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Shawndrea Thomas is a reporter for KTVI's FOX 2 News and KPLR's News 11. She comes to St. Louis from Central Florida's News 13, where she was the weekday morning traffic reporter. Shawndrea holds two Bachelors Degrees from Arizona State University in Broadcast Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to working in Orlando, she was a reporter at WSYX/WTTE Columbus, Ohio and reporter/anchor at KWES in Midland, Texas. While in Ohio, she covered a wide range of stories including the "Streets of Speed" franchise where she exposed bad drivers and brought attention to chronic speeding, in order to make neighborhoods safer. Other major stories upon which she reported were a breaking news story about a student who threatened to blow up a high school, an in-depth report on a fire that destroyed Grandview's historic districts. In addition, she covered traffic issues and severe weather (including a record-breaking 21-inch snowfall.) Relentless in getting answers and results, Shawndrea also broke major stories and landed an exclusive interview with a whistleblower in a West Texas State school scandal. She spent her spare time hosting an R & B radio show.

Professionally, Shawndrea is living her dream, and she wants to help other journalism students realize theirs. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Recent Articles
  • Disabled couple stranded at Fair St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Patricia and William Whitmore enjoyed their trip to Fair St. Louis on Saturday night. The pair used a $5 shuttle service to take them from the MetroLink Debalivere station to Forest Park. After all of the fanfare, music and fun; things suddenly went down hill and fast. Patricia has severe arthritis and her husband has a rare bone condition making it hard for both of them to walk. She says there were multiple people with […]

  • Tips to steer you towards financial freedom

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis based Four Seasons Financial Education specializes in helping companies focus on profitability by addressing the #1 cause of stress in the workplace:  personal finance. How can you relieve the stress of financial planning. Follow the four tips to financial independence: Get a Health Savings Account. You may qualify for one ever if your employer doesn’t offer one. Target 10% –  Strive to save 10% of household income 20 Year Test  – Take a look in the mirror […]

  • Arthur Shivers: Importance of stretching

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI)- Ready to work out? Did you stretch? Stretching improves your joint range of motion and decreases your risk of injury helping you perform better in the gym or on the field. Arthur Shivers from Generation III Fitness shows you several must-do stretches.  Shivers has written a new book, “Generation 3 Fitness Presents: A Healthier You.”  Learn more about the book here. Generation 3 Fitness is located in  Hazelwood (5912 Lindbergh). Follow Arthur on Twitter @AShiversIII or like Generation III […]

  • Children’s books portray America’s Founding Fathers as superheroes

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI)-Kyle and Brandi McElhaney are the co-authors of a brand new children’s book series, Founders Force, which portrays America`s Founding Fathers as superheroes.  Kids love superheroes and these books hope to get those young patriots excited about history. The McElhaneys will be singing some of the Founders Force books, Sunday, July 5, from 1—3pm at the Barnes and Noble in Fairview Heights, IL. More information:  www.foundersforce.com/ Follow Founders Force on Twitter

  • Dos and Don’ts for Eating Healthy at barbecues

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Need some motivation to stick to your diet this holiday weekend. Pam Bredenkamp lost 220 pounds in 18 months without supplements, drugs, or surgery; and continues to keep it off. She is now a certified health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster and live healthier, more balanced lives. Bredenkamp has several tips to keep your weight-loss goals in mind at summer barbecues and picnics. Remember Your Health Goals – If you have weight […]

  • 4th of July celebrations making adjustments due to rain

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – 4th of July celebrations are already under way in the St. Louis metro area. In Webster Groves the fun came with its share of challenges. Heavy rains caused organizers of the Lion’s Club annual festival to move their 55-year-old event to a new location and solid ground. They split the carnival space with the city and school district. Meanwhile Fair St. Louis also made adjustments to their set-up. Planners reduced the number of stages, added […]

  • DePaul patient robbed in her hospital room

    BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI) – Bridgeton police are investigating a theft that left 78-year-old Velma Galimore shaken up. Galimore says a woman went into her hospital room at SSM-DePaul Health Center and stole her jewelry and purse. The woman took the jewelry straight from her body while she was lying in her hospital bed. According to Velma’s daughter Marty Dixson the whole thing happened on Sunday morning during a 5 day stay. She says a bi-racial woman with a tie dyed […]

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    Authorities continue search for missing 13-year-old

    WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) – Multiple fire and police departments are searching for a missing Mt. Vernon 13-year-old girl. She showed up unexpectedly at a faith-based summer program called Camp Wartburg. Thirteen-year-old Ja-Tayah Leila Frank was last seen around 11 a.m. Monday. Authorities said the teenager was dropped off by cab Monday morning. Camp workers said when she got out of the cab, Frnak dropped her bags and took off on foot. Police were called after it was discovered she had been […]

  • Summer eats from Tucano’s Brazilian Grill

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Tucano’s is a Brazilian restaurant in St. Charles that features 15-17 different meats every night and over 70 different kinds of salads. Tucano’s Brazilian Grill is located on 1520 S. 5th St. Tropical Kale Salad: Salada Couve Tropical Ingredients 1 bunch of chopped green kale 1’x 1′ ¼ cup dried cranberries 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds ½ cup mango chunks ¼ cup mint dressing Preparation In large mixing bowl, place rinsed chopped kale, dried cranberries, […]

  • Book about St. Louis rescue dog helps raise awareness of animal adoption

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Like many dogs who are lost or abandoned, Jon Jon, an American Cocker Spaniel, was given a second chance at life through the support of a local animal shelter. “Who’s That Doggy?” is a new book by St. Louis authors Mike Meehan and Alissa Murphy and tells the story of how Jon Jon’s adoption transformed all of their lives for the better. The 44-page book combines photos and illustrations to tell Jon Jon’s story from his perspective. Author […]

  • Celebrate Latin culture at the Fiesta in Florissant this weekend

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI)- Celebrate all things Latin and South America this weekend at the Fiesta in Florissant at the Knights of Columbus Park.  Enjoy non-stop entertainment with live Latino bands and dancers from various countries and sample from the delicious food. One of the food vendors will be Tango Argentina, selling their delicious empanadas, which are meat or vegetable turnovers. The festival runs Saturday, June 27 from 10:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, June 28 from 11:00am to 9:00pm.  Admission is […]

  • Cash advance store robbed in St. Charles

    ST CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – St. Charles city police are looking for a man responsible for robbing a store on Wednesday morning. The suspect hit the Advance America Cash store at 2646 West Clay at around 10:30 Wednesday morning. According to police he walked in and asked a female employee questions about services then suddenly jumped over the counter and demanded money. Investigators say he didn’t have a weapon, but took money from the register and safe. The suspect also […]