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.

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    Repeat offender getting out of jail outrages victim

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – After racking up at least 20 felony convictions since 2009, including one for unlawful use of a firearm and 17 for a series of home burglaries just this summer, a St. Louis man is out of jail.  He may never have to go back. At least one of his suspected victims is outraged. From late March through Mid-May authorities say Hassen Mohammad, 26, terrorized South St. Louis residents. He pleaded guilty in 8 burglaries and was […]

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    Police release pictures of suspected gun thief

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Things get stolen from cars all the time and you may never hear anything about it. In a recent St. Charles County case, a suspect stole a gun and surveillance cameras got a really good look at him, police said. St. Charles County Police released three surveillance photos of a “person of interest” in the case. Photo 1:  a man in a white t-shirt walking through the doors of the Rivers Edge gas station […]

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    Neighbors save mother and daughter from fire

    CEDAR HILL, MO (KPLR) – It was a case of neighbors saving neighbors from a fire in Jefferson County. A mother and her young daughter were sleeping in their burning home in Cedar Hill. Thankfully, for the six people who lived there, someone was banging at the front door. Homeowner John Fauller, told Fox 2 he’d already gone to work. The three older children had already gone to school. His girlfriend, Andria Hanak, and their 4-year-old daughter were sleeping in […]

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    Volunteers spend day clearing brush at historic St. Louis cemetery

    HILLSDALE, MO (KPLR) – An historic St. Louis cemetery has been hidden in a jungle of weeds. There’s a renewed effort to uncover a part of our St. Louis that long ago faded from view at Greenwood Cemetery in Hillsdale. When a group of about three dozen volunteers began working Thursday morning, the weeds were taller than they are. You couldn’t even tell there were graves. A chorus of weed trimmers slowly uncovered the hidden history, which includes a Civil […]

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    Lindenwood University to cut funding to community based organization

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Outrage was brewing among a group of St. Louis area college students Wednesday. A program called Enactus at Lindenwood University-Belleville was being defunded, they said. Through Enactus business students at Lindenwood-Belleville and around the world actually start their own businesses and create programs to create jobs, protect the environment, and improve living conditions. Enactus is a global entrepreneurship program involving 36 countries, 1700 educational institutions, 550 corporate partners and more than 70,000 students every year.   About […]

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    Person of interest in custody over shooting of cardinals fan

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – News 11 has confirmed evidence is mounting against a man suspected of shooting a Cardinal fan during a robbery as the fan walked to his car after a Friday night ballgame. That suspect, 31, is locked up and in custody in the St. Louis County Jail for charges in another case. The suspect is accused of beating his girlfriend, just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday in North St. Louis County.  That happened about 26 hours after the […]

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    Security stepped up in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – All outward signs at the first night of back-to-back Taylor Swift concerts in at Scottrade Center before the shot seemed to be about celebrating one of the biggest events of the year for St. Louis, Monday night. Grown women were excited as the young girls. Yet as fans got out of their cars and made their way into the venue, safety was certainly front of mind. Fans parked a little closer to the arena than they […]

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    Eric Greitens formally announces candidacy for Missouri governor

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – There is officially one more Republican running for Governor of the state of Missouri. On Saturday, Eric Greitens, the former Navy SEAL and founder of The Mission Continues, formally launched his gubernatorial bid at an event at Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights. Crowd gets rowdy for @EricGreitens who right now joins a crowded GOP field for #MOGOV #Election2016 @FOX2now — Andy Banker (@andybankertv) September 26, 2015 Big time production! @EricGreitens abt to announce he's […]

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    Wounded warrior get surprise at Busch Stadium

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There was a big surprise for a hero at Busch Stadium Wednesday night. A wounded soldier got to throw out a “first pitch” but that wasn’t it. The real surprise came running out to Army 1st Sgt. Christopher Roseberry of Lincoln, IL, when he walked off the pitcher’s mound. Roseberry is a Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan veteran. He lost his lower right leg in the U.S. at Fort Bragg, when he swerved his motorcycle to avoid […]

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    South County residents thrill by balloon landing in neighborhood

    SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – What thrill in a South County, caught on camera:  a balloon landing right in the middle of a neighborhood street. It turned out to be one of the pilots from the Great Forest Park Balloon Race making a surprise touchdown. Paula Simontacchi started recording as the balloon looked like it was about to get hung up in thick row of tall trees just beyond the rooftops on Summerfield Manor Drive in Oakville. Her […]

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    Guns ‘N Hoses date moving back to Thanksgiving Eve

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There was a big announcement Monday about the future of a St. Louis tradition:  the Guns N Hoses benefit for the families of police, firefighters, and EMS workers killed in the line of duty. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for The Backstoppers: the organization that covers things like mortgage payments and college costs for families of the fallen. The event will still be at Scottrade Center but its moving back to its traditional date:  Thanksgiving […]

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    St. Louis city hall becomes wildlife habitat for monarch butterflies

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) -It’s a first of its kind distinction for a major city, St. Louis’ city hall is now a certified wildlife habitat.  The National Wildlife Foundation has picked St. Louis to launch a campaign to save monarch butterflies, and the mayor is leading the charge. The National Wildlife Foundation estimates the world’s monarch butterfly population has dropped from close to a billion 15 years ago to about 50 million now; more than a 90% drop for a species […]


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