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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’s body found with gunshot wound in a Lincoln County home

    ELSBERRY, MO (KPLR) – The Major Case Squad is working to determine if a 38-year-old mother of four was murdered. Harmony Culbreath was found dead in her rented home off Highway 79 south of Elsberry at 10:30 Tuesday night. Preliminary results from an autopsy Wednesday showed she had a gunshot wound, but it was not clear if that caused her death. More detailed information is expected Thursday. A gun was found inside the rural home on Goodwood Trail. Friends tell […]

  • Couple plans to fight city hall to keep chickens

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – Luther and his wife Juli Viel are battling O`Fallon city hall after getting a notice from code enforcement. According to the city they are violating the city`s farm animal ordinance #210.170.  The notice says the chickens and coop must go and the owners have 10 days to do it. The couple has been raising the birds for 3 months. ‘We have a fish pond in this sub division so if I have to get rid of […]

  • Store owner vows not to be run-off by criminals

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – DeAmon White owns Ozell’s Kitchen in north St. Louis, the small business owner says crime in his neighborhood is out of control. The latest incident was a smash and grab at his restaurant and store. According to White someone broke into his business at the 5400 block of Delmar early Monday morning.  A customer contacted him and told him the bad news. Upon arrival White found a busted front door and broken glass. His cash register, a […]

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    Congressional Black Caucus celebrates Dr. King’s life in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – On Sunday at the Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson there was prayer, and a special service with a message to make a change. 11 of the 46 members of the Congressional Black Caucus from across the country stopped in Ferguson to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. They also wanted to help the community heal and move forward after months of unrest following the shooting of death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.  Missouri […]

  • Employee may faces charges over stolen steaks

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – One Brentwood business owner is missing a truckload of steaks stolen by an employee. The problems started when an employee showed up for work last Wednesday and took a lot more than a lunch break. According to Brentwood police an employee of Iowa Steaks in the 8100 block of Brentwood Industrial Court stole the goods. The company sent the worker on a delivery on January 7th with a truck packed with expensive Omaha Steaks valued well […]

  • Victim speaks out about a night of terror and surviving in the cold

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – 19-year-old Kimberly Medenblik is lucky to be alive, she has a broken arm, bruises and six staples in her head. She says the attack on her life was the result of a drug induced mania that started Monday morning in Sullivan at the home of 37–year- old Chrystal Ghem over a cell phone. “She said that I had released her demons. You could just see the evil come out of them.” Mendenblik said Ghem, Jason […]

  • Woman found nude and beaten in Franklin County

    UNION, MO (KPLR) – A Sullivan woman is recovering after a terrifying night in the woods after being left nude in a Franklin County conservation area. It all started with a fight over a cell phone theft with a female friend at 4 am Monday morning near Sullivan. Soon after a 19-year-old woman was kidnapped, beaten with a baton, stripped and left behind in freezing temperatures. A woman and two men drove the victim to a remote part of Franklin […]

  • St. Louis city monitoring salt use

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – As salt trucks make their way across the St. Louis metro area, some cities were worried about just how long their supplies would last and where it would come from. St. Louis city keeps more than 35,000 tons on hand during the winter. Todd Waelterman with the St. Louis City Streets Division says they are working with a surplus and measuring their use on a week by week basis. Extremely cold temperatures versus snow are […]

  • Berkeley mother fights to keep son on school bus

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – Tamika Love is frustrated because her 13-year-old son Christopher a Berkeley Middle School student was recently told he could no longer ride the school bus because he lives less than 1-mile away from his school. Love says her son had been riding for more than a year, but that all changed when a principal told the student he was listed as a walker. “It`s cold if he had to walk today to school it was what […]

  • Dog owner devastated over shooting of her dog

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Rachel Neckermann is devastated after a frantic search to find her Great Pyrenees Maggie. The 8-year-old dog went missing on Sunday afternoon while Rachel was visiting family at the Kingland trails subdivision near North Point Prairie in Wentzville. The dog escaped through a fence. ‘I was letting her out we were at my mom`s house had been staying there for the holidays. She was my child I don`t have kids I have a niece […]

  • “I Love Ferguson” sees business activity rising

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Volunteers at the “I Love Ferguson” store say the city is making strides towards progress. Boarded widow art is coming down around the city and business owners are slowly recovering from months of unrest. “I Love Ferguson” chairman Brian Fletcher says business is up as activity in the city calms down. “Support has been tremendous; we’ve expanded our product line as the seasons come on. In the month of January we should give close to another […]

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    Beer tasting event to help Ferguson businesses rebuild

    (KPLR)- Businesses in Ferguson are working hard to rebuild and recover from the unrest of the past few months and other businesses have been stepping up to help. Six Row Brewing Company based in the city St. Louis is organizing an event in collaboration with Ferguson Brewing Company, La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, and Cugino’s Italian Bar and Grill to benefit to help rebuild small business in Ferguson. Both breweries have collaborated with the Maplewood coffee roaster to create a coffee-styled […]

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