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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.

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    St. Louis Municipal Court Deputy threatens mass shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A deputy at the St. Louis City municipal court building told a co-worker Tuesday that he threatened to quit his job with a mass shooting. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Christopher McDonald, 48, told a deputy marshal he was, “going out with a bang, ABB style.” Another deputy told McDonald that he did not want to get shot. McDonald told him that he may carry out his plan Wednesday. He said he would text […]

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    West Point cadet from St. Louis dies after drowning rescue attempt

    STONY BROOK, NY (KPLR) – A 19-year-old St. Louis man who was swept under the waves off the Long Island coast while attempting to save a person from drowning has died. The family of West Point Academy cadet Tom Surdyke said he passed away Tuesday night and that his organs would be donated. Surdyke was vacationing in Southampton last week when he went to save a person drowning in the Atlantic Ocean. Surdyke had been in critical condition at Stony […]

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    One dead, one wounded in north St. Louis shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A man is dead and a woman is wounded after a shooting in north St. Louis. Police were called to the 3900 block of Ashland in the Greater Ville neighborhood. The woman had been shot in the neck. She was rushed to the hospital. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting occurred at Martin Luther King and Vandeventer just before 3:00pm. St. Louis police say that the victims were able to  drive to Ashland and that’s […]

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    Creve Coeur considering outdoor smoking ban near restaurants

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – The City of Creve Coeur is considering a ban against smoking at outdoor dining areas. A vote could come Monday night as city officials look at what it means for local businesses. That proposal, if passed, would expand and stop smoking on restaurant patios in the city. The ban could affect all businesses with outdoor seating. The proposed amendment would ban smoking within 15-feet of the exterior door of restaurants. Creve Coeur City Council Member […]

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    Seniors at apartment building head to cooling centers after A/C fails

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It’s hard to deal with this heat if you don’t have air conditioning or you’re A/C unit isn’t working correctly. But that’s the situation some older residents at the James House in north city are dealing with right now. As we have seen temperatures reach over 100 degrees on the heat index, there are people desperately trying to find ways to stay cool. Fox 2 News received a phone call from Tammie Anderson, a tenant at […]

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    Firefighters battle 3-alarm Dupo blaze in sweltering heat

    DUPO, IL (KPLR) – Dupo fire crews spent hours in the sun on Wednesday fighting a fire on a day when the temperature nearly hit 100 degrees. The fire started just before noon and volunteer fire fighters from Dupo and surrounding departments showed up to a burning apartment building at the 400 block of Lindmen to battle a 3-alarm blaze. Residents say dealing with heat and losses is a lot especially when it’s on one the hottest days of the […]

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    Search for suspects continues in Pine Lawn murder case

    PINE LAWN, MO (KPLR) – The Major Case Squad is investigating the death of a young teen in Pine Lawn. The North County Cooperative got a call for a shooting in a 6300 block of Dardanella around 5:30 P.M. Monday. When they arrived they found a 15-year-old Jirah Campbell dead in the street. The victim lived just down the street from where he got shot. Neighbors and family members described the victim as a well-behaved kid who went to school, did yard […]

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    Circuit Attorney: Officer who killed robber at local KFC acted in self-defense

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A St. Louis police officer will not face charges in the shooting death of an alleged armed robber back in January. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer M. Joyce announced Monday that she won’t be filing charges because the officer acted in self-defense and in defense of others. On January 17, 2016, the KFC near the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Gravois Avenue was robbed.  According to St. Louis Police, Crayton West, 52, robbed the business […]

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    Police track down home invasion suspect from phone number on flier

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Neighbors in a quiet Hazelwood neighborhood were shocked after a home invasion on their street. It all started at around 8am Wednesday morning when Hazelwood police got a call from a woman at the 300 block of Elm Grove for a home invasion. Police say the suspect was putting out fliers for a cleaning company. He then gave one to the victim at her door; soon after he allegedly tried to get inside the home. That`s […]

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    Lindbergh School Board to vote on teacher’s contract

    SOUTH COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – An ongoing controversy over teacher pay in the Lindbergh School District could come to a head tonight. That`s when the Lindbergh School Board is set to vote on the budget for the upcoming school year. The school board is set to meet in the Lindbergh High auditorium at 7:30pm tonight. Teacher salaries are set to be part of the expected budget vote. The controversy over how much teachers are paid in the Lindbergh district has been […]

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    Owner floats plan to move the Buster Brown building from the NGA site

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Owners of the old Buster Brown building say it was built-in 1904 is on the historic registry and now it`s also at risk of demolition. Right now it operates as a home improvement outlet with flooring, furniture, cabinets, granite and kitchens for sale, there`s also a loft on the top floor. While a hopeful plan to move the 80,000 square foot building across the street to part of the old Pruitt-Igoe site is under review by […]

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    Caught on video: SUV smashes into Lake St. Louis jewelry store

    LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Workers at a Lake St. Louis jewelry store had a close call with an out of control SUV. It was a normal Wednesday at Lake St. Louisrs, that was until an SUV came crashing through the front door just after 9 am. According to the owner the woman driving had just left the podiatrists office at the 1300 block of Lake St. Louis Boulevard and somehow hit the gas instead of the brake.  When […]


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