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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
  • Police investigating robbery of California Pizza Kitchen

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – There was another police scene at a Creve Coeur shopping center.  It was the third time in less than 4 months at the same center. This time, a gunman held up workers at the California Pizza Kitchen on Olive about 9:10 Sunday night. The restaurant had just closed. Police and business owners considered all of the incidents “coincidence”. It all started November 10. A car crashed through the “Big Frog” T-Shirt shop.  The driver, 88, […]

  • 7-year-old helps classmate and family that lost everything in apartment fire

    NORMANDY, MO (KPLR) – A story of true friendship and inspiration is rising from tragedy and heartbreak. The massive fire that displaced dozens of families in Normandy, February 21, is proving no match for a pair of seven year old boys. It’s like this with best friends:  when one hurts, the other knows the pain. Kollin Clark feels like what happened to his best friend and 1st grade classmate at Tower Grove Christian School, Ryan Branson, happened to Kollin. “It […]

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    Firefighters battle flames, cold in High Ridge

    HIGH RIDGE, MO(KPLR) – Six people escaped a burning home in High Ridge Saturday morning, but their home could not be saved. The three adults and three children were all uninjured. Around 8:45am, a call came in of a fire at the home on Kendrick Lane, just off Highway 30. The family had tried to put it out using a small extinguisher, but the fire was just too big. Due to the cold, crews from seven different departments responded: High […]

  • Nigerian man on the lam following IRS identity tax scam

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis musician is accused of stealing close to $200,000 in tax refunds in an IRS scam. Olufunsho Adeshina, 29, may be the last guy you’d ever suspect:  an immigrant with a very public persona. He’s a jazz guitarist with a growing following on Facebook and YouTube. His public Facebook page boasts of a new album coming and performances in St. Louis, Nashville, and Colorado.  It has more than 1700 likes with fans posting regularly. […]

  • Montel Williams lends support for Missouri to pass medical marijuana legislation

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) – Talk show host Montel Williams testified before a Missouri house committee in support of medical marijuana Monday. Williams’ personal journey with multiple sclerosis led him to become a user and advocate for medical marijuana after years of trying to get symptom relief with traditional therapies. He is not advocating marijuana for recreational purposes, but wants a well-regulated system where severely ill patients have safe access to it upon recommendation of their state-licensed doctor. Williams testified […]

  • Snow plow slams into car shutting down part of I-55

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – One of the worst accidents of the day shut down part of I-55 in south St. Louis. Police are looking into whether driving too close to a snow plow played a role in what was a frightening crash. There was no definitive word on what exactly led to the crash on I-55 but the aftermath screamed for a greater need for caution.  The car involved is crumpled in the front and back. The plow blade […]

  • Volunteers out helping the homeless find shelter from the bitter cold

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis is in the grip of a cold weather emergency. There was a very real fear Wednesday night that people who chose to stay outdoors might not survive. The City of St. Louis’s 12th & Park emergency shelter was about top 200 full beds, which would be a record, said St. Louis Human Services Director, Eddie Roth. With wind chills below zero and air temperatures headed there, overflow shelters across the area were full, too. […]

  • Water main break shuts down part of McKelvey

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – Repair workers blamed our back and forth weather for a mammoth water main break on McKelvey Road just north of Dorsett in Maryland Heights Tuesday morning. The resulting hole in the pavement looked was nearly the size of a small in-ground pool. The main was repaired by Tuesday night. McKelvey Road remained closed. 70 degree temperatures 10 days ago followed by single digits now can be tough on water mains; road repair, too. “When I […]

  • Honor student who lost eye during drive-by shooting receives special gift

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – She’s become the embodiment of the tragedy of gun violence in St. Louis. Latasha Williams, 15, lost an eye in a drive-by shooting at 20th and Ferry in North St. Louis is September. For the past 5 months, people have been wearing eye patches in support.   Now, Latasha no longer needs a patch, thanks to a special connection. Lives have a way of colliding that even two good eyes can’t see coming. Bruce Cook is an […]

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    Woman attacked on parking lot in Fenton

    FENTON, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Police are looking for two men who attacked a woman in Fenton Wednesday afternoon. A 65-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle at a Best Buy parking lot near Highway 141 and Highway 30 when two men approached her. One of the suspects punched the woman in the face, and then stole her purse, mobile phone and merchandise. The suspects were last seen driving a stolen white Monte Carlo with Missouri license plates, […]

  • 10 tons of steel stolen in Jefferson County

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A heavy duty haul in Jefferson County. Investigators are trying to figure out who stole nearly 10 tons of steel along with how and why they did it. It happened in a storage area for a general contractor called Infrastructure Management at Little Bussen & Biltmore Roads outside of Fenton in Jefferson County. At least 7, 30 foot long steel ‘I-beams’ were stolen plus two 10’ by 8’ steel plates.  The total haul estimated at […]

  • Nixon to announce deal to clear the way for land needed for riverfront stadium

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – News 11 has learned a couple of big hurdles have now been cleared in the effort to build a new football stadium on the St. Louis Riverfront. They’re big enough that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is holding a news conference at the stadium site at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. He will announce major progress and send a message to the NFL:  momentum is building in St. Louis. Sources confirm the Nixon will announce new agreements place […]


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