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Andy Banker reports weeknights for FOX 2 News and co-anchors FOX 2 News on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Andy joined the FOX 2 News team in July 2002 and is from Millstadt, Illinois; a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Andy worked as a reporter and anchor in Champaign, IL, and Dayton, Ohio, before returning home in 1994. He worked as a reporter and Weekend Anchor at KDNL, ABC 30 News, for 8 years. He is also the stadium announcer for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

Andy's received multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press awards for his reporting. He's been named "Best Reporter" by the Illinois Associated Press 4 times. Andy volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among other charities. He's a past honorary Chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Andy is a huge fan of the Rams, Cardinals, Blues, and Fighting Illini; plus musicians Jay Farrar, John Hiatt, and Bruce Springsteen.

Recent Articles
  • Is a public vote over the Riverfront NFL Stadium still possible?

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Circuit Judge Thomas Frawley threw out an ordinance, Monday, requiring voter approval on a new riverfront home for the St. Louis Rams. There still could be a public vote. Even though the city legally no longer has a stadium ordinance, it has a Board of Aldermen.  Aldermen still have to approve any spending.  They can still force a vote of the people with or without the ordinance. The 34 page ruling declares the entire […]

  • Veterans and volunteers conduct an extreme makeover for Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – A new playground, a new sidewalk, two new libraries plus a new brick walkway and more, all in five hours:  It would take an army to pull that off. It was “mission accomplished” Saturday for an Olympic great and St. Louis area kids in need. About 240 people pounded bricks and more at the in East St. Louis. They were really “re-laying” a foundation for someone who’s been “on a mission” for kids in […]

  • People looking to score heroin, interrupt police raid of house suspected of drug dealing

    WOOD RIVER, IL (KPLR) – Knocks on the door repeatedly interrupted an Illinois State Police during a heroin raid in Wood River. 10 people showed up looking to buy heroin with police in the house, police said. It all began when an informant made an undercover heroin buy at the home in the 100 block of West Penning according to court documents. That led to a search of the resident’s trash in the alley.  Police found baggies with the corners […]

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    Warren County man kills a nearly 15 foot python in his yard

    WARREN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – It had been a terrifying past few days for a neighborhood in rural Warren County, near Jonesburg in neighboring Montgomery County. There was massive snake on the loose. Small animals had disappeared. Parents keeping their children close. The terror ended around 2:30 Tuesday morning. Troy Dement, 3, told FOX 2 all about it. “You know there’s snakes out here,” said. True, residents are used to seeing snakes but not 14’ 7”, 160 pound Burmese Pythons. […]

  • Dying carp in Creve Coeur Lake making a smelly mess

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – An ugly sight on a beautiful lake:  Hundreds of dead fish at Creve Coeur Lake. They keep coming. Workers rounded up about 70 dead Asian Carp by two o’clock Monday afternoon.  Within about 2 hours there were about 50 more floating on the water and washing ashore. Paddle boarders and kayakers couldn’t resist the water on a hot day. They ended up being happier to get off the lake. It was more than just the […]

  • Bikers for Babies helped change Sunset Hills family’s life

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It was shortened by flooding but never threatened by Sunday’s rain! The 20th anniversary Bikers for Babies ride criss-crossed the St. Louis area to raise money for the smallest of us. That money helps premature babies and their families via the March of Dimes. One of those babies is all grown up now – almost. Adali Antisdel, 7, of Sunset Hills walked among hundreds of motorcycles lined up at the ride’s starting point Sunday morning: Mungenast […]

  • St. Louisans gather together for March For Peace

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Amid continued violence police shut down a busy Union Boulevard in St. Louis for much of the day, Saturday. There was a crowd but no gunfire, no violence. Instead there was a group of demonstrators fighting back against both; marching for peace. “We’ve got to man up. How do you man up? All this no snitching foolishness we’ve got going on in our community is ridiculous,” said Demetrious Johnson. The Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation hosted the […]

  • Alton reinstates animal control after police shoot a family’s dog

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – The firestorm over Monday’s police shooting of a pet dog in Alton came to a sudden halt. The city earlier defunded its animal control department with police taking over those duties. Two police officers shot and killed someone’s pet dog Monday. The Alton City Council voted to restore animal control funding Wednesday night. Mayor Brant Walker said an unexpected, reimbursement of close to a million dollars from the Army Corp of Engineers just came through and […]

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    Police charge man accused of molesting 11-year-old girl

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Police captured a parolee on the run from Belleville, Tuesday. Larry Alverson, 40, is now tied to a string of recent sexual attacks on girls. Alverson skipped parole 11 days ago, then assaulted at least 3 girls, broke into at least 1 home, and stole at least 2 cars, to fuel his bi-state spree of sex crimes, police said. “I would be convinced that he had the ability to take a child’s life,” […]

  • Another woman carjacked in Holly Hills

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There are new concerns a pair of carjackers may be targeting women outside their homes in the Holly Hills neighborhood in South St. Louis. FOX2 confirmed a second carjacking just 16 days after the first one, 3 blocks away from the first. FOX2 spoke with both victims who said they were not injured physically but very shaken emotionally. The first victim said she was still unable to sleep 3 weeks after the crime. Police do have […]

  • Flood waters swamp Greene, Macoupin Counties

    GREENE COUNTY, IL (KPLR)-Heavy rain overnight led to flash flooding  in Greene and Macoupin Counties in Illinois. Anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of rain fell over a six hour period leaving roads and even entire towns underwater The Greene County Sheriff’s Department says that U.S. 67 is closed heading into both White Hall and Roodhouse due to water over the roadway. There has also been a levee breach in Hillview, Illinois, sending flood water into the town. Hillview sits along […]

  • ATM mix-up cleared up for St. Louis man

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It was an ATM nightmare.  Lance Fister, 25, withdrew more than $500 to pay his rent at PNC Bank ATM at Grand and Klocke in South St. Louis. Instead of getting 27 $20 bills, he got 27 singles. He fought for two weeks to get his money, with no luck. Things changed quickly after FOX2 started looking into his ordeal. “I can’t tell you how important this is to me,” he said, after finally getting his […]


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