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
  • Crackdown on illegal video gambling machines may be the start of a $90 million battle

    ST. LOUIS – Illegal video gambling machines are popping up all over the St. Louis area. You’ll find them in bars, restaurants, and gas stations, but there’s been no enforcement until now. One Missouri legislator thinks our state is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue. He wants to legalize video gambling machines in bars. Many people think they’re already legal because the machines are showing up in so many Missouri businesses without any challenges. Even the […]

  • Police say car lot continued scamming customers after FBI raid

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Some citizens are still paying the price for visiting a St. Louis County car lot. Police said the owner took out loans to customers who didn’t buy cars. “I lost my previous job and everything,” said Chris Lambert. “I didn’t have transportation, you know? I had to start all the way over from scratch.” Lambert visited Autoway Car Sales on St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale. The man who operated it, Anas Alshurafa, has since […]

  • Kratom users fighting regulators over herb they say saves lives

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Citizens and regulators are butting heads over a centuries-old substance appearing in drug screens of people who are dying. Depending on who you ask, Kratom is either a health risk or a savior. The DEA was about to classify Kratom a Schedule I narcotic, putting it in the same category as heroin and LSD. Tens of thousands of people protested online and the government ultimately backed down. Kratom is usually sold in green powder form. It […]

  • VA employee says she’s being punished for “sext” sent by supervisor

    ST. LOUIS – A local Veterans Affairs employee has come forward alleging her boss sent a nude photo of her via text message. But despite the evidence, the employee who received the sext said she’s the one being punished. “It’s just…it’s disgusting,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified. The woman said she’s a VA auditor and received the picture embedded in a written text. The woman who received the message read, “She says, ‘Good morning. Please have […]

  • Mo. Veterans Commission employees write glowing reviews for official with problem past

    ST. LOUIS – The Fox Files uncovered evidence of the government trying to pass around an alleged problem employee. Reference letters from the Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) nearly fooled a nursing home into hiring a man with a reported troubled past. Fox 2 News uncovered questionable letters of recommendation after our investigation into nursing homes, earlier this month. A whistleblower told us, “Do you know another nursing home hired the man ousted by the St. Louis Veterans Home?” Fox 2 […]

  • Repeat drunk drivers in Mo. and Ill. could fill Busch Stadium – twice

    ST. LOUIS – We’re surrounded by thousands of repeat drunk driving offenders, some who have cleaned their records. The Fox Files found how some are hiding and why they’re able to drive under the radar. Doug Robinson appeared to be a victim when Fox 2 News first spotted him during flood coverage last May. He hit the back of a semi and drove into the overflowing Meramec River. “I thought I was going under,” he said at the time. The […]

  • Accused Principia hazing ringleader gets prison time, avoids being sex offender

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. – Prosecutors called Josh Brewer the ringleader of the 2014 Principia Upper School hazing attacks. It all happened during the summer of 2014 at a football camp for teens at the prestigious Town and Country private school. Five upperclassmen stormed their teammates’ rooms in the middle of the night, pulled them out of their beds, pinned them down, and sodomized them. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch described Brewer on Tuesday as “a sex offender, has […]

  • Former nursing home resident claims staff neglected her

    ST. LOUIS – Will your mom or dad get proper treatment in a nursing home or end up just another head in a bed? Marion Thompson said she left Riverview Nursing Home on South Broadway because she was being neglected. “I screamed for a good 10 to 15 minutes and they finally came in,” she said. Thompson called us from a hospital room where she was recovering. “They can’t keep help,” she said, describing problems at the nursing home. “You’re […]

  • Pam Hupp returns to court in preparation for her trial

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Pam Hupp appeared in a St. Charles County courthouse shackled and wearing an orange jumpsuit at her hearing today. The Judge gave her family permission to bring her regular street clothing to wear, yet she entered the courtroom in her jail garb. Hupp faces a first-degree murder charge, which followed her August 2016 arrest outside of her O’Fallon Missouri home. Hupp shot and killed a man with disabilities, claiming he attacked her. Prosecutors said Hupp planned […]

  • Potential criminal charges in Greitens investigation are questionable

    ST. LOUIS – How can the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office investigate Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ affair? When Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched the investigation, Fox 2/KPLR 11 learned from police that no one had contacted the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to look into it. Our news department also learned officers were not investigating the matter. Kim Gardner would not agree to a sit-down interview, but her spokesperson said the office has investigated past cases without police involvement. She […]

  • Story of Gov. Greitens’ affair was being shopped around to news outlets

    ST. LOUIS – Days before news broke of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ affair, the story was being shopped to Fox 2 News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Several people behind the scenes wanted us to be first on television with the story of an alleged affair involving Greitens before he became governor. They also wanted us to air it on the day of the governor’s State of the State address. On Monday, January 8, we were given an audio recording. […]

  • New program gives heroin antidote to people leaving jails

    ST. LOUIS – The new attack on the heroin epidemic is part of a $1 billion grant from the federal government. Most of that money goes for treatment, but there’s also prevention money, including money to get Narcan into the hands of people in the criminal justice system. One of the people in St. Louis area who will administer this is Chad Sabora, with the Missouri Network Outreach Center. “Whether or not people think it’s a choice or not, I […]