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 eight Regional Emmys, including the “Investigative Report” honor for the last two years running.

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.

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    Police search of Pam Hupp trash bag recovers long list of possible evidence

    Pam Hupp says she’s not guilty. That’s according to her attorney at Hupp’s first court appearance. The Judge barred the public from her arraignment, citing safety concerns. The hearing was held inside a jailhouse courtroom. Hupp faces a first degree murder charge in a bizarre plot prosecutors say she hatched to try to frame someone else. After Hupp’s arrest, O’Fallon Missouri Police obtained a trash bag of possible evidence. Police obtained a search warrant based on the Hupp’s activity just […]

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    Pam Hupp makes first court appearance since being released from hospital

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Pam Hupp stood before a judge Friday for the first time since the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged her in a murder plot. Judge Phillip Ohlms barred the media from entering the courtroom Friday because of security reasons because this courtroom is inside the jail. That is a first: being prohibited from a public hearing irrespective of security concerns. Reporters must rely on what prosecutors tell us happened inside. Hupp’s appearance lasted […]

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    U.S. Attorney discusses review of Faria murder

    U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan says it’s not an investigation, just a review of the 2011 Betsy Faria murder. Callahan added that Pam Hupp`s recent murder charge, in a different case, has not changed his office’s approach. Callahan said, “The focus of our review is not on an individual, it`s simply on the murder of Betsy Faria and we`re still open as to where that review will take us.” He says his office opened a review after Russ Faria was exonerated […]

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    Pam Hupp charged with first degree murder

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – The star witness in a sensational murder case is now charged with a separate murder.  Our cameras exclusively captured Hupp’s arrest and arrival at the police department. Police say Pam Hupp killed an innocent man hoping to frame an old adversary. Pam Hupp’s story sent Russ Faria to prison in 2011 for the murder of his wife, who was already dying from cancer.  Russ was exonerated after an extensive Fox 2 investigation. We captured video of […]

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    Pam Hupp charged with murder one week after fatal shooting inside her home

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – The woman who shot and killed a man in her O’Fallon, MO home last week has been formally charged.  St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Lohmar has charged Pamela Hupp, 57, with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the August 16, 2016, shooting death of  33-year old Louis Gumpenberger. Hupp was taken into custody Tuesday morning by the O’Fallon Police Department. She is being held on $2 million cash only bond. On August 16, O’Fallon police received an […]

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    Man killed in Pam Hupp’s home was scheduled for job interview in the morning

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – The autopsy shows a man found dead inside Pam Hupp’s O’Fallon, Missouri home was shot at least twice. That man, Louis Gumpenberger, was disabled by a car accident years ago. Now we’re learning more on the man Hupp accuses of trying to burglarize her home. Gumpenberger, 37, was scheduled for a job interview at a St. Peters business that helps disabled people. They knew and liked him because he’d worked for BCI Packaging before. They told […]

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    Pam Hupp involved in deadly shooting at her home, victim’s ex-girlfriend says he was disabled

    O’FALLON, MO (KPLR) – Questions tonight about the man shot and killed inside the home of Pam Hupp.  O’Fallon, MO police say 33-year-old Louis Royce Gumpenberger died Tuesday after the shooting, which followed a reported burglary in progress. Hupp was a former witness in a high profile murder case.  She and her husband returned from O’Fallon Police headquarters earlier today.  Hupp had no comment. Shannon Zoll wanted to talk.  She’s Gumpenberger’s ex-girlfriend who had two kids with him.  She told […]

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    Juror in Principia sex hazing case describes concerns over guilty verdict

    (KPLR) – A juror is questioning her own guilty vote against a former Principia school student convicted of sodomy.   The trial followed a 2014 sexual hazing at the prestigious private school`s football camp. Juror Hanna Colley says she`s been praying about her June vote to convict 19-year-old Maverick Holmsley.  A judge could sentence Holmsley up to life in prison. Before sentencing, Holmsley`s lawyers are demanding a hearing.  They want a new trial because of Colley’s experience. Colley said this about her […]

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    Former addict awarded millions for what his doctor prescribed

    (KPLR) – Some addicts don’t need to buy a heroin high off the streets.  Two lawyers claim their client obtained potentially lethal doses by visiting his doctor. Attorneys John Simon and Tim Cronin recently won a $17.6 million lawsuit for a man hooked on legally prescribed opiate pain pills. Court records indicate the daily dose for one man rose from about six pills a day in 2008 to an average of almost 40 pills daily in 2012.  The milligram equivalent […]

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    South County man says mortgage company sent people who broke into his home

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A South County man, trying to save his home from foreclosure, says he found it burglarized by subcontractors working for his mortgage company.  You might not believe it, if he didn’t have video to prove it. When banks begin foreclosing on a home, it’s common for the bank to send someone out to make sure the property is secured and protected.  In this case, a homeowner’s video cameras appear to capture the opposite. It happened […]

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    St. Charles County mom gets 12+ years in prison for synthetic drug sales

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Our investigations over the last five years led Pam Tabatt to ban Fox 2’s Chris Hayes from entering her stores.  Today she found she will be locked up for more than a decade. Former user Max Harris came to attend the sentencing. She said she wanted to see it, “just because she was instrumental in getting me involved in the drugs to begin with. I never would have started it if her and her […]

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    Russ Faria sues Lincoln County law enforcement

    (KPLR) – In a lawsuit filed today, Russ Faria accuses the Lincoln County Prosecutor and several investigating officers of fabricating evidence during the investigation of his murdered wife. Betsy Faria was found stabbed to death in 2011. A St. Louis judge exonerated Russ Faria in November, 2015.  In 2013, a jury convicted him after a Lincoln County judge silenced evidence — a life insurance policy that went to someone else. Attorney Bevis Schock said, “If they`d looked halfway close at […]


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