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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.

Recent Articles
  • Collapsing roof inching closer to neighboring homes

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Homeowner Franklin Bobbitt is nervous because his neighbors roof is about to collapse onto his home. He`s been living next the collapsed roof in the 1400 block of San Francisco for two months and says it`s inching closer to his home and he fears it could ultimately do some major damage. FOX 2 asked St. Louis City officials about the situation. We`re told the owner is in the middle of a private battle between both […]

  • Woman attacked while jogging in U City

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – A woman is attacked on a University City street and you won’t believe how she escaped. That attack happened at 6 am Monday morning and word quickly spread about the incident. According to University City police a woman was jogging in the 7200 block of Forsyth when a man grabbed her from behind and put his hand over her mouth. The victim then bit the suspects hand he and he took off on foot. Neighbors […]

  • Maplewood Walmart Protest

    Michael Brown protesters attempt to shut down Maplewood Wal-Mart

    MAPLEWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Monday evening Michael Brown protesters disrupted operations at the Wal-Mart in Maplewood. Protester entered the store and gathered in the back of the store. Once they assembled in the store, they started chanting “What do we want…justice now”. Protesters did shut down one Wal-Mart temporarily. But police quickly move in to remove the protesters from the store and formed a line in front of the doors to keep protesters at bay. About 30 minutes later most […]

  • Thieves break into north city church

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Parishioners are recovering after someone broke into the Peace of Mind Church at the 5000 block of Cote Brilliante. According to Pastor Robert White thieves broke in through a wall and damaged the sanctuary on Saturday. They also stole supplies stored to help protesters in various weather conditions. The church is hoping the community will help them recover their items, especially a hard drive that contains the history of the church. GoFundMe relief page for […]

  • “Blue Robbing Hood” strikes in Normandy

    NORMANDY, MO (KPLR) – A three-week string of robberies have Normandy police and other departments thinking the same guy did it all. Photos released by Normandy police show a man in the act, and the same man could be linked to robberies at a Circle K in Brentwood and BP station on S. Hanley in Maplewood. His MO is the same. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post Dispatch the guy police call “Blue Robbing Hood” is known for […]

  • Diversity and racial tensions focus of Ferguson town hall meeting

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The latest in a series of town hall meetings was held at the Ferguson community center at 1050 Smith Avenue and once again media was not allowed inside. The Department of Justice led the discussions on diversity and racial tension and healing. About 200 people attended the meeting which was expected to last two hours. The session was only open to Ferguson residents and businesses. The parking lot was also packed with cars. Another meeting is […]

  • Family gets degree of closure after deadly drunk driving crash

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A two year ordeal for a St. Louis family is finally coming to a close. News 11 caught up with Carlos Kimbrough who says he’s finding some degree of closure after the death of his mother. The emotional rollercoaster came after his 70- year -old mother Ciby was hit and killed by 55-year-old George Putney in January of 2012 in a head on collision along Woods Hill Drive in Town and Country. St. Louis […]

  • Hundreds of trees planted for peace in Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Sunday hundreds of trees were planted across the St. Louis area in an effort to rebuild communities and peace for the people of Ferguson. The trees were planted as part of “Plant for Peace” an effort to unify communities in the St. Louis area after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Organizers say the trees represent a fresh start for the citizens of Ferguson and the St. Louis area.

  • Thousands take part in “Sista Strut” against breast cancer

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Thousands of people strutted through downtown St. Louis Saturday. The 5th annual “Sista Strut” 3K walk was held to raise awareness about breast cancer in women of color. Each year the turn out for this event grows and so does the strength of the people it’s designed to help.

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    Sunset Hills mayor speaks about charges through attorney

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KPLR) – On Wednesday News 11 cameras went in search of Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer but he was nowhere to be found. This after St. Louis County Police charged Furrer with second degree assault and property damage. After he allegedly hit cyclist Randy Murdick during what Murdick calls a fit of road rage in July on Old Gravois Road. Not only did the cyclist suffer injuries. His $12,000 thousand dollar bike was also damaged. The mayor’s […]

  • School bus fight leaves teen with black-eye

      OLIVETTE, MO (KPLR) – On September 12th, an argument on a first student school bus between students got physical and left a 16-year-old girl with a black eye.  According to Logos high school student Ashley Bennish and her mother Betty,  the teen and others were heading home from school when Ashley says a teenage boy she dated in the past got angry because she was talking to another boy on the bus. That’s when she claims he punched her […]

  • Family wants better care for residents of retirement home

    SUNSET HILL, MO (KPLR) – A family picketed a retirement home Sunday in front of the facility to bring attention to the care of residents. The family says the quality of care for their mother has gone down over the last 5 years and want the Friendship Village Retirement Community to focus on food, emotional treatment and overall care for all residents.


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