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.
ST. ANN, Mo. – St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez says his department received a 911 call for help late Thursday morning. The female caller said she was traveling along St. Charles Rock Road when a stranger started tailgating and following her. “He then comes over to her driver’s side, gets up next to her, and keeps looking at her,” Jimenez said. Police say the suspect followed the woman all the way to her home and rolled down his window […]
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – Opponents of abortion rights gathered outside a new Planned Parenthood facility in Fairview Heights on Wednesday. The facility was built in secrecy. Planned Parenthood officials say the secrecy was necessary to avoid protests and potential harassment of contractors that could have delayed the project. “Planned Parenthood built this mega-facility in secret because they didn’t want us here so guess who’s here today and won’t be leaving until this facility closes,” said Reagan Barklage, Students of Life […]
BALLWIN, Mo. – A locally-owned Ballwin restaurant was filled for most of the dinner hour on Tuesday. Candicci’s held a dine-out fundraiser for a critically-injured Menards worker. Michelle Arthur was struck by a suspected shoplifter on September 25. Her long-term medical needs are not yet known. The restaurant owner donated 10 percent of Tuesday night’s food and drink sales to the Arthur family to help with their medical expenses. “She meant a lot to me,” said Kelli Ransford, a former co-worker. […]
BALLWIN, MO – The owner of Candicci’s Restaurant in Ballwin will donate 10% of Tuesday night’s sales to the family of an injured Menards worker. Friends of Michelle Arthur say her long term medical needs are not yet known but they want to offer her family some immediate support. Tuesday’s dine-out fundraiser will run from 5pm until the restaurant closes. Arthur was critically injured when a suspected shoplifter struck her on the parking lot of the Menards where she worked […]
FERGUSON, MO – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that occurred Sunday night just after 8:30 p.m. in Ferguson. Ferguson police officers were first to arrive on the scene, discovering a vehicle that has left the road and crashed at West Florissant Avenue and Lang Drive. The vehicle had multiple occupants that suffered injuries, with one person pronounced dead at the scene. The other occupants were transported to the hospital for treatment. Accident reconstruction is investigating […]
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO- Sunday morning just after 10:30 a.m. a Maryland Heights police officer shot and killed a man while answering a call for a disturbance in the 2800 block of Briarcote Lane. Police say officers arriving on the scene were confronted by a male subject in the residence who had drawn a handgun and pointed it at the officers. At that point, one of the officers shot and mortally wounded the man. A handgun was recovered at the scene. […]
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri at Columbia showcased a piece of what some believe will be a form of high-speed travel in Missouri. Virgin Hyperloop One placed its test pod on the Francis Quadrangle and a panel of experts explained how that pod has done more than 400 tests at 240 mph at a test side in Nevada. Hyperloop is described as similar to a high-speed train that uses electricity and magnetic levitation to direct pods through a tube. […]
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues fans cheered and wiped away tears of joy as the city’s first Stanley Cup Championship banner was raised inside the Enterprise Center Wednesday. Fans without a ticket were able to watch the ceremony on a giant monitor during a watch party held outside the Enterprise Center. Fans are also hoping for another season filled with magic. “I am so excited we actually made a decision last year to get season tickets and so we’re […]
BONNE TERRE, MO – The State of Missouri executed death row inmate Russell Bucklew on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at 6:23p.m. An effort to spare Bucklew’s life was centered around a rare medical condition. The ACLU and other organizations argued that Bucklew’s death would amount to torture. Bucklew’s attorneys argued he would choke on his own blood because of his medical condition. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that the execution could go forward. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s […]
ST. LOUIS – Parents of some young soccer players in the Southside Rec Soccer League received an email announcing games and practices were canceled over a security scare. A spokesperson for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said “appropriate steps” would be taken to ensure safety so that games and practices will be able to resume at Fox Park, Marquette Park, and McKinley Field. The email to parents indicated witnesses saw at least 2 individuals with assault-style weapons heading toward soccer […]
ST. LOUIS – Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals enjoyed watching their team finish the season with a 9-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The win earned their team the National League Central Division Championship. Now it’s on to the playoffs. “The season has been kind of crazy,” said Cardinals’ fan Bret Merseal. “Tommy Edman has been our Jordan Binnington this year and I think as long as the Cardinals’ offense stays hot like they are today, we’ll be alright.” Fans […]
ST. LOUIS – Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die by lethal injection on October 1. A petition is underway to try and convince Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to halt the execution. The ACLU cites a declaration from a medical professional who examined Bucklew as proof the execution would amount to torture because of a rare medical condition Bucklew is living with. The ACLU says the execution process would result in blood vessels breaking because of the […]