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
  • Cardinals fan feels duped by hotel over opening day ticket package

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Some St. Louis Cardinals fans thought they had tickets to opening day but found out through a recent email they will not be going to Busch Stadium on Sunday. The fans purchased an opening day hotel package through Lumiere Place.  Katherine Thompson made her reservation in January. “It’s really disappointing to be told one thing and be guaranteed tickets and not a week out it’s almost impossible to get tickets for this type of game,” said […]

  • MLS commissioner to visit St. Louis Monday to rally support for soccer stadium

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will make a St. Louis appearance at 2 events Monday. The event at Ballpark Village is designed to rally support for a plan to bring soccer to St. Louis just days before a crucial vote. The rally is scheduled for 5:15pm. St. Louis City voters will head to the polls to decide the fate of two propositions.  The vote will determine whether public money will be used to help fund […]

  • Residents in North St. Louis march to end homicides

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – One day after a violent night in St. Louis, a community rallied to try and put an end to the murder problem St. Louis has faced for decades. Seven people were shot in incident Friday night on Palm.  The youngest victim was an 8-year-old. “This is the first step of the African-American community in St. Louis taking ownership of the senseless crime and violence that we heap on each other,” said Better Family Life’s James Clark. […]

  • Firefighters make a dream come true for Walmart greeter

    EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – Christopher Echele has had a lifelong dream of being a firefighter.  The Eureka Fire Protection District turned that dream into a reality Tuesday night.  Echele uses a wheelchair and has been a greeter at Walmart for 25 years. Firefighters say he’s expressed a great deal of interest in firefighting.  That prompted several of the firefighters to coordinate a surprise with the store’s managers.   Firefighters arrived at the Eureka Walmart and made Echele an honorary firefighter, taking […]

  • Heavy police presence in North St. Louis following 50 shots being fired

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Two plain clothes police officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department pulled up on a gun battle in north St. Louis Monday night, according to police officials. Police reported gunfire being exchanged back and forth between individuals in two vehicles near Theodosia and Clara. One witness said the sound of the gunshots rattled his window.  He believes high-powered weapons were involved.  Another witness told FOX 2 he heard what he believed to be approximately 50 […]

  • Fans pay tribute to Chuck Berry at his statue in the Delmar Loop

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Fans of rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry continued to leave tributes at the feet of the music legend’s statue in the Delmar Loop Sunday.  Berry died at his St. Charles County home the day before.  He was 90.  Fans left flower, cards and notes around the statue. “He was a pathfinder,” said John Hellmuth, a fan of Berry’s.  “He established rock and roll.” Hellmuth and wife Carolyn brought their grandchildren to the statue and […]

  • Volunteers from St. Paul Mo help clean-up part of North St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Volunteers from two very different parts of the St. Louis area joined forces for a common purpose. Better Family Life and the Catholic Church teamed up to help clean-Up an area of north St. Louis near Minerva and Hodiamont Avenues Saturday morning. Volunteers came from St. Paul, MO sat down with north St. Louis residents before the work began.  One resident was moved to tears thanking the volunteers who traveled from a rural part of St. […]

  • Former pastor pleads guilty to defrauding investors

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A former pastor who doubled as an investment adviser admits he defrauded dozens of victims out of more than a million dollars. The minister made the admission in federal court Wednesday. The victims want their money back.  But in some cases, investors lost their life savings. Mark Stafford admitted he took their money and in some cases kept it for himself.  Stafford is scheduled to be sentenced June 13th. He had been a pastor at a […]

  • State of Emergency concert looks to empower audience to change St. Louis for the better

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The hip-hop and rap artists were not revealed until after tickets went on sale. The celebration of 314 day in St. Louis included a surprise list of performers for a concert at the Chaifetz Arena Tuesday night. 314 day is a celebration of St. Louis on the date 3-14.  The concert is called, “State of Emergency” because St. Louis has a host of problems that need immediate attention. Promoter Loosecannon S.L.I.M. has been bringing the concert […]

  • Peach crop seems to have survived Saturday night’s freezing temperatures

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The owner of Herman’s Farm in St. Charles County is breathing a sigh of relief. Cloud cover helped keep overnight temperatures from dipping as low as expected. An inspection of the farm’s peach crop indicated the buds survived for now. “We got lucky,” said Tom Goeke, owner. A hard frost could ruin some area crops.  Goeke said 26 degrees is his “magic” number. “If it doesn’t get much lower than 26 or stays at […]

  • 3 suspects charged in officer involved shooting in St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief calls the latest officer involved shooting an all too familiar scenario. “Once again we’re here talking about a convicted felon who has the ability to put their hands on a firearm and point it at a police officer,” said Chief Sam Dotson.  “Once again we’re talking about an individual that’s been arrested by law enforcement, that’s on probation but is still able to get a firearm and point it at […]

  • Antonio French concedes in mayoral primary election

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Alderman Antonio French told his supporters he was proud of his campaign for mayor even though Tuesday’s results did not turn out the way he hoped. French conceded he was not going to be the next mayor of S.t Louis and addressed his supporters shortly after 10pm Tuesday. French rose to national fame by sharing developments in Ferguson through his Twitter feed.  He also founded the North Campus, a place for low income children […]