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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. Peters police investigating numerous vandalism cases

    ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – The St. Peters Police Department is investigation over 20 cases of vandalism committed in the city over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Police believe groups of teens drove around St. Peters damaging vehicles and homes, by firing shots at their targets. The damage done was more extensive than those committed in recent years. One victim said he hosting a graduation party, when discovered the damage done to his car. The windows had been smashed in […]

  • New documents dispute claim baby stolen from Homer G Phillips

    ST LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The story of Zella Jackson-Price and her daughter Melanie’s reunion made national headlines. It all happened in April, 2015 after being apart for 50 years. DNA tests proved the two are mother and daughter and Zella said her baby was stolen from the former Homer G. Phillips hospital when she told then “Baby Diane” was dead. On Wednesday, new documents released from attorney Al Watkins from the St. Louis City Family Court says that Melanie […]

  • 3 injured in overturned car accident

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A frightening accident in South St. Louis miraculously has no serious injuries. The accident happened in the 3600 block of Oregon around 7 pm where a car flipped over and struck a building. EMS workers arriving on the scene treated three victims, a man, woman and a teenager.  The two adults were transported to the hospital. There conditions unknown.

  • Illinois State Police cracking down DUI’s this Memorial Day weekend

    (KPLR) – On Friday and Saturday Illinois State Police District 11 arrested 12 drivers for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and 2 drivers for possession of marijuana. They also issued over those 2 days citations on open alcohol by a passenger or driver, and alcohol consumption by a minor. During the Memorial Day weekend, ISP will have an extra 7 alcohol details on the road to catch bad drivers.

  • Hospital worker fears for her life after ex-boyfriend shoots at her

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A hospital worker is scared for her life after a ex-boyfriend allegedly attacked her at work and shot at her car. The victim says she`s fearing for her life and wants the man who she says shot at her behind bars. According to the 22-year-old victim she was leaving work from Barnes Jewish Hospital at 7 am Wednesday morning when she says her ex-boyfriend approached and grabbed her. Security caught up with the man and the […]

  • Rose man’s family speaks out about fatal hit and run

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Lesia Nixon and her family are still trying to face a new reality as they deal with the loss of a loved one.  64-year-old Jerrel Nixon known as the ‘rose man’ was killed while crossing the street by a hit and run driver on Sunday night while working at CW’s Lounge at the 2600 block of Natural Bridge. His children Teresa and Jerrel Junior are devastated. It`s been the same thing all over again I mean […]

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    FOX 2 Special – Missing babies from Homer G. Phillips Hospital

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – It has been just over a month since Zella Jackson Price met her daughter for the first time.  50 years ago a doctor at Homer G. Phillips hospital told her that daughter died just after birth. Since their reunion went viral on the internet  more than 100 women have come forward wondering if the children they too thought were dead, may actually be alive.  Others are wondering if they are children taken from their birth […]

  • Pedestrian killed was successor to ‘The Rose Man’

    ST. LOUIS, Mom (KTVI) – A St. Louis family is mourning the death of a loved one. According to the son of Jerrell Nixon who says the family in shock and horrible grief. He was unable to speak on camera, but he did say that he lived with this father and got the bad news when police knocked on his door at 4 am Monday morning. The family is also gathering to make arrangements.  Nixon known as the rose man […]

  • Annie Malone May Day Parade held in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR)- Every year, the Annie Malone May Day Parade travels the streets of St. Louis. But who is Annie Malone? Malone was the founder of Poro College and a pioneer manufacturer of cosmetic products. She served as President of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Colored Orphans’ Home from 1919 to 1943. It was renamed in her honor in 1946 to Annie Malone Children’s Home. Now called the Annie Malone Children & Family Service Center, the […]

  • Area hospitals offer free skin cancer screenings

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-On Saturday, hospitals across the St. Louis area held free skin cancer screenings, including Mercy, SLU, and Barnes-Jewish. The event is sponsored by the American Academy Of Dermatology as part of their SPOTme campaign. May is also Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to think about our skin as we spend more time in the stronger sunshine. Find a free SPOTmeSkin Cancer Screening For #SkinCancerAwareness Month, challenge yourself to our #SPOTskincancer quiz to see how much […]

  • Alton residents speak out over juveniles maced in holding cell

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – Controversy in Alton as the police chief is put in the hot seat over two juveniles allegedly being maced while in custody. FOX 2’s Shawndrea Thomas was at the city council meeting where residents showed up looking for answers. One of the topics that brought people out was to talk about two juveniles who were allegedly maced by an officer while in custody in January, that according to police video from an Alton holding cell. The […]

  • St. Louis spends $4M a year to clean-up illegal dumping

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The City of St. Louis is fighting illegal dumping with technology and catching the perpetrators on camera. Crooks are dumping trash in empty lots and costing the city millions of dollars to clean up. Tires, couches, clothing and dirt, all of it illegally dumped in alleys and waterways. It`s a daily problem officials are fighting to clean up. Sergeant Ron Hasty leads the 5 man trash task force responsible for checking reported sites and the […]


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