Jeff Bernthal joined KPLR-TV as an intern from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1988. He joned FOX-2 in 2008 and has been an anchor and reporter for both stations.

Jeff has covered some of the biggest news stories in St. Louis over the years, including the unrest in Ferguson, Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates at Washington University and the Flood of the Century. He has also traveled across the country to cover major events including the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Andrew and the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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 a fortunate to report the news in the city he knows best.

Jeff has served on the board of directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL) in the past. This organization fights bias, bigotry and racism.

Jeff is married and is the father of one daughter. You can watch Jeff’s reports on both KPLR-11 and FOX 2.


Recent Articles
  • State Fire Marshal’s Office investigating pipe bomb and arson in Washington County

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO – The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the discovery of what appeared to be a live pipe bomb in an area where authorities were investigating a recent arson.  The device was found in tree branches near the intersection of Springtown and Vintage Roads on Monday. “It does have all the makings of what could be a pipe bomb,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Dallas Thompson. It had a fuse sticking out of it which would […]

  • Armed robbery at the Richmond Heights Post Office

    ST. LOUIS – The US Postal Inspection Service is offering up to a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of a suspect wanted for Thursday night’s armed robbery at the Richmond Heights Post Office. “I’d like to see them caught and put in jail,” said postal customer Gloria Hudson. Investigators are not revealing what was stolen. They say the suspect entered the post office located at 1209 S. Big Bend Boulevard at approximately 5:40 p.m. […]

  • Teammates stand up for Parkway swimmer with painful skin disorder

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A swimmer at Parkway South High School who has been an inspiration for her team received a big show of support from her teammates during a swim meet at the school Thursday. They started her race by standing in the water instead of diving into it because that’s what their teammate has been forced to do. Ella Furjes, 15, has a rare skin disorder that leaves her with painful blisters. Standing on her feet is […]

  • Teen swimmer with rare skin condition receiving overwhelming support

    MANCHESTER, MO  – Ella Furjes is an inspiration to those around here.  The 15-year-old says she swims 7 days a week and enjoys competing for the Parkway South High School girls swim team.  Furjes has a rare skin condition known as Epidermolysis bullosa.  It results in painful blisters that keep her from being able to stand on her feet. Ella has a wheelchair but prefers walking on her knees.  During swim competitions, she jumps from her knees.  Her mother says […]

  • Good Samaritan helps police end pursuit on I-270

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The pursuit of two women accused of trying to run over a St. Peters Police officer ended with their arrest near I-270 and Manchester in west St. Louis County Wednesday.  The chase was caught on camera by Bommarito Automotive SkyFox. A Ford Focus struck several vehicles and was weaving in and out of traffic during rush hour.   St. Peters Police pulled over the suspects at Mid Rivers Mall for improper vehicle registration and careless and […]

  • Hidden Valley fires up snowmaking equipment

    WILDWOOD, MO – Hidden Valley plans on firing up their snow guns for the first time this season on Tuesday night.  The ski area in Wildwood hopes to open for the season on December 15th. “This is the time of the year we all wait for and it’s finally here,” said General Manager Greg Gavrilets. He said the snow guns can produce enough snow to cover the entire ski area with 3-4 feet of snow in a 48 to 72-hour time […]

  • Having an MLS team paying off for Kansas City region

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Fans attending Thursday night’s MLS playoff match in Kansas City, KS called the atmosphere electric. That’s just one reason Mark One Electric has a marketing relationship with the team. “It’s just become a great branding mechanism for our company,” said Mark One Vice President Tony Privitera. He will also become the Chair of the Kansas City, KS Chamber of Commerce next year. Current Chair Daniel Silva says the presence of Sporting K.C. goes well beyond sports. He […]

  • Members of MLS2STL ownership group travels west to take in Sporting KC match

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A light show and fireworks helped kickoff Thursday night’s MLS playoff match between Sporting KC and the Portland Timbers. It was a sight St. Louis soccer fans hope they will soon see. The family behind the effort to bring a soccer team to St. Louis was in Kansas City to witness Thursday night’s match. Carolyn Kindle Betts and her uncle Andy Taylor were in attendance. “I’m shocked St. Louis doesn’t already have a team,” said Kansas […]

  • No players expelled from brawl during basketball at Alton HS

    ALTON, IL – The Alton School District has decided not to expel any of the basketball players involved during a fight that broke out during a game against Riverview Gardens last Friday.  The announcement was made during a special school board meeting at Alton High School Wednesday. Superintendent Mark Cappel read a statement indicating the board viewed the incident as isolated and was not a reflection of the true character of the district’s athletes.  Players and their parents in attendance […]

  • BOA President calls MLS soccer stadium proposal a ‘Smart Deal’

    ST. LOUIS – The President of the St. Louis Board of Alderman is encouraging his fellow elected leaders to approve a resolution that would pave the way for a soccer stadium to be built in St. Louis.  Reed expects the resolution to be approved and hopes approval will come during a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Kennedy Hearing Room at St. Louis City Hall on Wednesday. “If we want to see a bigger, stronger St. Louis we’re going […]

  • St. Louis County’s Emergency Management calls siren delay unacceptable

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – Some St. Louis County residents wonder why they heard outdoor sirens sounding several minutes after they received phone messages alerting them about the possibility of a tornado.  St. Louis County officials confirm the sirens were delayed by approximately 9 minutes due to a power outage.  County officials tell us backup generators kicked in but add there was some confusion because the outage happened just as a tornado warning was issued for St. Louis County. St. […]

  • Shoppers eager to get Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving

    CREVE COEUR, MO- It’s become a St. Louis tradition for some area shoppers.  They head to area stores on Thanksgiving for Black Friday bargains. Kohl’s, Best Buy and Target were a few of the stores open on Thursday, while most of the mall traffic won’t pick up until Friday. Matt Bilicki was first in line at the Kohl’s store in Creve Coeur.  He had no idea what he was going to purchase because he was in line for a different reason. […]