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 – Nikki Smith knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of help from the American Red Cross. She lost everything she owned in a house fire last year. Smith was leading a team of walkers to raise money for the effort to end lupus last year when she received word her home in south St. Louis was a total loss. “I literally had a Lupus t-shirt, some shorts, some tennis shoes, and that’s all that […]
ST. LOUIS – Some residents of the Southwest Crossing apartment complex in the Carondelet neighborhood of south St. Louis hope ongoing protests bring about better living conditions. They’ve been holding daily demonstrations outside the complex and are asking residents not to pay their rent to T.E.H. Realty until conditions improve. “We just want a better place to live,” said resident Terrell Woodson. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley recently met with residents living in properties owned by T.E.H. Realty and said he […]
EDWARDSVILLE, IL – A caretaker from Granite City is charged with stealing nearly $15,000 from disabled adults she was paid to care for. Madison County First Assistant State’s Attorney Crystal Uhe calls the alleged theft incredibly disturbing, “Our office takes this very seriously,” said Crystal Uhe, Madison County First Assistant State’s Attorney. Andrea R. Schultz has been charged for the financial exploitation and theft of 22 disabled adults. Authorities say Schultz oversaw the finances for the victims who were residents […]
ST. LOUIS – Neighbors say if you were looking for 91-year-old Erline Pierce, her front yard was a good bet. “She would sit in the front yard and talk to everyone, said neighbor Theresa Lewis. “She was very friendly lady.” Firefighters responded to Pierce’s home in the 900 block of Riverview Boulevard last Wednesday for what fire and police have since called suspicious. A homicide investigation shortly followed. Her body was found inside the house. Investigators say Pierce had burns […]
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Jordan King and Robert Moore are staying in a hotel room as they mourn the loss of King’s father. Steven King had just retired from the flooring business. He was killed in a house fire on 2nd Avenue early Monday morning. Moore believes a space heater was to blame. The Edwardsville Fire Department is investigating and has confirmed there were no signs of foul play. “I don’t know what to focus on,” Moore said. He and King […]
EUREKA, MO – The Eureka Fire Protection District is testing technology designed to keep drivers and emergency responders safe. Division Chief Scott Barthelmass said his department sees dangerous driving nearly every time they respond to a call. “A vehicle approaching at 60-70 miles per hour when there’s an emergency ahead is dangerous,” he said. “We park engines farther back to be blockers just because of the fact we’re trying to protect our personnel who are helping somebody whose life may […]
COTTLEVILLE, MO – Trailers full of Thanksgiving food are stored in Cottleville as the non-profit No Hunger Holiday prepares to distribute enough food to prepare an estimated 15,000 meals for 4,000 area families. The charitable effort is in its 29th year and is made possible through generous donors and dedicated volunteers. The non-profit partners with local social service agencies to identify families in need. The food will be distributed through those agencies on Tuesday. The program began with one man wanting to help. Frank […]
ST. LOUIS – Nicholas Bowens was once homeless. Now, he runs a real estate business. Bowens credits his time living at Covenant House in north St. Louis for his turnaround. “I was able to start a business, start a family, and start giving back,” he said. Bowens now serves on the board of directors for Covenant House Missouri and is one of the most credible voices for homeless youth currently staying at Covenant House. “Their whole mood changes,” he said. […]
ELLISVILLE, MO – Former classmates and friends of a 15-year-old California school shooting victim gathered Wednesday night outside the Ellisville church she once attended. Gracie Muehlberger was born in Wildwood and moved to California while she was in elementary school. Her former friends and classmates lit candles in honor of Gracie and in a show of support for her family and friends nearly 2,000 miles away. “When she walked in a room, she lit it up,” said Amy Ryan, a […]
WAYNE COUNTY, IL – The Illinois couple who survived an incredibly close call on an icy Illinois interstate last week hopes their story and the dramatic dashcam video will cause drivers to use more caution. The video from the Illinois State Police shows a box truck barreling toward the couple as 2 Illinois State Troopers were assisting them. Peggy and Wilbur “Bud” Vaught live in Fairfield, Illinois. They were on the side of I-64 in Wayne, County when they discovered […]
WILDWOOD, MO – When the news about last week’s school shooting at a California high school broke, Eureka High School student Payton Deakin had no idea how much the shooting would hit home. One of the two victims killed was a former classmate. 15-year-old Gracie Muelberger once attended Fairway Elementary in the Rockwood School District with Deakin. “I was in shock,” she said. “I couldn’t express my emotions. It was so strong because I was so close to her. It just hurt a lot.” Former […]
ST. LOUIS – Andre Tunstall is part owner of Luxe Menswear on Washington Avenue in St. Louis’s Downtown West neighborhood. Tunstall said he’s worked hard for his money. When he realized someone stole his Porsche on Wednesday, he was desperate to find it. He posted a message on Facebook and within a few hours, a tipster sent a message indicating the vehicle was in an alley in the Baden neighborhood. Tunstall called St. Louis police, filed a report, and then […]