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Shawndrea Thomas is the co-anchor of the 11am news on FOX 2 and 12pm news on KPLR. She also reports for KTVI’s FOX 2 News and KPLR’s News 11. Thomas comes to St. Louis from Central Florida’s News 13, where she was the weekday morning traffic reporter.

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.

Shawndrea holds two Bachelors Degrees from Arizona State University in Broadcast Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies. 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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: shawndrea.thomas@tvstl.com


Recent Articles
  • Neighbors, friends scrambling to care for kids who lost parents in murder-suicide

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Neighbors and friends are scrambling to take care of four kids who lost their parents late Monday night in a suspected murder-suicide. The incident unfolded just after 9:15 p.m. in the 10600 block of Dunkeld Circle in north St. Louis County. Police said 29-year-old Sheena Engstrom was shot dead on her porch by 31-year-old McKinley Jackson in a murder suicide. Their children were inside the home at the time and were unharmed. Close friends […]

  • Police seeking person of interest in West County hospital burglary

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KPLR) – A man is caught on camera allegedly burglarizing a west St. Louis County hospital. Town and Country police say they have a person of interest in the burglary that happened over the weekend at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Investigators say they believe this man entered a doctor’s office between Friday afternoon and Monday morning and took petty cash and credit cards from employee work spaces.  Workers arriving Monday morning found cabinets and drawers opened […]

  • A duo from St. Louis is making waves in Hollywood

    LOS ANGELES, CA (KPLR) – A duo from St. Louis is making waves in Hollywood.  Justin DiCenzo and King Morelli joined forces in 2015 and created a song used in the season 1 finale of empire called “David & Goliath” With the help of show editor and fellow St. Louisan Joe Leonard it was a big break that lead to more opportunities. ‘Joe Leonard was working on the show and liked the music we were working on and the music […]

  • Video shows strangers rushing to help during fatal Moline Acres crash

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A family is dealing with a tragic loss after one of their loved ones was killed in a car crash last week. Darion Trust’s family says he was a bright light with a bright future and now they’re left with grief and heartache. A chaotic scene on March 12th as drivers come to the aid of crash victims near Marquis Court in Moline Acres. One of those victims was 17-year-old Darion Trust. Family members say […]

  • Would-be car thieves caught on surveillance video

    DES PERES, MO (KPLR) – Neighbors in one Des Peres neighborhood are on the lookout for people breaking into cars. One homeowner in the Bellarosa Estates said his car was stolen, so he installed cameras and captured video of other attempted thefts. The video, taken early Monday morning, shows a person who appears to be checking doors on cars to see if they’re open and another individual doing the same across the street. However, the video shows the would-be thieves […]

  • German flight diverted to St. Louis; 192 passengers deplane

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A flight from Germany made an unscheduled landing at St. Louis Lambert Airport Wednesday afternoon. The Condor airlines 767 was travelling from Frankfurt to Cancun Mexico when a fuel leak was reported. The plan landed safely in St. Louis. All 192 passengers have been taken off of the flight and are now going through international customs at Lambert. Condor does not fly out of St. Louis. It is not clear if the plane will stay […]

  • Florissant rescinds pit bull ban

    FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – The Florissant City Council voted Monday night to change its pit bull ban to include all animals. The change comes after six months of debate and research. Owners must now register their pets and have them spayed and neutered. If not, they can face a $500 fine and other penalties. The mayor signed the new ordinance, which takes effect immediately.

  • Family of missing Berkeley woman not giving up, 10 years after disappearance

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – A local family is still searching for a loved one who went missing 10 years ago Monday. The family of Kelly Allen continues holding out hope that she’s alive, even 10 years after she was reported missing from the Frost Apartments in Berkeley. She was 20-years-old at the time. Allen’s family handed out fliers Monday in hopes of generating leads in the case, centering their efforts surrounding the Frost Apartments near I-170. Family members said she […]

  • Daylight Saving Time means it’s time to run through a home safety checklist

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – “Spring forward.”  That’s what we’re all doing today as Daylight Saving Time begins. It’s also a time to cross off a checklist of safety precautions at your home. FOX 2’s Shawndrea Thomas is live at the Red Cross office in Creve Coeur with what emergency workers want you to do.

  • Police looking for armed robbers who posed as cops

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police are looking for two men who impersonated an officer and committed a robbery. Investigators said the robbery happened around 1:40 a.m. Friday in the 4400 block of Vista Avenue and Newstead. The suspects pulled up in a white Chevy Impala with red and blue flashing lights similar to a police car. The men got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun, and robbed a man and woman who were parked and sitting in […]

  • SSM Health Medical Minute: Overweight kids

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. What can parents do to ensure their kids maintain a healthy weight? KPLR 11 talked to Dr. Jeffrey Teckman, SLUCare Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital about the Weigh of Life program, designed just for kids struggling with weight. It’s a team approach, incorporating not just the children, but their parents, friends and siblings so […]

  • Thieves break into Festus pharmacy twice in two weeks

    FESTUS, MO (KPLR) – Festus police are trying to find the culprits in a case where a pharmacy was hit not once but twice in the last two weeks. It all happened early Tuesday morning. That’s when police say three people broke into the Prescriptions Plus Pharmacy on Gannon Drive. The thieves took nearly $40,000 worth of drugs. The suspects boldly backed a truck up to the front door and used a tool to pry it open. The thieves were […]