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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
  • 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 […]

  • Three shot in Wellston, ran to MetroLink station for help

    WELLSTON, MO (KPLR) – It’s been violent couple of days near the Metro train station in Wellston. Police confirmed a shooting in the parking lot late Monday night was followed by a triple shooting down the street around Tuesday afternoon. Police gave this account of the Monday night shooting: two men got off a train Monday night, got into an argument in the parking lot, and one shot the other in the hand. Then, around 3:30pm Tuesday, Metro riders heard […]

  • Vigil for Nepalese earthquake victims highlights preparedness need in St. Louis region

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – People in St. Louis were doing what they could Monday night to help earthquake victims in Nepal. About 50 members of the St. Louis’s Nepalese speaking community prayed over candles spelling the word “Nepal” at The Ritz Park on South Grand Boulevard. They also collected money for direct aid to victims. No gift was too small for people here with families there:  the relatives Jagat Acharya has been able to reach were not among the injured; […]

  • First Robotics Competition to leave St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – This will be one of the last years for a robotics competition that has attracted more than 17,000 high school students to take part each year in the “First Robotics Competition”, that lead to an estimated $30 million yearly economic boost. But in 2017, St. Louis will share the event with the city of Houston and then it will leave town all together heading to Houston and Detroit in 2018.

  • St. Louis pitches stadium proposal to NFL owners committee

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The St. Louis Stadium Task Force made it’s first-ever presentation to an NFL owners committee in New York, Wednesday. Details were guarded. FOX 2 learned Rams Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Demoff, was there with the task force. But sources who’d seen parts of the presentation before-hand described it as very detailed and very impressive. A spokesman said the meeting went “fine”. Task Force members reportedly felt very happy about how things went. And sources say the […]

  • Ferguson swears in 3 new city council members

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The newly elected city council members were sworn in Ferguson Tuesday night and immediately put to the test with a potentially divisive issue:  a call to remove the memorial to Mike Brown on Canfield Drive and replace it with permanent markers. After getting input from Mike Brown’s parents and federal officials among others, an organization called the Joint Council on Policy and Social Impact called for the memorial to be replaced with a bronze marker in […]

  • Michael Brown memorial tree vandalized, plaque stolen

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – A tree planted at a Ferguson park Saturday in memory of Mike Brown then vandalized hours later, has already been replaced. The damaged tree is still standing, replanted nearby. The trees in January-Wabash Park mean a lot to Ferguson. People have been dedicating trees to loved ones there for years. Markers are installed next to the trees. Mike Brown’s tree and marker didn’t even last a day. “If it was intentional then they know they were […]

  • Ferguson and Dellwood break ground for new community center

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – For the first time since the Michael Brown shooting, there was a groundbreaking Saturday for a new building in Ferguson. For many at the ceremony, the day was an answer to prayers for a community still trying to recover from the shooting, and unrest that followed. Reporter Andy Banker tells why a new community resource center was designed to bring the community together and move forward.

  • St. Charles purchases Bangert Island for shore-line development

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – There are new concerns about a long-protected wildlife area on the St. Charles riverfront. The sale of the 160-acre Bangert Island Wildlife Area has just gone through. Bangert Island has been a wildlife oasis since the late Louis Bangert bought it around 1950. His children wanted to keep it that way and donated it to the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1976. The City of St. Charles just bought it for $350,000. It’s in the […]

  • Hit And Run Fatal Accident

    Fatal hit and run in North St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis police have called in accident reconstruction for a fatal hit and run in north St. Louis. Police have identified the victim as 53-year-old Bryant Gray. Police say Gray was struck at Natural Bridge and Goodfellow. The man was transported to a hospital, where he later died. The vehicle that struck the victim fled the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

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    Authorities looking for woman using stolen debit cards

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A warning from police about women and their purses:  a woman has been stealing credit cards from unattended purses and using them to go on shopping sprees. Surveillance video shows the suspect be dropped off from a Mercedes SUV at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Pevely then going inside, browsing the aisles and trying to use a stolen debit card. Three police departments now report the same woman committing the same crimes. “She selects random […]

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