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Shawndrea Thomas is the co-anchor of the 11am news on FOX 2 and 12pm news on KPLR. She also reports for KTVI’s FOX 2 News and KPLR’s News 11. Thomas comes to St. Louis from Central Florida’s News 13, where she was the weekday morning traffic reporter.

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.

Shawndrea holds two Bachelors Degrees from Arizona State University in Broadcast Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies. 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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: shawndrea.thomas@tvstl.com

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    Understanding the medical implications of Reyes’ elbow issue

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Alex Reyes’ possible elbow injury brings a bevy of potential outcomes. Local sports rehabilitation expert Dr. Richard Lehman of the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine said Reyes could be looking at a season-ending surgery. “Usually what happens is they get soreness, but they lose velocity; they’re throwing 93, 94 (miles per hour), then 89 and 88,” Lehman said. Lehman said if the elbow injury was severe, it could bench Reyes anywhere from eight weeks to nine […]

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    Homicide detectives investigating fatal shooting of 6-year-old

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Police are investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl after her body was found early Monday morning. The shooting victim has been identified as Mi’Kenzie Bostic. Homicide detectives have taken over the case as they try to sort out exactly how that tragedy happened. Police say that at around 1:30am the young girl was found shot in the head and had died on the floor in a bedroom. This all unfolded at the 6300 block […]

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    Local chocolate shops prepare for Valentine’s Day

    ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – February is known as a month of love and sweetness; and with that comes lots of chocolate. And stores like Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate are gearing up for a busy Valentine’s Day, making creations for everyone looking for a sweet treat. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American will spend about $137 on Valentine’s Day this year when you factor in dinner, jewelry, and chocolate, of course. Experts also said total spending was down […]

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    St. Charles man shot, burned 59-year-old over ATV ruts – Prosecutors

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a 25-year-old St. Charles man for allegedly killing and burning the body of a 59-year-old after the two got into a physical altercation over ATV ruts. According to court documents, the incident happened February 4 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the victim’s home, located in the 4100 block of N. Highway 94. The suspect, identified as Nicholas Preli, arrived at the residence and was confronted by […]

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    Berkeley officer on leave after woman goes missing; unidentified remains found

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Unknown human remains found in Kinloch over the weekend are of particular interest to the mother of a missing Berkeley woman, Monica Sykes. Regina Sykes says she’ll continue to do searches and move forward in helping others who are also looking for their missing loved ones. She’s still holding out hope that her daughter will be found alive. It has been a traumatic three month long roller coaster for the family since Monica Sykes, 25, went […]

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    Murder victims son wants to see justice for Brandy Morrison’s family

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Monday a St. Louis family says they want to join the family of Brandy Morrison in the search for justice. The St. Louis woman’s body was found in a Metro East landfill last week. Today the son of a murder victim from 30 years ago is speaking out. The son of Beverly Payton says his mother was murdered by one of the men charged in the Brandy Morrison case and he wants to make sure he […]

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    Two in custody following police chase in north St. Louis County

    BRECKENRIDGE HILLS, MO (KPLR) – Two men were taken into police custody Wednesday afternoon following police chase and crash in a north St. Louis County municipality. According to a spokesperson with the Overland Police Department, the incident happened just before 12:30 p.m. An officer on patrol recognized two men in an SUV from other crimes and attempted to pull them over at the intersection of Dennison and Sims. The suspects took off and a brief chase started, which ended three […]

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    Police say 4-month-old died as result of child abuse

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating the death of a four-month-old girl due to allegations of chronic abuse by her parents. According to the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office, a coroner ruled the death of Dorian Whitlock was the result of abuse. The child died Tuesday. Whitlock’s parents, an unidentified 22-year-old woman and 25-year-old man, were arrested and are awaiting formal charges. Prosecutors are also not talking about the case due […]

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    Doctors seeing spike in child flu cases in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Doctors are seeing more flu cases, and they want parents to be ready. Doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital say they have seen more cases as parents do their best to keep their kids healthy. The Emergency Room has been filled with kids coming in with flu like symptoms over the past few weeks. Doctors say they are seeing a spike in all types respiratory issues. They are also stressing the point of getting a […]

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    Visiting Florida couple’s truck stolen in Holly Hills neighborhood

    UPDATE:  The Florida couple who had their 2003 Dodge Ram pickup stolen in South St. Louis, has been recovered by St. Louis city police.  The contents in the interior of pickup were stolen and the trucks steering wheel was damaged, along with small dents on the pickups body. The couple plans to install a kill switch on the pickup. ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A Florida woman visiting St. Louis for the holidays says someone stole her prized truck. Maryann Sticka […]

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    More than 50 shots fired into Pine Lawn home on Christmas

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Investigators with the North County Police Cooperative are trying to figure out why a group of men shot up a house more than 50 times on Christmas night. Police insist this type of shooting is extremely rare; but they’re determined to get the individuals responsible off the streets. According to investigators, the shooting happened December 25 around 8 p.m. in the 6200 block of Dardanella Avenue in Pine Lawn. Four men in a dark-colored […]

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    St. Charles ‘New Hope’ food pantry may close after founder’s sudden death

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A food pantry is at risk of closing after the last of its founders dies on Christmas eve. The pantry is only open a couple of days a week but now after that sudden death. Volunteers are fighting to keep things up. New Hope Founder Pastor Michael Groeper died suddenly of a heart attack on Christmas eve. Groeper and his wife Mary started the nonprofit back in 1988 while working with people battling addiction. since […]