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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
  • 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 […]

  • Governor won`t answer why National Guard plans changed, leaving soldiers on sideline

    (KPLR) – While parts of North St. Louis County burned, hundreds of National Guardsmen waited on the sidelines. We`ve learned that all 2,200 Guardsmen were in St. Louis area before the Darren Wilson Grand Jury decision.   Not all of them were used, when it appears they were most needed.  Hundreds of them were part of a special force ready to act, yet remained on standby while businesses burned. During FOX2 live coverage the night of November 25th, Ferguson Mayor James […]

  • Protestors shutdown several malls in St. Louis area on Black Friday

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)- Demonstrators boycotting Black Friday targeted several malls in the St. Louis area Friday afternoon. The movement was organized on social media using the hashtags #NotOneDime, #Blacklivesmatter and #Stlblackfriday. It all began on Twitter with messages to meet at Shaw Park in Clayton at 11:30 am.  Several dozen arrived, watched by police.  Then they got their instructions to head to the Galleria Mall. Word spread, just go and get inside the Galleria any way you can.  It […]

  • Missouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KPLR)- On Tuesday afternoon, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that more than 2,000 National Guardsmen will be in place near Ferguson overnight in the event of more violence. The goal is to prevent a repeat of what happened Monday night in Ferguson, where fires and looting erupted after it was announced that a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Nixon says 700 guardsmen were in the area on […]

  • A police wife fears for family, fights for department

    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

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – It’s a twist revealed in a civil lawsuit.  The adult daughters of murder victim Betsy Faria are suing to get the proceeds from their mom`s life insurance.  Pam Hupp has the $150,000 proceeds, because the policy was signed over into her name, days before the murder. During a Civil Court deposition in July 2014, Pam Hupp said, ‘I had a lot of pressure on me from the detectives and the Attorney General and the whole […]

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

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – Police have arrested a prominent politician’s son in a string of store robberies.  FOX 2’s Chris Hayes on the robberies and the arrest. Florissant Police arrested Phillip T. Goodwin Thursday for the robbery of a Circle K gas station. Police say they’ve linked him to 17 other convenience store robberies in the St Louis area. The Missouri Department of Corrections lists him as “Wanted” for robbery after his most recent arrest. The DOC shows various pictures […]


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