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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
  • Mood of protesters edgy but peaceful Tuesday night

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A city and neighborhood are edge Tuesday night after a night of violent clashes with protesters on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson. Over 50 people were arrested in Monday night unrest between police and protesters. Last night saw police being fired upon by people in the crowd, with four officer injured by bottle throwing. Tonight all eyes are on West Florissant Avenue for a possible repeat of Monday nights violence. Chris Hayes is in Ferguson gauging […]

  • Challenges in search for answers in Michael Brown shooting case.

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – The massive attention to the Michael Brown shooting case may make it difficult for investigators to find witnesses. We`re just one day away from when St. Louis County Attorney Bob McCulloch plans to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury.  Witnesses seem to have reported one version of what happened the day a police officer shot and killed brown, but there appears to be evidence of another view. In the wake of Mike Brown`s death and […]

  • New answers about the death of Michael Brown

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – New answers came today from forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden.  But those answers were followed by a conflict between the opinions of two highly respected Medical Examiners. In a news conference this morning, Dr. Baden said all shots fired at Brown appear to have come while Brown was facing the officer.   Three of those shots bring additional questions. Dr. Baden`s assistant, Professor Shawn Parcells, explained how two of the shots are graze wounds.  He described one […]

  • Large crowd at QuikTrip protests peacefully

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Many people ran for their cars when rain struck at about 8:30 pm, but people returned almost immediately after the shower stopped ten minutes later. The crowd is huge, it’s diverse and everyone wants to share their story. Many had children with them, kids in strollers, and Pre-K kids, middle school kids and up. They’re here with their families. Many families left about an hour or so ago, but some still remain. Some wanted to talk […]

  • Faria murder trial witness prohibited from her own bank accounts

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – We have an unusual twist in the ongoing saga surrounding the stabbing death of Betsy Faria.  A judge has ordered one of the victim`s friends to stay away from her own bank accounts.  She`s a friend who benefitted, financially from Betsy Faria`s death.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes has been following the case and found inconsistencies, suggesting that friend may be changing her story. Pam Hupp was the beneficiary of a $150,000life insurance policy, paid […]

  • What’s happened to the Coleman memorial money?

    (KPLR) – A best friend of murder victim Sheri Coleman wants to know where about $35,000 went.  It was money raised to build a memorial for Sheri and her two boys.  A jury convicted the husband, Chris Coleman, of strangling them. Citizens raised tens of thousands after the 2009 Coleman murders.  Those funds led to the creation of a non-profit group called Sheri Ann and her boys.  Sheri`s friend Meegan Turnbeaugh helped start it, but stepped down in 2010, in […]

  • Possible suspect in custody from U. City alumni picnic shooting

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) – University City police announced an arrest in connection with Saturday’s Heman Park shooting, but charges so far are unrelated to the killing.  20-year-old Mario Wallace died & a 39-year-old man is recovering from being shot in the leg. They were attending a high school alumni picnic.  Witnesses described seeing a green Pontiac Grand Prix drive away from the shooting.  A Hillsdale police K-9 officer later reported seeing that car and chased it until it crashed […]

  • 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 […]


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