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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

Recent Articles
  • Thieves target St. Charles County gun shop

    O’FALLON, MO – Police in O’Fallon, Missouri are looking for accused weapons thieves who busted into a gun shop early Monday morning. According to a police spokesperson, someone used a crowbar and broke through the glass door of Eagle Armory around 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 100 block of West Terra Lane. The thieves took at least 20 guns, including rifles and handguns. Police are checking to see if Monday’s break-in is connected to three other burglaries in the metro […]

  • Illinois State Police conducting more patrols through the summer

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL – From now until the end of the summer, Illinois State Police will be out doing extra patrols. The designated crews will focus on distracted driving, speeding violations, DUIs, and more; other full-time troopers will handle accidents. Officials say since June 1, the summer crews issued more than 60 tickets for distracted driving, 127 for no seat belt, and 285 speeding tickets. Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. says drivers should be more vigilant. “Unfortunately, people don’t want […]

  • Federal hearing on Ferguson consent decree

    ST. LOUIS, MO – On Thursday, federal Judge Catherine Perry held a status hearing on the Ferguson consent decree, and received an update from the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as the city and the monitor. The federal courtroom in downtown St. Louis was packed as the judge gave the citizens of Ferguson a chance to speak out about the state of their city. About 12 people signed up to speak on the state of the city, with some […]

  • Missouri Attorney General sues drug companies over opioids

    ST. LOUIS, MO – On Wednesday Missouri Attorney General Josh Holley filed a 42-page suit in St. Louis Circuit Court to sue three big drug companies. He claims they hid information about the addictive nature of pain medications from patients and doctors. He also says it`s part of an epidemic health crisis of opioid abuse and overdose cases in the state. “Justice starts with accountability and calling out the wrong one of the largest judgements in Missouri history They use […]

  • Researchers launch trial balloon to test equipment for total solar eclipse

    ST. LOUIS – Researchers at Saint Louis University and Ameren Missouri launched a special weather balloon Tuesday in preparation of the total solar eclipse expected this summer. They launched the five-fight wide balloon just before 1:30 p.m. and researchers said they’re excited to see what happens. The balloon, equipped with Quantum Weather technology, will gather information about how the atmosphere reacts during the August 21 eclipse. Tuesday’s dry run will make sure equipment and personnel are ready and operational for […]

  • Judge halts removal of Confederate Memorial from Forest Park

    ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis Circuit Court judge has temporarily stopped the city from removing a controversial Confederate monument from Forest Park. Last week, the Missouri Civil War Museum contested monument ownership and filed suit on Friday. A museum spokesperson said the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who helped pay for installation of the monument more than a century ago, signed the memorial over to the museum’s care. The museum wants to move the memorial to an undisclosed location. […]

  • Human remains identified as missing St. Louis man

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that 27-year-old Jerome Bakers’ remains were found in a wooded area of north city. The father of four was supposed to leave his home in the 6000 block of Bartmer to meet his family at Six Flags on the morning of May 15 of last year, but he never showed up. His family is left with more questions about why he was killed. Fox 2 / KPLR 11’s […]

  • Strong winds topple tree, damaging homes in Woodson Terrace

    WOODSON TERRACE, MO (KPLR) – A strong weather system blew through the St. Louis metropolitan area Wednesday afternoon, leaving damage in its wake in a north St. Louis County municipality. The winds were so strong they knocked a large tree into two homes in the 9400 block of Muriel in Woodson Terrace. The American Red Cross of St. Louis is helping nine people in both homes who are affected by this incident with emergency assistance of food clothing and shelter, […]

  • Officer shot, suspect killed during burglary call in Jerseyville

    JERSERYVILLE, IL – A suspect is dead and a Jerseyville police officer wounded after a burglary call overnight. It happened around 1 a.m. when police responded to a burglary alarm call at D.J.’s Bar and Grill on W. Prairie Street. The business was closed at the time. Jerseyville Police Chief Brad Blackorby said when officers arrived on the scene, a male suspect ran out of the building. Two officers began chasing after the suspect on foot. A Jersey County sheriff’s deputy […]

  • Two men shot in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Two men were shot in the Walnut Park West neighborhood of north St. Louis City. According to Schron Jackson, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting occurred just after 2:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of Shulte. A 27-year-old man was located with a gunshot wound to his back. Approximately 30 minutes, officers located an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg in the 6000 block of Lucille Avenue. This was three […]

  • Rockford Beach Park closed following drowning of 14-year-old student

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO – Rockford Beach Park is closed until further review following the drowning of 14-year-old Devon Lavelle Cotton. Cotton went missing while swimming in the Big River on Wednesday, May 31. His body was discovered downstream of Rockford Beach near House Springs, MO. The victim’s family tells FOX 2 that two boaters spotted a body and alerted family members who were at the beach. Two of the boy’s uncles boated out and confirmed that the body was Cotton’s. They […]

  • Crews work hours to rescue horse after deadly fall down ravine

    WILDWOOD, MO  – It took hours of patience and a lot of teamwork to save a life in Wildwood. Just after 8am MERS Large Animal Rescue responded to a horse in grave danger.  The horse fell about 25 feet into a narrow ravine and was inches from another deadly fall. With the help of Monarch Fire and Ambulance it took about five hours for the team to pull Memo to safety. A veterinarian came to check out Memo and said he […]