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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.

Recent Articles
  • St. Louis woman offers help to those in abusive relationships

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – In light of recent events involving NFL players and domestic violence, more attention is being focused on today’s players and how to resolve the issue. FOX 2 spoke to Gloria Johnson from Life Source Consultants a non-profit organization designed to help women survive abusive relationships. Women are given emotional support along with encouragement and acceptance. Johnson wants women to know there are resources and help available 24-hours a day. Crisis 24-hour hotline 314-524-0686 Follow Shawndrea Thomas on […]

  • Petition started to close basketball court in St. Louis City Park

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A petition to permanently close the basketball courts at Tilles Park started about 4 weeks ago at a Tilles Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Some thought the visitors at the court were creating a hostile environment filled with intimidation, profanity, public urination and drug use. News 11 asked 23rd ward Alderman Joe Vacarro if the move was racially motivated he says it not. Vacarro says problem has been sparked by visitors violating the park curfew. Whether we […]

  • Mother frustrated over delays in demolition of drug house

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KPLR) – For the Fairview Heights police department a drug house in their community has been on their radar for years and now it’s one step closer to demolition. Chris Keel and neighbors living near a drug house at 20 Kassing Drive in Fairview Heights share the same sentiment they want the home torn down. For Keel it’s especially important because her 20- year- old daughter Jennifer Herling died at the home from a heroin overdose in […]

  • Highland teachers strike continues

    HIGHLAND, IL (KPLR) – As the Highland teacher’s strike heads into its 4th day, student athletes are still allowed to gear up and practice for the season. News 11 found multiple signs of support posted around Highland supporting teachers and their cause. At this point the teachers union and the district had tentative deal Saturday. However, that ended Sunday as union members overwhelmingly rejected the districts offer in a 20 to 140 vote. There are also rumors suggesting the district […]

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    Michael Brown family, protestors call for police officer’s arrest

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) –  Protesters gathered in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in downtown Clayton on Saturday to demand the arrest of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. The National Action Network organized the vigil and march, which began at 12:30pm. The parents of of Michael Brown, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden attended the event. The protesters are planning to attend Tuesday night’s County Council meeting in Clayton to voice […]

  • Sisters speak out about deadly love triangle gone bad

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – July 2nd 2014 is a day Caletta and Camille Delaney will never forget. A simple family barbecue to celebrate Camille`s birthday quickly turned into a tragedy that left Caletta`s 40- year-old fiancé Reginald Thomas dead. He was shot at the 6100 block of Hancock in Berkeley. According to the sisters the triple shooting happened because of a love triangle gone bad between Caletta, her fiancé and the accused shooter. The women claim the shooter and a […]

  • Thunderstorms produce flash flooding in U City

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Flood waters swept through University City causing some residents lose their homes. The damage was done in a matter of minutes. The rainfall started at around 5:15 pm and it came down heavy, fast and furious. For those living near the River Des Peres, Westover Court and Raisher Drive the flooding quickly took over. While some had minimal clean up, others lost everything. University City residents Karen Belton and Michael Johnson say the raging waters […]

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    Monroe County man charged with aggravated kidnapping, battery

    COLUMBIA, IL (KPLR) – A Columbia Illinois father saw something strange, acted fast and ended up saving his own son. Neighbors tell FOX 2 an alleged kidnapping incident happened on Saturday just before seven at the 900 block of north Metter in Columbia, Illinois. According to Columbia police 45- year- old Robert Fricke is accused of kidnapping and assaulting a boy under 10 years old. Neighbors say the child was playing in his front yard with his sibling when Fricke allegedly snatched the boy and […]

  • St. Jude Dream Home winners get first look at new home

    ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – For Kevin and Megan Hughes it`s a dream come true. The couple along with their daughters Jillian and Isabelle made their way to their new $520,000 St. Peters home as part of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Kevin says the $100 ticket he bought weeks ago went along way. Ironically, Hughes was in the process of putting his 3 bedroom St. Peters home up for sale to find a bigger home.  Now, that search […]

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    Mental patient escapes from South St. Louis institution

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis City Police have been looking for a man who made a daring escape from a local mental health facility. According to police they are looking for 27-year-old Greg Akisson. He’s wanted for what investigators are calling “Escape from Commitment” The search started just after 4pm on Sunday while Akisson was a patient at the Malcolm Bliss State Hospital. That’s when an employee says Akisson scaled a 20-foot downspout onto a roof at the hospital. […]

  • Jefferson County woman turns to Judge Judy to get her stolen car back

    HIGH RIDGE, MO ( KPLR) – It`s been a tough and annoying two months for Ginger Paul. The High Ridge mother`s 2000 VW Bug was stolen by two Jefferson County teens the pair allegedly went on a 600-mile crime spree that ended near Atlanta. Now left without a car, Paul`s life has become more complicated, she`s been using the car of a relative to get by. After months of frustration she filed a small claims suit in Jefferson County against […]

  • Mother of murder victim calls for focus on black on black crime

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Rochelle Cook has watched the riots in Ferguson unravel while mourning the death of her daughter Aniya. The 18-year -old was murdered in 2012 while sitting in a car in St. Louis. Cook says while there`s a big focus on Ferguson and police brutality these days, black on black crime should not get lost in the shuffle. Cook is also frustrated because she recently reached out to community leaders to participate in her annual march against […]


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