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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
  • First responders bracing for busy summer boating and swimming season

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Area first responders are bracing for what could be a busy weekend.  They hope boaters and swimmers heed warnings sometimes ignored. One of the biggest mistakes people make is underestimating the power of a current, according to High Ridge Fire Protection Chief Michael Arnhart.  He says one downpour can change currents drastically.  His department has already been called for water rescues this year. “You can have slippery conditions dealing with moss buildup.  You can have […]

  • Band returns to St. Louis for concert months after equipment stolen

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The last time the band Two Cow Garage performed in St. Louis it was a horrible experience. The band’s March concert went well enough, but thieves stole all their equipment after parking in a downtown hotel parking lot. The Ohio band was happy to be back in St. Louis performing at Off Broadway Thursday night, thanks to supporters who donated thousands of dollars to a GoFundMe page. “You take one of the worst feelings you could […]

  • Police hope arrest of sock bandit thwarts possible intentions

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A sock bandit is back behind bars.  James Dowdy, 43, of Belleville, IL has faced crimes related to sock thefts dating back to 1996.  One of those crimes involved breaking into someone’s home. This time he’s accused of stealing socks from a car. In 2008 Belleville Police told us they feared Dowdy was on a path to becoming a child predator.  He was stealing socks and leaving socks on the lawns of some people.  Some socks […]

  • Pacific passes ordinance to combat feral cat population

    PACIFIC, MO (KTVI) – The city of Pacific votes to approve an ordinance aimed at controlling the population of feral and stray cats.  The ordinance allows the city to issue a permit for someone to use a process known as TNR.  TNR stands for trap, neuter and release. Tracie Quackenbush operates a no-kill shelter in Jefferson County.  Tuesday she found 4 stray kittens in Pacific and took them to her Open Door Animal Sanctuary.  She says she’s already trapped and […]

  • Circuit Attorney: Officer won’t face charges in shooting death of VonDerrit Myers

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office will not file charges against the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer involved in the shooting death of VonDerrit Myers, Jr., on October 8, 2014, in the Shaw neighborhood. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce released her findings Monday after an independent investigation by prosecutors in her office along with an Assistant U.S. Attorney. The shooting death of Myers, who is black, by the officer, who is white, led to angry protests. […]

  • Body found along St. Louis Riverfront

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis police and fire department personnel have been called to the St. Louis Riverfront for a body found in the Mississippi River. Authorities say the body of an African-American male in his 60’s was found face down in the river near the 400 block of south Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard.  

  • Vacant house fires in Alton to be investigated as suspicious

    ALTON. IL (KTVI) – Alton investigators are trying to determine why two vacant homes were on fire early Sunday morning.  Nobody was injured “We are investigating them as suspicious at this time,” said Alton Police officer Emily Hejna. The Alton Fire Department responded at approximately 5:20 a.m.  The two vacant homes are located in the 1900 block of Pleasant Street were on fire. “If anyone has any information that would help us solve these investigations, they should call the Alton […]

  • Normandy superintendent outlines plans for collaborative district

    NORMANDY, MO (KTVI) – Some parents are raising questions about proposed changes in the state supervised Normandy Collaborative Schools. Superintendent Charles Pearson outlined proposed ideas during a board meeting Thursday night. Pearson would like to see the district operate one school as a kindergarten center. He also believes the district should change middle schools to seventh and eighth grade only by moving sixth graders into elementary schools. There was also talk about partnerships with UMSL and a focus on evaluating […]

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    Semi crash on northbound I-55 in Festus may close lanes for 5-6 hours

    FESTUS, MO (KTVI) – Hazmat crews are cleaning up a chemical spill on the ramp from U.S. route 67 to northbound I-55 in Festus.  A tanker overturned on the ramp Wednesday afternoon.  Fire officials say the chemical, ammonium nitrate, was quickly contained.  I-55 was shut down in both directions Wednesday night as the chemical could be safely removed. “The crew will have to clean the product up by hand,” said Festus Fire Chief Chuck Boyer. “That means non-spark shovels.  Plastic […]

  • Pacific Mo debating what to do with feral cats

    PACIFIC, MO (KTVI) – The city of Pacific is debating how to fix a cat problem.  An abundance of feral cats are being blamed for some property damage.  One proposal the city is considering is a plan to catch the cats, spay or neuter them and then release them.  Some feel the cats should be rounded up and put down. Vicki Leah says she noticed some 30 feral cats in her Pacific neighborhood 10 years ago.  That’s when she decided […]

  • Man out looking for property finds items stolen from him and others

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators hope to return dozens of stolen items to their rightful owners.  The department has lawn mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws and other lawn and yard devices stored in an evidence locker. Investigators were led to the stolen goods by someone looking at real estate.  The potential buyer noticed his own stolen log splitter on a St. Clair area property he was interested in buying. “That is truly what started this case,” […]

  • Multi-vehicle accident cleared on I-70 in St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a series of crashes involving 29 vehicles.  It happened just after 5 pm Sunday on Interstate 70 just north of the Zumbehl Road exit.  Everyone involved survived.  The MSHP estimates 6 people were transported for injuries.  None of those injuries was life-threatening. One witness told us one car spun out of control, and that triggered a series of accidents.  Westbound I-70 was closed for nearly 4 hours […]