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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
  • School bus fight leaves teen with black-eye

      OLIVETTE, MO (KPLR) – On September 12th, an argument on a first student school bus between students got physical and left a 16-year-old girl with a black eye.  According to Logos high school student Ashley Bennish and her mother Betty,  the teen and others were heading home from school when Ashley says a teenage boy she dated in the past got angry because she was talking to another boy on the bus. That’s when she claims he punched her […]

  • Family wants better care for residents of retirement home

    SUNSET HILL, MO (KPLR) – A family picketed a retirement home Sunday in front of the facility to bring attention to the care of residents. The family says the quality of care for their mother has gone down over the last 5 years and want the Friendship Village Retirement Community to focus on food, emotional treatment and overall care for all residents.

  • Department of Justice updates citizens on probe of Ferguson Police Department

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The U.S. Department of Justice held their second meeting regarding their investigation into the Ferguson police department. There were more than 500 people in the room and at one point organizers almost ran out of chairs. The meeting started about 20 minutes late because of the large crowd gathering at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley. The U.S. Department of Justice had 12 representatives to discuss their investigations including immediate changes made to the Ferguson police […]

  • Hundreds attend Ferguson town hall meetings

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The meetings went as planned with no disruptions from protestors. The parking lot at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church was packed with cars at least 150 people met at the 3rd ward location the Ferguson police chief says the rule to keep the media out was a decision made by the department of justice. Residents agreed saying the meeting would be more productive to hear the voices of those who actually live in Ferguson. The meeting […]

  • Bratwurst challenge in Belleville may have set world record

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – It’s a celebration in Belleville that’s 200 years in the making and it could also have a world record title attached. News 11’s Shawndrea Thomas went to Belleville to find out more about the brat challenge. It’s a bratwurst of epic proportions. On Sunday hundreds gathered in downtown Belleville to celebrate the town’s 200th anniversary,   Oktoberfest and something else. To set the Guinness world record for the longest grilled bratwurst the German food favorite had many […]

  • St. Louis woman offers help to those in abusive relationships

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – In light of recent events involving NFL players and domestic violence, more attention is being focused on today’s players and how to resolve the issue. FOX 2 spoke to Gloria Johnson from Life Source Consultants a non-profit organization designed to help women survive abusive relationships. Women are given emotional support along with encouragement and acceptance. Johnson wants women to know there are resources and help available 24-hours a day. Crisis 24-hour hotline 314-524-0686 Follow Shawndrea Thomas on […]

  • Petition started to close basketball court in St. Louis City Park

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A petition to permanently close the basketball courts at Tilles Park started about 4 weeks ago at a Tilles Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Some thought the visitors at the court were creating a hostile environment filled with intimidation, profanity, public urination and drug use. News 11 asked 23rd ward Alderman Joe Vacarro if the move was racially motivated he says it not. Vacarro says problem has been sparked by visitors violating the park curfew. Whether we […]

  • Mother frustrated over delays in demolition of drug house

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KPLR) – For the Fairview Heights police department a drug house in their community has been on their radar for years and now it’s one step closer to demolition. Chris Keel and neighbors living near a drug house at 20 Kassing Drive in Fairview Heights share the same sentiment they want the home torn down. For Keel it’s especially important because her 20- year- old daughter Jennifer Herling died at the home from a heroin overdose in […]

  • Highland teachers strike continues

    HIGHLAND, IL (KPLR) – As the Highland teacher’s strike heads into its 4th day, student athletes are still allowed to gear up and practice for the season. News 11 found multiple signs of support posted around Highland supporting teachers and their cause. At this point the teachers union and the district had tentative deal Saturday. However, that ended Sunday as union members overwhelmingly rejected the districts offer in a 20 to 140 vote. There are also rumors suggesting the district […]

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    Michael Brown family, protestors call for police officer’s arrest

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) –  Protesters gathered in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in downtown Clayton on Saturday to demand the arrest of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. The National Action Network organized the vigil and march, which began at 12:30pm. The parents of of Michael Brown, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden attended the event. The protesters are planning to attend Tuesday night’s County Council meeting in Clayton to voice […]

  • Sisters speak out about deadly love triangle gone bad

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – July 2nd 2014 is a day Caletta and Camille Delaney will never forget. A simple family barbecue to celebrate Camille`s birthday quickly turned into a tragedy that left Caletta`s 40- year-old fiancé Reginald Thomas dead. He was shot at the 6100 block of Hancock in Berkeley. According to the sisters the triple shooting happened because of a love triangle gone bad between Caletta, her fiancé and the accused shooter. The women claim the shooter and a […]

  • Thunderstorms produce flash flooding in U City

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Flood waters swept through University City causing some residents lose their homes. The damage was done in a matter of minutes. The rainfall started at around 5:15 pm and it came down heavy, fast and furious. For those living near the River Des Peres, Westover Court and Raisher Drive the flooding quickly took over. While some had minimal clean up, others lost everything. University City residents Karen Belton and Michael Johnson say the raging waters […]


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