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.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One of the big issues lawmakers are debating in Jefferson City could shift the balance of power. Re-districting happens every 10 years following the census results. The debate is happening now because 2020 is a census year. District boundaries for Missouri lawmakers were once set by citizen commissions approved by lawmakers and the governor. In 2018, Missouri voters approved Clean Missouri. The constitutional amendment calls for a non-partisan demographer to create boundaries, with the idea of […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first day of the 2020 Missouri legislative session is in the books after the largely ceremonial activities kicked off officially at noon. Eleven new lawmakers were sworn in in the House, including Democrats Rasheen Aldridge, representing parts of north St. Louis, Trish Gunby, who represents portions of west St. Louis County, and Michael Person, who represents Ferguson. Expect Republicans to push back against attempts at gun control legislation, while Democrats argue that there’s a big […]
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri legislative session begins Wednesday in Jefferson City. Fox 2 News spoke with House leaders about what to expect during the 2020 session. Some of the issues expected to be debated include how the redistricting process is done, ways to fight crime, how to fund transportation needs, and whether the state should impose an internet sales tax on online sales.
FERGUSON, Mo. – A 10-year-old-boy pulled from icy water after falling into a public pool on Tuesday has died. Two police officers jumped into the water in an effort to make a rescue Tuesday afternoon. The child was rushed to an area hospital and did not survive. The city of Ferguson released a statement on Wednesday expressing their condolences. “This time of year, the loss of a child is a family-wide tragedy,” said Ferguson Police Chaplain Arbie Peterson. “Our hopes […]
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – Many area St. Louis school districts agreed on canceling classes Monday and Tuesday because of bad weather. Now there is disagreement over how to handle the fallout from those cancellations. The snow days fell during the final exam week for many area districts. Students in the Ft. Zumwalt School District lost 2 days of in-class review. Superintendent Dr. Bernard DuBray decided to only count the final exam results if they help a student raise their […]
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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – 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 […]
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 […]