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.

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    Airport worker charged with stealing from a blind woman

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KPLR) – A betrayal of trust:  a St. Louis man hired to help disabled passengers get around Lambert Airport is accused of ripping off a blind woman. Justin Gillespie, 23, is charged with felony stealing. He worked for a company called AirServ.  Airlines contract with AirServ to help disabled passengers.  Being trustworthy is the biggest part of the job. Lisa Whitehead of Dallas travels almost every week for work. A medical condition makes walking difficult. She counts on […]

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    Police officer risk life to stop wrong-way driver

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – FOX 2 obtained a harrowing video of a wrong-way, drunk driver on Interstate 44 over the weekend. It shows a Kirkwood police officer risking his life to put an end to the danger. A driver saw another car going the wrong way around 3:30 Saturday morning. He honked.  He yelled. He called police.  He also recorded the video. That driver looked across the median and saw a car going the same way he was – westbound; only […]

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    Cubs’ manager’s charity t-shirt clashes with Busch Stadium dress code

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Chicago Cubs have left town but Cubs manager Joe Maddon, has left the Cardinals with a bit of controversy. It has to do with what you “can” and “cannot” wear to the Busch Stadium. In this case, it boils down to one word. Cub fans wearing t-shirts saying “Try Not To Suck” were asked to turn them inside out or wear something else. Sales of the shirts benefit Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation for inner […]

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    Manchester jewelry store offering reward to get thief off the streets

    MANCHESTER, MO (KPLR) – There’s been another jewelry store break-in the St. Louis area; making at least six in less than 10 days. The latest victim is fed up.  He’s offering $1,000 reward and a message jewelers hope will finally sink in. Since the morning of April 11th there have been jewelry store break-ins in Creve Coeur, Des Peres, St. Peters, and now Manchester. The latest crime occurred a little after 2:15 Wednesday morning at the Diamond Family store in […]

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    Missouri moves to undo breed specific bans

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Undoing local Pit Bull bans.  A new bill in the Missouri legislature to lift the bans, HB 1811, is getting national attention. It would outlaws local breed specific bans which generally target Dobermans, Chows, and most often in the St. Louis area, Pit Bulls. Joan is a lovable dog with one eye at the Gateway Pet Guardians shelter in St. Louis. She had a 3-inch knife blade stuck in the other eye when she was rescued from […]

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    Man shot and paralyzed after a Cardinals game, set to return to Busch Stadium

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There will be a triumphant return to Busch Stadium, Tuesday night, but not for a member of the Cardinals or Cubs. It’ll be for Cardinal fan, Chris Sanna, who was shot and paralyzed walking to his car after a game last fall. The Cardinals donated a suite to auction off to raise money for Sanna’s recovery.  A Warrenton businessman paid top dollar. It’s worth it:  a suite for the Cubs-Cardinals at Busch and best of all, […]

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    Neighbors stunned after marijuana and $20,000 seized in police raid

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A neighborhood stunned was after a big marijuana bust right down the street from one of St. Louis’s top schools. The bust netted more than 10lbs of marijuana and more than $20,000 cash, police said. Depending on the quality, the marijuana could have a street value from $25,000 – $50,000. A police tactical broke the front door glass and entered the home in the 4900 block of Potomac in South St. Louis, April 7th, neighbors […]

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    Blues owner visits superfan math teacher

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A Blues fan’s passion runs so deep, Blues Chairman, Tom Stillman had to see for himself. That fan, Gerry Wieczorek, is a math teacher at Parkway West High School.  You’ve got to see his classroom. Wieczorke grew up in Chicago! St. Louis football fans could relate, he said. Chicago fans despised the Blackhawks greedy owner back in the 80’s. Wieczorek’s dad refused to support the team.  Brett Hull was in prime. Gerry Wieczorek has […]

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    Shots fired near school have parents on edge

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There was alarming news for St. Louis parents picking up their children at Clay Elementary School, Tuesday afternoon. The few specifics for parents in a letter from the principal were scary enough:  shots fired near the school and a lockdown, just after most of the 162 students had gone home. The added details FOX 2 learned from police and neighbors made things even more frightening: One vehicle apparently chasing another near the School near at I-70 […]

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    Security a top priority for Cardinals opening day

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A two-word warning from St. Louis police to Cardinal fans, for opening day and beyond…park smart. Police won’t talk manpower numbers, but the police presence for opening day felt bigger than ever. The Police Chief Sam Dotson will only say there is a significant presence in all areas surrounding downtown and Busch Stadium. Even so, he says safety and prevention fall as much on the fans as the police; which may have fans with conceal/carry permits […]

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    Bomb-sniffing dogs coming to Lambert Airport

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – New security measures are coming to Lambert Airport. The TSA will begin using explosive-sniffing dogs in the passenger screening process. Wheeling through Lambert feels like a different world from Brussels, Belgium. Yet those images of a Brussels terror suspect wheeling around with his bag and then running off with no bags shortly before the deadly explosion haunt fliers, no matter where they’re traveling. “I do think about it because now it’s happened,” said Lambert […]

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    Mother grieving after daughter found dead in Berkeley house fire

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – A grieving St. Louis County mother is asking for answers about her daughter’s death. Early Wednesday morning, police found two women shot to death inside a burning home. It’s a heartbreaking case: a man, his mom, and his girlfriend living together. The man’s mother and girlfriend are dead. He and their car, a 2015 red Chevy Camaro, are missing. Police are calling him a person of interest. There are still more questions than answers, it seems, […]


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