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.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The US Secretary of Education came to the Missouri Capitol on Monday to deliver an address to the Missouri chapter of the Federalist Society. The group of conservative attorneys and judges heard Secretary Betsy DeVos say the federal government is too involved in public education. She said local communities are better equipped to know how to best educate children living within their communities. “Government has never done anything better or cheaper, more effective or more efficient, […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – Fans of Kobe Bryant are in shock. They do not want to believe the news reports of a helicopter crash taking several lives including Bryant’s and his 13-year-old daughter. “Everyone is in disbelief,” said Dereck Watts, an employee at the Larry Hughes Basketball Academy in Chesterfield. He said Bryant was one of his favorite players. “He was the hardest worker and was always the first person in the gym and the last person to leave,” said Watts. […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt believes victims of sexual assault can find hope in the news a backlog of untested rape kits is being tested. Earlier this week, Schmitt’s office announced that a federal grant made testing of 1,250 kits possible. Schmitt said his office has been working for approximately a year to locate all of the untested kits and discovered 6,000 have gone untested. “Some of these kits date back to the 1980s,” he said. […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Some Missouri lawmakers hope to legalize sports gaming in this legislative session. State Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial) has proposed legislation that would regulate sports gaming and video lottery terminals. Shaul believes if lawmakers fail to act, they will be missing an opportunity to regulate both industries and generate revenue to fund education. “People are using these machines at a high rate,” he said. “I think it’s time we give them what they expect to get out […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Growing complaints about the way property assessment values are determined took center stage during a Missouri House Ways and Means Committee hearing Wednesday. State Rep. Jeff Coleman (R-Grain Valley) has proposed legislation he believes would address those concerns. Coleman would like the state constitution amended so the state can set assessed values at the selling price of a property and then cap any increases at a rate no higher than the Consumer Price Index, a measurement […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri inmate Bobby Bostic is serving a 241-year prison sentence for crimes he committed as a juvenile in 1995. He’s 41 now. State Representative Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon) believes Bostic’s case is an example of why the law needs to change. Schroer has introduced HB 2201 this legislative session in an effort to give juvenile offenders facing life in prison sentence an opportunity to prove they’ve turned their lives around. Retired Judge Evenlyn Baker sentenced Bostic and […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A state senator’s proposal to raise Missouri’s motor fuel tax made its way through the senate’s Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee on Thursday. The bill’s sponsor believes more money is desperately needed to help repair and maintain the state’s roads and bridges. “This is a very serious subject,” said State Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff). SB 539 would raise the gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon and would raise the diesel fuel tax by […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited our Capitol Bureau in Jefferson City to answer questions about the economy, Medicaid, crime, and trade policies on Thursday. Democrats have criticized the governor for not expanding Medicaid. The governor explained why he has not supported the expansion. He also responded to concerns some Missourians have raised over President Trump’s support of tariffs some say are hurting certain industries. Gov. Parson also spoke about the effort to minimize costly flood damage. […]
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Governor Mike Parson delivered his State of the State address at the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday. He told an audience that included lawmakers, “The state of our state is strong and by working together we will be ready for an even brighter future.” Parson continues to focus on the issue of workforce development. He believes job training opportunities are a key for moving the state in the right direction. “Our workforce efforts have created 40,000 new […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday called on lawmakers to set aside $100 million in taxpayer dollars to use in case of financial emergencies. The Republican governor proposed the new savings fund as he outlined plans for next year’s state budget and his policy priorities during a State of the State Address before the Republican-led Legislature. State Budget Director Dan Haug told reporters that the savings fund could be bolstered if lawmakers this year pass […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson will deliver his State of the State address inside the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Some lawmakers are anxious to hear the governor outline his budget priorities. Senator Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) expects Governor Parson to continue focusing on some of the same issues he’s previously outlined as priorities including workforce development. “Every economic indicator is in a fantastic position,” Rowden said. “I think we are in a really good spot and hopefully […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers serving on the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony regarding a bill aimed at helping the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department hire more officers. St. Louis leaders say a residency rule has hampered the city’s ability to not only recruit police officers but to fill other city jobs as well. “Only a few months ago the City of St. Louis was short almost 1,000 employees across our ranks,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson. “So, I am also […]