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.

Recent Articles
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    Safety tips for Black Friday shopping

    BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – Black Friday is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. While some are lined up at stores like Best Buy across the country others were more concerned about staying safe while shopping. Shoppers are out trying to get that one of a kind gift and thieves are ready and willing to take it. That’s why local police are patrolling shopping malls and plazas over the holidays to keep customers safe. Some shoppers FOX 2 spoke to say they have their […]

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    Duos fight for safety road pays off

    MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – A long battle to get a safety road installed in a small Madison County community is finally over and the new road is set to open.  Madison County Board member Helen Hawkins and homeowner Sue Archer led a charge to get a safety road installed. Today they are walking on a road they fought for years to see. FOX 2 first introduced you to the duo back in 2012 when they started a petition to […]

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    State Department issues worldwide travel alert

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans amid concerns that terror groups and individuals plan more attacks after the Paris massacres. The State Department warned that groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram “continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.” It also warned of the possibility of individuals carrying out their own attacks. “These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private […]

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    Winter blast damages area plants

    MANCHESTER, MO (KPLR) – As Saturday’s cold blast blew through the St. Louis metro area, it left a mark on plants and flowers. This was especially true for the folks at Sherwood’s Forest Nursery in Manchester. Owner David Sherwood says the 20 degree temperatures and high winds destroyed plants and damaged his green house. “A Floral Hydrangeas that we left out on accident and it got frozen and it likely won’t come back. We had so much wind out here […]

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    Variety donates over 225 bikes to area children

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – On Saturday more than 225 kids stopped by Parkway Central High School to pick up an early Christmas gift. Variety the Children’s Charity hosted their 20th annual bikes for kid’s event and kids like Joseph Lawrence are excited to get a new set of wheels. `I’ve been waiting a long time’ said Lawrence. Honorary chair Lucia Rodriguez says having the bikes is also a good way to the kids out to socialize and have […]

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    Search is on for man swept away by floodwaters

    REYNOLDS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Authorities in Reynolds County Missouri are searching for 49-year-old John Gutches who left for work at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when he encountered flood waters that swept him away. According to the Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner, Gutches was heading to work and somehow his truck ended up in the Black River near Highway J and 49.  The truck was found but Gutches was not inside. A search crew of 35 EMS workers, volunteers and police […]

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    Chief Dotson talks to city residents about fighting crime

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – On Tuesday night more than 300 people showed up to St. Stephen Catholic Church to hear solutions from police after a series of robberies in South St. Louis near Holly Hills. There were 8 robberies this year and 3 were in November. Police say a major issue is the need for tougher laws on armed offenders. St. Louis city Chief Sam Dotson also says he wants the courts to do more. “We looked at about 250 cases […]

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    Festus homeowner hoping latest round of rain won’t flood neighborhood

    FESTUS, MO (KPLR) – Festus homeowner Tom Edelman is still dealing with flooding problems from last July when flood waters filled his basement and left thousands of dollars worth of damage to his home. Edelman wasn’t the only one on his street, he says his next door neighbor who hasn’t been home in months is just starting on repairs and he worries about what new potential flood waters can do. “I worry every time it rains after July’s incident..we all called […]

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    Hit ‘n run victims’ families promote pedestrian traffic safety

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Balloons were released into the sky at a south city intersection Sunday as friends and family of two people struck and killed by cars gathered at the intersection of Cerre Street and South Broadway to discuss pedestrian traffic safety. Amber Wood and Bapi Gupta were both killed while crossing the street nearby. Wood’s mother, Georgie Busch, said she will do everything she can to make changes and save others. “We’ve been pushing to make it […]

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    19-year-old goes the extra mile for strangers with broken down vehicle

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A Wednesday night reunion was filled with hugs and smiles because of a chance encounter. On Sunday night, Hallie Beattie and two friends were heading to Sparta from St. Louis when her Honda Accord broke down at the Belleville Quick Trip on Old Collinsville Road. That’s when 19-year-old Aubree Taylor stepped in and offered to help. The college freshman went the extra mile. He not only gave the women a ride to purchase a new car […]

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    U.S. Soccer Federation banning header for players under 10-year-old

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – On Tuesday the U.S. Soccer Federation released new guidelines for soccer play with kids. The federation is banning headers for players under 10-years-old and kids 11 and up have limitations.  They also want medical professionals to evaluate possible concussions instead of coaches before decisions are made to keep players in. Soccer coach Jay Hammond says his agrees with the decision, all of his community league players are under 12. A 2014 lawsuit filed in California sparked […]

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    Woman sexually assaulted on bike trail

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – According to Belleville police at around 1:30 am Sunday morning a 56-year-old woman was walking home from a business in the 1500 block of West Main Street when she was attacked by a stranger.  Police say she took a shortcut and reached a well-known bike trail near South 6th Street and Centerville Avenue when she was approached by a man. That encounter turned horrific when that unknown man pushed her down to the ground and sexually […]


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