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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
  • Local spa closes abruptly leaving customers upset

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KPLR) – One local spa company is leaving customers empty handed. According to the St. Louis Better Business Bureau more than 25 people have filed complaints against the Face Company. All of them since April 16th.  That`s because customers paid hundreds of dollars for spa packages and when they showed up for services the doors were closed.  According to the BBB there are three locations: one in Brentwood, Fairview Heights and the St. Peters area on Mid-Rivers Drive. […]

  • Rumors swirl after pics of teachers holding “Black Lives Matter” signs surface

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A wild array of misconceptions is why Parkway North High School principal Jenny Marquart is speaking out. It’s all because of a group of pictures circulating across social media of Parkway North High school teachers holding signs that say black lives matter. Once the pictures hit twitter the rumors started to swirl on the internet. Online critics are posting everything from accusing the teachers of political posturing to kids being withdrawn from the school. […]

  • 8-year-old saves family from house fire

    HAZLEWOOD, MO (KPLR) – A Hazelwood family is thankful for the quick thinking of an 8-year-old boy who helped save their lives during a fire. Last Tuesday night Treyvon Estes was at home with his mother and uncle at their home on Rena when the second grader who was supposed to be sleep stayed up and played his Nintendo wii. He suddenly smelled smoke and realized there was a fire in the basement. He woke up is family and saved […]

  • Stolen ac units put summer camp for kids in jeopardy

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Greater St. Marks Church on Glen Ownen Drive is in the process of trying to build up the community by having a summer camp for kids at the old school they bought next door, but someone is trying to tear it down. On Monday morning pastors discovered that all 13 of their ac units were stolen on Sunday night. Pastor Tommie Pierson says they are expecting 300 north county kids this summer and a lack of […]

  • Police release surveillance video of two suspects wanted in murder case

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-St. Louis police are looking for two suspects in an April 10, 2015, fatal shooting in the 5700 block of Maple Avenue. Police released a video showing the two men they are looking for in the death of Cameron Wilson, 36. Wilson died at an area hospital after being shot in the back of the head. Surveillance video shows a white car with a damaged front end pulling onto the alley of Maple. The two suspects are […]

  • Volunteers and McDonald’s help make-a-wish come true for a 6-year-old

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – At the McDonald’s on Elm Street in St. Charles workers served up burgers, fries and a supersized dose of kindness. On Wednesday dozens of volunteers from orchard farm middle school and workers from five McDonald’s stores hosted a McCare night for 6-year-old Brayden Wood. He`s battling a rare blood disorder known langerhans cell histiocytosis or LCH. The disease affects the brain and other organs. Brayden has been going through chemo for over a year.  His […]

  • Kirkwood residents listen to school district explain finances

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – On Tuesday night parents, teachers and administrators gathered at the Kirkwood School District to discuss their financial health and shortfalls. During the 1-hour meeting school officials said student enrollment has jumped 14 percent in the last 5 years with a total of 600 kids.  Meanwhile, tax money is dwindling causing them to make cuts. The topic of discussion was specifically how to use their $60 million dollars in operations funds. That money is normally used for […]

  • Nelly’s lawyer says the drug charges won’t stick

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Hip hop star Nelly who`s real name is Cornell Haynes was arrested on felony drug charges in Putnam County near Nashville Tennessee. This all happened on Saturday morning after authorities say a Tennessee state trooper stopped the motor coach bus carrying Nelly and five other people for improper identification stickers.  That`s when the trooper noticed the smell of marijuana. A search of the bus turned up a small amount of pot, drug paraphernalia, five crystal […]

  • East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks looks to have been defeated in re-election bid

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Voters in East St. Louis have a number of issues on the ballot Tuesday, including a mayoral race. Mayor Alvin Parks is running as a write-in candidate because the Illinois Supreme Court removed his name from the ballot for not gathering enough signatures. Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin endorsed one of Parks’s opponents Emeka Jackson-Hicks.

  • Mother of heroin overdose victim glad to see drug house demolished

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KPLR) – 20 Kassing Drive in Fairview Heights is no longer standing.  The deadly drug house is known as the place where Chris Keels 20-year-old daughter Jennifer died in September of 2012 of a heroin over dose. Since then Chris fought to tear it down. That finally happened last week after a friend told Keel about the demolition. On Monday she saw it for the first time. She wanted to participate but didn`t get the chance.’ ‘I […]

  • St. Louis police start new program to help recover stolen bikes

    ST .LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis city police have started a new program register biked in the city. The program is free St. Louis city residents. The program is in response to recovering and returning 10,000 bikes stolen every year. Saturday families lined up in front of the St. Louis police department to take part in the Blast Program. It stands for bicycle and scooter theft.  It`s designed to help register bikes then scooters with numbered decals that are put […]

  • Family files lawsuit over the death of a cab driver

    FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – A St. Louis family is suing the St. Louis County and Florissant police departments after the death of their loved one. The family of 44-year-old Abayomi Afolabi says they want to know more about what led to his death. In October of 2013 when Florissant police were called after the father of two was seen at his ex-wife’s home for a domestic dispute. Minute’s later police found him at his home on Winkler. That`s when police […]


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