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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
  • Search continues for driver who struck construction worker

    AFFTON, MO (KPLR) – A construction worker remains in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck in south St. Louis County overnight as police continue their search for the driver. The accident happened around 12:45 a.m. near the intersection of Heege Road and New Hampshire Avenue. A pickup truck travelling eastbound struck the 55-year-old worker while he was working on a paving project with a road crew. The driver never bothered to stop at the scene. He was […]

  • Nurse discusses importance of using sunscreen

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-Many of us love the beach and we know that sunscreen is a must. But now doctors say our skin is so vulnerable to cancer we should apply sunscreen every day no matter what. Registered Nurse, Pat Cook shares why sunscreen is so important. May 27 is National Sunscreen Day. It’s just in time to stock up for the summer.  People of all ages need to protect themselves from the sun by using sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend an […]

  • Restaurants in High Ridge still coping with boil order

    HIGH RIDGE, MO (KPLR) – While communities are recovering from recent flooding, businesses in High Ridge are dealing with a boil order that’s been in place for weeks. Owners of the neighboring Dave’s Diner and Pegg’s Restaurant On the Boulevard said they’ve been boiling water for everything; from washing dishes to cooking food. The owners said the 2015 flood shut them down for a couple of days, but this year’s flood has affected them for three weeks. While Pegg’s is […]

  • Stranger danger alert in St. Ann

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Ann Police Department issued a stranger danger warning Thursday about a man approaching women on the street. St. Ann police shared a post on social media about recent cases of men approaching grown women in strange ways that could’ve easily made them victims of abductions. While no cases have been reported in St. Ann, they have heard of incidents in various areas of north St. Louis County. “I read posts from women who said […]

  • St. Charles County emergency training in Wentzville

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KPLR) – On Wednesday, end crews from across St. Charles County met at their school district to conduct emergency training. The focus was on school bus crashes. Part of the training used live scenarios to make it more realistic. According to the American School Bus Council, more than 480,000 school buses travel 10 billion miles per year in the U.S. The next session is set for May 22.

  • Heavy rains lead to landslide in Fenton subdivision

    FENTON, MO (KPLR) – Bryan Schrock has been in his Fenton home on Big Sky Drive for about two years. He saw the rain of 2015 and things were fine in his back yard. However, the most recent rain has caused a mud slide that’s been growing from inches to feet since last Thursday. “All the rain, the hill down here started to crack, slid down, and met at the bottom of the hill. We’ve had a lot of visitors. […]

  • Despite high water, St. Charles has avoided serious calamity

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Parts of St. Charles are still dealing with high water. City officials said they’re expecting the Missouri River to crest at 36 feet by Thursday night or early Friday morning. No businesses have been adversely affected, fortunately. The next big city event is set for Memorial Day Weekend, so hopefully they’ll have plenty of time to dry out. City leaders said there haven’t been any major water rescues resulting from the flooding.

  • Traffic being rerouted for water main and gas line ruptured in Maryland Heights

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – Missouri American Water crews are working on a 20” water main break in west St. Louis County. The water main broke around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Dorsett Road and McKelvey Road in Maryland Heights. While work crews were starting repairs on the water main, a gas line was ruptured.  Laclede Gas workers have now been summoned to the scene to fix the gas line. Water crews are having to wait till the gas line is […]

  • Aerial tour of flooding Day 2

    WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – As area rivers are rising and the concern is that the Meramec River will reach near record or record levels.  The fast running waters are spreading destruction over a wide area in Jefferson and St. Louis County. Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX can show latest wave of flood waters that are ravaging the region. In Eureka, the community is gathered and working from morning to night to make thousands of sandbags to protect local businesses.  […]

  • Missing man located in a barn

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – The St. Clair County Sheriff`s Department search for a missing man is over.  The man was located hiding in a barn near Eiler Road. Family members say 37-year-old Todd Pentah has been missing since Saturday.  His cell phone was and found along with his abandoned 2006 Nissan about 2-miles off Townhall Road in a wooded area in Belleville. St. Clair County Emergency Management, St. Louis County helicopter and Millstadt fire and K-9`s personnel searched […]

  • Residents evacuated following house explosion in Baden

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis Fire Department responded to a call for a house explosion Wednesday morning in Baden. It happened around 8:30 a.m. at a vacant home in the 8600 block of Oriole Street, south of the Halls Ferry Circle. The Collapse Rescue Task Force used technology to determine there were no people trapped in the debris of the destroyed house. Neighboring homes were evacuated. Laclede Gas officials are investigating the cause of the explosion and […]

  • Fight on school bus leads to serious crash in Mascoutah

    MASCOUTAH, IL (KPLR) – A head-on collision Tuesday near Mascoutah involving a school bus and a box truck sent nine people to the hospital, including eight children. Illinois State Police said the crash happened after the bus driver became distracted from some sort of altercation involving kids on the bus. This all took place just before 8 a.m. on Highway 161 outside of Mascoutah. The Mascoutah school bus was east on 161 while a box truck was west on the highway. Illinois […]