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 during his eight-year stint at KPHO-TV.

Chris’ investigative work continues to be recognized through his tenure at Fox 2 KTVI where he’s been awarded an additional 11 Regional Emmys, including the “Investigative Report” honor in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, he was awarded the investigative Emmy for his report on the David Cerna camera cop case. His investigation triggered the discovery, capture and arrest of a Chesterfield Police officer secretly recording video in a men’s restroom.

In 2014, he won the investigative Emmy for another story that later garnered national attention – the Betsy Faria Murder case. Hayes’ in depth investigation exposed new evidence, leading to a new trial and exoneration of Russ Faria, Betsy’s husband.

Chris has also won two regional Murrow Awards for his coverage of “Minority Contracting and Alleged Front Companies” in 2013 and “The Murder of Betsy Faria” in 2015.

Recent Articles
  • Tracking bed bugs in St. Louis area motels

    ST. LOUIS – Health inspectors recently forced seven motels to close rooms after finding bed bugs. Fox 2/KPLR 11 requested inspection records after talking to a woman who reported feeling them crawling on her. Tammy Randall was with her family at an O’Fallon, Missouri motel when her daughter started screaming she saw bed bugs. “I’m like, ‘Girl, you’re crazy.’ I went in there, she’s like, ‘No, mom, I know what I’m talking about.'” Randall said she looked for herself. “When I […]

  • Gun store burglars mess with the wrong business; leave clues for police

    AFFTON, Mo. – Police responded to another gun store break-in, this time at Affton’s Triple Threat Armory Tuesday morning. However, the store not only captured clear video but employees locked up all the guns before closing. “We take time to lock up our guns every night for this reason,” co-owner Tanya Stephan said. “We do not want criminals on the street with guns.” Stephan said the thieves only got away with a couple magazines. They also stole gun boxes, but […]

  • Missouri prisons in the midst of a correction officer shortage

    ST. LOUIS – Missouri is down hundreds of corrections officers. We don’t often hear about the demands on corrections officers until tragedy strikes. Now the strain is increasing, as Missouri is down more than 500 positions. “The inmates pretty did much run the Missouri prisons nowadays,” said convicted felon Tim Ford. And Juan Wilson, who worked in a jail before becoming a police officer, said, “We’d actually have people with uncapped syringes in their shoe.” Wilson said the job requires […]

  • Follow the money trail behind the Greitens’ invasion of privacy case

    ST. LOUIS – The Missouri governor’s defense team suggests a political conspiracy is behind the privacy invasion case. They suspect a real-life “House of Cards,” driven by people who were awarded millions in tax dollars. We’ve heard a lot about the four mysterious cash payments totaling $120,000, delivered to Al Watkins, the attorney behind the outing of the governor’s affair. The governor’s defense attorneys said in court that they intended to look for its connection to what`s called the Low-Income […]

  • St. Louis police chief says department will investigate perjury complaints

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said Wednesday his department would “thoroughly investigate perjury complaints against the private investigator hired by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office in the Governor Eric Greitens case. The investigation may take a while as the department is still gathering information. Hayden said it’s moving forward without predetermined ideas. On Tuesday, Greitens’ defense attorneys, Ed Dowd and Scott Rosenblum, walked into police headquarters to file a police report alleging lies by Circuit […]

  • Police investigating Circuit Attorney’s Office; Greitens’ defense team says case tainted

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is now investigating the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. Attorneys Ed Dowd and Scott Rosenblum, who represented Governor Eric Greitens in his invasion of privacy case, walked into police headquarters Tuesday morning to file a police report alleging perjury by the circuit attorney’s chief investigator, William Don Tisaby. Greitens’ defense attorney Jim Martin said the governor’s remaining criminal case is also tainted by the investigator’s lies. “He testified in his deposition […]

  • Behind the scenes in the dismissed Governor case and what’s next

    ST. LOUIS – Defense attorney Ed Dowd said they were minutes away from deposing Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner when she refused to talk. Dowd said, “She was supposed to take the witness stand and she was informed of that so that we could elaborate on what she knew about the misconduct by her investigator the perjured testimony she watched and participated in.  They said well Judge, give us a little time.  And instead of taking the stand she dismissed the […]

  • Pam Hupp trial: Judge says evidence in death of mother not allowed

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – Pam Hupp’s attorneys are continuing to fight to keep evidence out of her upcoming murder trial.  On Monday, the defense was successful in getting the judge to exclude evidence about the mysterious death of Hupp’s mother. But the judge did not decide whether evidence in the unsolved murder of Betsy Faria could be used in the upcoming trial. Hupp faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for reportedly picking up a random victim […]

  • No images of ex-mistress found on Gov. Greitens phone

    ST. LOUIS, MO – According to defense, 16,000 images were reviewed on Greitens phone and none were associated with the alleged former mistress. There was no evidence of a photo taken on the date in question and investigators did not observe any artifacts for a deleted image that day. The defense says the Circut Attorney’s Office first search warrant for Governor’s computer and phone data was April 19.  That was more than three months after investigation announcement. Because of the last-minute action,  […]

  • Former judge and US Attorney trade barbs in Greitens hearing

    ST. LOUIS – It was extremely tense at times during this final hearing before jury selection. Judge Rex Burlison was going over what the prosecution and defense can and cannot talk about. Wednesday’s hearing was most tense when defense attorney Scott Rosenblum complained that they wouldn’t be able to properly expose the alleged lies of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s chief investigator because he’s pleaded the Fifth to every single question about his lies and who told him to lie. Defense […]

  • St. Louis schools paid convicted felon thousands to organize basketball

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Public Schools entered into a no-bid contract with a convicted felon. A spokesperson says the man’s criminal record is not relevant. The contract did not require a bid because it was just under $5,000. If it was for just $5 more, it would’ve required a bid. The contract is payable to Floyd Irons for “consultant services” on basketball games. SLPS paid Irons $4,995 to “assist in the organization” of three basketball events in 2017 and […]

  • Pam Hupp’s defense attorneys fight to exclude evidence

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – Pam Hupp’s attorneys want to keep evidence out of Hupp’s upcoming murder trial.  They don’t want the mention of another unsolved murder or the mysterious death of Hupp’s mom.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes was the first to break stories about both. We’re now just four months from Hupp’s murder trial.  She faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action for reportedly picking up a random victim with disabilities – driving him to her […]