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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
  • 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 […]

  • Bars and restaurants sign-up for benefit for Backstoppers

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) -As News 11 first reported the Guns-n-Hoses police v. firefighters boxing matches, which raise close to a quarter of a million dollars for The Backstoppers every year, has been postponed. Now, an effort to back up The Backstoppers is sweeping St. Louis. The Backstoppers provides financial assistance to the families of police, firefighters, and EMT’s, killed in the line of duty. So far 57 bars and restaurants including Lynda Lou’s Bridgeton are taking donations and are going […]

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    Big deer harvest opens firearms season

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – It’s been a big start to the firearms season for antlered deer for hunters in Missouri. But it’s been deadly for more than just the deer. Hunters have harvested 30,000 more deer during the first weekend this year than last. “Hunting is our primary management tool for managing the deer herd, because we don’t have the big predators anymore that we used to have like timber wolves, mountain lions and things like that,” said Dan […]

  • Paroled murderer suspect in weekend homicide

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for two, vicious, 1977 St. Louis area murders. Harry Little, now 63, made parole. He’s just been accused of another brutal slaying. Little’s now charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action, and tampering with evidence. He killed his girlfriend, Sylvia Brown, 59, at their home in the 4100 block of California in South St. Louis Friday, authorities said. Little allegedly stabbed Brown repeatedly, and then […]

  • Kiener Plaza redesign under fire from namesake’s relatives

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The plan to redesign Kiener Plaza in Downtown St. Louis is under fire. Relatives of the late Harry Kiener, the man for whom the plaza was named, may even consider legal action. At an open house on the $18-to-$22 million redesign, organizers wanted public feedback on a plan to pretty much start from scratch in the plaza, dismantling the amphitheater that’s been there for decades along with the iconic “Runner” fountain. They got surprise feedback […]

  • Glen Carbon residents rally against marijuana dispensary

    GLEN CARBON, IL (KPLR) – Residents rallied against one of the St. Louis area’s first possible medical marijuana stores proposed for Glen Carbon, Illinois, Wednesday night.  They demanded their village board write a letter of opposition to the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The State of Illinois and not the village board has the final say on the matter. More than a dozen residents spoke passionately in opposition. No one spoke in favor. Residents seemed astonished […]

  • Protesters and residents skeptical of Nixon’s plan

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) –  There was a forceful message from Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, and St. Louis area police leaders regarding the upcoming grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case:  violence will not be tolerated. Nixon also cited real progress from listening to the concerns of Ferguson residents, workers, business owners, and demonstrators. Neither message went over well in Ferguson Tuesday night, just hours after Nixon’s news conference at Missouri Highway Patrol Troop C Headquarters. The governor said more […]

  • Body found in burned car in East St. Louis

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL. (KPLR) – It looked like a car fire at first. It ended up being an apparent murder scene in East St. Louis. The Major Case Squad has been activated. Detectives set a command post at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center Monday night. The scene crime scene was across town, fairly hidden, even though it was in the heart of the city. It was along a set of old railroad tracks, surrounded by trees, off of 18th Street, […]

  • Renovation of Kiener Plaza will leave out fountain

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – An icon in Downtown St. Louis may be about to disappear.  The “Runner” fountain at Kiener Plaza, often “dyed” different colors for our sports teams and special events is not part of a new renovation plan. “Don’t mess with the fountain!” said Elizabeth Moore of St. Louis County, who was romping through Downtown St. Louis Saturday with 2 friends looking for STL250 Birthday Cakes. The fountain has become a St. Louis favorite since the last Kiener […]

  • Same-Sex couple’s 19 year wait to marry comes to an end

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – History was made Wednesday night at St. Louis City Hall with what appeared to be the first legally binding same-sex marriage, marriage license and all. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled Missouri’s gay marriage ban violated the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. After the afternoon ruling, the City Recorder’s Office immediately began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. April Breeden and Crystal Peairs figured they’d been waiting long enough. They were among those rushing […]

  • Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event postponed amid Ferguson unrest

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Organizers of the 28th Annual Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event to benefit the families of emergency responders killed in the line of duty have announced this year’s event will be postponed. “It breaks our hearts,” said Ron Battelle, the Executive Director of The Backstoppers Inc., in an exclusive interview with Fox 2. Battelle is also the former St. Louis County Police Chief. The Backstoppers organization provides financial assistance to the spouses and children of emergency responders […]


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