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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
  • South City woman carjacked in her garage

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Carjacked in her own garage, a St. Louis woman is recovering after the scare of her life. Police are looking for a pair of suspects and her car. It’s a serious crime, where a woman has a gun put to her head as she’s backing out of her garage to go to work in the Holly Hills neighborhood in South St. Louis.  But no one’s alerted the public, until now. FOX2’s Andy Banker has the story […]

  • Missouri Gov. Nixon tours flooded towns along the Mississippi

    CLARKSVILLE, MO (KTVI) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon toured flood zones along the Mississippi River Saturday with both anxiety and the water on the rise. He was in Clarksville and Winfield. Things looked promising in one town but precarious in the other – with concerns spreading even farther downriver. There are few places where you can walk to the end of the block see the river overtaking the city park along with part of 1st Street and come away feeling […]

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    East St. Louis manhunt continues

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – Illinois State Police upped the ante Wednesday in the hunt for a man they said tried to kill a trooper in East St. Louis. Gregory Nelson, 52, is considered armed and dangerous after he allegedly opened fire on the trooper at close range during a traffic stop around 11:30 Tuesday night. Luckily Nelson somehow repeatedly missed his target, police said. Nelson’s name and face are now popping up once per minute, around the clock, […]


    St. Louis broadcaster clears the record about ballpark promotion with racial overtones

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A ball park promotion with racial overtones led a St. Louis broadcaster to quit his job. A minor league team he was working for in Utah sparked national outrage. Joey Zanaboni, 23, of St. Louis, who is white, did play-by-bay for the River City Rascals minor league team in O’Fallon, MO, last summer. This month he started a new part-time summer job with a Los Angeles Angels class “A” minor league team: the Orem Owlz in […]

  • Hillary Clinton to stop at Florissant church Tuesday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – News11 confirmed Monday one of the first stops on the 2016 presidential campaign trail will be St. Louis. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is visiting a church Tuesday not far from the Michael Brown shooting scene in Ferguson. Issues raised in Ferguson last summer are expected to come into play. Clinton had planned a private, fundraising event at Grant’s Farm Tuesday night. She’s now added a panel discussion at Christ the King church in unincorporated Florissant. […]

  • Marissa man takes protest over hole to the extreme

    MARISSA, IL (KPLR) – It’s the talk of the town in Marissa, Illinois. Jeremy Embrich says standing water in a hole outside of his house has become a health hazard. The hole is in the street, and to protest the length of time the has been there, he’s put up a fisherman, boat and now a giant can of mosquito spray in the hope of getting something done.

  • Ferguson’s mayor addresses recall effort, interim city manager appointed

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – An effort to recall Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III failed in Ferguson Tuesday in what still turned out to be a day that marked the biggest changes in Ferguson since the Mike Brown shooting in August. The first big change: a new municipal judge to re-establish trust in a city court system which, along with the Ferguson Police Department, was blasted by the U.S. Department of Justice for disproportionately slapping African-Americans with charges and fines for […]

  • Eureka residents battle gravel and sand mining proposal

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – There was a showdown over proposed sand and gravel mine in St. Louis County Monday. It drew busloads of opponents who rented two school buses to travel from the Eureka area to the St. Louis County Planning Commission meeting in Clayton. The proposal comes from the Winter Family:  owners of a 4 generation business.  The family has donated 125 acres at a former mining site to the county through the years for George Winter Park. One […]

  • St. Louis woman recounts nightmare train trip

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A nightmare train trip finally ended for a St. Louis woman and her daughter, Sunday. They were stuck behind the Amtrak that crashed into a truck full of bacon about 14 miles south of Joliet, IL, Friday. The woman, who only gave us her first name, Shannon, was on a family trip to Chicago with her daughter, 4. They rode back home on Amtrak Sunday after the trip there took more than 15 hours. An Amtrak […]

  • Family issues new plea for safe return of missing Sunset Hills grandmother

    SUNSET  HILLS, MO (KPLR) – The family of missing Sunset Hills woman released new photos of her Wednesday hoping they might help lead to her safe return. Linda McLaughlin, 57, disappeared after having dinner with friends around 7:30 Monday night, police said. Sunset Hills Police call her disappearance, “nefarious”. St. Louis County Crimes Against Persons investigators have now taken over the case. Her family released the following statement Wednesday night: The family would like to thank everyone that has shown […]

  • Nixon sets August deadline for finalized NFL stadium deal

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon played offense Monday in the quest to build a new Riverfront football stadium and keep the NFL in St. Louis. He said not a scoop of dirt would not be turned until there was a long term commitment from the NFL. He also said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to praise St. Louis for quickly and concretely developing a plan using existing public revenue streams with no new taxes. He said the […]

  • Jefferson County man uses tractor to capture vehicle thief

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – It was anything but a clean getaway for a want-to-be truck thief. Investigators credit a man on a tractor for catching the suspect and recovering two stolen trucks. It happened back in woods off of an unmarked gravel road along Valles Mines Road near Highway 67 in Valles Mines. Zanescot Kester sells a lot of wood as part of his business, Zanescot Kester Lawn and Tree service. He was cutting wood and using his tractor […]


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