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
  • Church opens its door to anyone struggling to cope with trauma of witnessing 2 men shot and killed

    ST. LOUIS – A north St. Louis Church is opening its doors to anyone struggling over a traumatic event that was visible from a busy interstate.  Witnesses ran to try and help two men who crashed a vehicle through a concrete barrier along Bircher Blvd. near Plover Ave. and Interstate 70 on August 7th.  Both men had also been shot.  They did not survive.  St. Louis Police reported 2 other men had been shot and said there are no updates […]

  • St. Louis sports scene continues to grow

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis is on a roll when it comes to its sports landscape.  Soccer fans are celebrating Tuesday’s news that St. Louis will become Major League Soccer’s 28th franchise.  That announcement came one day before the XFL St. Louis team will reveal its name and logo.  The league will reveal all 8 of its team logos and names on Wednesday. “It’s just going to be a huge celebration of what the XFL is all about,” said Kurt […]

  • MLS team has businesses excited over possibility of increased business

    ST. LOUIS – Businesses in St. Louis’s Downtown West neighborhood are excited over the news that Major League Soccer is coming to the neighborhood.  The official announcement will come on Tuesday and the CEO of Schlafly is thrilled.  Fran Caradonna said, “We’re very proud of our neighborhood and we want to share it with other people.” Schlafly invested in its location on Locust Street nearly 30 years ago.   Caradonna believes a professional soccer stadium nearby will be another piece of […]

  • 16-year-old becomes the 11th child or teen fatally shot in St. Louis this summer

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis’s latest child to be shot and killed was a high school football player with hopes and dreams of making it to the pros someday. “If it was anything that pertained to football, he wanted to play,” said Charles Shelton.  Those football dreams came to an end when Shelton’s 16-year-old cousin was shot and killed Sunday morning.  St. Louis Police said they were called to the shooting at 2:15 a.m. and found Eberhart on a parking […]

  • Four unsupervised children pulled from burning south St. Louis apartment, one in critical condition

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Four children under the age of 5 were discovered hiding during a fire in the Benton Park West neighborhood. One of the children is listed in critical condition. St. Louis Fire Department spokesman Garon Mosby said the three other children were in stable condition. Someone called firefighters to tell them that smoke was coming from an apartment around 12:40 p.m. in the 1300 block of Ohio. Firefighters were able to respond quickly and were at the […]

  • Vigil for 7-year-old shooting victim sparks calls for action

    ST. LOUIS – There were prayers and calls for action during a vigil held outside the north St. Louis home of 7-year-old Xavier Usanga. The child was shot and killed in the backyard of his own home Monday in the 3500 block of 14th Street. St. Louis police confirmed a suspect has been arrested Wednesday but charges have not yet been filed. “I ask you if you ever get free, that you look at what you did and don’t do […]

  • Heartbreak for St. Louis man who lost beloved dog in hit ‘n run accident

    ST. LOUIS – A south St. Louis man is hoping a dangerous driver is caught before causing any more heartache. Michael Wall said he was driving north on Kingshighway near Fyler around 12:30 a.m. Friday when a speeding red sedan—which he believes was a Chevy Impala—came crashing into his pickup and then sped away. The force of the crash forced his pickup to roll over into the middle of the intersection before it came to a stop. Wall was in […]

  • River City Rascals will cease operations after the season

    O’FALLON, Mo. – The 2019 baseball season will be the last for the River City Rascals in O’Fallon, Missouri, ending a 21-year run in the city. The city announced Monday that PS&J Baseball LLC, the owners of the Rascals, informed city leaders the team would cease operations. The franchise began operations as the Zanesville Greys in 1993 as one of the original six teams of the Frontier League. The team was inactive in the 1997 and 1998 season before moving […]

  • Police use pepper spray to break up fight at teen night at Aquaport

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO  – A teen night at Aquaport in Maryland Heights ended with police responding and one officer using pepper spray to try and restore peace.  Police said a fight broke out as the night ended and some 500 to 600 teens aged 13 to 17 headed for the exit on Saturday night around 11 p.m. “For a period of about 10 minutes there was a lot of chaos,” said Maryland Heights Police Chief Bill Carson.  He said in […]

  • Black-owned business group holds St. Louis forum for fresh ideas

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — One group focused on improving economic opportunities for black-owned business was formed after the unrest in Ferguson. Tonight they opened up a discussion with the public about what needs to improve. They packed into Fresno’s Diner near the Grand Aveny Water Tower in the College Hills neighborhood and shared ideas.  Some said too many programs offering grants fail to determine whether they work.   The owner of Fresno’s Diner spoke about the struggle to stay in business […]

  • Two dead after shooting and car crash near I-70 at Riverview

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Four men were shot and two of them died after a fiery crash near Interstate 70 and the Riverview exit in north St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon. St. Louis Metropolitan police reported the two survivors were still in critical condition. He was found in a car on Plover Avenue near the scene of the crash. About a dozen witnesses rushed to try and help two men who crashed their vehicle. Police said the two men had […]

  • FBI’s Operation Independence Day leads to local sex trafficking arrests

    ST. LOUIS – It’s called Operation Independence Day.  The month-long, nationwide effort by the FBI and its law enforcement partners helped shine a spotlight on sex trafficking.  The operation resulted in 105 child victims recovered or identified and 70 suspected sex traffickers arrested.  The FBI’s St. Louis Division reports 2 child victims were recovered.  Three suspects were charged. Sex traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to get a victim to engage in commercial sex acts, according to the FBI. “The […]

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