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
  • Examining the criminal history of suspected congressional shooter

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Suspected congressional shooter James T. Hodgkinson had a long history of confrontations with people and police, according to St Clair County Court records. Many of them too old to be pulled up with much detail, such as a 1989 case in which Hodgkinson was accused of fleeing a police officer in East St. Louis. That case was dismissed. Four years later, he faced charges of DUI and fleeing or attempting to flee a police officer. That […]

  • Dozens of car break-ins reported along the Delmar Loop

    ST. LOUIS, MO – Dozens of visitors to the Delmar Loop left a concert at The Pageant to find they were victims of car break-ins Saturday night. There were 13 break-ins alone at a lot on Skinker, north of Enright. Fox 2 / KPLR 11 has learned that officers reported 30 cases in three lots near the venue, which hosted Seether Saturday evening. One car owner told us he`d locked his valuables in his center console, but the thieves trashed […]

  • Trial begins for defendant in Principia school sexual assault hazing case

    CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) – Opening statements were given Tuesday in Clayton for another defendant in the Principia school sexual assault hazing case. Joshua Brewer has pleaded not guilty to sodomy charges in the attacks of fellow football players at a private school football camp. His former classmate Maverick Holmsley was convicted last year and sentenced to five years in prison for his part in holding down classmates. Three other defendants took misdemeanor deals for ten days in jail and probation.

  • St. Louis convenience stores accused of selling synthetic drugs in condiment cups

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Feds say convenience stores they raided last week were selling illegal synthetic drugs, sometimes in condiment cups over the counter.  The allegations are contained in a 29 page federal indictment, unsealed today. The stores we showed you being raided last week were all named, Hazelwood Discount Cigarettes, Mally’s Supermarket and Northway Market.  The indictment accuses 35 people of being involved with money laundering, cigarette smuggling and even making their own synthetic drugs to sell over the […]

  • Police departments are accounting for ‘missing’ kids after Fox Files investigation

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Missouri`s database for missing kids is not accurate and it`s raising questions about how to help struggling kids. We first broke down the numbers in April, showing the large amount of reported missing kids from the St. Louis area, especially from North County. After our investigation former Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall Jr., now commander in Ferguson, reviewed his department’s missing kid reports. He said, “All we`re doing is trying to be a little more efficient […]

  • 6-year-old loses beloved mother, and now his best friend is missing

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – It’s an inspiring story of giving in the greatest time of need. A St. Charles county father talks about how his wife gave to others knowing she would die in her 30’s. In this story the family is asking the community for some help in yet another sad twist to what they`re already battling. Luke Ottinger and his 6-year-old son Lohan lost Jessica last week. Jessica Ottinger was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago, and […]

  • Tax break for disabled vets has St. Clair County scrambling to meet budget

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI) – An Illinois tax break is making waves, not only impacting crucial services, but also leading to higher taxes for others. The break allows some people to completely eliminate their property taxes. It was passed in Illinois with the best of intentions, because it allows a disabled veteran to eliminate their property taxes. Our Fox Files investigation found people in expensive homes, sometimes disabled from sleep apnea, and it’s causing shortfalls in the millions. Veteran David […]

  • Police chief resigns when confronted about his involvement in “mock tickets”

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Former Moline Acres Police Chief Cliff Ware has resigned. He told Fox 2 News he was signing “mock tickets,” but that’s not what we found during a Fox Files investigation. There were thousands of $125 speeding tickets mailed out to residents. Karen Dunman got four of them. “Well, I would’ve paid them,” she said. “Everyone here told me not to.” Two of her tickets arrived for different days, but for the same offense. “Yes, same […]

  • Federal agents raid dozens of St. Louis area convenience stores

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Dozens of St. Louis metropolitan area stores are being raided right now by federal agents. Several federal agencies are involved with support from local police departments. The law enforcement activity appears to located mostly in north St. Louis County. Witnesses report questions from police about possible synthetic drug sales and cigarette sales across state lines. Locations include Molly’s Markets, 6 Star Liquor and Convenience and Northway Market. The Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

  • Pam Hupp could still be collecting government disability checks in jail

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – You may remember when Pam Hupp ran from Fox 2 cameras. It was during a time when she said she was collecting $800 a month in disability. Now she’s charged with murdering a man with disabilities and Fox 2 has learned she could continue getting government pay for another year. Hupp’s disability featured prominently in a January 2016 civil court case. The 2016 case involved a lawsuit brought by Betsy Faria’s daughters. The daughters were […]

  • Firefighters dying from hidden cancer threat which attacks through skin pores

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Cancer is an epidemic among firefighters. Many now believe they are more likely to die from cancer than all other hazards combined. Firefighters never know which fire might bring an explosion, a roof collapse, or a dangerous rescue. But they now know every fire emits deadly toxins that can attack them from the inside. “It’s more dangerous, in my opinion, than going in and having a roof collapse on me,” said Wentzville Fire Captain David Marlo. […]

  • Refugee children report group of people who attempted to abduct them

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – KPLR 11 News has received a tremendous response from our story about hundreds of children reported missing from the St. Louis area. During our research, Syrian families told us a group of people attempted to kidnap their children. These families fled their war-torn country, only to be surrounded by daily gunfire in north St. Louis. On April 3, nine-year-old Rama said strangers grabbed her and two friends. Rama said she broke free. “They ran after me and […]