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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
  • Police: Two fatal shootings in south St. Louis Friday are related

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)—St. Louis police have identified two of the victims in the fatal shooting in the 4400 block of Itaska Friday afternoon. Paige Schaefer, 23, was killed along with James Lacey, 47. Both had been shot in the head. Police were called to the scene around 2:30pm by a third shooting victim, a 21-year woman who has yet to be identified. She also had a head wound but managed to dial 9-1-1. She is listed in critical/unstable condition […]

  • Authorities urging residents to text first in a weather emergency

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – When severe weather strikes, your first instinct may be to start calling family and friends to let them know if you’re okay; but that may do more harm than good.  FOX 2’s Andy Banker talked with authorities who say text first — talk second in the event of a weather emergency. Additional emergency communications tips include: Keep all phone calls brief by conveying only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. If you are unsuccessful in […]

  • Tuesday’s storms raise interest in lightning rods

    [ooyala code=”5laXk2dDqXxX-H6yfG607HzbE0VDWL1X” player_id=”c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1″ ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There’s a heightened fear of lightning strikes in St. Louis these days after at least two suspected strikes in St. Clair County Tuesday night. Experts say you may want to consider installing lightning rods at your home. When it comes to lightning, St. Louis seems to be right in the bullseye. A neighbor says lightning hit a 4 family condo in Belleville Tuesday night and set off a devastating fire. Lightning blew out […]

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    Mascoutah house struck by lightning

    MASCOUTAH, IL (KPLR) – A family is a bit shaken Tuesday night after lightning strikes their home. Firefighters were called to St. Christopher Court in Mascoutah for a lightning strike, but luckily the house was not set ablaze. The owners of the home were watching the Blues hockey when they saw a bright flash and loud boom. The noise scared the family and they called the fire department. Firefighters found some burned insulation in the basement of the home, but […]

  • Drivers frustrated over lack of pothole repairs

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – They’re back: potholes popping up by the thousands around St. Louis. Drivers may complain repairs aren’t coming quickly enough.   But they may be partly to blame. Street and highway departments need drivers to remember: see a pothole — call it in. “Yeah, if it hit them I cringe,” said driver, Ann Witte. The damage can be immediate – a flat tire – a bubble in the sidewall — or worse: a bent wheel or even a […]

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    St. Louisans volunteer to clear up area waterways

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Evidence of widespread pollution turned up across the St. Louis area, Saturday. There were small things like plastic water bottles; odd things like toothbrushes; and big things like an old washing machine. As awful as those discoveries were, St. Louis was truly “tons” cleaner when the day ended than when it began. Bag after bag hundreds of volunteers tried to pick the St. Louis area clean. “Mostly bottles and cans, plastic bags, it’s all everywhere,” said […]

  • 7 shootings and 2 dead in St. Louis area gun violence since Tuesday morning

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – About 9 hours ago, police were standing at Hampton exit ramp from I-44 westbound with at least 20 shell casings at their feet. Investigators are now looking into a possible connection to the first shooting early Tuesday morning. Police give this account:  at least two people were shot in rolling gun battle with at least two, perhaps three cars involved.  One of the cars, a white Dodge Challenger, hopped back onto eastbound I-44.  The driver ditched […]

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    Rams Kevin Demoff talks about the team and Riverfront Stadium

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – There were more positive vibes about the Rams future in St. Louis, Tuesday night. They came from the team’s chief operating officer, Kevin Demoff. The Rams have a partnership with Lindenwood University’s Sports Management Program. Demoff spoke with students about the business of pro sports; how they can get a foot in the door. He didn’t shy away from what was on the minds of everyone from the campus to the pub down the street. […]

  • Pork Steak rebellion aims to stop EPA from proposing BBQ regulations

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Supporters call it the #porksteakrebellion: a St. Louis-born effort to keep the EPA from regulating back yard barbecues. State Senator Eric Schmitt (R) Glendale, is urging people to barbecue this week to send the EPA a message. There are concerns about “particulate emissions” you breathe when you stand over a gas grill; especially when grease hits the flames. The EPA is funding a $15,000 University of California-Riverside study into the issue. LeGrand’s Market & Catering in […]

  • 3 St. Louis firefighters up for heroism award

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Three heroic St. Louis firefighters have put their fire department into the national spotlight.  The trio saved three people, trapped in a burning car back on December 20, 2014 while on their way to work with no rescue equipment. Now the 3 firefighter are finalist in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Firemark Award for Heroism. A production crew will be shooting a video to help determine the national winner through a vote on the company`s Facebook […]

  • New developments in Riverfront Stadium proposal

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – New signs of growing momentum toward building a new riverfront football stadium and keeping the Rams in St. Louis emerged, Tuesday. A team source told FOX 2 that even with all the news about the Rams possibly moving to Los Angeles, ticket sales and season ticket renewals for 2015 were ahead of 2014. There was more news “hidden” in a new set of stadium renderings just released by the stadium task force, led by former Anheuser-Busch […]

  • Police investigating robbery of California Pizza Kitchen

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KPLR) – There was another police scene at a Creve Coeur shopping center.  It was the third time in less than 4 months at the same center. This time, a gunman held up workers at the California Pizza Kitchen on Olive about 9:10 Sunday night. The restaurant had just closed. Police and business owners considered all of the incidents “coincidence”. It all started November 10. A car crashed through the “Big Frog” T-Shirt shop.  The driver, 88, […]

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