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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
  • Firefighters on their way to work rescue three from burning car

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Firefighters are known for their heroics on the job, but on Saturday the bravery of three firefighters was needed before the work day even began. Around 7:00 am, three St. Louis firefighters were all heading to work, all coming from different directions, when they all came upon a scary crash scene at Humboldt and Broadway in north St. Louis. The vehicle involved in this morning's #rescue; N. Broadway & Humbolt. Off-duty FFs rescued 3 while headed […]

  • St. Louis ranks #1 for chlamydia and #2 for gonorrhea in nation

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis tops the charts but its bad news:  STL is #1 in an STD, sexually transmitted disease. Doctors told News11 it was time to stop pretending there was no problem in St. Louis; time to start talking and testing. Search hard enough and you can find videos and podcasts about STD prevention on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. There are pamphlets at infectious disease doctors’ offices. But if you’re getting the message there, […]

  • U.S Attorney finds no wrongdoing in contract for St. Louis County crime lab

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Executive, Charlie Dooley has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a federal investigation. The news prompted a fiery exit for Dooley, 67, from his final County Council meeting, Tuesday.   Dooley said allegations of corruption cost him the primary election in August.  After 20 years in county government, close to 11 as County Executive, Dooley bows out but with a roar.    “To the rest of the board, I wish you all well.  Gods speed.  […]

  • Can gas prices go too low for our own good?

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A barrier was broken in the St. Louis area for the first time in 5 years: gas prices dropped below $2-per-gallon, Monday. Drivers were stopping in shock and gassing up, especially drivers from out of state. It was grab it while you can at the Herculaneum exit on Interstate 55 in Jefferson County. “I saw the sign that said $1.99.  I said ‘what, really?’  So I just pulled over.  I’ve got to get me gas!” laughed […]

  • Ferguson protesters march in solidarity with DC protest

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – A small group of demonstrators delivered what they considered a big message, marching from the UMSL Campus to Ferguson, Saturday morning. Their little protest was an especially emotional one as thousands gathered to march in Washington, DC; led by the loved ones of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin. By number there was no comparison between the two events. Still there seemed to be a passion in every step for the group in […]

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    Sunset Hills mayor accused of hitting bicyclist goes to grand jury

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KPLR) – There was surprise move Wednesday in another St. Louis County court case that’s drawn national attention. News 11 confirmed the case involving Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer, accused of running down a bike rider, was headed for a grand jury to determine whether there was probable cause for a trial. There was supposed to be a preliminary hearing in the case Thursday. The grand jury likely heard testimony in the case Wednesday with a decision […]

  • Belleville residents on edge after 3 fires are set within an hour

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – There were fire fears in Belleville Tuesday night after 3 fires all in a little more than an hour, within 20 blocks of each other Tuesday morning. A man was burned out of his home near 18th and West Main, shortly before 7 O’clock. All the fires started outside a car or building, said Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour. That included the blazing leaves piled up around the gas meters at an apartment building near 27th […]

  • O’Fallon residents debate backyard chickens

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – Backyard chicken farming has had people squawking in O’Fallon, Missouri. After being voted down at city hall, one resident launched a petition drive Monday night to take the issue directly to the people. Patrick Stovall, who wants purer food sources for his wife and two children and already grows a lot of his own food, was gathering signatures at Deer Run Library. The City council already defeated a backyard chicken ordinance by a 7-2 vote last month, based […]

  • Homicide victims honored with crosses

    VINITA PARK, MO (KPLR) – A moving sight has sprung up on the lawn of the Mt. Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Vinita Park in North County:  more than a hundred crosses, one for every homicide victim in St. Louis and St. Louis County this year. There was the music of heartache to go along with the vision of somber truth during a ceremony for the planting of the crosses:  too many crosses for a city-143, and for a county-23, […]

  • Bars and restaurants host benefit for BackStoppers

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Backing the Backstoppers! As News11 first reported, Guns-N-Hoses, a Thanksgiving eve tradition, was postponed amid the unrest in Ferguson. But an effort to help fill the massive void swept St. Louis, Wednesday night. The nephew of a firefighter posted a challenge on Facebook for bars and restaurant owners to step up. The Sports Café in Bridgeton and at least 64 other bars and restaurants did just that, on the night when firefighters, police, and EMS workers […]

  • New light shed on witness testimony in Michael Brown shooting

    (KPLR) – There was new light on the differences and perhaps surprising similarities emerging from the more than 4500 pages of grand jury testimony from witnesses in the Mike Brown shooting case. The meat of questions center on what really happened after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson got out of his police SUV, pursued, shot, and killed Brown, 18. Brown did not have a weapon. The photos of Darren Wilson and supporting medical documents in the Grand Jury documents show […]

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    Michael Brown’s father returns to shooting scene to give back

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – It was a stirring scene in the Canfield Green Apartmets in Ferguson, Saturday. Mike Brown’s, Jr., father took part in a St. Louis tradition:   the Demetrious Johnson Foundation’s turkey giveaway. “I get a call from this gentleman and his family the other day, he says he wants to come out and be just a part of giving back.  He says this is his first Thanksgiving without his son,” Johnson told a gathering of volunteers just before […]


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