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Chris comes to FOX 2 from KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona where he excelled as an investigative reporter. Chris won seven Emmy Awards for investigative reporting during his eight-year stint at KPHO-TV. Previous to that, Chris was a reporter for WFTX-TV, the FOX affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida.

Chris is a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism. It was in Columbia where Chris met his future wife Christy in a coffee shop.

While in Phoenix, Chris and Christy adopted two brothers who were 4 and 5 years old at the time. Their love of family has made their return to Missouri happy, since Chris’ mom and dad live in Springfield, Illinois and Christy’s parents live in Columbia, Missouri.

Chris has lived in Arizona, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and several other states. He’s not an Army brat. He’s the son of a Presbyterian minister and the oldest of four children.

Chris loves music and is a self-taught guitarist. He enjoys singing, entertaining, and a fresh cup of strong coffee.

FOX 2's Chris Hayes should not be confused with MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

Recent Articles
  • The clemency fight for Missouri’s lifelong pot inmate

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The son of a felony convict went straight to Missouri’s Governor to ask for his Dad`s release.  Chris Mizanskey was backed by more than 100 Missouri lawmakers and hundreds of thousands of citizens. FOX 2`s Chris Hayes told you last week about the unusual case of Jeff Mizanskey, who’s serving life without parole for pot. He was busted in 1993 in Sedalia, MO during an undercover marijuana sting.  Jeff Mizanskey said he didn`t learn he was […]

  • Fox Files: Seeking help for mental illness

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – This is the season of re-birth.  We’re surrounded by beautiful blooms.  You might think it’s tougher to struggle through emotional issues during the winter.  Really, it’s in the -spring when people are more likely to fall into depression as they reflect on where they are in life. War veteran Ruben Jordan said, “How can you tell somebody mentally, their stability?  It`s something that can`t be seen.” War veteran Christian Shewcraft said, “I`ve thought about shooting myself. […]

  • An airline pilot discusses mental illness and protecting passengers

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Commercial airline pilots are among the most scrutinized professional in the world, yet a veteran pilot says the industry recognizes anyone can face depression.  Captain Robin Harris talked about what’s done to erase the stigma of mental illness while also protecting the public. The suicide related crash of the recent Germanwings flight shook him for more than the obvious reasons.  He sometimes flies the same Airbus A320. He agreed to talk to us if we promised […]

  • Former St. Louis officer admits giving gun to drug dealer

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A former St. Louis City Police officer admitted arming drug dealers.  His guilty plea comes just weeks after a Federal grand jury indicted him.  FOX 2’s Chris Hayes was in court when the former officer admitted the criminal conspiracy. Former officer Don McGhee limped as he walked up to a Federal Judge, saying he was still being treated after being shot in December.  He was involved in an off duty shooting December 19th.  Someone shot McGhee […]

  • Sheri Coleman and Kids

    Sheri Coleman’s brother sued for mishandling charity donations

    CHICAGO, IL (KPLR) – The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is suing the brother of murder victim Sheri Coleman, claiming he mishandled $33,173.  It was money meant to memorialize Sheri and her boys Gavin and Garett, found strangled in their beds in 2009.  The lawsuit comes after a former board member raised questions to FOX 2. One of Sheri Coleman’s best friends came forward last July, asking about tens of thousands of dollars she helped raise. Meegan Turnbeaugh helped create the […]

  • Who watches our Judges? Missouri operates a secretive Commission

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Even many Judges have asked about the secretive watchdog Commission that oversees Judges.  A previous investigation by the FOX Files found former Ferguson Judge Ron Brockmeyer could`ve been disciplined years ago.  Instead, the Judge slipped through the cracks of a secret inquiry. It was nearly five years ago when we exposed a politician who admitted calling Brockmeyer.  Former Bel-Ridge Trustee Patricia Armanees feared an arrest warrant and $3,000 in Ferguson Court fees.  After she called the […]

  • New reports shows problem with some St. Louis Co. governments abiding by Sunshine Law

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A group called Better Together formed about a year and a half ago to look into possible problems with having so many municipalities in the St. Louis County area. They wanted to know who’s abiding by the Sunshine Law, which gives you access to your government. Last year they started testing governments, including more than 20 fire districts. Better Together`s Marius Johnson-Malone explained how his organization sent what are called Sunshine requests for public information about […]

  • MO Governor denies trying to silence FOX 2`s Chris Hayes over Ferguson reports

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The National Guard has been trying to get me to back down on my Fox Files reports about the Governor`s handling of the Guard in Ferguson.   Governor Jay Nixon says he knows nothing about it. It was last month when a National Guard Captain emailed FOX 2, asking for corrections.  However no one will talk on camera about it. So we`ve tried getting answers through a series of Sunshine requests.  We wanted to see the documentation […]

  • Ferguson Mayor James Knowles responds to DoJ report

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Ferguson Mayor James Knowles answers questions for the first time since the U.S. Department of Justice released its investigative report into the Ferguson Police Department. Knowles said three people involved with reported racist emails no longer work for Ferguson. He would not give names, but Fox 2 confirmed the former employees are court clerk Mary Ann Twitty, who was fired Wednesday, and Capt. Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd, who resigned the following day. The mayor […]

  • Mayor Knowles acknowledges DOJ Report with reforms

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – While the Department of Justice calls its findings serious and the list of changes needed long; the civil rights division believes Ferguson can restore its lost trust. The City of Ferguson originally said it would hold a news conference to respond to the department of Justice Wednesday, and then it went back on forth about whether that would really happen and at what time. The 105 page investigative report is filled example after example of what […]

  • ‘Post-Dispatch’ editor describes getting Schweich’s possible last message

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – A St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor received one of Tom Schweich’s last messages. Editorial editor Tony Messenger saw the call come in but let it go to voicemail because he was speaking at a kids’ career day. By the time he coordinated the meeting Schweich wanted, he heard the tragic news of the auditor’s apparent suicide. ‘’I have no idea why he killed himself, but a statewide elected official killed himself and I was one of the […]

  • St. Louis police chief blames ‘Ferguson Affect’ for drop in self-initiated policing

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The best police officers don`t just fight crime, they try to stop it before it strikes.  That might mean checking on something suspicious that`s not part of a regular call.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes found the pre-emptive strikes dropped dramatically last year in St. Louis City. The numbers are down so much, some are asking if that’s why the entire second floor of a St. Louis jail is empty. Police Chief Sam Dotson warns not […]


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