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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
  • Foley and Winfield residents still fighting to hold back the Mississippi River

    WINFIELD, MO (KPLR) – It was an anxious night for people living near the Mississippi River in the Lincoln County towns of Foley and Winfield. Levees were leaking and seeping as the river approached its crest at Winfield. River water leaking through the levee and across Highway N just south of Winfield Lock and Dam 25. It was to be expected with the river close to 9 ft. above flood stage, authorities said. It was not a sign the levees […]

  • St. Louisans react Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby healthcare mandate

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the controversial Hobby Lobby case had St. Louis and the rest of the nation divided Monday. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled companies like Hobby Lobby, couldn’t be forced to pay for contraceptive coverage under the new health care law, if doing so violated the owners’ religious beliefs. St. Louis area cases on the same issue could very well have been before the high court instead of […]

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    Missouri to allow single-bottle beer sales starting next year

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-In six months, Missouri stores will be able to sell beer by individual bottles or cans. On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon signed a law allowing the sale of single-bottle beers at retailers. Current law requires beer to be sold in packages containing at least three bottles. The new law takes effect in January. The bill,  SB689, was sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale.

  • Child Sex Trafficking Crackdown

    FBI sting on sex trafficking rescues 168 children

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The FBI has just wrapped up a 3 day “sting” on the most despicable of crimes and shared the results with News11. “Operation Cross Country” targeted child sex trafficking in St. Louis and across the United States. Agents partnered with local police nationwide recovering 168 children being victimized through prostitution.  They also arrested suspected 281 pimps. The numbers barely made a dent in the epidemic, authorities said. “No doubt.  No doubt.  It’s going on all the […]

  • Storm downs 20 power poles in Troy, IL

    TROY, IL (KPLR) – A massive clean-up and fix-up effort continued Saturday night almost 24 hours after a storm took down 20 power poles just outside of Troy, Illinois. They came down within a one-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 Friday night. That stretch remained closed much of Saturday while repairs were made. Drivers turned off in search of a detour and ended up getting to know the surrounding farmland, backtracking through the cornfields again and again. “Nobody knows (a […]

  • A Ritenour principal has to wear an unusual bracelet to school

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KPLR) – School`s been out for a few days but parents and students in the Ritenour School District were just hearing alarming news about Asst. Principal, Chris Clark, 35, of Overland. Clark has been wearing an alcohol monitoring bracelet, even to school. Clark has admitted that back in the fall, just after the school year started, he was drunk when crashed into a utility pole Dorsett Road near Pinehurst Place in Maryland Heights and left the scene. […]

  • Brentwood residents upset over flash flooding

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – There were flashing flooding fears in Brentwood early Tuesday night. Residents said it was creating dangerous conditions. But they didn’t blame the storms. City officials have issued issued citations against the owner of the suddenly flood prone corner of York and Middlesex in the York Village neighborhood. As News11 first reported in January, the property owner leveled the little forest that was there, taking out dozens of trees. “When I walked down and actually looked at […]

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    St. Peters to aid tornado clean-up with extra trash pick-ups

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – There’s a new plan to help tornado victims in St. Peters tonight. There are no injuries but damage is widespread. Cleaning up the debris from Saturday’s EF-0 twister (the smallest on the scale) is more than victims can handle on their own. One pile of limbs on Garden Gate Court is about 20 feet long and nearly 6 feet high in spots.  It’s all from one tree. Starting Tuesday, June 10, St. Peters solid waste […]

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    Hardee’s Star for Heroes campaign benefits veterans groups

    (KPLR)- There is one week left to help Hardee’s raise money for veterans. Their Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign helps customers reach out to military families and veterans. When you go to your area Hardee’s restaurant, make a $1 donation and you’ll receive a coupon and your name on the wall. Over the past two years, Stars for Heroes has raised close to $2 million. This money has gone to support more than 40 military charities, including the Dream Foundation […]

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    Tech gift ideas for Father’s Day

    (KPLR)- Still thinking of Father’s Day gift ideas? How about giving the gift of technology? AT&T has tech gifts that will match your father’s personality and hobbies. Website: Shop AT&T

  • Residents around Forest Park concerned about parking for Fair St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Residents voiced new concerns Wednesday night about Fair St. Louis’s big move from the Arch Grounds to Forest Park this year. People loved the layout with the fair’s main stage straight down Art Hill from the state of St. Louis in front of the Grand Basin and the lineup of free concerts featuring top musical acts, The Fray, Bonnie Raitt, and The Band Perry. Fair organizers took their grand plans public for the first time at […]

  • Dooley and Stenger trade barbs at council meeting

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – Tempers flared repeatedly in the St. Louis County Council chambers Tuesday night. County Executive Charlie Dooley and one of his allies teed off Councilman Steve Stenger, Dooley’s opponent in the upcoming August 5th Democratic primary election. There were two meetings:  the regular County Council meeting at night and the Committee of the Whole meeting a couple of hours earlier. Both meetings featured either Dooley or his political ally, Council Chairwoman Hazel Erby, going after Stenger. “That’s […]