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
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    Suspected serial burglar behind bars

    NORTHWOODS, MO (KPLR) – Fox 2 News first reported a gas station burglary in Northwoods last weekend. According to Northwoods Police Chief Ron Martin, a person was caught on surveillance video breaking into the BP gas station in the 6700 block of Natural Bridge Road in the early morning hours of April 22. Martin said 17-year-old James Jackson confessed to stealing a gun, $2,000 in coins, and some cigarettes. Jackson also tried to enter through a bullet proof window. The […]

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    Storms affect some school districts dismissal times

    HAZLEWOOD, MO (KPLR) – The Hazelwood School District held students on campus at the high school to keep them safe from the storm. They stopped all 133 of their school buses while the storm was at its peak earlier Tuesday. The district also posted pictures of the buses online. FOX 2 spoke to school officials who say they had a 30 minute delay at the high school and that lasted until just after 3 pm. The delay created a trickledown effect […]

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    Man who made uncomfortable Facebook posts arrested on unrelated charge

    MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – Madison County Illinois investigators say they arrested 40-year-old James Lopes after multiple incidents of erratic behavior over the last couple of days. Lopes was spotted roaming around Edwardsville, Collinsville and Livingston while making lewd comments to children. After a disorderly conduct and trespassing arrest in Livingston at the Tasty Treats and outrage over disturbing and rambling post on social media, police took him into custody. Investigators say no abductions were reported but they believe his […]

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    Nice weather makes for booming business at Creve Coeur Lake

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – Sunday people got in droves to enjoy the nice weather. Businesses also took advantage of the weather created by Mother Nature. Today the crowds were out at Creve Coeur Lake to enjoy the nice weekend weather. And with summer like temperatures a lot of business for boat and bike rentals at the lake is booming.  We spoke Creve Coeur bike rental owner Cheryl Beckmann who says the mild winter left her staff a special gift. […]

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    BP gas station robbed in Northwoods

    NORTHWOODS, MO (KPLR) – Northwoods Police are looking for a man who broke into the BP Gas Station at the 6700 block of Natural Bridge at around 5am Friday morning.  He allegedly broke through a bullet proof window and took a loaded handgun, $2,000 in rolled coins and boxes of Newport cigarettes. Northwoods Police Chief Ron Martin says the suspect and another person could be connected to other crimes. “Were trying to piece everything together because we had a rash […]

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    Clayton woman offers reward for treasured ice skates

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – On March 28, 2015 Patty Buskuehl parked her car on Northwood Avenue in Clayton.  She woke up the next day to find her car window busted, clothing and paperwork gone and a black bag with a special pair of Harlick ice skates missing. Buskuehl who always dreamed of going pro had the skates specially made more than 30 years ago and carried them throughout her life. After surviving breast cancer and a recent car accident she […]

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    4-year-old Emily Rose Perrin is laid to rest

    DUPO, IL (KPLR) – Saturday mourners gathered along the streets of Dupo Illinois to remember the life of 4-year-old Emily Rose Perrin.  She was a day away from her 5th birthday when she died.  Her mother 37-year-old Mary Lockett is accused of killing Emily by suffocation last Sunday at their home in the 100 block of Ninth Street.  Friends and family say they`re devastated. St. Clair county prosecutors have since filed first degree murder charges against Lockett who family members […]

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    Water main break in Overland causing traffic delays

    OVERLAND, MO (KPLR) – Missouri American Water crews are continuing to work on a water main break that caused a lot of problems for drivers at Page Avenue and Woodson. At around 6pm the water started to run out of the ground and parts of the road and the intersection buckled. Overland police redirected traffic in all directions causing big delays. Officials at Missouri American Water say the main is 12 inches in diameter, one of the largest they have. Crews […]

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    Dashcam video released in fatal Highway 141 crash

    MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI) – Manchester police released dashcam video of the April 9th police chase that ended with a deadly crash that killed 26-year-old Ebony Franklin of Florissant on Highway 141. In the video you can see the officer arrive at Plato’s Closet at the 14000 block of Manchester Road on a stealing call. Soon afterward, the officer discovers a burgundy SUV and tags matching the suspect’s description sitting at the red light near the store. The driver took off […]

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    Law enforcement says good-bye to Lt. Col. James Hackett

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – On Saturday, the St. Louis community filled The Our Lady of the Pillar Church to pay their respects to Lieutenant Colonel James Hackett. Hackett who was known as a Chief of Detectives and Assistant Chief died in Arizona after complications from cancer.  Major Jerry Leyshock says Hackett was always sharp both mentally and in fashion. ‘He was a chief of detectives for a long time very well respected very knowledgeable real energetic. He was sharp […]

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    Dispute over a house may have lead to shooting, fire and suicide

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Police are investigating an attempted murder that ended with a suicide that may have been caused by a dispute over a house. St. Louis County Police say they were call to a home just after 4 pm in the 800 block of Liberty Village for a shooting.  There they discovered a 78-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to local hospital in critical condition. Around that time, officers […]

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    Driver overdoses on heroin and crashes, striking family in St. Ann

    ST. ANN, MO (KPLR)- A crash on St. Charles Rock Road at Ashby Tuesday evening has seriously injured a family trying to cross the street.  According to St. Ann Police, around 3:45pm the driver of a Mazda who had overdosed on heroin flatlined, losing control of the car. The vehicle went up on the curb where it struck the 27-year-old father, 26-year-old mother, and the stroller holding a two year old. The child was thrown from the stroller and suffered serious head injuries.  The mother also […]


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