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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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    Shooting at alumni picnic leaves one man dead, one wounded

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Saturday night violence broke out at a peaceful fun-filled University High School alumni picnic that was being held at Heman Park in University City. Around 7:15 pm shots rang out, leaving two men wounded. Both victims were transported to the hospital. Police say a 20-year-old man died from his injuries and the other victim, a 39-year-old man was wounded in the leg and is in stable condition. Authorities say the shooting occurred as the picnic […]

  • Residents around Morrison Road get much delayed safety road

    MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – It`s a battle that`s been brewing since 2012, now the residents in Pontoon Beach, and surrounding townships are seeing the fruits of their labor. A stretch of Morrison road is torn up because of a new Union Pacific railroad project. It was just one of two ways residents could get in and out of their subdivisions. Residents demanded a new road and overpass because of safety issues. According to Madison County 16th District Board Member […]

  • Students in St. Louis to restore faith targeted by thieves

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A trip to do some good fell on hard times for one out of town group.  Fifteen missionary students from Crown Point, Indiana were spending the week in St. Louis doing charity work when they became the victims of a break-in. It all happened on Tuesday afternoon when their church van was broken into while visiting city museum.  They parked along 16th street went inside at 1 pm and three hours later discovered their van locks […]

  • Ballwin grapples with how to regulate payday loan stores

    BALLWIN, MO (KPLR) – A discussion over commercial zoning issues that created a buzz in Ballwin  started with the idea of prohibiting payday loan stores and quickly turned into creating future regulations. Ballwin Mayor Tom Pogue says payday loan stores and their operations have been of great interest to officials. The city wants to place restrictions on the six locations within Ballwin. The mayor says nearby cities have prohibited payday loan businesses all together and they hoped to do the […]

  • Car owners upset over car break ins during baseball game

    FENTON, MO (KPLR) – Parents attending a T-Ball game on a perfect sunny Sunday at the Fenton City Park were rudely brought back to reality after discovering their cars has been broken into during the game. The brazen crime occurred just 150 feet from where the parents were sitting. The thieves smashed windows taking purses containing money, credit cards, social security cards, driver’s licenses and other person items. St. Louis County Police are investigating the break ins, but are warning […]

  • Boeing employees help rehab north St. Louis County homes

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) –On Saturday more than 50 Boeing employees spent their day rebuilding three homes near Lambert Airport to help those who don’t have the cash to make needed repairs themselves. More than $40,000 was raised and donated by Boeing employees to help make the repairs a reality. The nonprofit Rebuilding Together sponsored the rehab day. Saturday’s event is one of many held by Boeing as part of their July global service program. The next home rehab […]

  • Body of man found in Mississippi River

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Authorities are trying to solve a mystery on the Mississippi River. There are more questions than answers after a body was found floating in the river. Firefighters were nearby when it was discovered. Captain Gregg Favre of the St. Louis Fire Department said, “Over the marine radio channel they heard some chatter from the safety boat that goes up and down the river as well as a tugboat of a report of a body in the […]


    Sgt. Jon Brough Blood Drive is Tuesday

    (KPLR)-A man who nearly gave his life to protect others, is once again joining the American Red Cross in urging residents to donate blood. In November 2006, Sergeant Jon Brough was a member of a police tactical response team that swarmed a home where a murder suspect was hiding. Brough was shot in the face upon entering the home. At the hospital, Brough received 12 units of blood in his initial surgeries. He received many more in his follow up […]

  • Festival goers deal with heat in St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – It was pretty hot outside Saturday and people were trying to beat the heat today in St. Charles for the Riverfront Art Walk. It`s was a hot and steamy Saturday at the 9th annual Riverfront Art Walk in St. Charles and Leslie Witt-Mayer with Herman’s farm was selling what she could. Vendors lined up their booths on north Main Street. Farmers sold their goods out in the sweltering heat, while artist spent time indoors. Art […]

  • Stolen Jefferson County car may have been used in Georgia crime spree

    HIGH RIDGE, MO (KPLR) – High Ridge homeowner Ginger Paul is angry and wants justice. On June 30th someone stole her 2000 silver Volkswagen Beetle from her garage while her family slept.  She says it`s more upsetting because she had only been in her home on Ridge Top Court for two weeks. ‘I woke up one morning and my car was gone. I couldn`t believe it honestly my boyfriend went to take the trash out and said babe where`s your […]

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    Search underway for missing woman in Ste. Genevieve County

    STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The search is on for 52-year-old Lynn Marie Messer who disappeared from her home early Tuesday morning. Family members called the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office to help search for Messer who left from her family farm located on Highway DD and Dry Fork Road. Officials also say the property is at least 300 acres. 60 people from St. Louis County Regional Command Post responded along with Eureka Search and Rescue, K-9 teams and […]

  • Alton Police confiscated over 300 pounds of illegal fireworks

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – Alton police confiscated thousands of dollars worth of fireworks and some of the fireworks sent one kid to Cardinal Glennon Children`s Hospital. Alton police Chief Jason Simmons says officers responded to 80 complaints and seized more than 350 pounds of fireworks over the holiday weekend. It`s one of the largest hauls they have ever seen. All of the fireworks were taken from teenagers. News11 also found one man who was burned by stray fireworks. He lives […]