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
  • Plane flips at Perryville Airport after eclipse

    PERRYVILLE, MO – A plane flipped over after a liftoff attempt at the Perryville Airport.  The plane crashed Monday afternoon, shortly after a solar eclipse. At 1:45 p.m., a two-seat plane was taking off from the Perryville Municipal Airport when the pilot lost control and ran off into the grass and overturned the aircraft. The pilot started to lose control before lifting his wheels off the ground. The aircraft hit runway lights and flipped over, landing off the runway. “This […]

  • Former St. Louis police chief’s mother indicted for suspected embezzlement

    ST. LOUIS – Former St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he was shocked to hear about a four-page indictment laying out federal charges of wire fraud and embezzlement against him mother. Prosecutors allege Carol Dotson did it while working for an Olivette-based commercial real estate business she’d been operating since 1990. The indictment reads in part, “at times…Dotson wrote multiple checks to herself in a single month amounting to approximately $20,000,” adding, “Dotson embezzled over $2 million.” The federal […]

  • Judge may not render verdict in Stockley murder trial for weeks

    ST. LOUIS – The murder case involving former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley is now in the hands of a judge, who said Wednesday he will not render a decision before August 18. The downtown St. Louis trial wrapped up Wednesday with closing arguments.  Prosecutor Robert Steele said Jason Stockley was “guilty, guilty, guilty” of first-degree murder. Steele repeated it several times during closing, while also repeatedly going back to a moment on the dash cam from that December 2011 […]

  • Defense rests: Former officer admits he may have said ‘gonna kill that (expletive)’

    ST. LOUIS – The defense rested Tuesday in the murder trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. Not only was it a twist to see Stockley take the stand, but it was unexpected that he was one of only two people to testify in his own defense. The other witness described seeing a struggle before the 2011 shooting in north St. Louis. When Stockley took the stand, he remained there for more than four hours. The former officer said […]

  • FBI expert says former officer’s fatal shot was inches from suspect

    ST. LOUIS – The state said it may be done calling witnesses at the close of trial day three. It has not formally rested, but hinted that it may be done with its case. DNA and ballistics analysis dominated today’s testimony. An FBI firearm tool mark examiner out of Quantico, Virginia analyzed the service pistol of Jason Stockley. He test fired it against a jacket similar to the one Anthony Lamar Smith was wearing when he died. The FBI expert determined […]

  • Day 2 of the former officer Jason Stockley trial focuses on his behavior after the shooting

    ST. LOUIS – A current St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer gave compelling testimony today about the actions of Jason Stockley after his 2011 shooting.  Stockley shot drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith after a three mile police chase through city streets. The officer was so close to the scene that he saw the crash and the shooting.  He was a rookie at the time and said he was told by a supervisor to search the vehicle.  He says he went to get […]

  • Police officer murder trial, fatal shot was inches from suspect

    ST. LOUIS – Day one of the murder trial involving a former St. Louis City Police officer, was full of twists.  Jason Stockley is charged first degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. During opening statements, the State alleged Stockley shot Smith 5 times, with the final shot being at such close range that you can see a poof of smoke in the dash camera video.  The prosecutor said ballistic tests will […]

  • City officials appear to defy judge’s demand to refund speed trap money

    KINLOCH, Mo. – From St. Charles County to St. Louis, women say they cannot get their money back from voided speeding tickets. This despite a judge who demanded the end of a questionable speed trap. “Those of us who tried to do the right thing and be good citizens (are punished),” said one woman, who asked not to be identified. Another woman added, “I’m out of $100 now because I was trying to do the right thing.”Both women denied speeding. […]

  • Child death was inside home with 18 children

    WENTZVILLE, MO – A state investigation has found the three-month-old who died July 5th in Wentzville was in an illegal daycare.  State child care inspectors made the discovery after news reports described many kids leaving the home after the death. The investigative report was generated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).  It quotes a woman inside the home on Aspen Creek Drive as saying she “cares for more than 26 children at any one time.” On July […]

  • Parents fear schools are covering up abuse by teachers

    ST. LOUIS – Teachers are required by law to report suspected abuse. But what if it’s a teacher accused of hurting a child? Our Fox Files investigation found evidence the schools keep outside investigators away. Mom Tiara McCorkle played audio from the day her daughter first talked about it. McCorkle heard her daughter crying to her sister about a teacher at Dunbar Elementary’s pre-school program. “(I was) heartbroken and I was like, ‘I need to record this,’” McCorkle said. On […]

  • Guns could present biggest problem for August Busch IV after helicopter incident

    SWANSEA, IL – The St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office awaits toxicology results while considering criminal charges against August Busch IV. Swansea police say Busch appeared intoxicated when they stopped him from flying off in his chopper. A local attorney says Busch could be under the microscope for much more than just attempting to fly under the influence. Busch has been in the news for decades, for much more than what’s tied to his family’s former Budweiser beer empire. News […]

  • Decaying railroad bridges may send ‘missiles’ on roadways below

    ST. LOUIS – Large pieces of metal are falling from the sky. One St. Louis woman wouldn’t have believed it until a metal plate came crashing through her car from an overhead train track. It looked like an isolated incident, but our Fox Files investigation found otherwise. Millions of tons of force fly by on our rails every day. You can see the strain it puts on the tracks, from the pulled spikes to thrown plates. Mindy Damico said a […]