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
  • 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 […]

  • Manchester concert bombing shines light on local emergency preparedness

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The tragic concert bombing in Manchester, England is causing shockwaves in St. Louis. Kevin Quinlivan, a local events promoter, said he worries daily about the possibility of a similar tragedy at a big event in the U.S. “We do worry about that,” said Quinlivan. “You know there’s a lot of people and it would be real simple to do something stupid.” Area first responders said the bombing is a sobering reminder of why they train for […]

  • Annie Malone May Day Parade fills St. Louis streets with music and fellowship

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Sunday marked the 107th year for the annual Annie Malone May Day Parade.  The event is the only fundraiser for the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center.  “The parade was started as a way to actually celebrate the life and legacy of Annie Malone who so generously gave $10,000 129 years ago to start the organization,” said Annie Malone CEO Leslie Gill. “Today I’m so humbled and incredibly excited to continue the life and legacy of […]

  • “Just act good”: St. Louis boy’s Facebook video calls for end to violence

    ) WELLSTON, MO (KPLR)-It’s a sign of the toll violent crime in St. Louis is taking on children.  A St. Louis mother shared her son’s fears about crime on Facebook. The post has been viewed more than 50,000 times. Jeffrey Laney is a 6-year-old kindergartner and starts the video by expressing his fear about violent crime. “A lot of people, people need to stop killing each other around here because this is just making me feel bad,” Laney said. His mother told […]

  • Local task force prepares for August’s total solar eclipse

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Eclipse Task Force met at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium Wednesday to map out strategies for August 21, the day when a total solar eclipse will take place. The time of the eclipse depends on your location. “They’ll get to see the corona, the actual atmosphere of the sun,” said Don Ficken, chairman of the St. Louis Eclipse Task Force. The once in a lifetime event takes place when the moon blocks the […]

  • Seven fatal crashes along stretch of Natural Bridge in 2017

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Two speeding cars on Natural Bridge Avenue crashed early Saturday morning. A two-year-old boy was not buckled inside one of those vehicles. He was ejected from the car and remains in critical condition. Police said it’s not certain the boy will survive. “It brought tears to my eyes,” said Alderman John Collins-Muhammad (21st Ward). “A two-year-old child.” The alderman represents the area where the crash occurred. He met Monday with city leaders to discuss the possibility […]

  • Couple warns others to be vigilant after frightening carjacking

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-The victim of a Saturday afternoon carjacking in north St. Louis is speaking out. He and his wife are still traumatized and don`t want anyone else to be targeted.  They asked News 11 not to name them. “I could have just in a second lost my husband,” said the victim’s wife. “And it’s really traumatizing to have someone do something like that to you.” They say it happened on Arlington. The husband bent down to grab something […]

  • Two-year old critically injured after being ejected from car during crash

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- A two-year old was ejected from a car involved in an early morning crash Saturday. St. Louis Police say that child is in critical condition and is not stable. Street crews spent Saturday morning repairing the damage along Natural Bridge near Cora.  Witnesses say two cars were involved in a crash that resulted in a two-year old being ejected from one of those vehicles. The crash happened around 2:00am. One neighbor, who asked not be identified, […]

  • Accidental 911 calls coming from Apple Watch users

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – It’s supposed to make calling 911 easier, but that’s part of the problem. Some Apple Watch users are accidentally calling 911. The watch has one-button access to 911. “It’s not just the watch,” said St. Clair County 911 Board Director Herb Simmons. He said just one of the 911 centers in St. Clair County took nearly 16,000 accidental 911 calls in just the past 365 days. He wants anyone accidentally making a 911 call to […]

  • Racist graffiti targets student at St. Clair Jr. High

    ST. CLAIR, MO (KPLR) – The St. Clair R-13 School District is investigating a racist message left on a bathroom wall of St. Clair Jr. High School that appeared to target a specific student. “There was a racist phrase written on a bathroom wall at the junior high,” said Superintendent Kyle Kruse. “A student actually reported it to us, which we appreciate very much. Our kids know that’s not right. I’m glad they told us.” One parent said the message […]

  • Alton man hopes thief will return important family keepsakes

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – The victim of a backpack theft in Alton, Illinois has promised not to press charges if the thief returns the bag. That’s because the backpack contained the dog tags and a mini urn containing a part of his brother’s remains. Gabriel Patton was a Private Frist Class in the U.S. Army. He was killed in a car crash in Edwardsville while on leave from Ft. Leonard Wood. Shane Patton keeps the dog tags and mini urn […]

  • Bevo Mill reopens to large brunch crowd

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis landmark is back open for business. Bevo Mill has seen its ups and downs over the past several years. The restaurant opened back up Sunday under the name Das Bevo.  The restaurant first opened in 1917 in order to serve a growing German population in the area. There was a line of customers waiting to get in for the 10 am opening.  It took about 10 minutes for all the tables to be […]