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.

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    Disabled parking sting nets woman parking with a dead relative’s placard

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Investigators have seen it all when it comes to people trying to sneak into a disabled parking spots. The person they caught today pulled the most common trick: using someone else’s placard. Illinois Secretary of State Police scoured the parking lots around St. Clair Square in Belleville, Illinois. Shopper Savannah Morris said she knows someone they can catch. “One of my exes actually has a handicap thing; that’s his mother-in-law’s. He used to do that all […]

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    Puppy mill compromise drove hundreds of breeders out of business; inspectors still find problems

    (KPLR) – From reported sick dogs to kennels without a dry place for puppies to lay down, violations continue piling up at some Missouri dog breeding facilities. Meanwhile hundreds of large breeders have closed over the last five years. Kristin Akin recently bought a Goldendoodle puppy from a large breeder called Cornerstone Farms in Curryville, MO.  The Missouri Department of Agriculture cited Cornerstone in October when inspectors noted dogs “did not have a dry place to lay inside the building.” […]

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    FOX Files: Former employee talks about Lincoln County’s treatment of Pam Hupp

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The FOX Files has received inside information about the early treatment of Pam Hupp after a 2011 Lincoln County murder. It comes from a former victim’s advocate of the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office, Cindy Denatale. She decided to come forward after Pam Hupp shot and killed Louis Gumpenberger in August.  Hupp claims she shot him in self-defense.  The St. Charles County Prosecutor charged it as a murder. Rewind five years to Betsy Faria’s murder, north […]

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    Cigarette smugglers taking advantage of Missouri’s low tax rate

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Smugglers are making thousands of dollars just by driving cigarettes from St. Louis to Chicago because tax rates make one pack of cigarettes $6 more expensive in The Windy City. Fox 2 News recently followed a suspected cigarette smuggler in north St. Louis. He was buying cartons of cigarettes from several places and even told one of the vendors he planned to take a van load to Chicago, where he might make thousands of dollars in […]

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    Pam Hupp’s unusual connection to cash found in murder victim’s pocket

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Newly disclosed evidence in the case against Pam Hupp includes an unusual connection police found involving $100 bills. It’s just the beginning of what’s contained in now unsealed search warrants, obtained by Fox 2 News. Officers served the search warrants after Pam Hupp said she shot and killed Louis Gumpenberger in her O’Fallon home in August 2016. Hupp claimed Gumpenberger, a man with disabilities, suddenly appeared at her home and threatened to kill her. After the […]

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    Surveillance video reveals why legal synthetic drugs can be so dangerous

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Newly obtained video shows users—who are clearly high—repeatedly coming back for something they know is dangerous. Fox 2 News obtained the video from a federal court file involving a now closed St. Louis County store. The customers’ behavior may seem amusing at first. Look closer and you’ll see why these drugs that pretend to be legal are so dangerous. “Look at me, dude! I’m on top of the world,” shouts one female user, whose […]

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    From seed to shelf – Medical marijuana usage in Missouri

    SPRINGFIELD, MO (KPLR) – Medical marijuana is now being grown and sold in Missouri – legally. Ashley Markum says her son Ayden has tried at least 10 traditional prescription drugs with no success. “One of them actually took away his ability to eat,” Markum said. “It atrophied his muscles so much that he couldn’t swallow, so he would choke and then aspirate.” The family drove to Chesterfield from Springfield, Missouri to get one of the first batches of legal CBD […]

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    East St. Louis supervisor accused of filling out ballots himself

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – It may sound like Americans exercising their rights, but one long-time observer who happens to live in the community thinks it’s unbelievable and suspicious. Questions begin at a politician’s property where two dozen registered voters are reportedly living. It’s the home of East St. Louis Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton. One of his Hamilton’s jobs is to dispense benefits to needy residents. A recent interview attempt by Fox 2’s Elliott Davis was interrupted by Hamilton’s […]

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    St. Louis area child care centers are seeing reports of child on child sex acts

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – Children are complaining about other children in sexual situations at daycares. Report after report piled up as we examined inspection reports. Fox 2 News found cases in which inspectors looked into complaints from children and cited centers for failing to supervise. One mother, whose identity we’re protecting, said, “A 4-year-old? She’s just now learning her own body parts.” The University City mother struggled with the words to explain what her four year old told her […]

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    Police agencies fight over Metrolink crime response

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis City and County Police have warned Metro security to back off. Metro Transportation security is refusing. Fox 2’s Chris Hayes discovered the battle over your safety. Suspected drug traffickers attacked a man on a train last December. They were wearing masks, yet had no fear, as they savagely beat a man because he declined to buy marijuana. A man, a row away, watched and smiled. St. Louis City police arrested two men for […]

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    Father of accused cop killer under orders of protection

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – The teen charged with killing a St. Louis County Police Officer was not the first family member involved a serious police situation.  A police call last July resulted in two full orders of protection against the father of Trenton Forster.  Trenton Forster was charged October 6th, 2016 with first degree murder in the shooting death of St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder.  The orders are being enforced on behalf of two  neighbors of the […]

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    Why 911 can’t always find you, but Uber can

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – 911 may not always be able to find you due to your carrier, a Fox 2 News investigation has learned. Fox 2 News visited the highly respected St. Louis County 911, where staff is armed with the latest technology while operating enhanced emergency response. “Under (current FCC regulations) they’re only required to give you that location 66 percent of the time and only within a football field,” said David Lucas, a 911 specialist. A […]