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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
  • Hospital worker fears for her life after ex-boyfriend shoots at her

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A hospital worker is scared for her life after a ex-boyfriend allegedly attacked her at work and shot at her car. The victim says she`s fearing for her life and wants the man who she says shot at her behind bars. According to the 22-year-old victim she was leaving work from Barnes Jewish Hospital at 7 am Wednesday morning when she says her ex-boyfriend approached and grabbed her. Security caught up with the man and the […]

  • Rose man’s family speaks out about fatal hit and run

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Lesia Nixon and her family are still trying to face a new reality as they deal with the loss of a loved one.  64-year-old Jerrel Nixon known as the ‘rose man’ was killed while crossing the street by a hit and run driver on Sunday night while working at CW’s Lounge at the 2600 block of Natural Bridge. His children Teresa and Jerrel Junior are devastated. It`s been the same thing all over again I mean […]

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    FOX 2 Special – Missing babies from Homer G. Phillips Hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It has been just over a month since Zella Jackson Price met her daughter for the first time.  50 years ago a doctor at Homer G. Phillips hospital told her that daughter died just after birth. Since their reunion went viral on the internet  more than 100 women have come forward wondering if the children they too thought were dead, may actually be alive.  Others are wondering if they are children taken from their birth […]

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    Pedestrian killed was successor to ‘The Rose Man’

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Three people have been arrested following a fatal hit-and-run accident in St. Louis that killed a man selling roses. The accident happened late Sunday at the intersection of Natural Bridge and Farrar Street. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the victim was Jerrel Dean Nixon, the brother of Lee “The Rose Man” Nixon and one of his successors in selling roses and other sweet items at nightclubs and lounges. Police say they have found the […]

  • Annie Malone May Day Parade held in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI)- Every year, the Annie Malone May Day Parade travels the streets of St. Louis. But who is Annie Malone? Malone was the founder of Poro College and a pioneer manufacturer of cosmetic products. She served as President of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Colored Orphans’ Home from 1919 to 1943. It was renamed in her honor in 1946 to Annie Malone Children’s Home. Now called the Annie Malone Children & Family Service Center, the […]

  • Area hospitals offer free skin cancer screenings

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-On Saturday, hospitals across the St. Louis area held free skin cancer screenings, including Mercy, SLU, and Barnes-Jewish. The event is sponsored by the American Academy Of Dermatology as part of their SPOTme campaign. May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to think about our skin as we spend more time in the stronger sunshine. Find a free SPOTmeSkin Cancer Screening For #SkinCancerAwareness Month, challenge yourself to our #SPOTskincancer quiz to see how much […]

  • Cardinals to host official Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The Nathan’s Famous Hot-Dog Eating Contest is back in St. Louis. The top male and female finishers will qualify for a seat at the Nathan`s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th, 2015, where they will face reigning champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo. The contest takes place at Noon on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Busch Stadium, before the Cardinals game. Website: www.nathansfamous.com

  • The Kitchen Sink serves American food with a Cajun twist

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-The Kitchen Sink is a family owned diner restaurant serving American food with a Cajun twist.  The name means just what it implies; everything is on the menu but the kitchen sink.  They are open 11am-10pm and serve breakfast all day. You’ll find them at 255 Union Boulevard in the Central West End, but soon they will be moving downtown.  Stay up to date at their website, www.letseat.at/thekitchensink

  • Alton residents speak out over juveniles maced in holding cell

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – Controversy in Alton as the police chief is put in the hot seat over two juveniles allegedly being maced while in custody. FOX 2’s Shawndrea Thomas was at the city council meeting where residents showed up looking for answers. One of the topics that brought people out was to talk about two juveniles who were allegedly maced by an officer while in custody in January, that according to police video from an Alton holding cell. The […]

  • St. Louis spends $4M a year to clean-up illegal dumping

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The City of St. Louis is fighting illegal dumping with technology and catching the perpetrators on camera. Crooks are dumping trash in empty lots and costing the city millions of dollars to clean up. Tires, couches, clothing and dirt, all of it illegally dumped in alleys and waterways. It`s a daily problem officials are fighting to clean up. Sergeant Ron Hasty leads the 5 man trash task force responsible for checking reported sites and the […]

  • Police looking for 3 armed robbery suspects that hit loan stores

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – it was an active Monday for St. Louis County and St. Charles city police. They’re looking for 3 robbery suspects who hit two payday loan stores. First up was the Missouri Payday Loan Office on Capital Drive in St. Charles at 10 am. That’s when a man walked in, demanded money and assaulted the cashiers. Then less than 10 minutes later a shocking scene inside of the CashAmerica at the 7900 block of St. Charles Rock […]

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    Images of Ferguson through a reporter’s eyes

      FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – I recently went through my cell phone and as I looked at my pictures from Ferguson I realized I had the evolution of what happened right there in my hand. Dozens of images and video I shot while covering stories in the community. It’s as though you can see how everything changed and the emotions that went along with it. I hope these photos will give some perspective from the first protest in front of […]