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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
  • DePaul patient robbed in her hospital room

    BRIDGETON, MO (KPLR) – Bridgeton police are investigating a theft that left 78-year-old Velma Galimore shaken up. Galimore says a woman went into her hospital room at SSM-DePaul Health Center and stole her jewelry and purse. The woman took the jewelry straight from her body while she was lying in her hospital bed. According to Velma’s daughter Marty Dixson the whole thing happened on Sunday morning during a 5 day stay. She says a bi-racial woman with a tie dyed […]


    Authorities continue search for missing 13-year-old

    WATERLOO, IL (KPLR) – Multiple fire and police departments are searching for a missing Mt. Vernon 13-year-old girl. She showed up unexpectedly at a faith-based summer program called Camp Wartburg. Thirteen-year-old Ja-Tayah Leila Frank was last seen around 11 a.m. Monday. Authorities said the teenager was dropped off by cab Monday morning. Camp workers said when she got out of the cab, Frnak dropped her bags and took off on foot. Police were called after it was discovered she had been […]

  • Cash advance store robbed in St. Charles

    ST CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – St. Charles city police are looking for a man responsible for robbing a store on Wednesday morning. The suspect hit the Advance America Cash store at 2646 West Clay at around 10:30 Wednesday morning. According to police he walked in and asked a female employee questions about services then suddenly jumped over the counter and demanded money. Investigators say he didn’t have a weapon, but took money from the register and safe. The suspect also […]

  • Chaos at Cahokia city council meeting over layoffs and closure of food pantry

    CAHOKIA, IL (KPLR) – Tuesday night’s Cahokia Village board meeting got so out of hand with yelling it only lasted ten minutes and then Mayor Curtis McCall shut it down. The meeting discussions were filled with accusations and a lot more. Then the anger and frustration spilled down to the food pantry where some said the woman running it was stealing and others said no way. The meeting started on time and the room was packed at the Cahokia Village […]

  • Texas students riding to raise awareness about cancer dealing with extreme heat

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louisans are managing the weather to enjoy their summer; some took in the sites and sounds of a free movie at Ballpark Village. At the same time a group of students from the University of Texas Austin stopped through on a 4,500 mile 70 day mission to raise awareness about cancer by biking from Texas to anchorage Alaska. The group known as the Texas 4000 includes nearly 80 students divided into 3 teams covering different […]

  • Lincoln County Water Pouring Into Home

    Lincoln County homeowners battling flooded homes and yards

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Homeowners in Lincoln County were dealing with more flooding as new rains caused the water to soak yards and homes. It was also a common sight to see road blocks as a Sunday morning rain added to an already saturated area. All homeowners like Danielle Hawkins could do is watch as the waters took over. “There was a good bit of rainfall and heavy downpours. Then we looked outside and saw our backyard was flooded […]

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    Slow moving thunderstorms lead to flash flooding

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KPLR)-Heavy rain from slow moving thunderstorms early Sunday led to flash flooding concerns for Pike, Lincoln, and Montgomery Counties in Missouri and Calhoun County in Illinois. Reports of flash flooding  near Wellsville and Middletown, MO came into the National Weather Service  after 2” to 5” of rain fell in just three hours. In Belleview,IL, one storm spotter reported that an area creek rose about 3 feet in 30 minutes, spilling out of its banks. Troy roads blocked […]

  • Kirkwood residents hope to be playing on flooded baseball fields soon

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – In Kirkwood residents are still worried about flooding from the Meramec River. According to the National Weather Service it should crest at 26 and a-half feet by Monday morning. Earlier this week it poured over Marshall Road and flooded the fields at the Kirkwood Athletic Association causing officials to cancel more than 200 baseball and softball games. But on Saturday the sun was out and hundreds poured into the park to check out a car show. […]

  • Madison County adds transgender individuals to non-discrimination policy

    MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – On Wednesday night the Madison county board approved a move to add transgendered individuals to their non-discrimination categories in the employee handbook. The addition gives the same protections as race and religion. Some of the 29 board members were missing from the meeting but the vote still happened and passed by a big majority. There were some citizens who opposed the move while others said it was time to simply update the county`s personnel policy […]

  • South city neighborhood uses Nextdoor app to help catch thie

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – As the summer season gets underway across St. Louis many are enjoying indoor and outdoor activities, but some have decided to make stealing packages from doorsteps part of their day. Kevin Trautwein has lived in the Benton Park neighborhood for 8 years and says packages were stolen from his porch last month. He says the thefts were new, and then one week later he caught a group stealing from his neighbor.  He used the Nextdoor app to spread the […]

  • Father Daughter Dance

    Father’s dance with daughter goes viral

    ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) – At the Best Dance & Talent Center in St. Ann, the kids get daily lessons about dancing and life. It’s also the place where Darryl Jones and his 7-year-old daughter Brooke prepared for a big annual father daughter dance. Getting ready for the dance wasn’t easy, that’s because Darryl had to make adjustments to his moves because he lost his right leg to cancer. After a month of hard work and practice the duo made […]

  • Supporters vow to fight UMSL’s plan to demolish convent

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – On Sunday afternoon Dan Riley and a group of supporters stood out in the rain to rally around a common goal. They are all fighting to save the old Incarnate Word Convent on the UMSL campus.  The nearly 100 year-old building is at risk of demolition. “It took the convent 30 years to save the money to build this historic site. It’s in better shape than a hundred other buildings already in use.” said Riley […]


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