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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
  • St. Charles County’s new police chief talks about what changes mean for citizens

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – It`s the first week for St. Charles County`s new police chief, who just took over in a re-working of the Sheriff`s Department. You won`t see much of a change. The star on the uniform is now a badge and squad cars will soon all say Police instead of Sheriff, but it`s the potential quelling of hidden politics that some people think might be the biggest change. Until now, St. Charles County has elected a Sheriff […]

  • Government demands widow repay mistaken VA payments, plus interest

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The widow of a WWII vet says she didn`t want to take VA benefits, but the government insisted. Now bureaucrats want the money back, with interest. Investigative reporter Chris Hayes dug into a bizarre battle over thousands of dollars, despite a widow`s desire to do the right thing. Lucille Koester`s late husband Andy was a veteran of WWII. Lucille, who struggles with a voice disorder, described how her husband returned home and fought battles in […]

  • Police say sex offender tried luring teen girl online by promising a new iPhone

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A 29-year-old sex offender is under arrest, accused of trying to have sex with a middle school aged girl.  Police say he promised a new iPhone when making contact through a social media site. The arrest was made by Maryland Heights, MO Police working with an internet sex crimes task force.  After finding their suspect, they went to Bonne Terre, MO to make the arrest. Detective Sgt. Richard White said, ‘As a society and as law […]

  • Berkeley, MO Mayor says he thinks the officer who shot and killed Antonio Martin should return to work

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – The City of Berkeley, MO says its officer was justified in shooting Antonio Martin and has cleared him of any wrongdoing. Berkeley Mayor Theodore Hoskins said it was important to get this internal affairs investigation done quickly.  Now that they have the results, he didn’t hesitate to say the officer should be able to police Berkeley`s streets again.  Mayor Hoskins said, ‘If he wants to. That`s my position. He did not initiate this.  He followed all […]

  • Rear end collision turns out to be a trick to steal car

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – The elaborate stolen car trick happened in the middle of the afternoon, the day after Christmas in Kirkwood. It also happened to be the day before a wedding.  Robin Lukasek was driving to meet her daughter, the bride.  She was driving on Big Bend near Geyer, when someone bumped her. Lukasek said, ‘I know better, but I felt quite safe where I was.’ She said the driver looked so sorry.  She said, ‘He was the one, […]

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    Edwardsville police officer caught stealing on duty linked to unsolved burglaries

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR)- Police found one of their own responsible for multiple burglaries in Edwardsville, IL. Prosecutors say they caught him on video committing a burglary on duty. Officer Brian Barker, 41, is a 20-year veteran of the Edwardsville Police Department. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons accuses Barker of burglarizing about a dozen places. According to the state’s attorney court filing, Barker targeted his own neighbor as well as businesses the officer was paid to protect. Business owner Dave […]

  • Citizen describes chasing down Antonio Martin after a 2013 crime

    BERKELEY, MO (KPLR) – Court records show the man shot and killed in the December 23rd Berkeley Police shooting served jail time when he was 17. Berkeley Police arrested him in May for armed criminal action, but that case is still under review at the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office. Antonio D Martin pleaded guilty twice, for lesser crimes.  One plea involved a crime he committed just four days after his 17th birthday, a misdemeanor assault.  The report says Martin […]

  • Police chief questions credentials of Kinloch “Marshal”

    (KPLR) – Police want to know if you’ve been stopped, frisked, or arrested by a man who looks like a police officer.  We`ve found the man in question is not licensed as a police officer. A Fox Files investigation took us to a North St. Louis County Municipality with empty lots and burned out buildings.  Kinloch is a town of less than 500 people that sits in the shadow of Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Kinloch is where we found […]

  • St. Louis County Courts report more ‘no-shows’

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Fewer people are showing up to court in St. Louis County Municipalities.  It could be setting up a big problem for some people. A municipal court Judge fears some people with warrants may misunderstand the new amnesty programs. Frank Vatterott is an attorney and a Judge in Overland.  He`s also part of the new St. Louis County Municipal Court Improvement Committee, that`s working to crack down on court abuses and improve relations with citizens.  He says […]

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    Bold carjacking leads to kidnapping and smash & grab

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – St. Louis Metropolitan Police are investigating a carjacking and kidnapping that happened during a robbing spree in South St. Louis. It began when three men reportedly carjacked, robbed and kidnapped a 64-year-old woman near Hampton and Walsh. Police say they robbed her and taped her with duct tape, including her face.  Witnesses say two of the three men had guns and one carried an assault rifle.  The suspects then drove the kidnapped victim to Robinson`s Jewelry […]

  • Ten time DUI offender gets probation

    Similar plea deals may become more common. FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – 55-year-old Joseph Hayes` DUI convictions date back 13 years.  He`s served three prison sentences for aggravated DUI, but Florissant Police say it didn`t stop Hayes from drinking and driving with a .244 blood alcohol level, which is three times the legal limit. Yet this time, Hayes` attorney and a St. Louis County Assistant Prosecutor worked out a deal to give Hayes probation. No one in the justice system will […]

  • Missouri lawmakers to look into what went wrong in North County

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A joint committee on government accountability will meet this week to begin finding what went wrong when North County burned.  On November 24th, Guardsmen filled the streets of surprisingly quiet Clayton, but were nowhere to be found in North County.  As Fox 2 recently revealed, 1,500 Guardsmen, which included a Quick Response Force, sat waiting for a call that didn’t come until the next morning. Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt told us, “People who were […]


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