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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
  • Frightening crash injures woman

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – A frightening crash shut down part of southbound Interstate 270 in Sunset Hills Saturday morning and left a woman trapped unconscious inside her burning car. Nearby drivers stopped to try save her life. It happened around 8:30 am. A car went off the road, hit a guardrail, ran into a post holding the overhead Gravois exit sign, and then into the rocky bluff along the side of 270. “The car that was in the wreck […]

  • Proposed stadium land acquisition could start soon

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A big key to getting the stadium deal done is acquiring all the land in north St. Louis for a stadium over-looking the river in the shadow of the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. About 90 acres have to be assembled.  That`s the part that may start moving forward as early as Thursday:  the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority is expected to pass a resolution to authorize the hiring of consultants to […]

  • Alton Water Ski Club fighting for survival

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – It’s been part of the fabric of St. Louis since 1955:  the Alton Water Ski Club. Members perform on the Mississippi River be it the 4th of July or New Year’s Day. Club members perform for charity and compete for regional water skiing titles. Now they’re fighting to keep the club afloat. When Santa skis the river front to ring in the New Year he does so behind the club’s boat every year. But flooding and […]


    St. Louisians stuck in New York City as winter storm bears down on region

    NEW YORK (KPLR) – As a potentially historic winter storm bears down on the Northeast United States, a St. Louis businessman and his wife are stuck in New York City. Because of the impending storm, over 1,000 flights have been cancelled in the northeast. Tony Viviano, who owns and operates Viviano’s grocery store on The Hill now has to spend a few days extra in New York City. The couple was booked to leave New York Tuesday, but that now […]

  • East St. Louis starts program called “40 Days of Non-Violence”

    EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Starting Saturday and for the next five Saturday’s parents in East St. Louis can sign children and teens from ages 8-18 to a new program aimed at stop violence in the city. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the former Olympian meet with volunteers to lend support to the “40 Days of Non-Violence”. The program is aimed at keeping children and teens active with serving breakfast, school band performances, athletic skills training, tennis, golf and teaching life skills. You […]


    Grandfather speaks out about death of 3-year-old boy

    GILLESPIE, IL (KPLR) – There were new details Wednesday on the investigation into the death of a three-year-old boy from Gillespie, Illinois. Little Ryder Vercoglio was apparently beaten to death, said his grandfather, Bill Vercoglio. Illinois State Police and Gillespie Police confirm a homicide investigation, but say little else. Ryder’s grandfather said he wanted people to know what happened to his darling grandson. He also wanted them to know about a scholarship fund to help someone else live a life […]

  • Local political consultants react to President Obama`s State of the Union Address

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) – President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night may be remembered as much for what did not say as it will be for what he said, especially in the St. Louis area. Mr. Obama briefly touched on the crisis in Ferguson. He offered no plan of resolution to ongoing struggle in police relations with African- American communities across the country. A two member, expert panel in St. Louis agreed on key points. Jane Dueker, […]

  • St. Louisans celebrate Martin Luther King Day

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KPLR) – It was a passionate Martin Luther King Day in the St. Louis area. A big crowd marched in Ferguson Monday night after tense moments earlier at events in downtown St. Louis and at Harris-Stowe University. A crowd of hundreds went on a 4 mile evening march from the Mike Brown memorial on Canfield Drive in Ferguson to the Ferguson Police Department and back. “We had to do something just to tie it all in,” said Pastor […]

  • Wounded veteran training to return to slopes with help of former St. Louis Ram

    DALLAS, TX (KPLR)-The Oscar nominated war film “American Sniper” details the work of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal sniper with more than 100 confirmed kills. Actor Bradley Cooper is portraying the legendary Seal. Alongside him, a true to life wounded warrior is enjoying a taste of Hollywood. Jacob Schick is medically retired from the U.S. Marine Corps . It was on tour in Iraq when his unit’s Humvee hit and IED in 2004. He lost the lower half of his […]

  • Thousands attend ice carnival in Delmar Loop

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – On a day when the temperature in the St. Louis region is going to be in the 50’s, area residents spent the day at the Ice Carnival in the Delmar Loop of University City.  Thousands are expected to attend the weekend event that will feature over 100 ice sculptures, and a frozen buns run. The event has grown into a huge event over the last 10 years. Two ice sculptors from “Ice Visions” in Kirkwood […]

  • Witness recounts police shooting near West County Center

    DES PERES, MO (KTVI) – There was another police involved shooting Wednesday, this one in Des Peres near West County Mall in the middle of a busy afternoon. Police had two male suspects in custody, one of them hospitalized, pending charges Wednesday night. “I was like, ‘oh my God that’s gunshots’,” a witness said. She was just stopping for lunch when a shooting scene materialized around her around 1:40 in the afternoon. Police responded to a reported shoplifting at the […]

  • Police shoot suspect near West County Center

    DES PERES, MO (KPLR) – An attempted shoplifting at a West County store on Manchester, not far from West County Mall, leads to a police involved shooting and the arrest of two suspects. The first crime scene was about six blocks east of here the entrance to Edward Jones on Manchester road. Des Peres police responded to a shoplifting in progress at a TJ Maxx store. Police used their patrol cars to block the exits of the TJ Maxx parking […]


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