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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
  • Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Sergeant Peggy Vassallo

    Police officer killed in traffic crash laid to rest Saturday

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR)- Funeral services were held Saturday for Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Sergeant Peggy Vassallo.  Vassallo was killed when she was hit by a car on her way to work Monday morning, August 24.  The incident happened at Lindbergh Boulevard and Old Jamestown Road. Vassallo was involved in a crash on her way to work. While she was checking on the other driver and inspecting the damage, Vassallo was struck by another vehicle. Pastor: "She was irreplaceable." #SgtPeggy @FOX2now pic.twitter.com/Sl7I3Pfm3L — Andy Banker (@andybankertv) […]

  • Festus family and police seek answers to shots fired at home

    FESTUS, MO (KPLR) – There was a big scare for a married couple in Festus: multiple shots fired into their home as they slept. The victims spoke with News11 about being awakened by bullets. They asked that we not use their names. The husband and wife were very lucky, police said. This attack came one week after someone shot into a Ferguson home and killed Jamyla Bolden, 9. “(I) heard 2 pops, 3 pops.  Next thing I get up and […]

  • Gov. Rauner under fire for vetoing part of heroin bill

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was in St. Louis Tuesday night and under fire from critics for what amounted to a partial veto of what was hailed as a life-saving heroin bill. Rauner’s action effectively gutted the bill as passed by the legislature, critics said. “Governor, a question about the heroin bill?” FOX 2 reporter, Andy Banker asked him.  “Tonight’s about education,” Rauner said. He was at the Ballpark Hilton for an education awards ceremony.  He dodged […]

  • Decision put off for lights at Westminster HS football field

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KPLR) – There was supposed to be a decision Monday night: lights or no lights for the Westminster Christian Academy High School football stadium in Town & Country. Instead, after the mayor cited legal concerns, the board of aldermen put off the vote until next month. Westminster is seeking a conditional use permit for lights and a new sound system for the stadium. The meeting had the look of a Cardinals – Cubs game at Busch […]

  • Police Wives Association asking for donations to fuel the force

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – With continued unrest after the deadly St. Louis Police shooting of accused gunman Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, Wednesday, all city police officers are on stand-by and working 12 hour shifts.  The St. Louis Police Wives Association has put out a call to help keep the officers fed. There was a massive response, Saturday. It was about more than food. The steady morning rain did not stop the steady stream of donations. People from across the area […]

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    Manhunt is on for the killer of a 9-year-old

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – A manhunt was “on” Wednesday night for the killer of a Jamyla Bolden, 9, in Ferguson. Her loved ones tell News11, “She was on her mother’s bed doing her homework when someone outside started firing into the house around 9:30 Tuesday night, loved ones said. Her mother was also wounded. The victims’ loved ones believed investigators have identified a suspect, but there was no word on an arrest. The gunman likely meant to target another house, […]

  • Debate over red light cameras still not over

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Red light cameras no more, at least for now in Missouri. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled the red light camera programs unconstitutional in St. Louis and St. Peters in a pair of rulings announced Tuesday. St. Peters had already ended its program. The City of St. Louis was still collecting fines. Now, anyone with a city ticket issued after the initial lower court ruling 18 months ago, doesn’t have to pay the fine. Those who have […]

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    Police looking for suspect who made lewd comments to a juvenile

    O’FALLON, IL (KPLR) – There was a warning from O’Fallon, Illinois, Police, Monday about a man preying upon teenagers in O’Fallon Community Park. Police say he made lewd comments to a 14-year-old boy in park bathroom, Friday afternoon. They fear he may not stop until he harms a child. Police say he approached the boy around 4:30; the park full of kids, parent, and coaches. There’s an abundance of after-school practices and students passing through from the high school next […]

  • Governor Rauner signs into law police guidelines for body cameras

    WOOD RIVER, IL (KPLR) – A new police body camera law just signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Wednesday, was already drawing fire Wednesday night. Supporters hailed it as the nation’s first comprehensive body camera law. It does require police departments to use body cameras but sets requirements for those that do. There are police chiefs who feel the cameras may be more trouble than they’re worth. That’s not the case in Wood River, the only St. Louis area department […]

  • St. Louis County declares a State of Emergency in Ferguson

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County Executive, Steve Stenger, cited what he called “criminal unrest” as his reason for declaring a State of Emergency in Ferguson and the surrounding area, Monday. The declaration was drew a few irate responses. St. Louis County is now in charge of emergency management and policing for the area. Stenger said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar would direct the effort. Neither Belmar nor Stenger would talk about specific strategies of implementation. Sunday […]

  • One dead following shooting on I-170

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Gunfire from one moving vehicle into another left one man dead and another injured on Interstate 170 in Hazelwood early Sunday morning. The Major Case Squad has been activated. It happened a little after 1:30 am, police said. Brian Valley, 32, of Pagedale was driving on southbound 170 with at least 2 passengers in his SUV when another car pulled up alongside, police said. Gunfire followed a lot of it. 7-10 shots were fired, investigators said. […]

  • More than marches, protests mark Michael Brown shooting anniversary

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – There were more than marches and concerts commemorating the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson Saturday. Throughout much of Ferguson, one year later, there were signs of progress. No one said all of the lessons of a year ago had firmly taken hold, but the in the 2nd week of August 2015, it was clear Ferguson was a different place. The only marching new Ferguson City Council member, Wesley Bell, did Saturday was for Saturday’s job […]

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