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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

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    Suspect ID’d in carjacking, police shooting incident

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Authorities have identified a 19-year-old who died late Monday evening following a police pursuit across St. Louis city and county that culminated in an officer-involved shooting. According to police, a county police officer spotted a vehicle wanted from a carjacking in Affton. A pursuit was initiated by the officer that eventually included law enforcement officers from St. Louis City, Jennings, and Ferguson. The vehicle in question, a 2003 Mercedes Benz, was stolen in a carjacking from […]

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    ‘Sweet Divine’ cupcake shop owners vow to stay open after devastating fire

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The owners of the Sweet Divine Shop have been through a lot in the last few years. They say a morning fire won’t stop them from living their dream. This after a 1st alarm fire started in a decorating room just after 10am Monday at their shop on the corner of 9th and Soulard. The business moved to Soulard four years ago. After multiple break-ins the owners say this fire is proving one thing. They […]

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    MoDOT closing part of 5th Street in St. Charles for new interchange

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Major traffic headaches could be coming for St. Charles drivers starting Monday morning as the Missouri Department of Transportation closes a stretch of busy 5th Street in a matter of hours. Beginning at 7 a.m., MoDOT will completely close 5th Street under and immediately around I-70. The closure is slated to last until Wednesday morning. The closure is necessary so that crews can shift traffic lanes on 5th Street into the new pattern for the diverging diamond interchange […]

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    Major Case Squad investigating homicide in Fairmont City IL

    FAIRMONT CITY, IL (KPLR) – The Fairmont City Police Department and Major Case Squad are asking the public for help after a man is found dead on the side of the road. At around 3 am Friday morning the victim 46-year-old Timothy Holcomb was driving east on Collinsville Road near Highway 203 leaving the area of 9th and Winstanley in East St. Louis.  According to investigators the victim was in his gray 2006 Toyota Scion when at least three people […]

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    Elderly woman robbed on Walgreen’s parking lot

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Wednesday the St. Louis city police released surveillance video of a robbery on the Walgreen’s parking lot located in the 3700 block of north Kingshighway. It all happened just after 1 pm on September 22nd. The two suspects pulled up in a white minivan with damage on the driver’s side. Both men then enter the store one had on a blue t-shirt and black baseball cap. The second man followed with a red Cardinals shirt and […]

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    NAACP says system let down 13-year-old shooter

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis chapter of the NAACP says the system let down a 13-year-old girl accused in a shooting at a beauty supply store in Bellefontaine Neighbors. NAACP leaders say they met with the accused shooter and her family. They wanted to examine the larger issues in the community that led to the child’s actions. “She is not a monster. We’ve had the opportunity look into her background all of the circumstances that impacted her […]

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    Moving 9/11 memorial sets up at Jefferson College

    ARNOLD, MO (KPLR) – The 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit arrived at Jefferson College on Monday afternoon with a police, fire and veteran escort. The exhibit is making a stop in Arnold as a part of its cross-country tour. Thousands are expected to check out the exhibit created by Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation in honor of Steven Siller. Four of the fire fighters who were on the scene that day will also be on hand to answer questions. Organizers say […]

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    Owners of Bridgeton Landfill reach settlement with nearby homeowners

    BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – The owner of the Bridgeton Landfill announced Friday it has agreed to pay residents of 34 homes in the area of where the landfill sits for the loss of enjoyment and use of their properties. The terms of the agreement were not released, but according to Republic Services, the company in charge of the landfill, they have invested more than $200 million in site improvements to manage the fire burning in the landfill. Earlier this year, […]

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    Scary clown sightings reported in Granite City

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) – On Wednesday, the Granite City Police Department posted information on its Facebook page about creepy clown sightings around town. Police said they’ve responded to at least five calls and were unable to find the pranksters. It’s believed a group is going around Granite City and scaring random people. And while authorities have stressed there doesn’t appear to be a public safety issue, they want to at least make sure residents are aware of the issue […]

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    Gas leak at Ladue High School; students dismissed early

    LADUE, MO (KPLR) – Students at Ladue High School were sent home earlier than expected Wednesday afternoon after a gas leak near the campus. A construction crew struck a gas line at the high school around 2 p.m. Police, fire, and Laclede Gas were called to the school. Since school normally dismisses at 2:30 p.m., students were allowed to leave school for the day about 20 minutes early. Laclede Gas stopped the leak in short order, but all after school activities […]

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    Lambert Airport commissioners compromise on new name

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A major change is one step closer to becoming a reality at Lambert Airport. After lots of debate a decision has been made. The St. Louis Airport Commission voted and it was unanimous, they want the name of the airport to change. The commission voted on a proposal to change the name from Lambert “St. Louis International Airport” to “St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.” The move comes after a study found that fewer than 20 out […]

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    Missouri American Water issues boil order for large area of St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Missouri American Water has issued a boil order for over 32 municipalities and parts of unincorporated St. Louis County.  About 85,000 customers have been affected. They say that a power outage at Chesterfield treatment plant caused water pressure to drop in the area. The area is largely north of I-44.  See the full list of affected areas below.  A detailed map is posted here. The boil order could last into Wednesday afternoon.  The water company […]