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
  • Loss of a son spurs family to create memories for families with newborns in intensive care

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Seamus Johnston was born 3 months premature. He lived long enough for a group of volunteer photographers to take professional photos of Seamus and his parents at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The Johnston’s consider those photographs priceless. “They’re all over our home,” said Sharon Johnston, Seamus’ mother.  “I have 2 sons and we talk about Seamus on a regular basis.  They see pictures of Seamus.  They ask questions about Seamus so it’s just kind of part […]

  • Families of homicide victims gather for a vigil to remember loved ones

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It was a chance for the families of homicide victims to remember how their loved ones lived and not how they died. A vigil remembers victims from both St. Louis City and St. Louis County was held at the St. Louis Dream Center in north St. Louis. The vigil was organized by the Crime Victim Advocacy Center and the Homicide, Ministries & Community Alliance. “We wouldn’t be here if these victims didn’t have a life,” said […]

  • Spoiled winning ticket forces rollover, jackpot may grow to over $400K

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The VFW Post in Caseyville, IL was filled with people hoping to hit the Queen of Hearts Jackpot Wednesday night.  There was no winner because organizers were unable to make out the handwriting on the winning ticket.  The ticket was declared, “spoiled.” “I was hoping that they would pick another ticket,” said one player. Post Commander Tom Clark told the crowd, “We will not redraw.  It will be a rollover.  When you fill out your ticket, […]

  • Overflow crowd upset over demotion of popular athletic director at Hazelwood Central HS

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – There was an overflow crowd for the Hazelwood School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.  Several of the people attending indicated they were showing support for John Pukala.  Pukala’s attorney told FOX 2 his client, the current athletics and activities director at Hazelwood Central High School, was being removed from his position and was offered a position with a $40,000 a year pay cut. “He went to school here.  He grew up […]

  • Missouri American Water sends out alert after company truck is stolen

    BRECKENRIDGE HILLS, MO (KPLR) – Missouri American Water is sending out an alert regarding a stolen vehicle.  One of the company’s 2008 Dodge Dakota work trucks was stolen Monday.  A worker parked the vehicle along Woodson Road in Breckenridge Hills.  The vehicle was taken while the worker was checking meters. “There have been instances across the country where unscrupulous people use utility companies as an excuse to enter somebody’s house and commit a crime,” said Missouri American Water Spokesman Brian […]

  • Newborns dressed in special Easter bunting at St. Luke’s Hospital

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – It is a long standing tradition at St. Luke’s Hospital.  Newborns arriving during a holiday are dressed in a special seasonal bunting.  Nine newborns were wrapped in buntings resembling Easter eggs and bunnies Sunday. “It’s pretty amazing,” said Daniel Smith.  He and his wife Melinda are the proud parents of an 8 pound baby girl named Gwendolyn. The tradition was started by Gussie Freese, a St. Luke’s Volunteer.  Freese passed away a few years ago but […]

  • Car salesman carjacked and robbed at gunpoint

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) -The victim of an armed robbery in Granite City hopes no one will go through the terrifying experience he faced Friday afternoon. He was robbed at gunpoint while taking a customer on a test-drive. The victim asked us not to reveal his identify, but said he’s associated with Steinman Motors on Edwardsville Rd. He’s hoping someone will recognize the suspect from surveillance photos and will call the Granite City Police Department at 618-877-6111. “He said that […]

  • Excitement grows for $300K Queen of Hearts drawing at Caseyville VFW Post

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The Queen of Hearts jackpot at the VFW Post in Caseyville, IL could climb to an amount near $300,000 Wednesday, according to Post 1117 Commander Tom Clark.  The drawing is Wednesday at 8 pm. The jackpot grows each week if the person with the winning ticket fails to select the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards.  There are 9 cards remaining for Wednesday’s drawing.  Tickets are sold for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.  […]

  • Illinois police agencies worried over proposed change in drug forfeiture law

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Police agencies in Illinois say it’s a way to not only put drug dealers out of business but a way to help fund drug tactical units.  Some Illinois lawmakers feel a change is needed to current forfeiture laws. St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson is disturbed by a bill introduced in Springfield.  The proposal would not allow police to seize property unless there’s first a conviction. Watson predicts the legislation would not only mean less money […]

  • Youth speak out at North County summit on violence prevention

    SPANISH LAKE, MO (KPLR)-On Saturday, there was some frank talk from area youth trying to make sure this summer will not be a violent one. The St. Louis County Department of Human Services partnered with the Hazelwood School District, the Spanish Lake Community Association, St. Louis County Police, and Christian Hospital for a youth summit on violence prevention. The event paired youth with resources and gave young people the opportunity to be heard. Summer can be a time when spikes […]

  • Debate over Sobriety Checkpoints moves to Missouri Senate

    OVERLAND, MO (KPLR) – Police departments in Missouri could soon lose out on the option of receiving state funding for sobriety checkpoints.  Some Missouri lawmakers believe there are more cost-effective ways of keeping drunk drivers off the road.  There are others who believe sobriety checkpoints are an important life-saving form of policing. State Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, (R) Shell Knob, is sponsoring legislation that would reduce available grant money for sobriety checkpoints to $1.  He says money should instead be available […]

  • Democrat Lyda Krewson declares victory in St. Louis mayoral race

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The first woman to become mayor of St. Louis will be Lyda Krewson. The 28th ward alderman declared victory Tuesday just after 10pm. Krewson is a CPA and the chief financial officer of an international design and planning firm.  She won a hotly contested primary in March and will take over for Mayor Francis Slay.  The longtime mayor decided not to seek a fifth term in office. Krewson addressed her supporters at a rally held at the […]