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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
  • Honor student loses eye in drive-by shooting

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A man is still on the run after a drive-by shooting at a corner store in St. Louis. He hit an unintended target:  Latasha Williams, 14. Friday had been a happy day for Williams, a Vashon freshma, her sister, Daja, 12, a 7th grader. “Everyone was giving her dollars and telling her good job,” said their aunt, Shantell Barge. Progess reports had just come home from school and people around the neighborhood were rewarding the girls […]

  • St. Charles Robbery Suspect

    St. Charles Police looking for same suspect in two robberies

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR)- St. Charles police are looking for a man suspected in two gas station robberies Saturday. The first robbery occurred at the Petro Mart on N. Third Street around 2:40am and the second was at a BP station on Zumbehl Road around 9:20pm.  Police say that in both instances, the suspect threatened the store clerk with a knife, demanding money. No one was injured. The suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash in both instances. […]

  • Granite City couple charged for allegedly beating infant

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) – A Granite City couple is accused of abusing their newborn child. The baby remained hospitalized with internal injuries plus rib and leg fractures. The injuries were consistent with a pattern of abuse in the 2 month old child’s short life, authorities said. The baby was just born July 7th and hospitalized Monday, September 8th. The hospital staff figured out right away the injuries didn’t come from a single incident and they didn’t happen by accident, […]

  • Anthem College shuts down leaving students in limbo

    FENTON, MO (KPLR) – Close to 300 St. Louis area college students have been shut out this week. Anthem College has closed its two campuses here:  in Riverport and Gravois Bluffs. The students still have loans to pay but nowhere to go to school. Most of the students are in medical, dental, pharmaceutical, assistant programs or massage therapy training. Anthem administrators told them they could transfer to another college this week. That college turned them away Monday. The Anthem website […]

  • Lightning postponed H.S. football games played Saturday

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Saturday was a day of “picking up where things left off” after Friday night lightning canceled Friday night events around St. Louis  — or at least pushed them back to Saturday morning. There were ripple effects, especially with rescheduled high school football games. There were a few too many Friday night lights for Friday night football. Lightning forced the postponement of the Lafayette-Kirkwood H.S. game in Kirkwood about 8 minutes into the contest. Coaches and referees […]

  • Battle for drive-thru’s continues in Creve Coeur

    CREVE COUER, MO (KPLR) – The battle over drive-thru restaurants in Creve Coeur is back months after opponents thought they’d won. The issue had new life before the Creve Coeur Planning & Zoning Commission, Tuesday night. The Creve Coeur City Council rejected changes to allow more back drive-thru restaurants in February. Current rules allow them only on sites of 3 acres or larger. There have been a number of proposals, including a Chik-Fil-A, voted down a few years ago. The […]

  • Fatal accident occurs on I-255 despite highway safety campaign

    CASEYVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The holiday weekend got off to a relatively safe start on St. Louis area highways. It came to a deadly end just as police wrapped up their massive effort to keep highways safe. A head-on, cross-over crash on Interstate 255 near Caseyville, Illinois, left a Missouri woman dead and her husband near death, around 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. Illinois State Police gave this account: A driver was getting onto Northbound 255 from Westbound 64 when she […]

  • Protesters from around the country march for Michael Brown

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – People from the St. Louis area and around the country took part in a peaceful protest Saturday, marking three weeks since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The mulch-cultural crowd of demonstrators marched down West Florissant Avenue  to Canfield, ending in a rally in the Canfield Green apartment complex where Michael Brown was killed.

  • Storm rolls through Ferguson just as normalcy was returning

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Storms knocked out power to about 6,000 St. Louis area customers Wednesday night. It also plowed through Ferguson and Jennings right where things were just starting to return to normal after the Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown. The worst of it was on Kinamore Drive: part of a snapped tree impaled the roof. The Buzz Westfall Plaza, what had been the police command center for the Ferguson unrest the past 2 weeks, is right […]

  • Hundreds of thousands of tomatoes left to rot in field

    COLUMBIA, IL (KPLR) – The heat wave raised a bit of stink near Columbia, Illinois, Tuesday night. Turn the corner onto Ramsey Road just across from Riverside Golf Course in the shadow the JB Bridge and the odor was like hitting a wall. There were likely hundreds of thousands of pounds of tomatoes rotting in an 18-20 acre field. St. Louis’s love affair with tomatoes is still in prime season. But it may seem a lot less appetizing if you […]

  • No protest in Ferguson Monday night, but a change may be in the offing

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Brown’s parents asked for no protests Monday on the day they laid him to rest. But tonight the change in Ferguson is incredible. West Florissant Avenue hasn’t looked like this since August 8th, the day before Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer. Looking down the roadway you can’t believe your eyes when you think of all that has happened with massive crowds, a riot, police, tear gas and gunfire. Yet there are signs […]

  • Normandy H.S., fans and players remember Michael Brown

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Two weeks after the death of Michael Brown, his high school kicked off a new football season Saturday morning. Michael Brown graduated this past year from Normandy High School and was a fan of the Vikings. Saturday, fans, coaches, and players held a moment of silence to remember Michael Brown.


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