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Andy Banker reports weeknights for FOX 2 News and co-anchors FOX 2 News on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Andy joined the FOX 2 News team in July 2002 and is from Millstadt, Illinois; a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Andy worked as a reporter and anchor in Champaign, IL, and Dayton, Ohio, before returning home in 1994. He worked as a reporter and Weekend Anchor at KDNL, ABC 30 News, for 8 years. He is also the stadium announcer for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

Andy’s received multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press awards for his reporting. He’s been named “Best Reporter” by the Illinois Associated Press 4 times. Andy volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among other charities. He’s a past honorary Chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Andy is a huge fan of the Rams, Cardinals, Blues, and Fighting Illini; plus musicians Jay Farrar, John Hiatt, and Bruce Springsteen.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: andy.banker@tvstl.com


Recent Articles
  • Florissant man could face murder charge for setting fatal house fire

    FLORISSANT, Mo. – Additional charges are expected to be filed as early as Tuesday against a Florissant man accused of setting a house fire that claimed the life of a teenager. A memorial has sprung up for 16-year-old Dustin Baggett at what’s left of his family’s home in the 1900 block of Curtis Court. According to Officer Steve Michael, a spokesman for the Florissant Police Department, the fire started before 3 a.m. Friday, January 17. When officers arrived at the […]

  • Police working to assuage public fears after third shooting on I-270 in north St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – There are heightened safety concerns after a third car-to-car shooting on Interstate 270 in north St. Louis County in the span of about a month. People are taking other routes out of fear of gunfire. St. Louis County police want the suspects to know the kind of trouble they face: a lot more than for other types of shootings. A man, 40, was shot while driving eastbound on I-270 between Lilac and Riverview around 8:45 […]

  • Local company that makes breathalyzers at the center of drunk driving controversy

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis-based company Intoximeters, which makes breathalyzers used by police and prosecutors to convict drunk drivers, is at the center of a controversy regarding the reliability of its machines in Michigan. According to attorneys and legal experts, the controversy could derail drunk driving cases there. Michigan State Police sent a letter to its law enforcement partners in that state, alerting them to the concerns. The letter cites “performance-related issues” and drunk driving cases that could “impacted […]

  • Overland police praise K9 officer after apprehending suspected church burglar

    OVERLAND, Mo. – A police dog put a stop to repeated break-ins at an Overland church. Overland Police K9 Officer Tzar sniffed out the suspect hiding in a sacred place, according to his human officers. Saturday’s break-in at the West Overland Bible Church near Ashby and Midland was the third at the church in the past two weeks. Aaron Coffey, 36, was charged with multiple counts of burglary and stealing. He allegedly stole audio-video equipment, church keys, and even snacks for […]

  • Accused thief uses U-Haul to smash into Family Dollar, swipe tobacco products

    ST. LOUIS – A convicted thief is accused of using a U-Haul truck to smash his way into a Family Dollar store in south St. Louis earlier this week. According to St. Louis police and store workers, surveillance video shows James Davis, of Hazelwood, crashing into the store on S. Jefferson Avenue near Interstate 44 early Monday morning. Davis repeatedly backed the truck into the store until he broke through. Police saw him walk into the store through the massive […]

  • Man killed in attempted ATM robbery was awaiting sentencing for similar crime

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Fox2/News11 uncovered new information tonight about the deadly hold-up at an ATM in unincorporated north St. Louis County on Tuesday. The suspect who was killed, 19-year-old Jordan Pruitt of Florissant, had previously pleaded guilty to an eerily similar crime. According to St. Louis County police, an armed guard servicing an ATM at the Vantage Credit Union at Patterson Road and Greenway Chase Drive near Florissant shot and killed Pruitt in self-defense. “Essentially, it was an […]

  • Man attempting to rob ATM technician shot outside credit union in north St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A person was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while trying to rob an ATM technician outside a credit union in unincorporated St. Louis County. According to Officer Tracy Panus, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis County Police Department, police received a call for a shooting just after 1:35 p.m. in the parking lot of Vantage Credit Union in the 600 block of Greenway Chase Drive. Panus said two people approached the ATM tech while the individual […]

  • High Ridge man arrested outside Target for shoplifting suspected in violent carjacking

    ARNOLD, Mo. – An Arnold police officer was injured after a confrontation with a shoplifting suspect who was also wanted in a violent carjacking chase. It was a scary scene outside of the Target store on Vogel Road in Arnold around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Thirty-nine-year-old Jeremy Sewell of High Ridge was jailed without bond on charges of robbery and resisting arrest for the alleged shoplifting incident. Prosecutors said they’re seeking additional charges against him in connection with a December 20 […]

  • St. Charles County man says would-be Grinch tried stealing restored motorcycle on Christmas

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Charles County man was charged with a bizarre Christmas morning crime. Robert Emily Jr. allegedly crashed his vehicle into a ditch on December 25, then walked to a house across the street and stole a motorcycle from a garage along Highway P near Parr Road, located near Wentzville. Gary Duckett told Fox 2/News 11 the motorcycle was a newly restored Harley-Davidson he had just bought a couple of weeks earlier. The suspect pushed […]

  • Dutchtown shooting becomes 7th killing in St. Louis for 2020

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There’s been a seventh shooting death in St. Louis in the first 36 hours of the new year. Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Osceola Street, in the Dutchtown neighborhood. EMS was called and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. St. Louis police say that homicide investigators are now handling the ongoing investigation. “[The shooting] appears to have stemmed from […]

  • Second shooting in 2 weeks on I-270 stretch in Hazelwood

    HAZELWOOD, Mo. – For the second time in two weeks, the exact same stretch of Interstate 270 in Hazelwood was shutdown by gunfire. Two Fridays ago, a 20-year-old man was shot and killed. This time, three people were shot. According to Hazelwood police, the shooting started around 11:45 a.m. when a black Ford SUV—possibly an Edge or Escape—pulled alongside the victims’ gold Buick. Police said the victims, two men and a woman in their late teens to early 20s, were […]

  • Sunset Hills police warns of sneaky car thief

    SUNSET HILLS, Mo. – Sunset Hills police issued a warning to the community Thursday about a scam used to steal a woman’s car as she was getting ready to pump gas. Police released surveillance photos with the hope it’ll help them catch the thief. The theft happened Friday, December 20 around 5 p.m. at the U Gas station on Watson Road near Lindbergh Boulevard. Police said a thief in the distinctive black coat with tan or orange sections on the […]

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