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
  • In spite of Facebook warning, ‘grab and run’ suspect arrested

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Fairview Heights police have made an arrest in what’s known as a ‘grab and run’ crime. Police Chief Nicholas Gailius said the suspect was caught stealing from the Dillard’s at St. Clair Square Tuesday night. He said grab and run thieves grab as much merchandise as they can and then run out the door. “This was not your run of the mill theft,” Gailius said. He said the suspect is believed to be connected to at […]

  • Victim of attempted downtown carjacking scares off attacker with panic button

    ST. LOUIS – The victim of an attempted carjacking in downtown St. Louis is still haunted by being on the other end of a pointed gun. “Even if I’m in the shower and I close my eyes, I keep seeing his face with the gun pointed at me,” said the victim, who asked not to be identified. The victim was getting into a parked car in the 1400 block of Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis shortly before 4 p.m. […]

  • Reedy Press Reboot event to help local publisher recover from massive fire

    ST. LOUIS, MO – A group of local authors is calling it the Reedy Press Reboot.  An event at Blueberry Hill Monday, December 11, from 6:00-9:00pm will bring together authors who lost inventory in a massive warehouse fire in November.  Reedy Press lost an estimated 200,000 books in that fire. “Right before the holiday season is the worst possible time not to have inventory to sell,” explained local author Amanda Doyle. She said several authors had to cancel book signing events […]

  • Small plane crashes at gas station near Spirit Airport; 1 person dead

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Spirit of St. Louis Airport Police and local firefighters responded to a nearby gas station Wednesday afternoon following a report of a plane crash. The plane, a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, was preparing to land at the airport just before 3 p.m. when it crashed at the BP gas station in the 100 block of Long Road Crossing Drive. The aircraft was flying from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Chesterfield, an airport spokesperson said. An employee at the gas station reported the […]

  • ‘Misfits’ brunch benefits Toys For Tots campaign

    ST. LOUIS, MO-Tenacious Eats Chef Liz Schuster invited several other local chefs to join her Sunday for a holiday brunch called the Misfit Christmas Bunch.  Guest were invited to show up in their pajamas and watch a Christmas movie while several local chefs prepared brunch.  A full 100% of the proceeds benefit the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. “I just wanted to do something fun and casual and also wanted to raise money for something I feel so […]

  • Alton greenhouse theft hurts senior service business

    ALTON, Ill. – A greenhouse theft in Alton has come as a disappointing surprise to the executive director of Senior Services Plus. Jonathan Becker said his agency is the largest provider of senior services in southern Illinois. He said someone stole equipment from the agency’s greenhouse last week. The thief took aeration systems, PVC connectors, and grow lights, according to Becker. He said the thief also damaged the electrical system in the process. Becker estimates the damage is near $3,000. […]

  • Dry weather concerns fire departments

    ARNOLD, Mo. – Area fire departments do not want anyone burning leaves right now. Weather conditions are just too favorable for brush fires to start and spread quickly. Rock Community Fire Protection District Public Information Officer Ron Harder called the conditions a perfect storm for brush fires. He said the combination of low humidity, dry leaves and a breeze have firefighters preparing for trouble. “Fires can travel very, very rapidly,”Harder said. Many communities do not allow leaf burning but that […]

  • Local law firm seeing fewer sexual harassment cases

    An avalanche of high-profile sexual harassment claims does not seem to be representative of what’s happening in St. Louis workplaces, according to a local law firm. Dobson, Goldberg, Berns and Rich is on the front line of sexual harassment cases.  The law firm has been representing clients for decades.  Attorney Jonathan Berns believes the workplace atmosphere at St. Louis area companies has improved during the past 10 to 20 years. “I think it’s more of a problem at the celebrity […]

  • EPA says no asbestos found in neighborhoods surrounding massive warehouse fire

    ST. LOUIS – The Environmental Protection Agency released results of its testing in the area downwind from last week’s massive 5-alarm warehouse fire in south St. Louis.  The results found some asbestos around the perimeter of the warehouse but none in the neighborhood. “There was absolutely no asbestos detected in the debris,” said EPA District 7 Public Information Officer David Bryan. St. Louis health officials requested the testing and said the results should reassure residents they will not have long […]

  • Restaurant steps up to provide Thanksgiving dinner for those in need

    O’FALLON, MO – The owner of The Brass Rail Steakhouse  in O’Fallon, Mo says it’s a tradition he’s been doing for about 5 years.  The restaurant serves as ground zero for a massive volunteer operation on Thanksgiving.  The tradition is to provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.  The restaurant posted a photo of just some of the food it plans on giving away on its Facebook page. Scott Ellinger says anyone in need can call his restaurant to schedule […]

  • Ceremony at courthouse leaves children and adults smiling

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL – The Madison County Courthouse was packed Saturday morning.  Dozens of families joined a celebration marking National Adoption Day.  Hon. David Hylla, Chief Circuit Judge for Illinois’ 3rd Judicial District called it, “The happiest day in the courthouse.” Several judges finalized adoptions during an event that included gifts for children, face painting and visits from superheroes dressed in costumes. One of the law firms playing a leading role in a majority of Saturday’s adoption is Crouse Cobb & […]

  • No winner in Queen of Hearts drawing will push jackpot to over $1 million dollars

    AVISTON, I L – There was no big winner for the Queen of Hearts drawing in Aviston, IL Wednesday.  Branden Koehler held the winning raffle ticket at American Legion Post 1239 but failed to pick the Queen of Hearts from ten remaining cards.  The estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s night drawing was $948,251.  The jackpot will rollover next week when it’s expected to grow to more than $1 million.  Koheler walked away with a consolation prize of $500 and said he […]