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. http://fox2now.com/2014/06/06/chesterfield-police-officer-accused-of-invasion-of-privacy/

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. http://fox2now.com/2016/01/22/the-real-story-behind-the-russ-faria-case-featured-on-dateline-nbc/

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
  • Judge invites protesters into courtroom for unprecedented meeting

    ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis City judge invited dozens of protestors into his courtroom for an unprecedented meeting. 22nd Circuit Court Judge Jimmie Edwards says he did it to restore trust. He opened his own courtroom to protesters and law students so they could speak face-to-face with him and Judge Jason Sengheiser. The meeting lasted for more than two hours inside the Carnahan Courthouse Monday morning. Cameras were not allowed. Judge Edwards told me he did not want a venting session, adding […]

  • Building Commissioner, on probation, won’t allow Normandy woman to move into her own home

    NORMANDY, MO – A Building Commissioner, guilty of impersonating a police officer, is keeping a woman from living in her own home.  It`s in Normandy, where Kelly Robertson has been paying the mortgage on her new home since May.  She claims the City of Normandy is keeping her out for things like extra coats of paint. Robertson said, “Five months now of paying that we cannot live in this home.  They refuse to let us in.  They will not pass […]

  • Former St. Louis officer Jason Stockley found not guilty in murder case

    ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis Circuit judge found Jason Stockley not guilty of killing Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley fatally shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith in December 2011 after a three-mile police chase through city streets. The incident started as a police stop following a reported drug sale. Surveillance video showed officers block Smith in, who then backed his vehicle into a police car as the officers approached. Stockley ran after the suspect’s car, firing seven shots with his service […]

  • Judge has leeway in Stockley decision

    ST. LOUIS – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens activated the Missouri National Guard Thursday in anticipation of the Jason Stockley judgment. Stockley is the former St. Louis police officer accused of executing a suspect after a police pursuit in December 2011. Both the St. Louis City and St. Louis County police departments have announced 12-hour shifts for officers starting Friday at 6 a.m. It’s been 36 days since the judge got this case after closing arguments. There’s been no official court announcement as […]

  • Ethical Society of Police calls for Stockley murder conviction

    ST. LOUIS – A society of police officer’s claims that a 2011 police shooting was a murder, and that the case should end with a conviction. There is still no verdict in the murder trial of former Officer Jason Stockley. Today, The Ethical Society of Police, which is a predominantly African-American officer’s association gave 21 reasons why they believe Stockley should be convicted. The board said one example was Stockley told his partner they were going to kill the suspect 45 […]

  • Waiting for a verdict in Jason Stockley murder trial

    ST. LOUIS – The verdict in the Jason Stockley murder trial could come down at any moment. Stockley is the former St. Louis police officer accused of executing a suspect in December 2011. It’s been 33 days since the trial ended with closing arguments. For more than a month, Judge Timothy Wilson has had this case without any hint about when he might rule. Before the trial, when he agreed to be the sole decider, he wrote “whatever the ultimate outcome, it likely […]

  • MICDS expels students over racist messages

    LADUE, Mo. – A St. Louis-area college prep school has removed a group of students who exchanged racist messages via Snapchat which were later leaked to the public. Lisa Lyle, head of the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Ladue, said the five students were no longer welcome at MICDS and would not be returning. The school would not use the word “expelled,” opting to say that none of the five students could remain in the community. Lyle […]

  • 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 […]