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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.

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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 […]

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    Caught on camera – Smash-and-grab thieves hit Ballwin store

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Ballwin police are looking for the people involved in a smash and grab burglary that happened at an Apple repair shop early Friday morning. The owners of the I-Tech Shark store SAY someone used a boulder to do their dirty work. The crime was all caught on camera. Four people smashed their way into the I-Tech Shark Apple Repair Shop in the 14,800 block of Manchester in Ballwin. Owners say broke in at around 1am […]

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    Cars crash in south St. Louis after shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Police are still on the hunt for a suspect who fired shots in the middle of the morning rush. Officers were called to the 3600 block of South Broadway at around 10am. That’s where they found an 18-year-old man shot in the leg. Investigators say the victim was taken to a hospital. He was conscious and breathing when emergency crews arrived on the scene. There are reports that the shooting may have been the result of a […]

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    Sen-elect Duckworth visits steelworkers in Granite City

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) – Illinois Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth met with steelworkers in Granite City on Wednesday. Duckworth and State Representative Jay Hoffman spent the day with members of the United Steelworkers union and the group’s president, Dan Simmons. The meeting was discuss a plan to help bring the plant workers back to the area. U.S. Steel’s Granite City mill has been idled for about a year now, putting about 2,300 people out of work. Earlier this month, the company said […]

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    De-escalation centers already saving lives in weeks since opening

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department were called to the Greater Ville neighborhood Monday night after receiving calls about a shooting. Police arrived in the 4000 block of Lexington Street just before 10 p.m. and found a man in his 20s lying dead in the street. It’s a scenario James Clark with Better Family Life and volunteers are trying to change. Ten conflict resolution specialists passed out fliers at Natural Bridge Road and […]

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    The Doctor Is In: Reconnecting with others and ourselves in 2017

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – With the new year right around the corner, Dr. Sonny Saggar hopes you will set realistic goals for 2017. If you haven’t managed to get some quality time with family and friends this holiday season, he recommends making that your number one goal starting January 1. Reconnecting and rediscovering one another, as well as ourselves, is good for your health, even better than exercise or quitting smoking.

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    Parishioners shocked to find church property stolen just minutes after thieves left

    TROY, MO (KPLR) – It`s a Wednesday morning parishioners at the St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Troy didn`t expect. When they arrived at around 6 am this morning they discovered that someone broke into the church and stole more than $5,000 in church goods.  Members say they arrived within minutes of the thieves leaving.  Pastor Bill O’Neal says its    disheartening to see people commit this type of crime. Especially with Christmas services right around the corner. ‘I felt really […]

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    Holiday potluck ideas from L’Ecole Culinaire

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- The holidays always bring families friends and food together. But don’t worry if you’re invited to a potluck and have no idea what to bring. Chef Kyle Parks from L’Ecole Culinaire has some quick and easy ideas. He joined us on FOX 2 News in the morning to demonstrate a few easy holiday potluck recipes that will help you win the holiday potluck contest!