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 prepping for Tuesday’s storms

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Ameren Missouri is preparing for the possibility of winds strong enough to cause power outages. The weather forecast calls for the possibility of 60 mile per hour winds Tuesday evening. The Assistant Vice President of Operations and Technical Support for the power company said it’s too soon to say just how widespread outages could be. “Our system can withstand 50 to 60 mile per hour winds,” said Kevin Anders.  He said power is typically lost when […]

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    St. James the Greater celebrates keeping parish school open

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. James the Greater Catholic School celebrated its future with a pancake breakfast and a school tour. The south St. Louis School was slated for closure. “It lit a fire inside of all of us,” said Sandra Crowe, school parent.  “We weren’t going to go down without a fight.” School supporters in the Dogtown neighborhood rallied to raise enough money to keep the doors open.  An anonymous donor is providing matching grants while fundraising efforts continue. “We […]

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    Citizens take polar bear plunge into Creve Coeur Lake for Special Olympics

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – When it comes to colder weather, it’s never too cold for a cause that warms hearts.  That was the attitude of the Maryland Heights and Hazelwood Police Departments.  They hosted a polar plunge at Creve Coeur Lake Sunday.  The event came just as temperatures took a nosedive. “You expect to have it cold but who would expect to have whitecaps on Creve Coeur Lake this time of year?” asked Russ Avery, member of the Maryland […]

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    Friends and co-workers hold benefit for Applebee’s worker in need of help

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – The Alton community is rallying behind an Applebee’s worker in need of help.  The restaurant donated 15% of its sales tonight to help Eddie Hitchcock.  The restaurant server is well known in the community for his kindness.  His father was recently critically injured in an out-of-state accident and Eddie does not have a vehicle to get back and forth to Alton.  Friends started a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses and they hope to help […]

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    The Way It Oughta Be: Criminals

    (KPLR) – On Wednesday’s The Way It Oughta Be, If only all criminals would turn themselves in.

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    Lotto fever strikes as Powerball goes over $400M

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – When the Powerball jackpot soars into the arena of ridiculous amounts of money, few people care about how much of the jackpot goes to taxes. What many players don’t realize is the jackpot amount could very significantly depending on where you live. Illinois residents pay a lower tax rate than Missouri residents.  A $403 million Illinois winner could walk away with approximately a million dollars more than a Missouri winner.  The tax rate for a high […]

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    Some University City residents are wondering who will foot the bill for flood damage

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Some February flooding has a few University City residents wondering how the cleanup bill will be paid.  A water main break on Trenton Avenue sent water into at least 5 basements.  Water rushed into an open sewer and backed into several homes, according to a Missouri American Water spokesman. Vicki Pfeifer has lived in her home in the 7800 block of Trenton since 1968.  She says water rose to about the first step leading into […]

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    Missing 65-year-old woman found safe in West St. Louis County

    UPDATE:  Shirley Brown has been found safe in West St. Louis County. ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police are asking for the public’s help to find a 65-year-old woman. Shirley Brown was reported missing by a family member Monday afternoon. Shirley suffers from dementia and uses a wheelchair. ” “She just means everything to my family,” said Ivy Ware, Brown’s sister. Brown’s family says a security guard at Barnes Jewish Hospital has told them there is surveillance video of Brown […]

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    A Farmington family’s battle with Heroin detailed in Facebook video

    FARMINGTON, MO (KPLR) – Farmington resident Jade Hall is going public with her family’s heroin battle in hopes it saves a life.  She lost her older brother to a heroin overdose while her younger sister was in rehab after overdosing on heroin. She created a video showing her family’s painful journey because she wants others to see what heroin can do to a family. “It can mentally, physically emotionally tear it apart,” said Hall. She said her sister had not […]

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    Hi-Pointe Drive-In broken into for the second time

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – The owner of the Hi-Pointe Drive-In has no good explanation for why his restaurant has been broken into for a second time in recent days.  Mike Johnson says he arrived for work Saturday morning to find his window smashed in and cash registers taken. “We don’t keep any cash anywhere in any registers or anywhere around here so it’s pointless to come break our window every two weeks and steal something,” said Johnson. The owner is […]

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    Mizzou battling mumps outbreak on campus

    COLUMBIA, MO (KPLR) – A mumps outbreak is lingering over the Mizzou campus Wednesday night.  Students are being offered free vaccine shots to stamp out the outbreak. All day today and for the next several days students can go to the Memorial Student Union to receive a vaccination for free.  The university is trying to curb the mumps outbreak. Students were lining up earlier today getting what`s known as an MMR vaccine, that stands for measles, mumps and rubella. Mumps […]

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    Winning $11M lottery ticket sold in southern Illinois

    BENTON, IL (KPLR) – There’s a big winner in a small town.  The winning ticket for Monday’s $11,250,000 Illinois lottery jackpot was sold at a Circle K in Benton, IL. “It’s a total shock,” said one resident.  “I’m glad somebody finally won from Benton.” As of Tuesday night, there was no word from lottery officials about a winner stepping forward.  Many of the residents we talked with said a winning ticket could do a lot of good in the Franklin […]