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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
  • Mother upset over daughter being bullied at school and on the bus

    NORMANDY, MO (KPLR) – Normandy School District parent Ashley Turner is upset, she says her 6-year-old daughter Aniyah is being bullied at Lucas Crossing Elementary both on campus and on the bus. In the beginning, the first grader complained about kids picking on her. Then Ashley says the verbal assaults turned physical.  Hospital records show Aniyah was assaulted on November 24th and again on December 16th. Family members became more outraged when they discovered that Aniyah suffered a hematoma at […]

  • Military veteran and others become victims of car thefts at St. Louis VA hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – On November 13th a woman who does not want to be identified says she took her husband to John Cochran VA hospital for a doctor’s appointment. She parked her car with the valet company stationed out front. Two hours later when the couple returned, they were told by a valet that their new 2015 Toyota Venza had been stolen. The victim says someone jumped in the car with the keys still inside and drove off. […]

  • HOT CHOCOLATE

    Good weather helps Hot Chocolate run

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – On Sunday runners laced up their sneakers and hit the streets of downtown St. Louis as part of the Hot Chocolate 5 and 15k run. The event hosted by Ram Racing is said to be the sweetest race in America. The weather during the day hovered between 50 to 60 degrees. The temperatures were stark contrast to the wind chilled teen temperatures recorded during the race in 2013. Runners started at Market Street and made […]

  • Safeguard your gift card purchases this Holiday Season

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Retail experts say more $274 billion dollars in gift cards will be sold in the U.S. this year. Making the retail market a feeding ground for thieves. There are ways to secure your purchase; Chris Thetford with the Better Business Bureau says for starters buying cards on auction sites is a bad idea. For smaller stores like Kaldis Coffee selling gift cards is a simple process.  They keep a close eye on how the cards are […]

  • Protesters interrupt Ferguson Commission meeting

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The atmosphere inside of the meeting at Mulanphy-Botanical Garden Learning Center was calm, then it became tense with more than 300 people inside. The chaos started when citizens started to yell and protesters raised their arms and chanted. This happened after the first group of citizens spoke at Tuesday’s Ferguson Commissioners meeting. Once St. Louis city police chief Sam Dotson started to give his presentation as part of the agenda. Some in the crowd spoke out […]

  • Snoop Dogg and other celebrities help raise money for St. Louis area mom battling breast cancer

    FLORISSANT, MO. (KPLR) – Sue Fulton a wife, mother of four and track coach was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer is past summer and says she’s in the battle of her life. To help cope with the devastating news her family and friends decided to document her journey. According to Sue a spot was found in 2013, but she says she was told it was not a problem, one year later she’s had 13 lymph nodes removed and chemo […]

  • GUN PULLED AT PROTEST IN CENTRAL WEST END

    Photo captures man flashing gun at protesters in CWE

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police were called to Maryland Avenue and Euclid in the Central West End around 8:45 pm Wednesday night after receiving a call for a person struck. St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson was at the scene and captured a photo of a man with a gun in a minivan flashing it at demonstrators marching toward the Chase Park Plaza. Witnesses say the minivan hit several protesters in the intersection. Police arriving on scene stopped […]

  • Public weighs in on proposed St. Elizabeth hospital move

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A public hearing to determine the fate of Belleville’s historic St. Elizabeth hospital drew hundreds to the Bell-Clair Fairgrounds on Tuesday night. Belleville’s second public hearing was set to end at 6:30 pm but lasted until well past 7 pm. There were more than 100 people signed up to speak out and at least 50 had their say about the hospital. The meeting was packed with supporters and opponents, some even wearing buttons to support the […]

  • Teens march for peace in the St. Louis region

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – On Saturday,  nearly 1,000 teenagers from across the Midwest marched through downtown St. Louis for peace after the unrest in Ferguson. The teens were in town for their annual Latin Midwest Youth Convention and prayed for the people of Ferguson. At the same time,  a group from local churches in south St. Louis held signs and chanted at the corner of Chippewa and Hampton Avenue calling for peace and justice. Follow Shawndrea Thomas on Twitter and […]

  • Law enforcement stepping Holiday patrols

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Around an inch of snow fell across the St. Louis region Wednesday. While it certainly set the holiday mood, the snow on cars and streets was not a welcome sight to drivers hitting the road for Thanksgiving travel. Numerous delays were reported through the afternoon and evening. Travelers will be battling bad weather in the air also, weather in the northeast is wreaking havoc and causing delays. According to AAA more than 46 million Americans will […]

  • Protesters and community leaders using safe spaces in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – While the unrest in Ferguson continues both protesters and community leaders are stopping at churches and other safe places to escape the chaos on the streets find some degree of peace. Right now there are at least 10 safe places for those who are out making their voices heard. Hosts say it`s a haven for peace and understanding. On Tuesday night, organizers at greater St. Marks Family Church in Ferguson hosted a meeting to help ease […]

  • Four alarm fire breaks out at Black Jack condo complex

    BLACK JACK, MO (KPLR) – Shortly after 5 pm a four-alarm fire broke out at a condo complex located in the 12000 block of Chesapeake Drive in Black Jack. Five fire districts in north St. Louis County responded to the blaze. Tenants were evacuated with no injuries. Follow Shawndrea Thomas on Twitter and Facebook: Shawndrea Thomas On Twitter   Shawndrea Thomas On Facebook   Email: shawndrea.thomas@tvstl.com

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