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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
  • MoDOT encourages drivers to stay home Monday if possible

    ST. LOUIS – MoDOT plans to have all its available trucks dropping ice melting materials in the St. Louis area overnight. Sunday night area interstates were in pretty good shape although officials continued to caution drivers to go slow and leave plenty of distance between their vehicle and any vehicles ahead of them. “The best thing to do is to take it slow and easy, “said Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C Cpl. Juston Wheetley.  “If you’re late getting there, […]

  • Holiday lights display in Washington, Mo. honors husband and father

    WASHINGTON, Mo. – The Washington, Missouri community is rallying behind a family honoring the memory of a loved on. Nick Hauser was killed in an ATV accident last month. Family and friends called him the “Clark Griswold” of the neighborhood. He helped create a holiday light display that won first place in a 2017 community contest. Family, friends, neighbors, and strangers all rallied in recent days to make sure the family had a light display that would make Nick proud. […]

  • Police looking for man who shot shopkeeper known for kindness

    ST. LOUIS – Customers of a wounded south St. Louis shopkeeper are in shock over a shooting that has left the market temporarily closed.  St. Louis Metropolitan Police responded to the Beirut Market at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Sunday.  The store is in the 3700 block of Gravois Avenue near Bamberger Avenue. “That’s just a shame and a shock what happened,” said Katie Knoll, customer. Friends of the store owner said he is recovering from several gunshot wounds and hopes […]

  • Group questions SLMPD promotions

    ST. LOUIS – The Ethical Society of Police is questioning the way promotions are determined within the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  The organization released a statement Tuesday characterizing recent department promotions as a reflection of “cronyism, typical SLMPD politics, and other biases.” E.S.O.P. said the most recent case involves an African-American female police lieutenant with 30 years on the job.  They question why she has not been promoted to captain.  She has more investigative and administrative experience than 2 […]

  • Slave trade assignment prompts Mehlville School District investigation

    OAKVILLE, Mo. – The Mehlville School District is investigating a recent classroom assignment at Blades Elementary School after fifth-graders were asked to consider what they’d charge for slaves during a social studies class.  The district has placed the teacher on administrative leave. The president of the St. Louis County Chapter of the NAACP calls the assignment sad and unacceptable. “The position of the NAACP is we need a public apology,” said John Bowman.  He went on to say, “There also […]

  • St. Louis Police say man pretending to be taxi cab driver stabbed passengers

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Metropolitan Police say a man pretending to be a cab driver was arrested Sunday morning for assault.Police say the 52-year-old driver stabbed a man and woman with a pocket knife after a fight began.Police say it was Sunday around 2:30 a.m. when they responded to the 4100 block of Manchester. Police say a man and woman in their 20’s wanted a ride to the QT near Vandeventer and Chouteau and thought a cab driver was […]

  • ‘Way of Lights’ Celebrating 50th Anniversary in 2019

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Way of Lights. The popular display began when a groundskeeper wanted to keep workers busy during the winter. The display has grown over the years to now include more than one million lights. Shrine Director Fr. David Uribe says visitors have come from all over the world to see the light display. He calls in an opportunity to set aside […]

  • Red Cross helping nearly 200 area fire victims in recent weeks

    ST. LOUIS – Nikki Smith knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of help from the American Red Cross. She lost everything she owned in a house fire last year. Smith was leading a team of walkers to raise money for the effort to end lupus last year when she received word her home in south St. Louis was a total loss. “I literally had a Lupus t-shirt, some shorts, some tennis shoes, and that’s all that […]

  • Sen. Hawley calls for federal investigation into T.E.H. Realty

    ST. LOUIS – Some residents of the Southwest Crossing apartment complex in the Carondelet neighborhood of south St. Louis hope ongoing protests bring about better living conditions. They’ve been holding daily demonstrations outside the complex and are asking residents not to pay their rent to T.E.H. Realty until conditions improve. “We just want a better place to live,” said resident Terrell Woodson. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley recently met with residents living in properties owned by T.E.H. Realty and said he […]

  • Caretaker accused of stealing nearly $15,000 from disabled residents

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL – A caretaker from Granite City is charged with stealing nearly $15,000 from disabled adults she was paid to care for.   Madison County First Assistant State’s Attorney Crystal Uhe calls the alleged theft incredibly disturbing, “Our office takes this very seriously,” said Crystal Uhe, Madison County First Assistant State’s Attorney. Andrea R. Schultz has been charged for the financial exploitation and theft of 22 disabled adults.  Authorities say Schultz oversaw the finances for the victims who were residents […]

  • Baden Neighbors mourn loss of 91-year-old woman following suspicious fire

    ST. LOUIS – Neighbors say if you were looking for 91-year-old Erline Pierce, her front yard was a good bet. “She would sit in the front yard and talk to everyone, said neighbor Theresa Lewis.  “She was very friendly lady.” Firefighters responded to Pierce’s home in the 900 block of Riverview Boulevard last Wednesday for what fire and police have since called suspicious.  A homicide investigation shortly followed. Her body was found inside the house.  Investigators say Pierce had burns […]

  • Deadly fire leaves Edwardsville men in mourning and without a home

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Jordan King and Robert Moore are staying in a hotel room as they mourn the loss of King’s father. Steven King had just retired from the flooring business. He was killed in a house fire on 2nd Avenue early Monday morning. Moore believes a space heater was to blame. The Edwardsville Fire Department is investigating and has confirmed there were no signs of foul play. “I don’t know what to focus on,” Moore said. He and King […]

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