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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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    One suspect in custody following chase from Warren County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A wild chase on I-70 ends after one of two vehicles crashes. The chase began in Warren County around 6 pm, then entered St. Charles County and ended near St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Eastbound traffic on I-70 is being diverted off the interstate for police processed the accident scene and hauled off the suspect’s vehicle for forensic examination. The suspect then rammed a police vehicle, fired shots at officers and tried to carjack […]

  • Thieves break into student’s cars in the Central West End

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Central west end business owners are on high alert after thieves hit an art center. It all happened last Thursday when a group of Washington University students were taking an art glass making class. That’s when the bold driver of a stolen gray minivan rolled into the parking lot at the 5200 block of Delmar around 8:30pm. Soon after thieves stole a black 2009 Ford Fusion and broke into 6 cars. They took everything from laptops to tools and electronics. […]

  • MoDOT and IDOT joining forces to keeps workers safe during road work season

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Spring is in the air and with rising temperatures, both MoDOT and IDOT are getting the word out to drivers that road repair is starting on area roads. On Monday MoDOT and IDOT are joining forces to kick off an initiative to keep workers safe in work zones. All of this as the busy road work season approaches. It’s also a busy time for riders. Bike safety instructor Les Gibson says drivers need to double check […]

  • Kirkwood HS grads song featured in season finale of FOX’s Empire

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – That song from Wednesday night’s finale of Empire was made possible because of the hard work and skills of two Kirkwood High School graduates. Two St. Louis natives put a song together, and Empire producers heard it and it ended up in tonight’s show. Kirkwood High School graduates Justin Dicenzo and Greg Drummond wanted to make it big, so they took the trek from St. Louis to the west coast and that`s exactly what happened their […]

  • Village clerk fired over Ferguson shooting comments

    UPLANDS PARK, MO (KPLR) – John Muhammad is no longer working as the Village Clerk of Uplands Park. Village leaders confirmed that he has been fired. That decision came during Tuesday night’s village meeting. The meeting started at 6 pm and went into a 2-hour closed session for discussion. Muhammad’s employment was the only item on the agenda. The village clerk was suspended last week for making inflammatory statements during a FOX News interview about the police shootings in Ferguson. […]

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    Auto theft ring uncovered in Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Franklin County sheriff’s investigators say they’ve uncovered a major auto theft ring that spans across more than 50 miles and 4 cities including Union and St. Clair. The crimes were strange because thieves specifically targeted trucks and put those trucks to use. Detective James Briggs says he’s been working the case for two months, he also says leads, forensics and cooperation between departments helped crack the case. A total of 14 vehicles were taken with […]

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    One killed in truck vs. train crash in Alton, IL

    ALTON, IL (KPLR)-Alton police confirm that one person is dead after a pick-up truck was struck by an Amtrak train at the Humbert Road crossing Sunday morning.  The driver of the truck was killed. Amtrak says the train was carrying 230 passengers and 12 employees at the time of the accident. The scene is north of Homer Adams Parkway. The truck reportedly drove through the railroad crossing signal. The Amtrak train was bound for Chicago, IL. No one on the […]

  • St. Louis neighborhood comes together to rescue a dog

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – In an act of kindness a St. Louis community came together to help save a dog desperate in need of a rescue. It all started with Megan Gleason, she had been watching 3-year-old Sammie a boxer mix survive in bad conditions in a Clifton Heights neighborhood for over a year. Gleason called St. Louis City law and code enforcement and discovered the owner was barely up to code and could not remove the dog. Last week […]

  • School district puts teacher on leave after alleged abuse

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Kesha Blanks is outraged. Blanks got a call from Ferguson-Florissant school officials on Tuesday about her 13-year-old son Issac. The call sent her rushing to Children`s Hospital with her son spending the day in the ER. According to the student and mother a verbal argument with a teacher got physical. She says the Duchesne Elementary teacher verbally and physically abused her son. ‘My son went on a field trip to Little Creek when apparently one of […]

  • Des Peres debates Starbucks drive-thru

    DES PERES, MO (KPLR) – A battle brewing in Des Peres, at Monday night’s alderman meeting some are looking forward to a new Starbucks while others say it will create a traffic nightmare. The room was packed as people showed up to the Des Peres alderman meeting to speak up at a public hearing about the approval of a new Starbucks that would be located on Manchester inside of the Reliance Bank near Harwood. Representatives from Starbucks project made their […]

  • Alton convent to auction off religious artifacts

    SHIPMAN, IL (KPLR) – On Tuesday a big auction is taking place at Harman`s Auction Center in Shipman where a group FOF religious artifacts are going up on the auction block. Auctioneer Michael Harman says he was commissioned to clear the convent and gather the merchandise for sale.  Items from the Ursuline Infirmary and Convent in Alton include everything from pianos, painting, pews and statues. A popcorn machine and generators from the 27-acre property on Danforth Street are also on […]

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    University City woman attacked while out walking

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – University City police are looking for a man who attacked a woman last night while she was walking home.  It all happened at Trinity and Washington in University City. According to police the woman was walking home at around 8 pm Tuesday night when she was pulled into a driveway by a man who displayed a knife.  The suspect also tried to force the woman to perform sex acts. At that point the victim fought […]


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