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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    How is city responding to recent downtown crime?

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Though the two suspects in the fatal carjacking are no longer threats, people still worry about their safety in downtown St. Louis. The shooting of Brandi Hill happened in area considered safe – the trendy loft district. Police and aldermen are now taking action. As the summer approaches, some say violent crime in downtown St. Louis escalates. But 4th District police Captain Renee Kriesmann says crime numbers are down. “Crime does continue to trend down in […]

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    Jennings mayor impeached from office

    JENNINGS, MO (KPLR) – Tuesday’s unanimous vote to impeach Mayor Yolanda Fountain- Henderson is effective immediately. The move comes after 15 hours of investigation and testimony.  Seven of the 19 allegations made against Henderson stuck. The city says Henderson abused her power by doing everything from suing the city to getting access to confidential employee records, hiring contractors without city approval and accusing city workers of fraud.  Francine Dugger is now the acting mayor; she says change is on the […]

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    Groundbreaking held at Crestwood Plaza as demolition officially gets underway

    CRESTWOOD,  MO (KPLR)- On Tuesday afternoon the city of Crestwood held a groundbreaking to mark the demolition of the former Crestwood  Plaza shopping mall.  As an entrance of the old mall came tumbling down, the spirits of those watching were up as they look forward to what’s next at the site. The city hosted a ground breaking ceremony and final walk through with officials, stakeholders, and the public to usher in a new era. Mayor Gregg Roby says changing the […]

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    State Farm opens temporary processing centers for hail damage claims

    ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – On Wednesday over 120 cars rolled through a temporary processing center in St. Peters as State Farm agents processed damage claims from last week’s hail storms. The streamlined process allows some customers to get a settlement check on site. Right now there were more than 28,000 hail damage claims made throughout the state of Missouri and most of them are in the St. Louis area.  Manager Brenda Martin says customers are in and out in […]

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    Pregnant basset hound shot

    GODFREY, IL (KPLR) – A basset hound is in recovery mode in Godfrey Illinois right now after she was shot in the head and left for dead while pregnant in a rural part of California Missouri. Jackie Spiker with Hope Animal Rescues says she got the basset hound named Sandra d last Friday after she was found by a family last week. The basset hound gave birth within 24 hours of arriving at the site and they named all four […]

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    Crestwood Mall demolition expected to take 18 months

    CRESTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Demolition crews began work Friday tearing down the old Crestwood Mall and crews have a long way to go before the area is cleared. The site has been talked about for years as the mall started to decline. The city finally came up with a new plan to redevelop the site to build new entertainment, retail, and residential housing. So far, demolition crews are digging away at the multi-layered the garage, using large construction equipment like […]

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    Hero police officers recall running into burning home to rescue man

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis 6th district officers Nolan and Brummett say they’re doing just fine after rescuing a man from the back porch this house during a fire at the 4100 block of Penrose last week. They didn’t have any protective gear on at the time but made the rescue because time was of the essence and they thought children were trapped. 8 people were inside at the time. But one man needed help to get out. The […]

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    Citizen’s for Modern Transit Great Race Thursday, May 12th

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- The Citizen’s for Modern Transit Great Race will take place on Thursday, May 12th. Kimberly Cella tells us what’s in store. Cella says there are a number of very viable transportation options available in our region that extend beyond sitting in long lines of traffic congestion. Biking, taking MetroLink and MetroBus, carsharing and even walking can be timely, easy to use and advantageous transportation options. CMT’s mission is to lead efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient […]

  • Fire at alternative energy company near Cedar Hill

    CEDAR HILL, MO (KPLR) – Jefferson County Fire and Hazmat crews spent their day cleaning up a petroleum leak caused by a one alarm fire at the Innerpoint Energy Company, the company specializes in renewable energy. Cedar Creek fire officials say the fire started at around 1pm and at least six surrounding fire departments assisted in putting out the fire. The Jefferson County crime scene unit, department of natural resources, Missouri State Fire Marshall, county hazmat and Homeland Security are […]

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    The Jump With Jill Rock and Roll Nutrition Show

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – We’ve all heard that we need more fruits and vegetables in our diets but kids can be finicky eaters. So registered dietitian Jill Jayne decided to make a direct connection to kids, in a familiar environment. She uses fun music to deliver the message of healthy eating to schools across the country. Jill and DJ visited KPLR 11 News at Noon to show us how to rock it out with a healthy twist. Website: The […]

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    Convenience store burglary may be connected to other thefts

    CAHOKIA, IL (KPLR) – Cahokia police are looking for a man captured on video breaking into a local convenience store.  Police believe he could be connected to more break-ins. On Monday investigators released surveillance video of a man who broke into the Conoco on the 500 block of Water Street on April 27th.  Investigators also think the same man could be connected to two other burglaries, one at the Quick Stop on Jerome and Range and another at the Dollar […]

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    Slay on vacant lots – You mow it, you own it

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined Aldermen Cara Spencer (20th Ward) and Chris Carter (27th Ward) in announcing the St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority’s ‘Mow to Own’ program as a means to restore blighted properties by incentivizing homeowners in the neighborhood. Under the Mow to Own program, residents who live adjacent to a vacant LRA property can purchase temporary ownership of the land for just $125, but only if they agree to maintain it. If the […]


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