Shawndrea Thomas is a reporter for KTVI’s FOX 2 News and KPLR’s News 11. She comes to St. Louis from Central Florida’s News 13, where she was the weekday morning traffic reporter. Shawndrea holds two Bachelors Degrees from Arizona State University in Broadcast Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to working in Orlando, she was a reporter at WSYX/WTTE Columbus, Ohio and reporter/anchor at KWES in Midland, Texas. While in Ohio, she covered a wide range of stories including the “Streets of Speed” franchise where she exposed bad drivers and brought attention to chronic speeding, in order to make neighborhoods safer. Other major stories upon which she reported were a breaking news story about a student who threatened to blow up a high school, an in-depth report on a fire that destroyed Grandview’s historic districts. In addition, she covered traffic issues and severe weather (including a record-breaking 21-inch snowfall.) Relentless in getting answers and results, Shawndrea also broke major stories and landed an exclusive interview with a whistleblower in a West Texas State school scandal. She spent her spare time hosting an R & B radio show.

Professionally, Shawndrea is living her dream, and she wants to help other journalism students realize theirs. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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    Volunteers package thousands of food packets for those in need throughout the world

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KPLR)-On Sunday, volunteers at  Webster Groves Presbyterian Church did their part to make a difference in the world. More than 150 members gathered to make 18,000 dry food packet meals for families in third world countries. Organizers from the non-profit Stop Hunger Now and church members say it feels good to help those who need it the most, especially on Super Bowl Sunday, a day of overindulgence in the U.S. Ingredients like rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and […]

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    Ferguson residents voice concern over proposed DOJ agreement

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Ferguson officials sat down with residents Saturday as they continue to deal with the after effects of the turmoil that gripped that city in the summer and fall of 2014. Ferguson is close to hammering out an agreement with the Department of Justice. On Saturday the City of Ferguson held the second of three meetings to get public input before voting on the approval of bill number 7100.  The bill would approve of the civil rights […]

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    Church host forum to bring police and youth together

    CAHOKIA, IL (KPLR) – On Wednesday night parents and teens filled the Power of Change Christian Church to ask police some tough questions and they got the answers they were looking for. Parents, students and law enforcement gathered at the first Save Our Sons forum to have open dialogue about how to interact with police and your rights as a citizen. For the most part the audience asked intense questions about police brutality, deadly force, daily interactions and what to do […]

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    Ferguson residents speak out about deal with the Department of Justice

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The City of Ferguson is close to approving a deal with the Department of Justice to reform police practices in the city. The public gots its first opportunity to speak out about the plans Tuesday night in council chambers of Ferguson city hall. It’s been almost a year since the DOJ began scrutinizing the city after the death of Michael Brown, Jr. Its investigation found widespread civil rights violations that made money from poor and minority […]

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    St. Louisians get out and enjoy the good weather

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – Milder temperatures on Sunday meant a day outside for many.  People across the St. Louis metro area took the time to enjoy the outdoors.  Some spent their time at Forest Park and others wanted to get rid of all of the dirt left over from our recent snowfall.  Waterwash car wash manager Todd Smith says his crews are ready to take in the influx of customers. ‘We love it when it gets like this a […]

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    Six Flags hiring for summer positions

    EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – Saturday hundreds of people made their way to this year’s job fair at Six Flags. The summer hiring is in full swing and Six Flags St. Louis might have exactly what you’re looking for. On Saturday the park held a job fair to fill 3,000 positions before opening for its 46th season on March 25th. Recruiters are looking for entry-level to seasonal management workers, including lifeguards, security and costume characters. Future employees and parents say they […]

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    Earnings tax to go before city voters in April

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – On Tuesday the St. Louis City Board of Alderman voted unanimously to approve bill number 265. The ordinance will allow voters to decide if they want to continue to pay the 1% tax levy for working and living in the city. Officials say it’s the largest revenue generator for the City of St. Louis. The revenue accounts for 33% or 164 million dollars per year to help operate the city’s police, fire and other services. Voters […]

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    Teen and 2 juveniles in custody over robbery and beating

    WASHINGTON, MO (KPLR) – Washington Missouri police say they only see 5 robberies per year and a recent crime happened in the middle of a shopping plaza in the middle of the day. Investigators say 17-year-old Justice Edwards was with two other male juveniles who met up with another teen at Washington Square on Saturday. The group got into a car with the victim then allegedly robbed and beat him. Police say Edwards was not the mastermind but was there […]

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    Stranded students finally on their way home to St. Louis

    (KPLR) – It`s been a long journey for a group over 160 people  and four buses heading back to St. Louis after attending a Right to Life March in Washington, D.C. On their way home they got stuck when a wreck and snowstorm shut down a 30 mile stretch of highway on a Pennsylvania turnpike. They were stranded for 24-hours. While the group waited with hundreds of others for the chance to roll on they shared stories and made new […]

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    Teen severely burned after huffing gasoline in a garage

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – On Wednesday afternoon Franklin County sheriffs deputies and St. Clair Fire and EMS were called to a home on a private road at the 500 block of River Bend Park Lane just east of St. Clair for a fire and explosion. That’s where they found an 18-year-old male with severe burns to over 90 percent of his body. Investigators say he was huffing gasoline fumes from a can inside of a garage, lit a cigarette […]

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    MoDOT out clearing roads for morning commute

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KPLR) – Traffic was slow as Tuesday’s snow moved into the St. Louis metro area, but MoDOT says the roads were basically in pretty good shape. As FOX2 crews traveled along I-270 south it was clear that both sides were moving very slowly. There were also a few trouble spots along the page extension and interstate 70. MoDOT engineers say they do have a game plan to keep full crews out for the next 24 hours […]

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    Robbery suspect killed at KFC by police had extensive criminal record

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There is more information about the man shot and killed by St. Louis police last night during an alleged armed robbery at a Kentucky Fried Chicken. The man known as “Big Wes” is gone, and now new information is surfacing about his past troubles with the law. St. Louis City Police continue to investigate the shooting that happened near Gravois And Grand Avenue. According to investigators Crayton West, 52, robbed the KFC and pointed a […]


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