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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
  • Restaurant offers quiet seating for families with autistic children

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – It’s just one of the stories happening all around us in St. Louis that you can easily pass you by. People see it as a small miracle in the effort to take on autism. The Autism Speaks Chef’s Gala was Wednesday night at the 4 Seasons hotel on Laclede’s Landing. One of St. Louis’s favorite eating spots was highlighted for doing the little things that led a young man, long silenced by autism, to speak! He said […]

  • Getting a Major League Soccer team could help NFL stadium bid

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – As NFL owners meet in San Francisco, there was big news on the stadium front back home in St. Louis, Tuesday. It came from the Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner, Don Garber. Soccer fans blew their horns and roared at the sight of Garber at Ball Park Village. Garber said he’d met with Governor Nixon and Mayor Slay.  He was impressed by their commitment to building a new stadium. A question hung in the air above […]

  • Questions surround cemetery that was abandoned

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Questions are swirling around a troubled cemetery in Edwardsville again. The grounds at Valley View Cemetery at 157 and Governor’s Parkway are well-kept but there no signs with cemeteries name.  The office looks abandoned. Cemeteries from here to Kirkwood to Hollywood, CA, are still reeling from a nationwide scandal with the former, St. Louis-based owners in prison. “I think there’s a special place in hell for somebody that does that, to be truthful,” said Rev. Carl […]

  • Friends help raise money for murdered SIUE student’s family

    TROY, IL (KPLR) –Inspiration has risen from tragedy in Troy, IL, this weekend. The community is still grieving the loss of slain SIU-Edwardsville student, Taylor Clark, 19. He was killed for his car earlier this month, police said. The accused killer, Michael Gordon, 24, of St. Louis is jailed on a charge of 1st degree murder. Friends have rallied behind Clark’s family.  When things seem to be at their worst, it can be hard to imagine them ever getting better. […]

  • Wrestling event to honor 56 years of “Wrestling at the Chase”

    EAST CARONDELET, IL (KPLR)-Celebrate 56 years of “Wrestling at the Chase,” a program that aired on KPLR 11 from 1959 to 1983, with a professional wrestling event on Saturday May 16, 2015, at the East Carondelet Illinois Community Center. It starts with a 3:30pm SICW Meet and Greet. At 8:00pm, the main event, the Bruiser Brody Memorial Battle Royal. Brody was a big wrestling star who was murdered by another wrestler in 1988. His widow will be attending the event […]

  • New witness comes forward in controversial police shooting

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A new witness came forward Wednesday with another side to a controversial St. Louis Police shooting. A St. Louis Police Officer shot Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 39, multiple times Friday, at her brother’s home in the 4200 block of Chippewa in South St. Louis during a domestic disturbance. Morgan-Tyra is the wife of a St. Louis City Sheriff’s Deputy. Her family is outraged. Karla Nicholson, who was at the center of the disturbance, spoke with FOX 2 in […]

  • Danger in the line of duty

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – There are new fears the Mike Brown shooting and the events that followed in Ferguson may be making it more dangerous to be a police officer. Newly released FBI statistics show the number of police officers purposely killed in the line of duty jumped nearly 90% in 2014:  51 up from just 27 in 2013. Experts told FOX 2 people needed to keep those numbers in perspective. Plus, there are still signs of heavy support for […]

  • Family of woman shot by police dispute events surrounding shooting

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A is family outraged after a loved one was shot by St. Louis Police, Friday night. That woman, Jennifer Morgan-Tyra, 39, is the wife of a St. Louis City sheriff’s deputy and the daughter of a former police officer. Her family said she was hospitalized on life-support Monday night with at least 11 bullet wounds. She’d also been charged with 2 felony crimes:  assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. She was shot […]

  • Ferguson residents come out in droves for Spring Fest

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Despite the rain showers on Saturday, the residents of Ferguson attended this year’s Ferguson Spring Fest. Normally the festival is called Ferguson Street Fest, but was changed for this year only to Ferguson Spring Fest due to the unrest that hit Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown, and looting following the Grand Jury verdict. The street festival was cancelled in September of last year and move to today. A big crowd has turned out […]

  • Michael Brown’s friend sues Ferguson, Officer Darren Wilson and police chief

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – A key witness to the Michael Brown shooting says it’s time for Ferguson, its former police chief, and former officer Darren Wilson, to pay up. Johnson wasn’t physically hurt but the civil lawsuit he filed in St. Louis County Court says he bears psychological scars and emotional distress. He’s seeking damages and an injunction against Ferguson to stop what he says is unconstitutional behavior. The harrowing account Dorian Johnson gave FOX 2 the day Brown died […]

  • Grocery and convenience stores may soon be able to sell growlers

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – “To go” draft beer from grocery stores and conveniences stores may soon become law in Missouri. A bill to allow it is cruising toward passage in the Missouri Legislature. With the rise of the brew pub has comes a rise in demand for carryout beer — straight from the tap to the fridge at home. “It’s fresh.  It’s fresh.  They don’t need to put a born on date on it,” smiled craft beer fan, John Weber, […]

  • Peaceful protest Wednesday night on West Florissant

    FERGUSON (KPLR) – Wednesday night protesters were peaceful on West Florissant. Some three dozen protesters were walking on West Florissant calling for change. The protest was part of protest across nation following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody last week. While protest in Baltimore have been violent the last several days with dozens of arrest, buildings set on fire and over 100 cars torched; protest in Ferguson turn violent Tuesday night with three persons shot and one […]

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