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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 of murder victim calls for focus on black on black crime

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Rochelle Cook has watched the riots in Ferguson unravel while mourning the death of her daughter Aniya. The 18-year -old was murdered in 2012 while sitting in a car in St. Louis. Cook says while there`s a big focus on Ferguson and police brutality these days, black on black crime should not get lost in the shuffle. Cook is also frustrated because she recently reached out to community leaders to participate in her annual march against […]

  • St. Louisans flock to Labor Day weekend festivals

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Hundreds of people showed up around St. Louis Sunday to visit multiple festivals this Labor Day weekend ahead of possible storms on Monday. On Sunday the lines were long at the Missouri Botanical Gardens for the 38th Annual Japanese Festival as vendor’s set-up shop to sell their goods. Tents were also packed that the Greek Festival in the Central West End as visitors took advantage of a dry and sunny Sunday the best weather day of […]


    Swiish Bar & Grill reopen and ready to serve

    (KPLR)- The owners of Swiish Bar and Grill in Ferguson were forced to close their doors for seventeen days due to the location of the police staging area following the shooting death of Michael Brown. Now they are open once again and hope life can get back to normal in their community. You can find Swiish located at 8021 West Florissant Avenue. Their phone number is (314) 385-3799. Visit Swiish’s Facebook page.

  • Amnesty International monitoring events in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Amnesty International is known for visiting war-torn countries overseas, but that idea evolved into a trek to Ferguson seven days ago as the riots and protests picked up steam. Their goal is to document human rights issues, and train the local leaders who called them in. News11 caught up with Earnest Coverson who says the sites along West Florissant were shocking. ‘The militarization of the police is something you see in a war-torn country. That was […]

  • Restaurants business virtually shut down by protest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – It’s been a long 11 days for everyone in Ferguson, it’s putting a burden on businesses like the owners of Swiish Bar and Grill. Corey and Chantelle Nickson-Clark opened the doors to swiish two months ago and things were good. However, the Ferguson riots changed everything. The bar wasn’t looted but the owners discovered the financial blow is the same. The tensions in the area caused law enforcement to set up shop in the parking lot […]

  • Crowd source funding will help feed children in Ferguson-Florissant Sch. Dist.

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – School for students in the Ferguson-Florissant school district was supposed have started last Thursday. But due to the continuing protest in Ferguson over the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the start of school has been delayed till at least Monday, August 25th. But for some of those children a vital part of their education has been missing and affecting their ability to be good students. Food. Some of districts children depend a lot on the […]

  • Protesters fill Ferguson streets

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis SWAT Team is on  the scene of a protest on West Florissant street in Ferguson.  Demonstrators are filling the streets. Police have told the crowd to clear the area or there will be arrests. Just before 9 pm  police say the crowd that had gather at West Florissant and Chambers Road began throwing objects at police officers. Fearing for the safety of the officers police responded with tear gas and concussion grenades to […]

  • Rev. Al Sharpton and community leaders call for justice and calm in meeting

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KPLR) – As a community is trying to find its way out of despair and grief from the shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown, community leaders and Reverend Al Sharpton are appealing for calm, patience and justice for the Brown family. Tuesday north county residents packed into the Greater St. Marks Family Church to hear Reverend Al Sharpton and community leaders talk about Michael Brown and how to move forward. Big crowd #mikebrown — at Greater St Mark Family […]

  • NAACP tries to bring calm to Ferguson

    NORMANDY, MO (KPLR) – An overflow crowd attended Monday evenings NAACP meeting at the Murchison Tabernacle CME Church in the 7600 block of Natural Bridge Road. Emotions were running high before meeting and remained so during the meeting. Those attending the meeting voice their concerns over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the looting that followed the vigil on Sunday. Community leaders at the meeting along with NAACP officials were seeking to bring the community together from this past […]

  • Family of shooting victim understands what the Brown family feels

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – As the investigation into the death of Michael Brown continues, community leaders want to make sure it is thorough and fair. Shawndrea Thomas caught up with one St. Louis family who lost a son to a police involved shooting who says they support Browns family 100 percent. Outside of the police and fire department in Ferguson Hundreds of voices are speaking out over the officer involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But there are some […]

  • Rick Stream nabs GOP nod in St. Louis County Executive primary

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – State Rep. Rick Stream of Kirkwood is faced Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa to be the Republican Candidate for St. Louis County Executive. Both candidates hit the streets Tuesday to drum up more support for their ticket. But, Rick Stream came out ahead in the end. Missouri State Representative Rick Stream is completing his second term in the House of Representatives where he has managed the budget committee. He spent 30 years in budget and […]

  • Light St. Louis County voter turnout

    MAPLEWOOD, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County elections officials characterize Tuesday’s turnout as light. Election officials say they are expecting (percent of voters) of voters submit a ballot in this primary. The absentee vote is expected to be released around 7:30 pm with final vote totals given out after 9 pm. Some precincts in north St. Louis County have requested additional GOP ballots for the St. Louis County Executive race between Tony Pousosa and Rick Stream.


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