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.
UPDATE: A suspect was taken into custody in connection with this fire. Police say the suspect is a 23-year-old woman. The identity of the suspect has not been released by police. ST. LOUIS – Early Sunday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. a 6-month-old baby boy was killed, and two children critically injured in a fire in south St. Louis. The blaze broke out in the 1100 block of Kealty Lane in a three-story apartment building located in the Peabody Apartment Complex. […]
ST. LOUIS – On Friday, Alderwoman Cara Spencer (20th Ward) will introduce legislation banning guns from parks in St. Louis City. “Our parks should be safe zones,” Spencer said. “There should never be a reason to have a gun in a park.” Some critics feel the bill would be unconstitutional and question what difference a gun ban in parks would make. “Even if you make this law, people will still have their weapon,” said one visitor to Fox Park. “Even […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The family of 12-year-old Akeelah Jackson says doctors have told them there’s nothing else they can do to help their critically injured daughter. Her father is asking for prayers in hopes his daughter can pull through after being struck by a St. Louis County police SUV in pursuit of a suspect in north St. Louis Monday. “She’s an angel,” said Willie Jackson, Akeelah’s father. “She’s also a fighter.” The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is […]
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals fans watching Game 3 of the National League Championship Series did not have much to cheer about. St. Louis fell behind early to the Washington Nationals en route to an 8-1 drubbing as the Cardinals’ offense continues to struggle. “We’re not hitting,” said Cardinals fan Greg Reynolds. “They throw the balls right in the strike zone and we’re not swinging at them. The last couple games we just haven’t looked good on our offense.” […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The program is called Sunday Night Lights. The idea is to give kids battling life-threatening illness and their families a chance to experience the thrill of playing football under the lights. It’s become a tradition in the Lindbergh High School community as volunteers work throughout the year to create a special night. Lori Krueger is one of the parents who helped launch Sunday Night Lights. She calls the players and their families heroes. “The magic in how […]
ST. ANN, Mo. – St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez says his department received a 911 call for help late Thursday morning. The female caller said she was traveling along St. Charles Rock Road when a stranger started tailgating and following her. “He then comes over to her driver’s side, gets up next to her, and keeps looking at her,” Jimenez said. Police say the suspect followed the woman all the way to her home and rolled down his window […]
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Opponents of abortion rights gathered outside a new Planned Parenthood facility in Fairview Heights on Wednesday. The facility was built in secrecy. Planned Parenthood officials say the secrecy was necessary to avoid protests and potential harassment of contractors that could have delayed the project. “Planned Parenthood built this mega-facility in secret because they didn’t want us here so guess who’s here today and won’t be leaving until this facility closes,” said Reagan Barklage, Students of Life […]
BALLWIN, Mo. – A locally-owned Ballwin restaurant was filled for most of the dinner hour on Tuesday. Candicci’s held a dine-out fundraiser for a critically-injured Menards worker. Michelle Arthur was struck by a suspected shoplifter on September 25. Her long-term medical needs are not yet known. The restaurant owner donated 10 percent of Tuesday night’s food and drink sales to the Arthur family to help with their medical expenses. “She meant a lot to me,” said Kelli Ransford, a former co-worker. […]
BALLWIN, MO – The owner of Candicci’s Restaurant in Ballwin will donate 10% of Tuesday night’s sales to the family of an injured Menards worker. Friends of Michelle Arthur say her long term medical needs are not yet known but they want to offer her family some immediate support. Tuesday’s dine-out fundraiser will run from 5pm until the restaurant closes. Arthur was critically injured when a suspected shoplifter struck her on the parking lot of the Menards where she worked […]
FERGUSON, MO – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that occurred Sunday night around just after 8:30 p.m. in Ferguson. Ferguson police officers were first to arrive on the scene, discovering a vehicle that has left the road and crashed at West Florissant Avenue and Lang Drive. The vehicle had multiple occupants that suffered injuries, with one person pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupants were transported to the hospital for treatment. Accident reconstruction is investigating […]
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO- Sunday morning just after 10:30 a.m. a Maryland Heights police officer shot and killed a man while answering a call for a disturbance in the 2800 block of Briarcote Lane. Police say officers arriving on the scene were confronted by a male subject in the residence who had drawn a handgun and pointed it at the officers. At that point, one of the officers shot and mortally wounded the man. A handgun was recovered at the scene. […]
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri at Columbia showcased a piece of what some believe will be a form of high-speed travel in Missouri. Virgin Hyperloop One placed its test pod on the Francis Quadrangle and a panel of experts explained how that pod has done more than 400 tests at 240 mph at a test side in Nevada. Hyperloop is described as similar to a high-speed train that uses electricity and magnetic levitation to direct pods through a tube. […]