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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
  • Four alarm fire breaks out at Black Jack condo complex

    BLACK JACK, MO (KPLR) – Shortly after 5 pm a four-alarm fire broke out at a condo complex located in the 12000 block of Chesapeake Drive in Black Jack. Five fire districts in north St. Louis County responded to the blaze. Tenants were evacuated with no injuries. Follow Shawndrea Thomas on Twitter and Facebook: Shawndrea Thomas On Twitter   Shawndrea Thomas On Facebook   Email:

  • Tense transition underway in St. Louis County Executive office

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – At Tuesdays St. Louis County Council meeting Steve Stenger and Charlie Dooley seemed cordial to each other as they moved through the night’s agenda. FOX 2 spoke to Dooley about the Governor Jay Nixon’s move with the National Guard and Ferguson. County officials also offered insight into the transition of the Dooley and Stenger administrations as Stenger announced his transition team. “That`s the governors call I wasn`t confided in or asked my opinion, I think it’s […]

  • St. Louis on edge after Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – On Monday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency that will allow the National Guard to step in if needed during possible unrest in Ferguson after the grand jury decision. News11 spoke to protest organizers who say the executive order sends the wrong message that could create more problems, adding they still want county prosecutor Bob McCulloh removed from the case. Governor Jay Nixon hosted a media conference call and stated ‘The St. Louis […]

  • African-American journalist documenting Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – As the world continues to watch the events in Ferguson unfold; there some photographers on the front lines who capture some of the city`s most striking moments. Photojournalists Alvin Jacobs and Bradley Rayford are separated by age but share a common interest both are African-American men embedded in the unrest. The photojournalists see the events in Ferguson through a different lens.  22 -year-old Rayford says he`s worked hard to develop relationships while capturing the activity on […]

  • Google changes image of Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The protests continue and a grand jury decision looms over the city. The people of Ferguson are dealing with issues with its image.  News11 discovered that a quick Google search of Ferguson got interesting results. Originally, there was a picture that popped up along with a city map that showed what seemed to be a protester and law enforcement in what appears to be a face-off. News11 made contact with the online search engine to find […]

  • Ferguson City Council Meeting

    Ferguson residents concerned over looming Brown grand jury ruling

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Monday night’s Ferguson city council meeting ended after about two hours and the council chambers were packed. People of all ages and races showed up to speak out and they did. Right now there are rumors swirling about when the grand jury decision will come down in the Michael Brown case. Schools and business owners are preparing for how they plan to handle the situation. While there have been peaceful protests some fear a decision to not […]

  • Teen starts non-for-profit to pay it forward on your birthday

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – November 9th is a special birthday for 14-year-old Kalil Thompson. The St. Louis Brittany Woods Middle School student wanted to make a difference after seeing the unrest in Ferguson. Thompson decided to use his birthday money to feed the homeless by handing out chili and water at the New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis. His goal is to get others to do something nice for others on their own birthday to create a synergy […]

  • Strong arm robbers get away with nothing

    WASHINGTON, MO (KPLR) – Thieves rob a Washington Missouri grandmother as she got ready to open her restaurant. It all happened after 6am on Monday morning. According to Wimpy`s restaurant owner Shelley Vollmer her 57-year- old mother was robbed while walking into the restaurant. Vollmer says two masked men ran from behind a dumpster and grabbed her mother`s purse, she struggled and after a few seconds she fell to the ground. Shelly says the robbers didn`t say a word but […]

  • Suspect behind bars in South County crime spree

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – 37-year-old Brian Thomas Janoski is behind bars facing felony charges. According to St. Louis County prosecutors he’s accused of stealing lawn equipment from not one but five homes throughout South County.  The September crime spree lasted for 30 days and had neighbors on edge. One man who wants to stay anonymous tells News11 he came home early one day and caught Janoski in his shed. He held the accused thief until police picked him […]

  • Parents and kids enjoy children’s garden on a chilly Sunday

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – As the cold fall temperatures make their way across the St. Louis Metro area, parents and kids bundled up and took advantage of the last day of the season at the Missouri Botanical Children’s Garden. The kid themed garden is in its 9th year had plenty of visitors. Volunteer Mary Carol says the day was filled with music, face painting, games and more. The 10 year volunteer was also geared up for the cold. “Anybody who […]

  • Crime summit to address violence in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It`s been a tragic and violent weekend across St. Louis. On Saturday, two children were shot in drive by shootings.  A two-year-old was shot in the both legs near Soldan High School and Union and a 4-year-old was hit in the foot at the 5900 block of Kennerly. James Clark of Better Family Life says he made a prediction in 2011 that the level of violence in St. Louis would escalate. It`s a prediction that’s […]

  • Collapsing roof inching closer to neighboring homes

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Homeowner Franklin Bobbitt is nervous because his neighbors roof is about to collapse onto his home. He`s been living next the collapsed roof in the 1400 block of San Francisco for two months and says it`s inching closer to his home and he fears it could ultimately do some major damage. FOX 2 asked St. Louis City officials about the situation. We`re told the owner is in the middle of a private battle between both […]


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