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
  • Backpack recovered after Fairview Heights neighborhood put on alert

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Some residents living in the Fox Creek subdivision received a phone alert from the Fairview Heights Police Department on Monday asking them to notify authorities if they spotted a black backpack in the area. Police tell FOX 2 an individual involved in a traffic stop near Depaul and Frank Scott Parkway ran from police around 1:40 p.m. and likely ditched the backpack in the subdivision before he was apprehended just north of the Fairfield Apartments. The […]

  • Polar vortex did not kill off St. Louis mosquitos, researchers say

    EUREKA, Mo. – Researchers at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center in Eureka say you might be disappointed if you thought this past winter’s sub-zero temperatures would minimize the number of mosquitoes in your backyard this summer. Researchers have been monitoring buckets of rainwater placed in the center’s woods. They’ve placed leaves in the buckets to replicate a similar environment found in the St. Louis area. Researchers showed those buckets on Friday and there were day-old mosquitoes that hatched in the […]

  • Local Muslims concerned over gun supply store’s poll involving New Zealand shooting

    ST. PETERS, Mo. – An online poll conducted by a St. Peters tactical gear and gun parts business has disheartened members of the local Muslim community. Shortly after the deadly mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the local company condemned the killings of dozens of the innocent victims but soon found that some of its social media followers took offense to the condemnation. The tactical store said its admin used wording from some of their followers’ responses, […]

  • Armed men fire shots at Metro PCS store in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, Mo. – Police are looking for two people who robbed a Metro PCS store in Ferguson and then fired shots at the building after the crime. The robbery and shooting took place at the store on New Halls Ferry Road, just south of Interstate 270. Investigators said two people walked in and announced a robbery. No one was hurt but several shots were fired at one of the employees as the worker looked outside a side door. Ferguson interim […]

  • Parkway Central students protest racist video by walking out of class

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – A group of students at Parkway Central High School has walked out of class Wednesday.  They’re protesting a racist video that was made off campus. The Parkway School District has notified parents, students, and staff at Parkway Central High School about a disturbing video involving students on spring break. Racial slurs could be heard as well as someone chanting the word “slavery” over and over. District officials say the incident did not happen at school. FOX 2 […]

  • Parkway School Board members trust district will address racist video

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – The Parkway School District has notified parents, students, and staff at Parkway Central High School about a disturbing video involving students on spring break. Racial slurs could be heard as well as someone chanting the word “slavery” over and over. District officials say the incident did not happen at school. FOX 2 attended a school board candidate forum at Central Middle School on Tuesday and asked the candidates and board members for reaction. The members who commented said […]

  • STL County Council supports federal investigation into how contracts were awarded

    CLAYTON, Mo. – St. Louis County Council member Ernie Trakas is pleased federal authorities are now investigating the St. Louis County government. Councilman Sam Page recently revealed the news that federal authorities were seeking communications from St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger regarding the way contracts had been awarded by county departments and county agencies. “The county council, along with its ethics committee, have taken more than a fair degree of heat over the last year over its investigation into the […]

  • Snowmelt north of St. Louis causing rivers to rise

    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 […]

  • Wind leaves behind damage, nearly blows away a day care worker

    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, […]

  • Fallout hits St. Louis Airport after Boeing 737 MAX planes grounded

    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 […]

  • Toddler, woman, and man survive plane crash near Waterloo, Illinois

    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 […]

  • Metro East prepares for funeral of fallen firefighter killed in the line of duty

    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 […]

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