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
  • St. Louis police investigating 5 carjackings across the city

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are investigation 5 carjacking’s that happened in the span of fewer than 48 hours.  The spree began on Saturday night near West Florissant and Thrush Avenue. A 64-year-old male was involved in an accident near Calvary Cemetery.  When he stepped out of his car to exchange information with the other party, a man and a woman indicated they were armed and wanted his keys.  The man handed over the keys to his 2017 Jeep Cherokee […]

  • Lottery dreams: Where does the lottery money go after a win?

    ST. LOUIS – The Mega Millions jackpot entered record territory on Friday. The billion-dollar grand prize was the first time the jackpot went 10 digits. So where does all that lottery money go? The Missouri Lottery provides a breakdown of where the money from ticket sales goes. The Illinois Lottery provides a similar breakdown. Lottery officials offered this advice for anyone lucky enough beat the odds. “We want them to sign the back of that ticket,” said Missouri Lottery Chief […]

  • Two killed within a month in hit and run accidents on same East St. Louis street

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Two people have been killed twice within a one-month span in hit and run accidents on State Street in East St. Louis, Illinois. The most recent investigation began Wednesday night when 47-year-old Angela Polk was killed just after 11 p.m. on the 1200 block of State Street. Balloons and flowers marked the area were witnesses said her body was found. The posted speed limit is 25 mph but residents said many cars speed through the […]

  • Godfrey woman came face-to-face with suspected killer

    GODFREY, Ill. – Cynthia Pratt had no idea a murder had just been committed. She was home with her longtime partner when a stranger walked right through their front door on Rosa Avenue in Godfrey. She says the intruder was calm and asked for food. Pratt suspected he was looking for a place to hide. She later learned that trespasser was charged with the murder of beloved Godfrey Trustee Eldon “Twirp” Williams. “When those detectives told me he was packing, […]

  • Last minute lottery players rush to buy tickets for Mega Millions jackpot

    CAHOKIA, Ill. – A rush of lottery players usually comes through the door just before ticket sales end. That’s what Carolene Grandberry says happens at the Cahokia Moto Mart where she is a shift manager. Wednesday’s night’s estimated jackpot of $667 million was the biggest jackpot in Mega Millions history. Customers lined up and bought tickets for what they hope would lead to a new way of life. What many customers did not know was that Illinois allows lotto players […]

  • Proposed gas tax increase in Missouri would pay for road repairs, state police

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri voters will soon have the say on whether the state’s gasoline tax will increase. Proposition D asks voters to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 2.5 cents per gallon for four consecutive years. That adds up to a 10-cent a gallon increase. Money would go to state law enforcement and road repairs. Some point to the Interstate 270 bridge over Florissant Road as an example for why the state needs more money to make […]

  • St. Louis police chief, circuit attorney discuss successful conviction in triple murder case

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief John Hayden Jr. sat side-by-side Friday to discuss the successful prosecution of a case that sent shockwaves through the St. Louis community last year. A St. Louis jury found Jerome Buress Jr. guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, one count of assault, and four counts of armed criminal action. The shooting left 7-year-old Deniya Irving in critical condition. Buress […]

  • Belleville police issue safety advisory for ‘diseased raccoons’

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Belleville police have issued a safety advisory regarding the recent spotting of several raccoons showing signs of distemper. The post notified residents six sick raccoons had been euthanized since September. A woman living near the intersection of N. 13th and West E. streets described the look of a raccoon standing on the sidewalk in front of her house. “It was literally staggering around like it was drunk,” she said. “It was just disorientated and acted drunk, and […]

  • 7-year-old struck by car gets a special visit at the hospital

    ST. LOUIS – 7-year-old Justin Welch is making great strides at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  He received a special visit on Wednesday that helped with his healing.  Justin was hit by a car more than a month ago when he ran across Adie Road after delivering candy to a friend’s house.  Most of the bones in his face were broken. Members of the group St. Louis Youth Sports Outreach and the St. Ann Police Officer who responded to the crash that […]

  • Soccer fans applaud new bid to bring MLS team to St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – Soccer fans in St. Louis are celebrating the news that the city’s bid to bring an expansion team to St. Louis is alive and well.  Families at the Lou Fusz Soccer fields in west St. Louis County applaud the way the Taylor family who owns Enterprise and the CEO of World Wide Technology are leading the way. “I’m thrilled to death,” said Buzz Demling.  He was one of several St. Louis soccer players representing the […]

  • Limousine company offers warning and tips following deadly New York accident

    CASEYVILLE, IL – A deadly limo crash that killed 20 people in New York has the owner of one local limousine company warning consumers.  Greg Meyer is the owner of ‘All About You Limo’ located in the Metro East.  He says consumers should search a U.S. Department of Transportation database before they choose a company. “We haul the most precious cargo, said Meyer.  “We have to do things right.” Meyer said the company that owned the limo involved in the […]

  • Ft. Zumwalt West students celebrate life of deceased father

    O’FALLON, Mo. – The family and friends of Brian Froneyberger gathered on the football field of the Ft. Zumwalt West Friday evening to honor the memory of a man who courageously fought head and neck cancer to be around his family for as long as he could. Froneyberger was a parent and coach who was directly involved in the lives of many students. That connection was evident in the way students rallied behind his family. “This is the neatest group […]