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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
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    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Wives and children of many police officers are in virtual hiding, as some face assault and death threats. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes talked with the wife of a Ferguson officer who said she`s not leaving town, because she fears people aren`t hearing the whole truth about her husband`s Department. During the spring of 2014, the City of Ferguson commissioned a study to find out what residents thought about City services, including the Ferguson Police Department.  […]

  • Faria attorney about to file appeal

    (KPLR) – Is the wrong man behind bars for murder?  The attorney for Russ Faria says he`s about to file an appeal. Joel Schwartz said, “Every day that this man stays in jail is a travesty of justice. He’s an innocent man confined in prison right now.” Schwartz is the defense attorney for Russ Faria.  A Lincoln County jury sentenced Faria to life in prison for the stabbing death of his wife Betsy.  Schwartz said, “The jury didn’t get the […]

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    Being pulled over could cost you hundreds more depending on the city

    (KPLR) – Our Fox Files investigation found some cities adding hundreds of dollars in red tape.   It only depends on where police pull you over. You won`t pay this fee in West County.  This is an extra charge, paid to some police departments for towing your car.  It’s separate from what you pay the tow yard.  It’s called an administrative cost, to pay for a piece of paper, just so you can prove to the tow lot that you’re the […]

  • Bathroom camera cop now faces allegations of abusing teen subjects

    (KPLR) – A Chesterfield Mom says a police officer arrested her son, took him to the police station and molested him.  She spoke exclusively to Fox, because she believes the officer would still be molesting today, if not for Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes. The accused is now ex-cop, David Cerna.  We first found Cerna, while investigating a hidden camera inside a public bathroom.  Cerna`s own police colleagues arrested him.  That was just the beginning of the trail that led […]

  • Police investigating assault & felony robbery following fight among Michael Brown`s family

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – FOX 2 has just obtained the incident report involving a reported assault and robbery first exposed in the Fox Files.  Chris Hayes obtained it after a hearing in St. Louis County Court. It went to Court because Michael Brown`s Mom, Lesley McSpadden, asked police not to release the incident report.  The City Attorney for Ferguson, Stephanie Karr, wanted to be sensitive while still following the law.  So she took it to Judge Maura McShane who said […]

  • With $150,000 on the line, a murder witness changes her story

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  • Charlie Dooley’s son allegedly linked to 18 area convenience store robberies

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  • Dog shot and left for dead overcomes paralysis to inspire

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  • Man with loaded gun stopped leaving Hollywood Casino after demonstration

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    Crime lab finds gunshot residue on hand of Vonderrit Myers, Jr.

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  • Vonderrit Myers, Jr. showed off his guns before shooting

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  • Fox Files Investigation finds a pattern of sex assaults on street near Mizzou

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