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
  • Belleville man grateful for rescue from waist-deep mud

    BELLEVILLE, IL – John Crawford and the blue and gold McCaw he cares for are well known in parts of Belleville.  Crawford takes the bird to a park and lets it fly around a couple days a week.  That’s what he was doing Sunday when the bird named Amigo flew a greater distance than expected. Crawford chased after Amigo but found himself stuck in several feet of mud that had a quicksand-like feel to it.  Park visitors saw Crawford stuck […]

  • Gun shop broken into for the second time in 2 months

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – The owner of a St. Charles County gun shop was cleaning up broken glass for the second time in just 2 months.  Alien Armory Tactical owner Frank Bahr said crooks broke his storefront glass at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Sunday in an apparent burglary attempt.  A similar break-in occurred on June 16th. In both cases, the suspect left empty-handed.  No firearms were taken. Bahr said during both break-ins the suspect did not stay in the […]

  • Ethical Society of Police host diversity career fair for those interested in law enforcement

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The St. Louis County Chapter of the Ethical Society of Police hosted its first ever diversity career fair at Hazelwood Central High School on Saturday.  Potential recruits had the chance to meet face to face with officers from several area police departments to learn about career opportunities in law enforcement.  They also had an opportunity to ask questions. “We want people to know it’s attainable to become a police officer in our area,” said St. […]

  • McCaskill talks tariffs in Missouri farm country

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – On the heels of her primary victory on Tuesday, Senator Claire McCaskill, (D) Missouri, hit the campaign trail on Wednesday. She made stops in Joplin and Springfield. McCaskill spoke about the harm she says President Trump’s tariff policies have had on Missouri farmers. “It’s a double whammy this year,” said McCaskill. “Low commodity prices, a tariff war and a drought. You put those 3 things together and even our very best producers who have saved money for times like this, […]

  • Josh Halwey wins Republican primary for Senate

    ST. LOUIS- In the US Senate race, the stage is set for the November election. On the Republican side, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won his primary campaign. He’s backed by President Donald Trump. Hawley is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill to debates.  He wants the debates to be one on one without moderators. When he talked about McCaskill he also mentioned the names of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, telling voters the agenda of Democrats does not align with the values […]

  • Absentee voting in the City of St. Louis suggest greater interest in this year’s primary

    ST. LOUIS – Election officials in St. Louis say absentee voting indicates there is a greater interest in this year’s primary compared to previous ones.  One reason could be the statewide measure involving the Right to Work issue. A handful of absentee voters in the City of St. Louis claim they received the wrong ballot.  Election officials say there’s no way to confirm those claims because the concerns were raised after the ballots were cast. “Our paperwork reflects that they […]

  • Fed up: St. Louis woman tries to tackle trash troubles

    ST. LOUIS, MO – Lenora Whitcher lives near Union and Wells in north St. Louis and often wakes up to a row of litter. “People driving by are throwing their trash,” she said. “They’re throwing their trash in our neighborhood.” Whitcher picks up trash daily.  She wears gloves and fills up her own trash bags.  We spotted her picking up trash on Sunday and it didn’t take her long to fill up a bag. “She gets up early in the […]

  • Man and woman die after Ferguson shooting; police search for person of interest

    FERGUSON, MO – A man and a woman are dead after a shooting Saturday morning in Ferguson. It happened around 7:50am in the 7500 block of Halpin.  Police are calling this a double murder. Officers say they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound outside the home.  They found a woman with a gunshot wound inside the home.  She was later pronounced dead at the scene.  The man was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. […]

  • High school choir gets opportunity to perform on stage with “Foreigner”

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – The concert choir from Central High School in Park Hills made a 75-mile trip to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Wednesday.  That’s because the choir won a radio contest giving them the opportunity to perform with the 80’s rock band Foreigner. “This was pretty exciting,” said Central High School Secretary Tamra Uding.  “They are all pretty excited to get the opportunity to do this.” “We have a Christmas basketball tournament at our high school and there’s […]

  • Tips pour in for suspect in MetroBus shooting, as victim’s fiancée deals with aftermath

    NORMANDY, MO – Tips keep pouring into police after surveillance photos of a suspect wanted for a deadly shooting on a MetroBus were made public.  35-year-old Kenneth Pointer was shot after bumping into someone on the bus on Saturday night.  He tried to run away when the bus stopped on South Florissant Road in Cool Valley but the shooter ran after him and shot him several more times. Tiauna Jones was Pointer’s fiancée.  She said he leaves behind 4 children.  […]

  • Edwardsville community rallies behind teen whose parents were killed in vehicle accidents

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL – The Edwardsville community is rallying behind the family of a 12-year-old boy who has now lost both parents to vehicle crashes.  Malik Allen’s father died years ago in a car crash and his mother Markia Ivy was killed in a motorcycle crash on Thursday near New Poag Rd. and Wanda Rd. “It’s been a difficult time for us to get through,” said DeAndre Lewis, Malik’s uncle. Sean McMeen is Malik’s little league baseball coach.  He set up […]

  • MSHP Youth Academy connects youth with law enforcement

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is hosting its Youth Academy at Sunnyhill Adventures Center in Dittmer this week.  Some 30 youth, ages 16-18, ditched their cell phones and are participating in a wide range of activities with members of law enforcement. “I hope that I could accomplish discipline, ethics, morality, respect and accountability in this program,” said participant Moses Momand. Academy participant Christine Bui said she was looking for “More leadership skills, more discipline and to […]