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
  • Jurors in Pam Hupp trial will come from outside St. Charles County

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Pam Hupp won a victory in court Friday; a victory even the prosecutor had supported. A grand jury indicted Hupp last December for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger. The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office claimed Hupp killed Gumpenberger in a plot to take the heat off her in another murder – the 2011 stabbing death of Hupp’s friend, Betsy Faria. Nick Williams, Hupp’s defense lawyer, filed a motion saying his client should get […]

  • Family of 10 returns home to find tornado took their house and business

    PERRYVILLE, MO (KPLR) – Nobody was home at the Richardets’ when the tornado ripped away their house.  No one was at the business next door either.  Everything around it is gone. Approaching their home, you can hear the sound of chainsaws in the air. You can see debris high in the trees.  Sheet metal is wrapped around objects as if it were string.  Tyson Richardet’s home and car repair business were in the center of it all. Richardet said, “Where […]

  • Police Sgt. “punished” by his own department for getting shot

    (KPLR) – Fox 2 has obtained police emails revealing an unusual demand after a St. Louis Police officer was shot. The e-mails reveal a City demand for Sgt. Tom Lake to repay thousands of dollars after Lake was shot and could not work the holidays. Sgt. Lake has been all over the news since November.  He was shot twice in the face on Hampton Avenue as he sat beneath a streetlight in his patrol SUV.  Miraculously, the two bullets missed vital […]

  • Illinois property tax waivers costing schools millions

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL – Our investigation led us to lavish homes on golf courses and lakes, where homeowners pay no property taxes.  We found it in Illinois, a place where homeowners usually pay the highest property taxes in the nation. It’s causing a crisis for kids.  One school district in St. Clair County alone says this tax break is costing it more than a million dollars already.  It’s looking at what kids` programs to cut.  Meanwhile, we looked at people […]

  • FOX Files: Some doctors fear following Missouri’s medical marijuana law

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- A form of medical marijuana may be legal in Missouri, but patients are finding doctors afraid to even discuss it. It’s called CBD hemp oil, extracted from a type of marijuana that cannot get you high. It’s now legal in Missouri for treating intractable epilepsy, but families say some doctors are afraid to honor the new law. Robert Tufts,  11, says it hurts when he seizes. “It just feels like some sort of shock like, my […]

  • Alleged ‘neighborhood bully’ returns

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A man once banned by a Judge from his own neighborhood, is back. Prosecutors had called Dan Scott a neighborhood bully. A jury convicted him of harassment in 2014 and he completed probation the next year. Two of Scott’s renters since then say they`re seeing more bizarre behavior. They both say their landlord Scott secretly entered their apartments, left doors and windows open and went through their stuff. Instead of going to police, both moved out. […]

  • Prosecutors in Pam Hupp case say jurors can give fair trial

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St. Charles County prosecutors argued this week against changing the venue for Pam Hupp’s scheduled October trial. Assistant prosecutor Philip Groenweghe filed the four-page motion Wednesday. Hupp is accused of murdering a man with disabilities. She claimed the man was trying to kidnap her. Prosecutors said she set him up to kill him while trying to implicate someone else. Prosecutor Groenweghe said local news coverage does not mean potential jurors won’t listen to the […]

  • Facial recognition cameras allow store to lock doors to masked intruders

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – It’s a new high tech tool tackling business robberies: facial recognition cameras. Crimes are so common at many overnight stores that the employees know it’s just a matter of time before they get hit. Former store clerk Erik Stephensen said he’ll never forget his robber’s words, “Hands up! Empty your registers!” He said his co-worker asked, “Wait, is this real right now?” He said the robber answered, “Oh this is very real.” Stephensen worked overnight to pay […]

  • Police traced knife in Pam Hupp case to an unusual place

    (KPLR) – Police and prosecutors in the case against Pam Hupp are very interested in a knife that came from somewhere you might not expect. It’s one of several new clues we discovered in a court document listing witnesses and addresses for Hupp’s October murder trial.  Fox 2 obtained the record exclusively, with our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  One of the addresses takes us to the unusual place police believe Hupp may have purchased a knife. On the […]

  • Fox 2 conducts railing test in death investigation of Pam Hupp’s mother

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The death of Pam Hupp’s Mom, Shirley Neumann, remains a mysterious case three years later. St. Louis County Police Detectives have reopened it for review now that Pam Hupp is charged with murdering a man with disabilities. Hupp was the last person reported to see her mom alive in the fall of 2013. A retired homicide detective sergeant who reviewed the police and autopsy report for Shirley Neumann told Fox 2 News he didn’t think a […]

  • St. Charles County man believes he was being targeted by Pam Hupp

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Brent Charleton said Pam Hupp didn’t seem to want to take “no” for an answer as she tried getting him to be part of a Dateline NBC re-enactment. “I was the second person that day,” Charleton said. It was August 10, 2016. Charleton said he didn’t know Pam Hupp, but he noticed her unusual behavior. “It vaguely kind of looked like someone was lost but not,” he said. “I mean, you’re driving a speed where […]

  • Veteran homicide detective reviews death of Pam Hupp’s mom

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis County police investigators are taking another look at the death of Pam Hupp’s mother, now that Hupp is charged with murdering Louis Gumpenberger. About three years ago, when Hupp was a key witness in another murder, her mother fell from a third-floor balcony. On October 31, 2013 at 2:30 p.m., a housekeeper at Lakeview Park in Fenton discovered the body of 77-year-old Shirley Neumann. Neumann, who used a walker and a cane […]