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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
  • Protesters from around the country march for Michael Brown

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – People from the St. Louis area and around the country took part in a peaceful protest Saturday, marking three weeks since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The mulch-cultural crowd of demonstrators marched down West Florissant Avenue  to Canfield, ending in a rally in the Canfield Green apartment complex where Michael Brown was killed.

  • Storm rolls through Ferguson just as normalcy was returning

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Storms knocked out power to about 6,000 St. Louis area customers Wednesday night. It also plowed through Ferguson and Jennings right where things were just starting to return to normal after the Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown. The worst of it was on Kinamore Drive: part of a snapped tree impaled the roof. The Buzz Westfall Plaza, what had been the police command center for the Ferguson unrest the past 2 weeks, is right […]

  • Hundreds of thousands of tomatoes left to rot in field

    COLUMBIA, IL (KPLR) – The heat wave raised a bit of stink near Columbia, Illinois, Tuesday night. Turn the corner onto Ramsey Road just across from Riverside Golf Course in the shadow the JB Bridge and the odor was like hitting a wall. There were likely hundreds of thousands of pounds of tomatoes rotting in an 18-20 acre field. St. Louis’s love affair with tomatoes is still in prime season. But it may seem a lot less appetizing if you […]

  • No protest in Ferguson Monday night, but a change may be in the offing

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Brown’s parents asked for no protests Monday on the day they laid him to rest. But tonight the change in Ferguson is incredible. West Florissant Avenue hasn’t looked like this since August 8th, the day before Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer. Looking down the roadway you can’t believe your eyes when you think of all that has happened with massive crowds, a riot, police, tear gas and gunfire. Yet there are signs […]

  • Normandy H.S., fans and players remember Michael Brown

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Two weeks after the death of Michael Brown, his high school kicked off a new football season Saturday morning. Michael Brown graduated this past year from Normandy High School and was a fan of the Vikings. Saturday, fans, coaches, and players held a moment of silence to remember Michael Brown.

  • 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 […]


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