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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
  • Woman killed, 9-year-old wounded in brutal stabbing

    SWANSEA, IL (KPLR)- A woman is dead and her young son wounded after being stabbed Saturday evening at a home in Swansea, IL. Police were called for a disturbance at an apartment in the 200 block of Marcella Drive. When officers arrived, they were met by a 9-year-old boy who had a severe stab wound to the neck. As officers were trying to help him, he told them his mother’s boyfriend stabbed him. Officers then surveyed the scene and saw […]

  • News11 gets results for Crestwood homeowner with property damage from publicly owned tree

    CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Crestwood homeowner Eric Robertson finally had his questions answered about a tree that fell on Grant`s Trail and damaged his fence last week. Originally the City of Crestwood came in and moved the tree from the trial leaving behind piles of debris behind Robertson’s home. Robertson called News11 to find out know who was responsible for maintaining the trail and clean up. Calls were made and within 24 hours there was a change, some of the […]

  • Publicly owned tree falls and damages property in Crestwood homeowner wants to know who pays for cleanup

    CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Eric Robertson loves to use Grants Trail, part it runs right behind his Crestwood home. Things were good for the homeowner until last Tuesday when a huge tree fell to the ground, tore up his fence and blocked the trail. Robertson went back and forth with St. Louis County, Great Rivers Greenway and the city of Crestwood about clearing the tree. He says the city ultimately cut the tree to clear the trail but the problem […]

  • Police investigating possible murder-suicide in Columbia IL

    COLUMBIA, IL (KPLR) – The Columbia Illinois Police Department is investigating a possible murder suicide that occurred Monday evening on High Ridge Road in the Pioneer Ridge neighborhood. Authorities say the incident is the result of domestic issue. Police have been at the scene since 4:45 pm Monday afternoon, after they received a call for a shooting. Upon arrival officer discovered a male and female in the street. One person was dead at the scene and the other was transported […]

  • St. Louis aldermen to debate minimum wage increase

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A special meeting has been called for St. Louis’ alderman regarding a recent proposal for a wage increase. But the possibility has some worried. The latest effort to raise the minimum wage in St. Louis is stalled but a new debate over the bill introduced by Alderman Shane Cohn is expected later this week. The bill would increase the minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2020. It passed out of committee but when other aldermen […]

  • High speed police chase ends with 2 toddlers found in the back seat

    ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) – St. Ann police chief Arron Jimenez released video of a police chase that ended in a crash. 21-year-old Demetrius Johnson was driving and decided to run from police because of a suspended license and more. At around noon on Tuesday police clocked Johnson on 70 west going 80 miles per hour. When officers tried to pull him over he ran going down 70 into Earth City and back. Johnson reached speeds of over 130 miles […]

  • Video captures burglary suspect in the act

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Victims say 55-year-old Sylvester Pruitt is facing burglary and theft charges after allegedly stealing a lawn mower and other items from a Compton Heights home. The deeds were captured on video that ultimately put him behind bars. Barbara Burrows instantly shared the video from one of her eight cameras with others on the Nextdoor community forum. Suddenly neighbors started talking and soon discovered that multiple homes on Milton Blvd., Missouri Ave., Hawthorne Blvd., Compton Ave. and […]

  • Missing Fisherman

    Search underway for missing fisherman

    WEST ALTON, MO (KPLR)-Authorities are looking for a missing fisherman in the West Alton area. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports a fisherman went missing last night around 6:40pm near the boat ramp on Saale Road. Searchers found the boat about three miles from the ramp but no one was in it.  The boat appears to have been involved in some sort of crash. The fisherman’s car also was found. A search will resume Sunday morning along and near the Mississippi […]

  • St. Louis County NAACP seeking to make reforms in juvenile justice system

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – While the events of Ferguson linger in the minds of many as the one year anniversary comes to a close, the focus of what’s actually changed in the region has been brought to light. Recently the Ferguson Commission finished their report for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on how to make improvements in the region after hearing from citizens. At times the meetings were tense, but eventually the work moved forward. Commission member Byron Watson says a […]

  • Dozens march in memory of Aniya Cook, other victims of violence

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – They started with a prayer and walked in solidarity. Dozens of people showed up at Kingshighway and Highland in north St. Louis to remember the life of Aniya Cook and others murdered on the streets of St. Louis. Aniya was killed in the summer of 2012 after being shot while sitting in a car. She died just weeks before starting college. Since then her parents, Rochelle and Orlando, have been holding memorial walks to spread […]

  • Suspects in Soulard carjacking range from 6 to 15 years old

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis police are investigating a carjacking late Tuesday night in Soulard.  The ages of the five suspects involved might make you do a double take.  Police say the suspects range in age from six to 15. The carjacking happened at around 10:30 Tuesday night, on the 1900 block of Menard in Soulard.  Police say two boys, a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old, robbed a woman with a pellet gun that looked like a semi-automatic pistol, […]

  • Multiple explosions reported at Wood River Aquatic Center

    WOOD RIVER, IL (KPLR) – Visitors at the Wood River Aquatic Center were jarred by loud popping sounds near the main pool area. Just after 4 pm on Tuesday Bommarito Automotive SkyFox flew over the scene as Wood River fire crews worked to resolve a chemical accident at the city’s aquatic center. Officials say a part- time employee accidentally mixed two types of chlorine together causing a series of explosions in the pool area. Crews were able to get it […]


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