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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 video and 911 calls released in Tuesday’s officer involved shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) -In the wake of the crisis in Ferguson, another deadly police involved shooting has stirred passions in St. Louis. St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson has released graphic cell phone video and 911 calls of the incident, Wednesday, in a bold and controversial step toward transparency. This commitment to transparency has been in the works for months, Dotson said, though the crisis in Ferguson added a sense of urgency. In Dotson’s quest for transparency in […]

  • Captain Johnson trying to bridge the gap with protesters

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – As daylight slipped into night in Ferguson, the air was thick with tension as law enforcement officers locked down West Florissant Avenue. Traffic is being routed away from the area in the hope that this will limit outside protesters from slipping into the area and causing trouble. Police commanders spent  the day fine tuning their plans for dealing with protesters Tuesday night. FOX2 spoke with Captain Ron Johnson  of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who is […]

  • Exclusive: Forensic Pathologist explains how Michael Brown died

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Professor Shawn Parcells is a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator from Kansas City. He explained to the world how 18 year old Michael Brown died. Parcells was hired by the Brown family’s attorneys. But, he says he motivated by a quest for the truth for loved ones who have been left with only the revolting image of a bullet-riddled body left lying in the street. “The Brown family has been left out in the […]

  • Demonstrator claims he was beaten by police

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Martez Little, 24, of Ferguson, a witness to the officer involved shooting near Ferguson just after midnight Wednesday morning, said police also beat and threatened him. Esrail Britton, 19, was critically wounded by a police officer just after midnight Wednesday morning. St. Louis County Police officers pulled guns on little, handcuffed him and dragged him across the parking lot of a dry cleaners at Chambers and Bon Oak just outside of Ferguson, Little said. He was […]

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    Who was Michael Brown?

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) -Much has been said about how Mike Brown, died at the hand of a Ferguson police officer in the past four days. We found out more about how he lived Tuesday night. Friends and family knew him best as “Big Mike”. He was big in more ways than one, he said. It was a calm night at the Ferguson Police Department:  a handful of demonstrators as opposed to hundreds. Those who knew Brown saw it as more […]

  • Protesters and police meet at burned QuikTrip in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Protestors met with a line of police at the burned QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson Monday afternoon. Demonstrators have been on the scene most of the day.  They could be seen holding signs and shouting demands. #ferguson http://t.co/HHGUu2ShK1— Jeremy Kohler (@jeremykohler) August 11, 2014 His cousin is addressing the crowd, trying to stop the violence. Stop destroying our community. #MikeBrown http://t.co/VbXd3wrRmq— St. Louis American (@StLouisAmerican) August 11, 2014 "If we can't call the police, […]

  • Armed man breaks into St. Anthony’s hospice center, demands drugs

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR)-Police continue to investigate after an armed robbery attempt at St. Anthony’s Medical Center‘s deGreeff Hospice House early Saturday. According to police, a man with a gun came in to the facility demanding drugs around 6:30am Saturday. A male nurse took the man back towards a storage area and then ran off towards the front of the building, leaving the armed suspect alone. The suspect continued back towards the back of the building. That was the […]

  • FBI director visits St. Louis to discuss terrorism

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – FBI Director James Comey dropped a wake-up call on St. Louis and the rest of America during a visit here, Wednesday. He warned of a growing terror threat emanating from Syria, saying international cities like St. Louis, were potential targets. He met with law enforcement leaders here, reminding them of the 9-11 hijackers, terror training in Afghanistan, and then coming back to the U.S. for the attacks. The same thing was now happening in Syria, he […]

  • STENGER WINS

    Stenger ousts Dooley in Democratic St. Louis County Executive primary

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Voters went to the polls Tuesday for Missouri’s primary elections.  The most watched race is the Democratic Primary for St. Louis County Executive. Incumbent St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley battled Councilman Steve Stenger for one of the top posts in the area. Stenger defeated Dooley on Tuesday.  Dooley conceded to Stenger in a speech at his campaign watch party. The race was decided early in the evening with cheers coming from Steve Stenger’s […]

  • Foley and Winfield residents still fighting to hold back the Mississippi River

    WINFIELD, MO (KPLR) – It was an anxious night for people living near the Mississippi River in the Lincoln County towns of Foley and Winfield. Levees were leaking and seeping as the river approached its crest at Winfield. River water leaking through the levee and across Highway N just south of Winfield Lock and Dam 25. It was to be expected with the river close to 9 ft. above flood stage, authorities said. It was not a sign the levees […]

  • St. Louisans react Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby healthcare mandate

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the controversial Hobby Lobby case had St. Louis and the rest of the nation divided Monday. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled companies like Hobby Lobby, couldn’t be forced to pay for contraceptive coverage under the new health care law, if doing so violated the owners’ religious beliefs. St. Louis area cases on the same issue could very well have been before the high court instead of […]

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    Missouri to allow single-bottle beer sales starting next year

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-In six months, Missouri stores will be able to sell beer by individual bottles or cans. On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon signed a law allowing the sale of single-bottle beers at retailers. Current law requires beer to be sold in packages containing at least three bottles. The new law takes effect in January. The bill,  SB689, was sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale.

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