its election. Earlier this year, a judge ruled the election process violated the Voting Rights Act.  The judge ordered elections be put on hold until a solution was found. Options discussed at Thursday’s town hall, sponsored by the ACLU and NAACP, included dividing the district into 7 sub-districts. The change would ensure each sub-district would have a representative on […]

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    Better Business Bureau warning about Birthday Run slated for St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s billed as a big 5K race coming to St. Louis, but some fear organizers are only looking to run away with victims’ money. The Better Business Bureau has a warning about an event dubbed, “The Birthday Run.”  Tickets were offered for the event scheduled for downtown St. Louis on Sunday, September 25th, but it appears there is no race.  St. Louis City officials confirm no one has acquired permits to host the event. BBB investigators […]

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    Tobacco companies lining up against each other over proposed cigarette tax

    SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTYU, MO (KTVI) – Missouri voters will be able to decide whether a tobacco tax increase of 60-cents per pack will become law.  The Missouri Supreme Court rejected a challenge by opponents, and will allow the measure to appear on the November 8th ballot. Shortly after the ruling, opponents issued a press releasing listing a host of agencies and more than 100 state lawmakers opposing the measure.  They cite concerns over the fact that big tobacco is […]

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    More cities using targeted emergency alert systems

    OLIVETTE, MO (KTVI) – New Yorkers were alerted to details about a bombing suspect Monday morning by a national system called the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. The system is typically used to issue Amber Alerts and severe weather warnings.  Pre-authorized national, state or local agencies can send alerts.  When an alert is sent, it can be received by cell phones near cell towers in the affected area. The city of Olivette is also capable of sending alerts directly to its […]

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    For second straight week, weather forces Kirkwood to change start of football game

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Friday night lights are a community tradition, but the high school football season in St. Louis has been dampened by Friday night downpours. “We’ve had to change some schedule times,” said Kirkwood High School Principal Mike Havener. Kirkwood moved last week’s home game up to 4:30 p.m. in order to beat the weather. The school tried to do the same thing this Friday, but lightning delayed the start of the game. “The ultimate decision is student […]

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    Portable air compressor starts car fire

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The front of Dominique Reid’s SUV is pretty much a pile of melted metal. Her husband was using a portable air compressor to fill a tire when the fire started. He ran an errand and left the compressor running. “All I saw was the whole front of the car was on fire, and the smoke was rolling,” she said. Neighbor Kris Armstrong knocked on Reid’s door to make sure she got out of the house before […]

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    Man on probation for previous burglaries, arrested for theft of ATV’s

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles County man is hoping to recover 3 of the 4 ATV’s stolen from his property over Labor Day weekend. St. Charles County Police arrested a suspect in the case, and have recovered one of the ATV’s. Patrick Jaegers said the ATV’s are known as Suzuki quadracers.  He said two of them are known as quadzillas.  Jaegers said his son Brandon rebuilt one of the quadzillas, and hoped to sell it as […]

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    Pacific Police Chief ready to hire 2 new officers

    PACIFIC, MO (KTVI) – Pacific Police Chief Matthew Mansell hopes to soon fill two vacancies in his department.  He says those police officer vacancies have been left unfilled since November, 2015.   Mansell blames the Pacific mayor for blocking efforts to fill the vacancies. The police chief could soon have his way.  The city recently changed an ordinance that placed the power of recommending police hires in the hands of the mayor.  The new ordinance gives the chief of police power […]

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    One-time suspect charged in 2005 Belleville triple homicide

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Grand jurors have charged a man with murder in the stabbing deaths of three people at a southern Illinois beauty salon more than a decade ago. The Belleville News Democrat reports ( ) one-time suspect 50-year-old Samuel L. Johnson of St. Louis was charged with first-degree murder in an indictment unsealed Monday. He is accused in the March 2, 2005 killings in Belleville. Johnson was arrested days after the killings and charged with attempted residential burglary. […]

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    Parents relieved to have kids home safe after carjacking

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Myia Woolfolk, Stephon Smith, and their two children returned to their home Thursday night following an ordeal they would like to forget. Woolfolk ran into a gas station and left her children inside the car. The car was stolen. Her heart sank. “Everything just dropped,” Woolfolk said. Police released a photo of a potential suspect and the car was eventually spotted by police. The couple’s four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son were safely returned. North […]