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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.

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    Ameren-Widespread power outages avoided by warming temperatures and low wind speeds

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Saturday’s warming temperatures helped melt ice in trees reducing the risk of widespread power outages. Power outages have not been as bad as feared because of not only the temperature but also the wind speed. “Wind speeds are very critical in terms of causing a number of outages, said Kevin Anders, Assistant Vice President of Operations for Ameren Missouri.  “The winds have stayed below 10 miles per hour so that that’s helped a lot.” Anders said […]

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    Snow removal company gearing up for busy weekend

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The largest locally owned snow and ice management company is gearing up for a busy weekend. BSR Services owner Carl Bolm said there is a good supply of salt and ice melting chemicals this year. “We’ve already used quite a bit of salt for this early in the season and it looks like we’ll be using even more with the sleet and freezing rain,” said Bolm. He said with rain expected to fall before the ice, […]

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    Human remains found in burn pile at Franklin County river access point

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR)- Human remains have been discovered at a river access point near the confluence of the Meramec and Bourbeuse Rivers.  On Tuesday, around noon, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Forestry Division was cleaning the river access at Chouteau Claim. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, workers found a burn pile about five yards in the brush with what appeared to have dismembered human remains. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the scene with assistance from the Missouri Department […]

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    Greitens takes oath of office, becomes 56th Missouri governor

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens promised to change the way the state is governed as he took the oath of office on steps of the Capitol Building in Jefferson City Monday. “I come as an outsider to do the people’s work,” Greitens said. After taking the oath of office his first act was to sign an executive order related to ethics reforms. The order prohibits anyone from working in the governor’s office from leaving to take […]

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    Fire seriously damages home in Fenton

    FENTON, MO (KPLR) – A 2nd alarm fire in Fenton required firefighters to bring their own water to the blaze.  A single family home on Laverne Drive took significant fire damage Sunday.  The blaze presented firefighters with multiple challenges. The nearest fire hydrant with adequate pressure was too far away for firefighters’ hoses to connect.  The High Ridge Fire District brought in 2 tankers to provide water, according to Chief Mike Arnhart.  Fire trucks had to back in and out […]

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    Candicci’s owner lends helping hand to long-time employee’s family burned out of home

    BALLWIN, MO (KPLR) – The owner of Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar is trying to help one of his longtime employees. Bob Candice says Darrell Russell has been a cook with the restaurant since it began 36 years ago. “You can’t find dedicate employees like that anymore.  You just can’t,” said Candice.  “They’re just not out there.” Russell lost everything he owned in house fire this week.  Bomb and arson detectives responded to the Hillsdale home and are investigating the nature […]

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    MoDOT is urging motorist to stay off area roads Thursday morning

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – MoDOT is encouraging drivers to stay off St. Louis area roads Thursday morning so crews can effectively treat area highways. “If there’s precipitation coming down during rush hour, which is what is predicted, we have to be on that road,” said MoDOT’s Tom Blair.  “We have to continually treat and possibly plow the road.” MoDOT issued a winter traffic advisory asking drivers to avoid the morning rush hour. “I just advise everybody if they don’t have […]

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    Franklin County man accused of pouring gasoline into grandchild’s crib

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A man has been charged after police say he pointed a gun to his wife’s head and poured gasoline on a crib containing their grandchild. Police have charged Patrick Howard, 56, with assault, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies were dispatched to the 5700 block of Willow Ford Road in Robertsville at around 11pm. The Franklin County Sheriff’s office says that Howard assaulted his wife on December 28th. He allegedly […]

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    Worship goes on at St. Monica Catholic church despite fire damage 

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – St. Monica Catholic Church celebrated Mass inside a gymnasium this weekend.  A damaging and deliberate fire will keep the parish out of its church building at least 3 weeks, according to Fr. Joseph Weber. He described the past week as difficult and chaotic, saying the parish went from feeling the joy, wonder, and beauty of Christmas to enduring news that someone intentionally set a fire inside their church. “It’s been a little terrifying to be […]

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    Thieves pick through charred remains after woman loses everything in house fire

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Thelma Askew lost her home in a December 23 fire. She was renting to own a home in the Castle Point neighborhood in north St. Louis County. Askew said the fire started because she was trying to heat her home with her oven after a scheduled heating system repair did not take place. Smoke alarms went off, giving Askew enough time to escape. “When I came out of the house, all I had on […]

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    Jewish, Muslim volunteers come together for Christmas day of service

    VALLEY PARK, MO (KPLR)- Jewish and Muslim groups join forces for a day of service on a Christian holiday.  It is an annual tradition that has picked up steam.  Volunteers gathered inside area mosques and temples and welcomed anyone of any faith to join them for a day of service.  The event is sponsored by The Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis and the Islamic Foundation Of Greater St. Louis. Last week, volunteers prepared packages for deliveries to a […]

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    Group says attack on two St. Louis Muslim families are hate crimes

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will hold a news conference Wednesday. The organization believes police should be doing more to investigate allegations of two Muslim families under attack in a south St. Louis neighborhood. The accusations stem from what police call a feud among neighbors on Zellie Ave. The tiny block is on the southern edge of the City of St. Louis. “Living in this type of situation has created […]