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
  • Man who once faced possible death sentence, praises Gov. Greitens for issuing stay of execution for Marcellus Williams

    COLUMBIA, MO – Columbia, MO resident Josh Kezer is praising Gov. Eric Greitens for issuing a stay of execution for convicted killer Marcellus Williams.  The stay was granted Tuesday following appeals by Williams’ attorneys. Kezer says he’s living proof the justice system is not perfect. He was convicted of murder in Scott County and spent 16 years behind bars before being exonerated.  A judge determined key evidence was not made available to the defense and ordered Kezer’s release in February […]

  • Governor Greitens to appoint board to investigate if Marcellus Williams execution should move forward

    CLAYTON, MO – Convicted killer Marcellus Williams received a reprieve Tuesday.  Missouri Governor Eric Greitens issued a stay just hours before Williams was scheduled to be executed.  Greitens will order a 5-member board to investigate whether the execution should move forward. It’s a case that’s gained national attention following news that a DNA sample taken from the murder weapon did not match Williams.  St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has maintained the DNA testing did not exclude Williams either. Felicia […]

  • St. Louis County prosecutor dismisses growing support to halt execution

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Felicia Gayle was a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who left the business to perform social work. She was stabbed to death inside her University City home in 1998. Marcellus Williams, the man convicted of her murder, is scheduled to be executed by the state of Missouri just after midnight on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people have signed petitions calling for the execution to be stopped. Attorneys for Williams say new DNA tests performed on […]

  • Police sergeant raising money for injured officers, sadden by violence against law enforcement

    ST. LOUIS – Two police officers have died and 5 others wounded during shooting incidents in Pennsylvania and Florida Friday night.  The news was too much to take for those raising money for two injured St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Saturday morning. “It was a tough night and unfortunately, it’s a sign of the times right now,” said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Charles Lowe. He helped organize a Top 50 car show on the Muny Parking lot in Forest […]

  • Police investigating quadruple shooting in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are investigating a quadruple shooting on the city’s north side. The shooting happened on Wabada Avenue around 7:30 pm. Police say all 4 victims were conscious and breathing and transported to the hospital.  One victim is in critical condition, another was shot in the head and one in the arm. An investigation is ongoing.

  • ACLU sues University City over failure to comply ordinance related to arrest of African-American male

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO – The ACLU of Missouri has filed a lawsuit against the University City Police Department over a pedestrian stop and arrest.  The suit alleges 55-year-old Clarence Graham was unlawfully arrested in March of 2016. Graham did odd jobs in the 6300 block of McPherson but was ordered to explain his presence in the affluent neighborhood after police received a call for a suspicious African-American male, according to the ACLU.  The lawsuit contends Graham was targeted because of […]

  • Schools receive thousands of solar glasses from St. Louis Eclipse Task Force

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Eclipse Task Force handed out thousands of protective eyeglasses Tuesday.  Many of them went to area school districts in an effort to protect the eyesight of children.  Looking directly into the sun can cause permanent damage and the temptation to look will be great on August 21st. “Everyone wants to look,” said task force member Karen Hargadine.  “It’s human nature.” The protective glasses are becoming difficult to find.  A spokesperson for the St. Louis […]

  • Investigators promise to track down carjackers in 2 cases

    MADISON COUNTY, IL – Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are determined to arrest armed suspects wanted for 2 carjacking’s.  One of the victims is approximately 80-years-old.  Detectives are also looking into the possibility the crimes are connected to other carjacking’s on both sides of the river. Capt. Mike Dixon released the following information.  He said the most recent carjacking was Sunday night at a home on D’Adrian Drive.  A similar carjacking took place June 29th on Canary Lane.  […]

  • Recall of solar glasses has people wondering if their glasses are safe

    The recent recall of some solar eclipse viewing glasses has some people wondering whether their glasses are safe.  Don Ficken is the chairman of the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force.  He said Amazon recently recalled some glasses because the company was unable to verify where they were made.  Ficken suggests buying directly from a manufacturer. “Otherwise you really don’t know if they’re safe,“ said Ficken.  The task force is in the process of distributing 160,000 glasses to area schools.  Ficken […]

  • Community leaders join residents in cleaning up northside neighborhood

    St. louis – A host of community leaders joined a north side cleanup effort Saturday.  The event began on the parking lot of the Jubilee Community Church in north St. Louis.  State. Rep. Joshua Peters joined U.S. Congressman Lacy Clay and St. Louis Aldermen Brandon Bosley, John Muhammad and Dionne Flowers in leading the effort in the Cottage Hills neighborhood. “It’s not just about legislation all the time,” said Peters.  “It’s about actually going out picking up trash and making […]

  • Nestle forces ice cream shop to stopping using the name “DRUMSTICK”

    BELLEVILLE, IL – Two area ice creams shops say they’ve received a letter from Nestle Company indicating they can no longer use the word drumstick. The ice cream treat has traditionally been described as a sugar cone filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate and nuts.  The letter indicated Nestle trademarked the word. “You got to be kidding me,” said Kurt Agne.  He’s a loyal customer at the White Cottage.  The Belleville ice cream shop recently received the letter. […]

  • Carbondale bracing for 90K visitors for solar eclipse

    CARBONDALE, IL – The city of Carbondale is bracing for thousands of visitors during the weekend of the 2017 solar eclipse.  The total solar eclipse takes place Monday, August 21st but officials with the city of Carbondale and SIU-Carbondale  have planned an entire weekend of events. “Within the last 3 to 4 weeks all the hotels here in Carbondale have booked up,” said Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox. She said the city is just finishing up some improvements to its […]