John Pertzborn currently serves as co-anchor for FOX 2 News in the Morning from 7a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Pertzborn joined FOX 2 in 1998. Prior to this, he served as a feature reporter from 1986 to 1997 at KSDK-TV and host of KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis. Pertzborn was also a nationally syndicated feature reporter for the NBC News Channel from 1991-1998.

Pertzborn also worked as an anchor reporter at WBAY-TV in Greenbay, WI, WSAW-TV in Wausau, WI, WISC-TV in Madison, WI and WIBA Radio in Madison, WI.

Pertzborn has won numerous broadcasting awards including four local Emmys, two Illinois Press Awards, one SPJ Best Spot News Award, and The Edward R. Murrow Award. Pertzborn is a 1982 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism. He began his career as a child calling radio talk shows. One summer night in 1972 an announcer named Carl Ames invited young Pertzborn into the WKOW radio studio to be a guest on his show called “Nite Line” and that was just the beginning.

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  • Vietnam veteran laid to rest 46 years later at Jefferson Barracks

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- There’s a long over-due military funeral today at Jefferson Barracks for an Air Force Tech Sergeant who was killed during The Vietnam War, 46 years ago. On February 5, 1969 an Airforce EC-47 aircraft was downed by enemy fire over Laos. Air Force Master Tech Sergeant Louis Clever and nine others were killed. Only two bodies were recovered and buried at Jefferson Barracks decades ago. The remains of Louis Clever’s and the others were left behind […]

  • Local Islamic group condemns county residents charged with supporting terror

    ST. LOUIS – One day after the arrest of St. Louis County residents accused of supplying money and military equipment to overseas terror organizations, the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis condemned the involvement of any individual tied to violence or terrorism. Dr. Ghazala Hayat, a spokeswoman for the foundation and a contributor to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss the local Muslim community’s response. The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis issued […]

  • Cardinals telecast to troops in Afghanistan: 10th Annual “This One’s For You” event

    (KTVI)- Tonight’s game at Busch Stadium will be linked via satellite to Afghanistan. This is a special treat for some area  families and their loved ones who are serving overseas. More than 1,000 family members and friends of the 220th Engineers unit based out of Festus will attend the game tonight. Most will wear white t-shirts and bring signs to support their loved ones. David Pokorny from FOX Sports Midwest along with Major Jack Windes with the National Guard tell […]

  • SLU study aids to find cure for Alzheimer’s disease

    (KTVI) – Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease is the quest. Dr. Maurice Redden, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry at SLU Hospital,  joins us with news of a drug and study. MERK developed a drug MK-8931 intended to break down plaque. BACE is A key enzyme in the production of amyloid β peptide.  Evidence suggests that inhibiting BACE decreases the production of amyloid β peptide and may therefore reduce amyloid plaque formation and modify Alzheimer`s disease progression. MK-8931 is a […]

  • Bosnians in St. Louis helping with flood relief efforts

    (KPLR) –  St. Louis is home to 70,000 Bosnian-Americans, the largest population the U.S.  They immigrated to St. Louis during and after the Bosnian War which lasted from 1992 – 1995. So one of the largest flood relief efforts is underway here at the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce, 5039 Gravois near Bevo Mill. They’re collecting donations weeknights 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.   Sejla Grahovic discussed the flood relief and her new book, “While You Played, I Ran,” the story […]

  • Stingrays return! Exhibit opens at St. Louis Zoo

    (KTVI) –  As of April 18, St. Louis Zoo guests will be able to dip their hands into the water and touch the stingrays. Hannah Petri from the Zoo told John Pertzborn about the St. Louis Zoo’s new exhibit, “Stingrays at Caribbean Cove.” Stingrays have flat bodies, long pointed fins and long whip-like tails that can be used for defense against predators. At Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, their stingers or barbs are painlessly clipped back just as human fingernails are […]

  • IRS Return Fraud

    (KPLR) – Michael Devine with the IRS can’t talk about the inner-workings of the organization but can explain all the things you need to do when you are a victim of tax fraud. First, IRS will give you numbers to call. You will fill out an identity theft affidavit form (14039) and get a special identity theft protection pin number to file future returns. Next, contact one of the free credit reporting agencies like Equifax and put an alert on […]

  • Heartbleed vulnerability: Change your passwords

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  • Thousands expected to attend Mardi Gras in Soulard

    (KTVI) – The streets of Soulard will be packed this weekend. Thousands of people will party in the streets for this last weekend of Mardi Gras.  FOX 2 was live in the Soulard neighborhood Friday with everything you need to know about Mardi Gras. Mack Bradley is with the organization behind the huge celebration, Mardi Gras, Inc.   The Regional Chamber and Growth Association estimated the festival’s economic boom to the area at over $23 million. For those of you counting […]

  • Your pot or your gun? Medical marijuana smokers may have to choose

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  • Heat Up St. Louis needs more help with brutal cold

    (KTVI) – Heat Up St. Louis says this is the worst winter since the organization was founded 14 years ago.  Founder Gentry Trotter explained to John Pertzborn this has been one of the most demanding mornings for people who are elderly, disabled and who have low or no income. St. Louis police, the mayor, and the St. Louis County Executive have all been tweeting the number where you can help: 314-241-7668 More than $41,200 has been raised since before Christmas, […]

  • Know the signs and dangers of frostbite

    (KTVI) – The photo on this story is rather disturbing, but it shows what happens with frostbite. Do you know the signs, treatment and prevention? Dr. Michael Smock is director of the Mercy Burn Center. He talked with John Pertzborn about frostbite.  Like heat, extreme cold burns and kills tissue. Medical centers across the area will likely see many cases of frostbite over the next few days. Learn more about frostbite: NIH Frostbite Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

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