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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    O’Fallon Fire Protection District teaches children about fire safety

    O’FALLON, MO (KLR) – On Sunday the O’Fallon Fire Protection District hosted a safety day to teach kids what to do in case of an emergency. The free all day event at the Laura Hill Plaza brought out fire departments from all over including Cottleville and Wentzville. O’ Fallon has hosted the event for the last 10 years as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Crews brought fire trucks and displays, kids also had a chance to go through a […]

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    Red Cross volunteers leave to help victims of East Coast flooding

    ST LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – On Saturday, six Red Cross volunteers loaded up and rolled out torrential rains lashed the East Coast. Three trucks will hit the road for the 12-hour drive. Mike Wood has been a volunteer with the Red Cross for more than 15 years and says he’s happy to do the job. “I’m a firm believer of what comes around goes around and one of these days, when I need help, they will be here for me. […]

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    East St. Louis teacher set to hit picket line Thursday

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – There will be no school Thursday for students in East St. Louis.  Teachers are prepared to go on strike after failing to come to terms on a new contract with the school district. There was some hope of a last-minute resolution tonight, but so far that hope is gone. On Thursday kids in the East St. Louis will stay at home, because teachers and district 189 officials are still at odds about a new contract. […]

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    Black Lives Matter sign vandalized at Kirkwood church

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – About 30 people stood out in front of a Kirkwood church on Tuesday night in the rain to make a point about peace. A message vandals tried to cover with spray paint. Members of the Eliot Unitarian Chapel Church in are calling vandals cowards after they damaged a “Black Lives Matter” sign posted in front of their church. Members say they have been holding peace vigils at the corner of North Taylor and Argonne every week […]

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    Stories differ on 8-year-old bitten by neighborhood dog

    JENNINGS, MO (KPLR) – Story Jones is still shaken up after a neighborhood dog known as Panda attacked her on a Jennings street last Friday. According to the 8- year-old, a female was walking the dog and she asked to pet it after her older sister touched it. She says the dog suddenly attacked her doing damage to her face, arm, leg and chest. Her mother wants the dog immediately put down. But the dog’s owner has a different story, saying the child was […]

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    Power issues cause delays on Metrolink trains Sunday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Power issues caused delays for Metrolink riders Sunday morning. This on a busy Sunday in the city with the Q in the Lou barbecue festival and Rams and Cardinals games scheduled. Around 9:00am, MetroLink trains were unable to use the 8th & Pine, Convention Center, Laclede’s Landing, and East Riverfront MetroLink Stations due to a power issue. Passengers had to be shuttled by bus causing long delays. Update: Trains have resumed service between 5th & Missouri and Stadium […]

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    Man beats 2 women and shoots one twice in the chest

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – On Monday University City police got a robbery call that quickly turned into a shooting. Investigators say the suspected shooter 31-year-old Mario Pearson hired two women ages 21 and 23 to perform sex acts inside of a home at the 1200 block of Meyer. Pearson allegedly became aggressive and the 23-year-old who has a conceal and carry grabbed her gun, they struggled and Pearson got the gun, pistol whipped both women and shot one of […]

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    Emergency road repairs near Poplar Street Bridge to cause delays

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The Illinois Department of Transportation expects significant delays for traffic heading eastbound on the Poplar Street Bridge because of a highway lane closure. Workers are repairing an area of the concrete bridge deck. The eastbound lane of the collector will be closed on I-55/64 just east of the Poplar Street Bridge.  This is the roadway that services ramps to both Sauget and East St Louis, then funnels traffic back onto I-55/64.  Roadwork has the potential to cause […]

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    St. Charles police nab 2 suspects in Walmart robbery

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Two men are behind bars accused of robbing a St. Charles Walmart. According to St. Charles city police on September 13th two men robbed the Walmart at the 2897 Veterans Memorial Parkway.  Just before 1 am when 22- year -old Maliq Ale Shabazz and 28 -year- old Michael Daniels allegedly entered the store. At the same time an employee was emptying out the cash registers for the night and had the cash in bank bags in […]

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    Nearly 2 dozen vehicles damaged or destroyed in fire at South County condo complex

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – On Saturday morning flames take over a carport at the Bent Pine condo complex. It all happened just after 3am, owners woke up to find flames and 20 cars damaged and destroyed. The flames were so intense the siding on their homes was also melted.  Owner Tom Meyer says he helped rescue his neighbors and lost his black 1999 Chevy Cavalier new tags and all. The car only had 59,000 miles. “It was in […]

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    Vehicles burn, siding melts in condominium carport fire

    SAPPINGTON, MO (KPLR)-Firefighters were busy putting out a massive car fire early Saturday morning in South County. Around 20 cars were damaged. It happened just before 3:30am in a carport at the Bent Pine Condominiums in south St. Louis County. The fire burned so hot that siding on the nearby buildings melted. There is no word on what caused the fire, but residents suspect a lightning strike may have sparked the blaze. No one was injured. Flames destroy and damage […]

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    Hundreds climb stairs in Clayton to remember fallen first responders from 9-11

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – Hundreds of people gathered in Clayton Sunday to remember those lost in the September 11th attacks.  More than 300 people gathered to do their part to remember the 343 firefighters and first responders who died in the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Center. Each climber carrying a picture and story of a life lost. The Clayton Fire Department hosted the 4th annual 9-11 memorial climb at the Pierre Laclede building. . People from all […]


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