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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
  • Missouri lawmaker pushes for an increase in state fuel tax

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A state senator’s proposal to raise Missouri’s motor fuel tax made its way through the senate’s Transportation, Infrastructure, and Public Safety Committee on Thursday. The bill’s sponsor believes more money is desperately needed to help repair and maintain the state’s roads and bridges. “This is a very serious subject,” said State Sen. Doug Libla (R-Poplar Bluff). SB 539 would raise the gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon and would raise the diesel fuel tax by […]

  • Gov. Parson defends decision against Medicaid expansion in Fox 2 interview

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson visited our Capitol Bureau in Jefferson City to answer questions about the economy, Medicaid, crime, and trade policies on Thursday. Democrats have criticized the governor for not expanding Medicaid. The governor explained why he has not supported the expansion. He also responded to concerns some Missourians have raised over President Trump’s support of tariffs some say are hurting certain industries. Gov. Parson also spoke about the effort to minimize costly flood damage. […]

  • Missouri Democrats respond to Governor Parson’s State of the State speech

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – While Republicans are largely supporting Governor Parson`s State of the State Speech, Democrats including those from the St. Louis area are taking a more critical view. In fact, state democratic leaders are calling Governor Parson more of a divider than a unifier. “Fate handed Governor Parson the privilege of leading our state but he has failed to use this opportunity to improve the lives of its people, said the Democratic House Minority Leader Crystal Quade from […]

  • Gov. Parson cites strong economy, workforce development in State of the State address

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Governor Mike Parson delivered his State of the State address at the Missouri Capitol on Wednesday.  He told an audience that included lawmakers, “The state of our state is strong and by working together we will be ready for an even brighter future.” Parson continues to focus on the issue of workforce development.  He believes job training opportunities are a key for moving the state in the right direction. “Our workforce efforts have created 40,000 new […]

  • Gov. Mike Parson delivers second State of the State address, touts economic success

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO – First on FOX 2/NEWS 11, The State of the State for Missouri.  Governor Mike Parson outlines his priorities for the state today.  He delivered his State of the State address at the Missouri Capitol. FOX 2/NEWS 11’s Missouri News Bureau reporter Jeff Bernthal looks at the governor`s speech.

  • Gov. Parson to deliver State of the State Address on Wednesday

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson will deliver his State of the State address inside the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Some lawmakers are anxious to hear the governor outline his budget priorities. Senator Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) expects Governor Parson to continue focusing on some of the same issues he’s previously outlined as priorities including workforce development. “Every economic indicator is in a fantastic position,” Rowden said. “I think we are in a really good spot and hopefully […]

  • Krewson, Hayden testify in Jefferson City on the need to lift the residency rule to hire police

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers serving on the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony regarding a bill aimed at helping the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department hire more officers. St. Louis leaders say a residency rule has hampered the city’s ability to not only recruit police officers but to fill other city jobs as well. “Only a few months ago the City of St. Louis was short almost 1,000 employees across our ranks,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson. “So, I am also […]

  • Missouri lawmakers to take up debate on ‘seclusion’ school discipline

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A form of school discipline known as “seclusion and restraint” will be debated in Jefferson City this legislative session. The bill could change the way Missouri school children are disciplined. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said school districts in Missouri do not have enough guidance when it comes to using certain forms of discipline. These lawmakers were joined by families in wanting the state to set clearer rules for how school districts use what […]

  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits Missouri for Governor Parson’s prayer breakfast

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson delivered the keynote address at Missouri Governor Mike Parson’s prayer breakfast on Thursday. Parson also addressed a group of legislative leaders at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Jefferson City. Carson and the governor have both been open about their faith and how they feel it should influence lawmakers. “It’s alright to be humble,” Parson told lawmakers. Carson called on religious organizations to help address the […]

  • Missouri’s 2020 legislative session underway in Jefferson City

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The first day of the 2020 Missouri legislative session is in the books after the largely ceremonial activities kicked off officially at noon. Eleven new lawmakers were sworn in in the House, including Democrats Rasheen Aldridge, representing parts of north St. Louis, Trish Gunby, who represents portions of west St. Louis County, and Michael Person, who represents Ferguson. Expect Republicans to push back against attempts at gun control legislation, while Democrats argue that there’s a big […]

  • Missouri Legislature’s 2020 session to begin Wednesday

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri legislative session begins Wednesday in Jefferson City. Fox 2 News spoke with House leaders about what to expect during the 2020 session. Some of the issues expected to be debated include how the redistricting process is done, ways to fight crime, how to fund transportation needs, and whether the state should impose an internet sales tax on online sales.

  • Boy pulled from icy pool water dies; Ferguson community offers support

    FERGUSON, Mo. – A 10-year-old-boy pulled from icy water after falling into a public pool on Tuesday has died. Two police officers jumped into the water in an effort to make a rescue Tuesday afternoon. The child was rushed to an area hospital and did not survive. The city of Ferguson released a statement on Wednesday expressing their condolences. “This time of year, the loss of a child is a family-wide tragedy,” said Ferguson Police Chaplain Arbie Peterson. “Our hopes […]

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