Jeff Bernthal joined KPLR-TV as an intern from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1988. He joned FOX-2 in 2008 and has been an anchor and reporter for both stations.

Jeff has covered some of the biggest news stories in St. Louis over the years, including the unrest in Ferguson, Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates at Washington University and the Flood of the Century. He has also traveled across the country to cover major events including the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Andrew and the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Journalism Review have recognized Jeff numerous times for his outstanding reporting. He is a St. Louis native who feels a fortunate to report the news in the city he knows best.

Jeff has served on the board of directors of the National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJSTL) in the past. This organization fights bias, bigotry and racism.

Jeff is married and is the father of one daughter. You can watch Jeff’s reports on both KPLR-11 and FOX 2.

Recent Articles
  • Hit and run victim had just turned life around

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – The hit and run death of an East St. Louis parking lot attendant has hit one church especially hard.  Kenya Randall was struck and killed while working on September 17, 2018.  He had recently completed a program at the Light of Christ Church in East St. Louis.  The program helps former criminals turn their lives around. “He had so much life in him and he was on the right track,” said Pastor Barnicio Cureton.  “It’s […]

  • East St. Louis residents get moving to fight childhood obesity

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL -The East St. Louis community came together on Saturday to join the fight against childhood obesity.   The East St. Louis Family Fun 3K Walk was held at the Mary Brown Center.  Organizers say 1 in 5 children and adolescents are considered obese.  Illinois is one of 22 states with obesity rates at 30% or higher. “It’s really important for people to understand how you can move and you can have fun doing it in a healthy […]

  • Task force seeks to educate public about recycling programs

    ST. LOUIS – A local task force aimed at educating the public on recycling issues met on Wednesday.  The Missouri Botanical Garden hosted the meeting and invited the public to ask questions.  Some citizens have concerns over the future of their municipal curbside recycling programs following a policy change in China. China went from taking a great deal of recycled material from the U.S. to taking virtually none.  Experts say the change of policy was the result of China receiving […]

  • Carjacking victim has gun pointed at her head

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The victim of an early morning carjacking in a quiet St. Charles County neighborhood hopes the suspects are apprehended as soon as possible. The victim asked us not to identify her but said two armed suspects were in her garage and demanded she hand over her Range Rover SVR Tuesday morning.  She and a friend were returning from a girls’ night out at an area casino. Police say the vehicle was taken at gunpoint at […]

  • Flooding in North Carolina brings a family together and rescuers to those in need

    SHREWSBURY, MO – A North Carolina mother is now staying with relatives in the St. Louis area after being forced to evacuate due to flooding.  He husband is a Lt. in the U.S. Navy. “Either you aren’t going to have something to come back to or you are,” said Rosana Morrissey. She said torrential rain has brought flooding to areas she never would have thought it could reach. “It kind of helps you realize what’s important, which is family,” she […]

  • Rat Rod show at Steel Fest aids veterans hospitalized in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – The 8th annual Shapiro Steel Fest attracted more than a thousand visitors to north St. Louis on Saturday.  Shapiro Metal Supply is located at 5617 Natural Bridge Ave.  The owners invite rat rod owners to put their vehicles on display.  The owners also sell t-shirts to benefit the St. Louis Fisher House which provides free food and lodging for the family members of veterans hospitalized in St. Louis. “I am so proud of this event and so proud of […]

  • Taxicab Commission set to ban live-streaming of passengers

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports area taxi cab drivers will soon face a new regulation.  The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is in the process of banning live-steaming of passengers. The move comes after a Post-Dispatch report on a local ridesharing driver who live-streamed his interactions with passengers without their consent.  Uber and Lyft cut ties with that driver. The longtime owners of the St. Louis County Cab and Yellow Cab welcome this newest regulation. “Regulations exist for […]

  • Soccer team honors lives lost on 9/11 with special jerseys

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – Ft. Zumwalt West Varsity Soccer Coach Brad Fischer asked his players if they would be interested in wearing special jerseys to honor the lives lost on 9-11.  He said the team enthusiastically embraced the idea. They wore those jerseys Tuesday night for their match at Francis Howell High School.  Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of the terror attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives. “Our bus driver on the way over here asked if she could […]

  • Police investigating fatal motorcycle accident in Cahokia IL

    CAHOKIA, IL – First responders from the Illinois State Police, Cahokia and Sauget responded to a deadly crash involving a motorcycle and a tanker truck.  The crash happened on Mississippi Avenue in Cahokia Monday night. Witnesses said it appeared the motorcycle was heading south on Route 3 when the tanker truck pulled out of a terminal and struck the motorcycle.  An accident reconstruction team with the Illinois State Police will investigate.

  • Recently retired Cahokia Superintendent rehired by district

    CAHOKIA, IL – The Cahokia Board of Education approved an employment agreement with Art Ryan.  The former superintendent had just retired in May. Illinois law allows retired educators to return to work for a maximum of 120 days without interfering with their pensions.  Ryan said his agreement with the board is for $300 a day for a maximum of 120 days.  He said the district invited him to return to bridge a gap.  When Ryan retired his assistant was named […]

  • Vendors come together for LouWow event to sell excess inventory meant for LouFest

    ST. LOUIS – Organizers called it a LouWow.  Vendors burned by the cancellation of LouFest were invited to set up shop at the Boathouse in Forest Park to sell their excess inventory.  The party was scheduled to run from 11 am until 11 pm Sunday. Mike Johnson is the owner of Sugarfire and the Hi-Pointe Drive-In.  He helped bring the vendors together. “It’s not just us,” said Johnson.  “There are so many other cool events going on around the city […]

  • Water rescues keep St. Clair County fire departments busy

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL – Flash flooding caused multiple problems on Saturday.  The Belleville Fire Department made a rescue on South 11th Street after someone tried to drive through a water covered road. Water covered the southbound ramp to I-255 from I-64 Saturday morning.  Several vehicles started to drive down the ramp but then turned around. The Cahokia Fire Department made several rescues.  Fire Chief Stephen Robbins explained why it’s never a good idea to drive through water. “One lady […]