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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
  • MoDOT advising residents to stay off the roads during snowstorm

    ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Department of Transportation is advising drivers to stay off the roads this weekend. The advisory was issued late Thursday afternoon. MoDOT is concerned because, in addition to a forecast that calls for rain changing over to snow on Saturday, there is also the likelihood of bitter cold temperatures. MoDOT says ice-melting chemicals lose their effectiveness when temperatures dip below 25 degrees. MoDOT is also concerned about the possibility of wind gusts causing drifting snow. Division […]

  • Democrats react to Missouri governor’s state of the state speech

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri Governor Mike Parson delivered his first state of the state address at the capitol Wednesday. Parson took over as the “Show Me State” governor after Eric Greitens resigned last June. News 11’s Jeff Bernthal was in Jefferson City with the governor’s priorities.

  • Suspect charged with stealing merchandise taken from vehicle stranded in winter storm

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO – A Franklin County woman is accused of stealing merchandise from a vehicle that slid into a ditch and was abandoned in Friday’s snowstorm.  33-year-old Tonya Gerlt is charged with felony stealing and misdemeanor property damage.  Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said a witness helped lead investigators to the suspect.  Pelton says Gerlt was in possession of about half of the stolen merchandise. The owner of the car returned to her vehicle after the rough weather had […]

  • Drivers beware of ‘snow missiles’ flying off cars on area roads

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis taxi cab driver Dewight Price had a close encounter with a so-called “snow missile” on Monday.  He said he was traveling in his cab when ice flew off a truck in front of him. “I had a big chunk of ice fly off and land on top of the hood my car,” he said.  “It’s just uncalled for when you can really clean the stuff off.” One Fox 2 viewer sent us photos of his […]

  • Suspects in shoplifting case arrested following police pursuit

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – St. Ann police report one of their officers was injured with non-life-threatening injuries in the process of chasing 2 suspects wanted for stealing from a Menard’s store.  Police say a man and a woman were taken into custody Sunday following the chase.  The officer was injured after crashing into a median near I-270 and Highway 367 in Bellefontaine Neighbors trying to avoid an innocent bystander.  He was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Police […]

  • City of St. Louis activates winter shelters and outreach operations

    ST. LOUIS – Overnight lows are expected to be cold enough for the City of St. Louis to activate its Winter Shelter and Outreach Operations.  Warming buses were stationed downtown and winter outreach workers patrolled the city to look for anyone who needed a safe place to spend the night. The buses were available to transport individuals to area shelters.  According to city officials, they are working with area non-profits and the faith community to ensure homeless men, women, and […]

  • MoDOT warns public that driving conditions still hazardous after winter storm

    MoDOT expects the interstates to be back to normal in time for Monday morning’s rush hour.  The announcement came during a Saturday press briefing in Town & Country.  MoDOT District Maintenance Engineer Bob Becker also advised the public to avoid driving if possible on Saturday. “If you can stay home, stay home,” said Becker.  “I would recommend that.” Becker said MoDOT would have 200 plows on the interstates Saturday.  He said his biggest concerns were the number of cars still […]

  • No paycheck for federal prison workers in Greenville, Illinois

    GREENVILLE, Ill. – The union president representing corrections officers and staff at the federal prison in Greenville says staff shortages, coupled with the partial government shutdown, have added up to a serious problem. Workers will not be receiving their Friday paycheck, even as they continue to show up for work. “They expect their compensation,” said Brian Mueller, AFGE Local 1304 president. “They expect their pay. That’s all we’re asking for.” Mueller says staffing shortages have resulted in mandatory overtime. He […]

  • Hidden Valley to reopen ahead of winter storm expected over the weekend

    WILDWOOD, MO – The snowmaking machines at Hidden Valley will be operating throughout the night Wednesday.  The ski area plans to reopen at 1 p.m. on Thursday and snow tubing will open back up Friday at 5 p.m.  The winter recreation complex in Wildwood had to temporarily close because of recent warmer weather.  Overnight temperatures into the 20’s will allow Hidden Valley to blanket its entire area with as much as 8 inches of fresh snow as they continuously send […]

  • Oklahoma officer charged with sexual abuse of minors

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL – He was sworn to uphold the law, but former police officer Michael Lindsey now faces charges of sexual abuse involving minors.  He was working with the Nikoma Park, OK Police Department and had only recently become a full-time officer.  The department’s chief said there were no red flags. “We haven’t had any complaints on him,” said Chief Ed Smith.  “As far as we knew, he was doing a good job.  There was nothing in his background […]

  • Suspected downtown kidnapper taken into custody

    ST. LOUIS – A suspected downtown kidnapper is taken into custody thanks to police work and 2 types of cameras.  Lavell Benford faces charges of assault, armed criminal action, and kidnapping after police say his crimes were caught on camera. Police say it all started early Sunday morning at approximately 2 a.m. when the victim was getting into her parked car on the 900 block of Market St. in downtown St. Louis.  She said the suspect got into the car […]

  • MoDOT: I-270 repairs completed; all lanes to reopen by Friday morning rush hour

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Emergency repairs on westbound Interstate 270 at the New Florissant Road exit were completed by 9 p.m. Thursday. The Missouri Department of Transportation said all lanes will be open before the Friday morning rush hour. Two westbound lanes closed Thursday when a temporary patch needed to be repaired after MoDOT and a motorist spotted a problem. A total of three areas were repaired, including two which MoDOT calls “full depth repairs.” “We clean up all the […]