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
  • Tears of joy in St. Louis as Stanley Cup Banner raised

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues fans cheered and wiped away tears of joy as the city’s first Stanley Cup Championship banner was raised inside the Enterprise Center Wednesday.  Fans without a ticket were able to watch the ceremony on a giant monitor during a watch party held outside the Enterprise Center. Fans are also hoping for another season filled with magic. “I am so excited we actually made a decision last year to get season tickets and so we’re […]

  • Missouri executes convicted killer Russell Bucklew

    BONNE TERRE, MO – The State of Missouri executed death row inmate Russell Bucklew on Tuesday.  He was pronounced dead at 6:23p.m.  An effort to spare Bucklew’s life was centered around a rare medical condition.  The ACLU and other organizations argued that Bucklew’s death would amount to torture.  Bucklew’s attorneys argued he would choke on his own blood because of his medical condition. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that the execution could go forward.  Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s […]

  • Soccer league for kids will resume after security scare

    ST. LOUIS – Parents of some young soccer players in the Southside Rec Soccer League received an email announcing games and practices were canceled over a security scare.  A spokesperson for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said “appropriate steps” would be taken to ensure safety so that games and practices will be able to resume at Fox Park, Marquette Park, and McKinley Field. The email to parents indicated witnesses saw at least 2 individuals with assault-style weapons heading toward soccer […]

  • St. Louis Baseball Fans celebrating Division Title

    ST. LOUIS – Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals enjoyed watching their team finish the season with a 9-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The win earned their team the National League Central Division Championship. Now it’s on to the playoffs. “The season has been kind of crazy,” said Cardinals’ fan Bret Merseal.  “Tommy Edman has been our Jordan Binnington this year and I think as long as the Cardinals’ offense stays hot like they are today, we’ll be alright.” Fans […]

  • Man who prosecuted death row inmate Bucklew calls efforts to stop execution absurd

    ST. LOUIS – Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die by lethal injection on October 1. A petition is underway to try and convince Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to halt the execution. The ACLU cites a declaration from a medical professional who examined Bucklew as proof the execution would amount to torture because of a rare medical condition Bucklew is living with. The ACLU says the execution process would result in blood vessels breaking because of the […]

  • Columbus statue to remain in Tower Grove Park after groups call for removal

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The statue of Christopher Columbus will continue to mark the eastern entrance to Tower Grove Park.  A board of commissioners has been working on the issue for the past year. New signs will be posted to give park visitors context into the issues surrounding the statue. Several groups called for the statue to be removed last year. Signs were posted then to tell visitors that an independent commission was looking into the issue. The park says […]

  • Blues will raise Stanley Cup banner same week Cardinals are in playoffs

    ST. LOUIS – It’s a good time to be a sports fan in St. Louis – again. The St. Louis Blues will raise their Stanley Cup banner on October 2. The St. Louis Cardinals have a guaranteed spot in the playoffs which begin the same week. The exact dates of when the Cardinals will play are yet to be determined. Fans cheering for the Blues during Tuesday night’s preseason game at the Enterprise Center were also cheering for the Cardinals […]

  • Police: Suspects in Midtown carjacking are 13 and 14 years-old

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are looking for a 13-year-old boy wanted for carjacking a 20-year-old St. Louis University student Sunday morning. Two other suspects, a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year old girl, were taken into custody. SLU sent an alert to students even though the attack was off-campus. The victim was in a parking garage located behind several apartments in the 3700 block of Lindell Blvd. The St. Louis University Campus is located across the street. Fox 2 spoke […]

  • Florissant officer struck by man fleeing arrest; suspect in custody

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Police in Florissant attempted to make an arrest in north St. Louis Monday afternoon. The suspect fled police and struck an officer with his car. The incident took place at 1:45 p.m. in the 3100 block of E. Prairie Avenue, located in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood. According to Officer Steve Michael, a spokesman for the Florissant Police Department, another officer fired shots at the fleeing suspect’s vehicle. The suspect then crashed his car and was taken into […]

  • Blues fans welcome home Stanley Cup Champs

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues fans were excited to welcome home the Stanley Cup Champions to the Enterprise Center Sunday. They played their first pre-season home game since defeating the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. The announced attendance for Sunday’s game was 16,672.  That’s more fans than some regular-season NHL games attract. “I definitely was shocked coming to a pre-season game,” said St. Louis Blues fan Madie Gianino “There’s a lot of people here.” Fans say there’s no […]

  • Gov. Parson sending state police to St. Louis to fight violent crime

    ST. LOUIS – Missouri Governor Mike Parson laid out a plan bringing state resources to the St. Louis-area in the effort to curb violent crime. Parson made the announcement during a news conference following weeks of meetings with elected and community leaders from the St. Louis area. “We will commit approximately 25 state personnel to get more boots on the ground and support law enforcement operations,” he said. The additional resources will be used in different ways. One part of […]

  • Show of support for Kim Gardner outside St. Louis City Hall

    ST. LOUIS – Several different organizations were represented on the steps of St. Louis City Hall Thursday afternoon for a demonstration in support of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. Representatives from the NAACP and other organizations believe Gardner has been treated unfairly because she is the first African-American to hold the job of the city’s top prosecutor. They also called on Mayor Lyda Krewson to remove the St. Louis City counselor. They don’t feel he’s backed the circuit attorney […]

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