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.
ST. LOUIS – Area emergency management agencies are preparing for the possibility of a severe flood season this spring. Rivers are rising and as temperatures warm, snowmelt from north of St. Louis is expected to make matters worse. “We’re just monitoring and looking at future casts and future predictions,” said Lincoln County Floodplain Manager Adam Stanek. He said the county is currently seeing some flooding along the Mississippi River in areas where officials would expect to see problems. The good […]
ST. LOUIS – Wind caused widespread problems in the St. Louis area on Thursday, including power outages and downed trees. Surveillance video from the Happy Spirit daycare in the Central West End shows worker Jasmine Joseph being blown off the ground. Daycare worker Jasmine Joseph was holding an awning support when a gust of wind nearly blew her away. Thankfully she’s ok! This is some incredible surveillance video the daycare shared with us.@FOX2now pic.twitter.com/pnUZalAPoW — Jeff Bernthal (@JeffBernthal) March 14, […]
ST. LOUIS – On Wednesday, the US added itself to the list of countries and airlines temporarily grounding Boeing 737 MAX planes as investigations continue after a recent pair of Max 8 crashes killed all passengers and crew aboard. A MAX 8 flight from Los Angeles into St. Louis-Lambert International Airport was in mid-flight when the announcement was made. Officials at St. Louis Airport said Southwest is the online airline at the airport operating the 737 MAX planes, with roughly […]
WATERLOO, Ill. – Emergency responders scrambled to the scene of a reported plane crash in Waterloo Tuesday afternoon. The crash occurred in the area of Gilmore Lake Road, east of Route 3. Waterloo police Sgt. Trin Daws broke open the window of the plane and pulled a toddler out of the child’s seat. “There was fuel leaking in front of us, that’s when we heard a child crying in the back, so myself and another gentleman who stopped by found […]
ALTON, IL – A long line of people wrapped around St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton on Monday. They were paying their respects to the family of fallen Godfrey Fire Captain Jake Ringering. The visitation was scheduled to end at 8 p.m. but even at that hour, there were still some people waiting to get inside the church. “These guys rush in when other guys rush out and it’s just the bravery and the sacrifice that they all give, it’s […]
GODFREY, Ill. – Firefighter Luke Warner was surrounded by his fellow first responders and escorted home Friday afternoon after a three-day hospital stay. Warner suffered two broken legs while battling a house fire where a portion of an outer wall collapsed. Members of his church built a ramp to his home in just a matter of hours. “I saw pictures of him on the news, taking him up the ramp,” said Calvary Baptist Church member Brian Hanson. “It’s rewarding just […]
GODFREY, Ill. – Fire departments from across the St. Louis area are staffing the Godfrey Fire Protection District’s firehouses while the department prepares to honor the life of a fallen fire captain and help an injured firefighter heal. Captain Jake Ringering died Tuesday night from injuries suffered while battling a house fire earlier that afternoon. He was 37. Ringering is survived by a wife and three children. “He really dedicated himself to the service. He dedicated himself to training other […]
CHESTERFIELD, MO – The family of 8-year-old Allen Lovegreen is grateful for the quick actions a Parkway School District bus driver took during a recent ride home. Allen is a 2nd grader at Wren Hollow Elementary. He started choking on an object and needed help. “I couldn’t breathe,” said Allen. His brother Mitchell is a 5th grader who was also on the bus. “He tried to make a noise,” said Mitchell. He shouted for the bus driver to help. Carolyn […]
ST. LOUIS – Workers at the Brighter Day Care and Preschool in Pine Lawn had no comment to Monday’s news that the state of Missouri is revoking their license. The daycare can remain open while it appeals the decision. The day care appeared to be in operation on Monday. Several workers declined to comment about the state’s decision but an attorney for the daycare released the following statement. “We hope and pray that those in our community will not rush […]
ST. LOUIS – Mardi Gras visitors will have several ways to find a safe ride home on Saturday. One of those involves taking a pedestrian bridge from near Soulard Market to an area near S. 10th St. and Park Ave. Metro will have shuttles buses and the St. Louis County Taxi Cab Co. will have a fleet of cabs ready to roll. “You just walk to the spot,” said Basil Rudawsky, president of St. Louis County Cab Co. “We have […]
ST. LOUIS – The winter has brought with it snow that has come down at just the wrong time for some local small businesses. Chef Rick Lewis, owner of Grace Meat + Three, a southern-style restaurant serves up comfort food. The restaurant has had to shut its doors three times this winter because of bad weather. Those shutdowns have come on weekends when he would typically expect to see the bulk of his business. “When those storms come in it […]
ST. LOUIS – It’s been one of those winters that just won’t go away. “It’s getting kind of old,” said one Soulard resident. The St. Louis neighborhood is getting ready for Saturday’s parade. Organizers of the celebration say continued cold weather and the possibility of some weekend snow will not slow down the celebration. “We’ve had weather far worse than what we anticipate this weekend. In 2009 I think we had 8 or 9 inches of snow on Friday before […]