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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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: andy.banker@tvstl.com

Recent Articles
  • School district loses third child to tragedy in three months

    OAKVILLE, MO – Authorities identified the south St. Louis County boy who died in a freak accident on an Alabama beach. Ten-year-old Nolan McCabe had completed the fourth grade at Wohlwend Elementary in the Mehlville School District. He’s the third boy in the district to die under tragic circumstances in the last three months. A neighbor said McCabe was a Cub Scout; a happy kid she often saw playing and riding his bike. Sadly, his classmates will start the fifth […]

  • St. Louis child killed by huge wave while family vacations on Alabama coast

    FORT MORGAN, AL – A 10-year-old child from St. Louis was killed after a large wave knocked a beach log in front of the condo his family was vacationing in. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office reports that the log toppled onto the boy, killing him. They arrived on the scene for a possible drowning at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The child walked outside the condo earlier this morning during a walk with his family. His father tells investigators that the […]

  • First suspects in cigarette smuggling ring appear in federal court

    ST. LOUIS – The first of 35 defendants in a contraband cigarette ring stretching from Missouri to the east coast appeared in federal court Tuesday. The defendants are appearing in three groups over the next three days. Prosecutors claim they acted as couriers and purchasers in the cigarette smuggling ring. None of the suspects would agree to an interview or make any statements on camera. However, one suspect, a North Carolina man, said he did nothing wrong; he claims he […]

  • Hodgkinson took target practice in Belleville before leaving, neighbor says

    BELLEVILLE, IL – The FBI renewed its call for information for anyone—from Belleville to Washington, D.C.—may have about congressional shooter James T. Hodgkinson. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican members of the United States Congress as they practiced for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning, authorities said. He wounded four people. Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) remained in critical condition as of Thursday. Hodgkinson, 66, was killed by return fire. One of the last encounters anyone had with Hodgkinson […]

  • Boy injured in horrifying boating accident, goes home

    ST. LOUIS – Big news for family and a boy who many have been pulling for. Ashton Yates survived a terrifying boating accident late last month, and Wednesday the family’s prayers were answered, because Ashton just got to go home. A lift from dad and no more hospital bed.  After 17 days, it may take a while for that to sink in for 11-year-old Ashton Yates.  Whose life was so much different a few Sundays ago, while having a blast […]

  • Children’s Hospital to get new medical helicopters for patient transport

    ST. LOUIS – There was lifesaving news Tuesday from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, as the hospital will receive two new helicopters for its air ambulance fleet. The new helicopters, valued at approximately $15 million, will replace the two that have been in service for nearly 30 years. They will transport kids who need them most: from the tiniest of “premies” to 18 year olds who have suffered catastrophic injuries. It’s obvious from the instrument panels how much things have changed […]

  • Woman fights off armed carjackers with her cane

    BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – A woman, carjacked and beaten with a handgun in Brentwood on Thursday, fought back with her cane. Fox 2/News 11 had an exclusive interview with the 65-year-old Navy veteran. The woman, whose name we are not releasing, was attacked in a parking lot on Manchester road around 7 a.m. She talked about her scary ordeal and why she didn’t simply hand over her keys. “The one guy with his gun, I just whacked him right in […]

  • Perry County man may not face charges after nearly beating a dog to death

    PERRYVILLE, MO – News 11 has confirmed a gruesome dog beating in Perry County:  a dog nearly beaten to death with a hammer. It’s unlikely the man who beat the dog will face criminal charges, Perry County Sheriff, Gary Schaaf, told Fox 2. It’s been an amazing recovery for Benny, the Chocolate Lab, since the beating on May 24th. The man who beat him late last month thought Benny was dead, Schaaf said, but there was not enough evidence to […]

  • Changes coming to Rockford Beach Park, following drowning of 14-year-old

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Fox 2 has learned big changes may be coming on the Big River in Jefferson County. Just days after a teenager drowned near Rockford Beach Park in House Springs. People either drown or have to be rescued there, pretty much every year.  The county parks board is meeting Tuesday, discussing what changes are going to be made at the park. Those changes are expected to be announced Wednesday. But today young people were back taking […]

  • Mother praises God for keeping her family safe from a massive tree that fell on her home

    MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – It’s been a long road to recovery for victims of our wild weather:  17 days and counting for a family that was lucky to even survive a massive tree falling their home, in the Cottage Hills area of Madison County, IL, near Bethalto, May 19th. There’s no “disaster declaration”, no federal help coming for them. The storm was an awful follow up to all the rain and flooding, last month.  The saturated ground was no […]

  • Pit mix recovers after owner attempts to give dog away following failed pregnancy

    ALTON, IL (KPLR) – A pregnant dog nearly died after being left in labor for days. An Alton woman, the dog’s former owner, is wanted by police. Stephanie Watson, 29, was knowingly breeding the dog, authorities said. When there were complications, she allegedly took the dog to animal control, claiming the dog wasn’t hers, that she had just found it. The dog, now named April, is between 2 and 3 years old. She’s now happy and healthy, a long way from […]

  • Messages of support help teen facing long recovery from boating accident

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Ashton Yates, 11, of St. Charles is hospitalized after a boating accident that could have killed him. That was Sunday. Thus far, his recovery has been as remarkable as his survival. An outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and strangers, have been fueling him. Any kid in his spot may think, ‘why me?’  It’s the same for Ashton, in a way, but not ‘why did this happen to me?’ It’s more like, ‘why do […]