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. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup celebration continued more than 24 hours after the team took to the ice in Game 7 against the Bruins in Boston. Some players took the Stanley Cup to OB Clark’s, a neighborhood bar and restaurant in Brentwood, on Thursday afternoon. Team members hoisted the Cup on the outdoor patio area while fans cheered on the parking lot below. Several times players carried the Stanley Cup out in the crowd. […]
ST. LOUIS – The grandmother of 3-year-old Kennedi Powell says nothing can replace her smile. The child was shot and killed on Sunday night while playing outside on the 4600 block of Michigan Avenue in south St. Louis. A 6-year-old playmate was also wounded. “The streets are not safe no more, not even for your kids. It’s not safe out here,” said Tanisha Smith, mother of the girl who was wounded. “This is a war zone now.” Kennedi’s family has […]
BRENTWOOD, Mo. – St. Louis Blues fans have been waiting for this moment for so long and on Thursday night, the atmosphere here and around town has been incredible. Even on nights like this when the Blues are playing in Boston, big crowds around town at places like OB Clark’s in Brentwood, where hockey fans watched a lot of games over the years. They’ve watched this team go from worst to first and standing on the cusp of its first […]
VALMEYER, IL – Sandbagging operations in Valmeyer were not slowed down by evening storms on Wednesday. The Monroe County EMA has a highly organized sandbagging operation inside a cave. Volunteers fill sandbags that are stacked then hauled away to the areas where they are needed. “This is a controlled environment,” said Monroe County EMA Assistant Director Kevin Scheibe. He said the controlled environment helps protect the integrity of sandbags that may not be used. Anyone wanting to help sandbag should […]
CALVERTON PARK, MO – Calverton Park police promise a thorough investigation into the death of an 11-month old baby. Investigators believe Joseline Eichelberger was left inside a car parked in a driveway for 15 hours. First responders tried to revive the girl when they responded after receiving a 911 call on Sunday afternoon, but it was too late. “Temperatures reached about 79 degrees that afternoon which inside of a hot vehicle can get much hotter,” said Calverton Park Public Information […]
ST. LOUIS – The scene inside and outside the Enterprise Center on Monday night was electric as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-2 in St. Louis. Fans filled Market Street between Tucker and 14th Streets for a watch party before the game. One of the fans who attended the party came all the way from Amsterdam. Gerard Bos became a St. Louis Blues fan because he liked the team’s logo. When St. Louis […]
ST. LOUIS – Flooding problems along the St. Louis Riverfront led to a lack of hot water for some downtown businesses. Floodwaters entered a downtown steam provider which provides steam heat and electricity to several downtown businesses. 12 downtown buildings were left without hot water including the Justice Center, Busch Stadium and several downtown hotels. MSD spokesman Sean Hadley said a combination of near record-setting river levels and Saturday night’s storms resulted in a sewer failure that contributed to the flooding […]
WINFIELD, MO – The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Winfield on Sunday because of a breach in the Pin Oaks levee. Lincoln County Emergency Management officials said the message was simple for anyone living in an area protected by that levee. “Get out,” said EMA Director Jim Sharp. He said evacuations had already begun in the East Winfield subdivision on Saturday. The breach happened on Sunday afternoon. Sharp said this latest flooding means an estimated 50 homes […]
ST. LOUIS – One St. Louis sports fan described the energy in downtown St. Louis on Saturday as an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. The St. Louis Blues are scheduled to host the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final while a few blocks away, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Outdoor watch parties were taking place outside the Enterprise Center and a few blocks away at Ballpark Village. […]
WEST ALTON, Mo. – Some West Alton residents are now cut off from their homes by floodwaters. Earlier in the week, residents were advised to evacuate their homes because of flooding concerns. A rock berm built over Highway 94 broke on Thursday, sending water into West Alton and a rock fortified levee near Highway 67 broke in several places. “When I left my house today, I drove through four-feet of water just to get to higher ground,” said West Alton […]
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues evened the Stanley Cup Final series with the Boston Bruins at 1-1 with a hard-fought 3-2 Overtime win Wednesday night in Boston. Carl Gunnarson blasted home the game-winner 3:51 into the extra period. Four goals were scored in the first period alone, with Charlie Coyle getting Boston off to an early lead about five minutes into action while the Bruins were on the Power Play. Robert Bortuzzo answered five minutes later with assists […]
EUREKA, Mo. – A small bear has been tranquilized and removed from a Eureka, Missouri school where it became trapped on Tuesday. School is out at Most Sacred Heart Parish. The pastor, Father Joe Kempf, says they had propped open a door as they cleaned the school and the bear found his way inside. Late Tuesday afternoon, the Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed that a young bear had been tranquilized and removed from the parish school. The bear was a […]