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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
  • Public Safety Director Daniel Isom resigns

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – On Wednesday Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed confirmed that Department of Public Safety Director Dan Isom is stepping down from his job. Isom the former St. Louis city police chief was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon last September following the unrest in Ferguson and shooting death of Michael Brown. Isom and Governor Nixon issued the following statements: “It has been a great honor to serve as the Director of Public Safety during this important time, but […]

  • Fight over St. Louis County sale tax pool intensifies

    BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – During Monday night’s Ballwin alderman meeting, officials voted and passed bill #38-71 for attorney John Hessel to act on behalf of the city in a sales tax lawsuit initiated by the City of Chesterfield. Officials in Chesterfield say they`ve been paying heavily into the St. Louis County sales tax pool and want to keep more of their own revenue. Meanwhile, other cities like Ballwin need the money and don`t want Missouri house bill 768 which would […]

  • Washington University helps beautify Skinker Boulevard

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – When you think about the winter in St. Louis it’s cold and dark; especially for students at Washington University. They spend time sitting at Kayaks Coffee and walking from the campus along Skinker to the Loop.  Now that walk has a whole new feel. The university installed and spent $2 million dollars on 104 new 10 foot tall pedestrian lights. They also bought security cameras and 6 emergency phones. Washington University official Cheryl Adelstein says the lights […]

  • St. Louis sled dogs give snow storm rides

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It’s a sled team like no other in High Ridge. That’s why the recent snowfall pushed Richie Camden to host sled rides on Monday at Murphy Animal Hospital to educate the public and raise money for his team known as The Breakaway Kennels. Camden offered 3-minute rides at $10 each to get the full experience. Visitor Dana Chandler says riding was a great experience. “You always see it on TV and you never get to […]

  • Something for Kelly Foundation working to help pre-teens have positive body image

    O’FALLON, IL (KTVI)- Kelly was your typical teenager. She loved Christmas, shopping, and spending time with family and her boyfriend. She also started to gain weight. In high school, she began to count calories. But in college, things got a more serious. Kelly developed an eating disorder. Despite the support of family and boyfriend turned husband, she eventually lost her battle against that disorder. Now, her family is remembering her through the Something for Kelly Foundation. The Something for Kelly […]

  • Using cold frames to extend your gardening season

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- It may be winter, but you could still be growing veggies in your garden. With a cold frame, you can extend your growing season and, sometimes, grow right through the winter with one. Matt Even, Community Educator at Gateway Greening, and Jenny Murphy, Director of Perennial, will talk about the use of cold frames and how to build one at a workshop on February 28, 2015, from 10am-12pm at Perennial (7413-15 S. Broadway, St. Louis) The […]

  • Popular lash extensions can cause big problems

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)–It’s a beauty trend that’s growing by the day, false lashes and lash extensions. And for some ladies it’s a permanent part of their beauty routine. Celebrities like Katy Perry and the Kardashians have their own brand of lashes and all of them are cashing in. Teara Norris has been getting lashes since she was a teenager and never stopped. Kritique Designs stylist and licensed cosmetologist Tracy Dorsey-Wesmoland is the one to do it. Tracy says more […]

  • Adam Rieker, 34, of Troy., Mo.. used Snapchat to try to get nude photos, sexual favors from neighborhood children, police say.

    Police: Lincoln County man used Snapchat to solicit sex, nude pics from children

    TROY, MO (KTVI) – A 34-year-old Troy, Missouri man was charged Wednesday for allegedly using a smartphone app to solicit nude pictures and even sex from local children, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the incidents occurred in the summer of 2014. A 13-year-old girl told deputies that Adam Rieker sent her messages via Snapchat, offering to pay her for nude photos. The girl also said Rieker sent her pictures of his crotch. A […]

  • 3D printing company doing amazing things in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Abram Whitehead is a thinker, creator and one of three masterminds behind a small company with big ideas. It’s called Think a Little Bigger. The St. Louis based 3D printing company is the only one of its kind in the metro area. They make everything from memorial busts, and sculptures to art pieces.  All of it done with a special touch. One of Whitehead’s first projects was a plaster print of his newborn daughter from a […]

  • Jefferson County man creates video game for Sony PlayStation 4

    MOUNT VERNON, IL (KTVI) – A Jefferson County man loves video games so much he took it to the next level by creating his own video game. 22-year-old Michael Hicks says he’s been creating video games from home since he was in the 7th grade and now after two-years of hard work his latest and greatest project “Pillar” got the attention of Sony for the PlayStation. The gaming giant is selling it as a digital download on the PlayStation Network. […]

  • Winfield’s Gathering Place now open in Kirkwood

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI)-Winfield’s Gathering Place opened in Kirkwood on January 19, 2015. The new restaurant is the creation of partners Mark Winfield and former Cardinals player Jim Edmonds, who also co-own the Precinct together. The restaurant features southern-inspired cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant has a lot of other features: iPads for kids while they wait for food, a cell phone charging station at the bar, and fresh herb wall. Winfield’s is located at 10312 Manchester Road. You can […]

  • Actress and advocate Sheryl Lee Ralph talks HIV/AIDS awareness

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is a well known advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. She is in St. Louis for the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event at Harris-Stowe State University being held Saturday, February 7. Plans for the day-long event include free HIV testing, health screenings, and Ralph’s one-woman show “Sometimes I Cry” at 1:00pm. Ralph founded the Divinely Inspired Victoriously AIDS Aware (DIVA) Foundation  in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to HIV/AIDS. […]