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
  • Shiloh family prepares to honor loved one missing since Pearl Harbor attack

    SHILOH, IL – It’s been more than 75 years but the family of a fallen U.S. sailor is about to honor their loved one.  Robert Temple joined the U.S. Navy for the purpose of serving his country during World War II.  He was missing in action following the Pearl Harbor attack. “I remember him being a good brother,” said James Temple, Robert’s brother. James Temple said family members agonized over what happened to their loved one.  He praised the Navy’s […]

  • Las Vegas tip leads police to decomposed body of a Metro East child

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Police in the Metro East are looking into whether a sex trafficking suspect facing charges in Las Vegas is responsible for the death of 6-year-old child in Illinois.  34-year-old Jason Quate faces sex trafficking charges after his wife reported he forced her into prostitution. Police say the woman told them Quate was responsible for the death of her 6-year old child in 2015 and told instigators the body could be found in the garage of a […]

  • The endless cycle of violence is vexing for St. Louis politicians

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It’s a problem St. Louis has yet to solve. Violent crime appears to have no end in sight. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson wants voters to weigh in on the idea of raising taxes in order to fund more police officers.  There’s no official proposal on the table but some aldermen have already voiced concerns about paying for more police. “When you look at crime, you got to look at the root cause of crime,” said […]

  • Owner of London Tea Room calls for unity after terrorist attack in UK

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A local business owner is feeling the shock waves from the latest terror attack in England. Alan Richardson is one of the owners of The London Tea Room in south St. Louis. He has two brothers who live in London.  Richardson says his family is fine but can only imagine how much heartache is being felt in his hometown. The London Tea Room recently collected a book of condolences offering support to victims of the attack […]

  • Commuity organizers host safety fair for kids

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Organizers of a summer safety fair in south St. Louis say Saturday’s event shows how different community groups can come together for a common purpose.  The fair was held on the parking lot of a St. Louis Public School and was organized with help from two different churches. Mallinckrodt Academy, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and Gethsemane Lutheran Church partnered in order to help kids safe.  23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro helped bring police and […]

  • Jefferson County deputy comes to aid of stuck skunk

    HILLSBORO, MO (KPLR) – Law enforcement can be a dangerous job, but a brave deputy from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office encountered a different type of danger Tuesday morning. According to the sheriff’s office, Cpl. Jason Clardy noticed a skunk wandering outside headquarters with a yogurt cup stuck on its head. No one wanted to risk getting sprayed by the animal, but Clardy took his chances to rescue the critter from its predicament. Clardy managed to get the cup off the […]

  • Lindbergh water polo player injured on spring break trip, shocks classmates at graduation

    SOUTH ST. COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Lindbergh High School Water Polo Captain Brad Bauer defied the odds and shocked his classmates by walking across the Chaefetz Arena stage to receive his high school diploma Tuesday night.  Bauer suffered serious spinal injuries during a spring break trip when he dove into water without realizing a sandbar was underneath. “As a team we thought, oh no, this is the end,” said teammate Casey Natsch.  “But we rallied around him.” Bauer arrived for […]

  • Police investigating fatal crash

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a fatal crash on Hall Street. Witnesses said a Chevrolet Impala crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a Cadillac near a Metro Bus depot Sunday morning. The driver of the Impala did not survive.  The driver of the Cadillac suffered severe injuries and a passenger in the Cadillac was able to walk away from the crash. One witness said it appeared the driver of the Impala […]

  • Good Samaritan buys plane ticket for soldier to visit his family for Memorial Day

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) – A local soldier was stuck in a Dallas airport this weekend but was able to make it home on leave, to see his family, thanks to a stranger. Keaton Tilson is a U.S. Army mechanic from Granite City, IL.  He’s stationed at Ft. Hood in Texas and received last minute leave to come home.  He was stuck at a Dallas airport for two days; trying to fly standby and his chances of getting home were […]

  • St. Louis boy pleading for peace in viral video meets firefighters

    It was a story you first saw on FOX 2: a young boy’s message about his crime concerns went viral. That young boy, 6-year-old Jeffrey Laney, received a special gift Saturday morning. First responders with the Mid County Fire Protection District delivered a brand new bicycle to Jeffrey. “It’s exciting that people want to give back,” said Leanndra Cheatham, Jeffrey’s mother. She said her son’s message has been heard by people all around the country. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions even referenced […]

  • Firefighters respond to pair of house fires just south of Fairgrounds Park

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis firefighters responded to a pair of house fires in the 3800 block of Ashland Wednesday night. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the second floor of one home around 8:30 p.m. As firefighters were extinguishing that fire, a second blaze started on the other end of the block. The first house appeared to have several locations where a fire was started, according to a St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby. “Firefighters found that we had […]

  • University of Missouri System curators approve tuition increase, fee hike

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – Parents get ready to pay more for your child’s college tuition if they’re headed to a Missouri System university this fall. The U.M. Board of Curators voted to increase tuition by 2.1 percent. The board also voted to increase student fees. “We have challenges you know we have to address so that’s the reason they did what they did today,” said the board spokesman John Fougere. The challenges included state budget cuts and a lower enrollment. Some […]