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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 for investigative reporting during his eight-year stint at KPHO-TV. Previous to that, Chris was a reporter for WFTX-TV, the FOX affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida.

Chris is a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism. It was in Columbia where Chris met his future wife Christy in a coffee shop.

While in Phoenix, Chris and Christy adopted two brothers who were 4 and 5 years old at the time. Their love of family has made their return to Missouri happy, since Chris’ mom and dad live in Springfield, Illinois and Christy’s parents live in Columbia, Missouri.

Chris has lived in Arizona, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and several other states. He’s not an Army brat. He’s the son of a Presbyterian minister and the oldest of four children.

Chris loves music and is a self-taught guitarist. He enjoys singing, entertaining, and a fresh cup of strong coffee.

FOX 2's Chris Hayes should not be confused with MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

Recent Articles
  • Did political connections help a driver keep their license?

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR) – Hitting a pedestrian earns a misdemeanor ticket for former Judge`s daughter. A woman with 49 prior traffic violations now faces a misdemeanor ticket for sending a pedestrian to the hospital.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes is looking into whether political connections are allowing the woman to continue driving. We found Katherine O`Malley`s car with a partially caved-in windshield.  Witnesses say the damage is from O`Malley hitting a man.  It happened July 5th at about […]

  • Tumblr refuses to remove illegal hidden camera bathroom pics

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Secret pictures of people using the bathroom are spreading all over the internet.  A social networking site refuses to protect you.  This follows our investigation that caught a police officer hiding a camera in the men`s room at a Chesterfield, MO gas station.   Anybody could be a victim and someone could be watching you from anywhere in the world. The porn site with the hidden camera bathroom videos is down, but we found evidence of still […]

  • International child sex sting uses computer generated child

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A new epidemic called webcam child sex tourism is being fought half way around the world, yet it`s netting suspects right here in the Midwest.  It`s finding men so desperate to have sex with kids, that they don`t realize they`re getting caught with a computer model. An international organization called Terre des Hommes used four researchers, who posed as a 10-year-old girl named Sweetie. Once online, the men instantly poured in by the thousands.  I contacted […]

  • Synthetic drugs sellers appear to continue dealing after federal indictments

    ST. PETERS, MO (KPLR) – Synthetic drug dealers continue selling potentially deadly products despite last month`s Federal indictment of 28 drug conspirators and seizure of tens of millions of dollars.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes went right back to the streets to show how they`re still trying to get away with it. Our story begins with hidden camera video inside a St. Charles County t-shirt store called Jester`s.  A clerk told a costumer about ‘$45 Pirates Booty and Get Real.’  […]

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    Chesterfield cop indicted for secretly recording men in gas station restroom

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – A Grand Jury indicted a former Chesterfield cop for secretly recording men using the bathroom. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes broke the case last month after tracking videos to a bathroom at a Mobile on the Run on Clarkson.  Fox 2 turned over investigative research that led detectives to one of their own officers. David Cerna now faces felony invasion of privacy charges.  According the the probable cause statement, investigators have been able to identify at […]

  • Mississippi River town calls for sandbagging volunteers

    CLARKSVILLE, MO (KPLR) – High waters on the Mississippi River are threatening the town of Clarksville and they are asking for more sandbagging volunteers. The river is expected to crest about 10′ over flood stage on Wednesday.  A sign on First Street reads, “Touch the Mississippi.”  You can almost do that from the spot.   River water is already finding its way across First Street toward the historic shops in the artist community. AmeriCorps volunteer Dalton Olson spent the Fourth of […]

  • Clarksville sandbagging volunteers needed

    CLARKSVILLE, MO (KPLR) – The Mississippi River is on the rise and the town of Clarksville is feeling the effects. This year the city isn’t able to help pay for the cost of sandbags, so residents and volunteers are doing the work and they are asking for more sandbagging help. The river is expected to crest about 10′ over flood stage on Wednesday. To volunteer visit: STLVolunteer.org Call United Way at 314-421-0700 or visit HelpingPeople.org

  • Intimate text scandal leads to guilty plea

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A former paralegal admitted to a scheme that cost an Assistant St Louis County Prosecutor his job.  The reported scheme involved intimate text messages and a false promise that a prosecutor would make a case disappear. Jillian Nichols walked out of court after admitting to crimes that could put her in prison for up to 25 years. Investigative reporter Chris Hayes asked, ‘Ms. Nichols, what do you say to the prosecutor who lost his job because […]

  • Suspected synthetic cocaine dealer pleads not guilty

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-In a FOX Files follow up, Pam Tabatt pleaded not guilty in federal court for her alleged role in a drug trafficking conspiracy. The Fox Files first exposed her reported sales of synthetic cocaine, hidden in packages labeled as bath salts, nearly four years ago. Tabatt’s son and more than 20 other suspects face similar drug trafficking charges. Tabatt walked out of court holding papers to cover her face. Previous story: FOX Files: Synthetic drug dealer may […]


    28 indicted in St. Louis synthetic drug bust

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A massive synthetic drug take down that includes a reported dealer first exposed by FOX 2.  We were the first expose synthetic cocaine hidden packaging label this bath salts nearly 4 years ago.  Now, one of those sellers is under indictment. Pam Tabatt is the woman behind the St. Louis County store called Nights of Rave Smoke Sensations and the St. Charles County 94 Bait & Tackle Smokeshop. She defended her sales of synthetic drug […]

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    Synthetic drug dealer may finally be out of business

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Feds are seizing millions of dollars from synthetic drug dealers first exposed by the Fox Files years ago. Investigator Chris Hayes first told you about Pam Tabatt almost four years ago. Now, she may finally be out of business. Tabatt is under indictment, along with her son and a 3rd defendant, accused of shipping chemicals in from China and packaging the synthetic drugs under different names to make the drugs sound like harmless products. […]


    Former cop facing invasion of privacy charges free on bond

    (KPLR)-Former Chesterfield police officer David Cerna bonded out of jail Tuesday morning. Cerna is the man reportedly behind a porn site featuring a hidden camera he’s accused of placing in a gas station men’s room. A week-long FOX Files investigation led back to Cerna. The former officer faces felony invasion of privacy charges. His case will go before a St. Louis County grand jury next month.