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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
  • Businesses depended on winter weather glad to see early snowfall

    WILDWOOD, MO – The winter-like November weather has some area businesses celebrating.  Ice skaters at Steinberg Skating Rink were doing laps while listening to music and enjoying the decorative lights.  The iconic St. Louis winter gathering spot will be open through February. The sight of snow also had staffers at Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Wildwood excited.  They are selling season passes and hoping for more winter weather. “Everybody had a little pep in their step today and we’re finishing up […]

  • Parents of football players brave the bitter cold to cheer on their kids

    WENTZVILLE, Mo. – Some parents attending Friday night’s high school football playoff game at Timberland High School in Wentzville said it was the coldest game they can remember attending. The temperature at kickoff was below freezing and wind chills were in the teens. Fans were bundled in layers. Some brought bags filled with blankets. “It is freezing and the snow is coming down. It’s crazy,” said Stacey Nielsen, a concession stand volunteer. Nielsen had plenty of hot chocolate and coffee […]

  • Firefighters say shutting your bedroom door could save your life

    FLORISSANT, Mo. – Firefighters with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District hope you’ll close your bedroom door before you go to sleep. They said closing the door and having working smoke detectors could save your life. Fire Capt. Chris Alber shared photos of a morning fire on Splendor Drive that he says shows why closing your bedroom door can make a difference. An elderly woman and her caretaker were sleeping inside the home when the fire started. They both had […]

  • Rauner wraps up campaigning at Benedictine University

    LISLE, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner and other Illinois Republicans rallied at the Benedictine University in Lisle on the eve of Tuesday’s election.  Rauner was wrapping up a 9-day bus tour of the state with one last attempt to get his supporters to the polls. If we get the turnout, we’re going to win it,” predicted Rauner. He was joined by other Republicans including Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.  The two reminded voters that if Rauner loses the election Democrats will control […]

  • Rauner, Pritzker continue war of words in final days before election

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is making the case for a second term. He’s campaigning in downstate Illinois this weekend. During a sit-down interview with FOX 2, Rauner echoed one of his campaign themes of blaming Democrats in the state legislature for much of the state’s woes. “Too much power concentrated in office, staying in office too long leads to corruption,” Rauner said. He even suggested his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, could end up in jail. “Pritzker could […]

  • Co-worker of slain Dollar General employee says he was covering her shift

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police continue to investigate the shooting death of a Dollar General employee in north St. Louis. The victim’s family identified the slain employee as Robert Woods. Those who knew Woods said he was kind-hearted and a dedicated employee. “Nobody had to die like that,” said Jessica Harris, a co-worker of the victim. Harris said Woods was her training manager who was working her shift on Thursday afternoon when he was shot and killed. She said […]

  • Fatal shooting at Dollar General Store in north St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Homicide detectives are searching for the suspect in a fatal shooting at a Dollar General Store Thursday afternoon. The store is located at the corner of Grand and Kossuth. The suspect is male with a medium build, wearing a baseball cap with a red bill, dark blue hooded sweatshirt, purple or blue sweatpants, and sunglasses. He had a black and silver handgun with an extended magazine. He was last seen running south. According to witnesses, the suspect […]

  • Former VP Biden campaigns for McCaskill in St. Louis

    BRIDGETON, MO – It is one of the most closely watched political races in the country.  Many political analysts expect the race between Sen. Claire McCaskill and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to be extremely close.  Former Vice President Joe Biden joined McCaskill and other democratic candidates for a Get out the Vote rally at the Machinists Hall in Bridgeton on Wednesday night. When the former Vice President took the stage he said, “My name is Joe Biden and I […]

  • Army veteran looks to move past racist graffiti and home burned to the ground

    CRAWFORD COUNTY, MO – The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the State’s Fire Marshal are investigating a suspicious weekend fire that destroyed the home where Gary Masten and his 17-year-old son were living.  The fire on the 300 block of Highway 19 came 2 weeks after investigators responded to the same house for a report of racist graffiti spray painted on the house. The graffiti included a racist term describing African-Americans.  We also noticed what appeared to be a swastika.  […]

  • Some St. Louis area stores report shortage of Vess can soda

    ST. LOUIS – Some area stores have seen a shortage of cans of a St. Louis soda staple.  A spokesperson for Refresco North America, the company that owns Vess, tells us a shortage of aluminum cans is to blame. “The bottling industry is currently facing can shortages,” said Senior Communications Manager Kim Wawro.  “The supplier who provides cans for the iconic Vess soda is oversold.” Wawro is not certain why there is a shortage.  Some industry analysts point to an […]

  • Congressional candidates clash during only televised debate

    CARBONDALE, IL – Tuesday was the first and only televised debate for candidates running for the 12th congressional district in southern Illinois.  Incumbent Rep. Mike Bost (R) is being challenged by Democrat Brendan Kelly and Green Party candidate Randy Auxier.  The candidates debated in Carbondale at television station WSIU. Some political observers consider this race one of the key political battles in 2018. The race could help determine which party has control of the House of Representatives. Kelly repeated his […]

  • St. Louis police investigating 5 carjackings across the city

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are investigation 5 carjacking’s that happened in the span of fewer than 48 hours.  The spree began on Saturday night near West Florissant and Thrush Avenue. A 64-year-old male was involved in an accident near Calvary Cemetery.  When he stepped out of his car to exchange information with the other party, a man and a woman indicated they were armed and wanted his keys.  The man handed over the keys to his 2017 Jeep Cherokee […]