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
  • 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 […]

  • Maplewood residents learn making too many calls to 911 can lead to eviction

    MAPLEWOOD, MO – The ACLU and the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Opportunity Housing Council (EHOC) joined forces to share information about a controversial nuisance ordinance in Maplewood.  The groups say the ordinance can result in a resident having their occupancy permit revoked if they call 911 more than twice during a 180-day period.  The group shared the information with residents who met at the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall in Maplewood. “That part of the ordinance should go,” said Maplewood resident […]

  • Honduran illegal immigrant hopes Congressman Clay can help him stay U.S.

    POPLAR BLUFF, MO – Honduras native Alex Garcia came to the United States illegally nearly 14 years ago.  He found work in construction, fell and love and moved to Poplar Bluff, Mo.   Friends of Garcia said he left Honduras to escape danger and economic despair. “It was horrible,” he said.  When Garcia’s illegal status came to light, he was granted stays of removal in 2015 and 2016.  The request was denied in 2017.  His wife said her husband was told […]

  • Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

    President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to join the US Supreme Court, setting the stage for a dramatic confirmation battle over a stalwart conservative who could shape the direction of the court for decades to come. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace a frequent swing vote on the bench, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often sided with his liberal colleagues on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and LGBT rights. Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the US Court of […]

  • Christian ministry pairs youth and volunteers to help the disabled in need of better home access

    ST. LOUIS- Darryl Stanfield and Beth Daniels are the founder and co-founder of Gateway Housing Service Project.  The Christian inspired ministry is building ramps and performs some home modifications for disabled residents.  The group is currently partnering with fire departments and rehabilitation facilities to identify those who need help. “We’ve had a few who have had spinal injuries and you know all of sudden their life is turned upside down, so they’re in need of a ramp,” said Stanfield.  “They don’t know […]

  • Blessing of the bikes offer prayer and safety for cyclists

    ST. LOUIS – It’s known as the Blessing of the Bikes.  For the 2nd year in a row, cyclists brought their bicycles to Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End for a blessing and then headed out on a bike ride involving several stops along the way. “I like riding my bike and like church so let’s combine the two,” said Trinity’s Rev. Jon Stratton. He said the Blessing of the Bikes doesn’t change the bikes but rather highlights their […]

  • Son’s injury prompts mother to plea for fireworks safety

    KIRKWOOD, MO- Latreasha Matthews hopes parents will talk to their children about an injury her son suffered while doing something he should not have done with a firework.  Matthews said her 16-year-old son was walking along Meachum Park in Kirkwood when he discovered a firework on the ground.  She said he picked up the firework on June 24th, held it in his right hand while he lit the firework with his left hand. “As soon as the flame hit it, […]

  • Owners of Billie’s Fine Food vow to reopen after fire destroys kitchen

    ST. LOUIS – The owners of Billie’s Fine Foods  on South Broadway say it’s not just a business.  The south St. Louis diner is more like their child.  A fire at the restaurant on Saturday night has left their kitchen destroyed.  Investigators have yet to determine what caused that fire to start. The building will remain boarded up until the investigation is finished. “It looks like the building is solid but the interior itself, everything will need to be rebuilt,” […]

  • Ameren Illinois still working to restore power to customers

    CASEYVILLE, IL – Maxine Haug was still without power Sunday morning following Thursday’s storms.  She lives in Caseyville on Parkdale Drive.  She said the other side of her street had their power restored a couple of days ago. “Why has it taken so long to get our area?” asked Haug. An Ameren Illinois official said Thursday’s storm was the worst the Metro East has seen in some 10 years.  He said it’s not unusual for one side of the street […]