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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
  • 64-year-old O’Fallon, Mo. man dead after officer-involved shooting

    O’FALLON, Mo. – A 64-year-old man was shot and killed Friday morning after pointing a gun at an O’Fallon police officer. According to Officer Diana Damke, a spokeswoman for the O’Fallon Police Department, the shooting occurred in the 1000 Block of Mission Hills Drive at around 11:45 a.m. Damke said an officer went to conduct a mental health check for 64-year-old Dale Weich. The officer was accompanied by a mental health professional. Weich pulled a gun on the officer and the officer shot the […]

  • O’Fallon, Ill. neighborhood seeing power outages several times a day

    O’FALLON, Ill. – People in an O’Fallon, Illinois neighborhood are getting fed up with their power going off and on up to eight times-a-day. It’s been an everyday thing since early December in the Chesapeake Junction subdivision, said resident Amanda Part. The lights go out without warning. The dishwasher, washer, and dryer shut down mid-cycle. Partl and her husband figured it must be a problem with their house, maybe their electric meter. “One night we were searching for an electrician,” […]

  • ‘Fake cop’ attempted traffic stop on St. Peters driver; police investigating

    ST. PETERS, Mo. – The St. Peters Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol are on the lookout for a suspected fake cop. St. Peters resident Mike Cameron said the driver of a dark Chevy Impala with police lights and a siren tried to pull him over on westbound Highway 364 in St. Charles County around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Cameron later posted a warning about the incident on Facebook. He got a response from another driver who caught the second […]

  • School superintendent stuck on highway for hours after releasing students early

    EUREKA, Mo. — One of the people living the traffic nightmare on Interstate 44 Friday night is a man who made the call to send students home early from one of the area’s largest school districts.  We reached Rockwood Schools Superintendent Doctor Eric Knost who’s been tweeting updates while going nowhere. Dr. Knost says he got on eastbound I-44 at 109 more than six hours ago after tying up all the loose ends with today’s early dismissal. He’s tweeted: “Took […]

  • Trio robs The Mack Bar and Grill at gunpoint: Police

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are looking for three men who held up over a dozen people at a south city restaurant late Wednesday night. According to investigators, it happened around 10 p.m. at The Mack Bar and Grill at the corner of Macklind and Murdoch avenues in the Southampton neighborhood. Surveillance video shows three young men wearing masks crossing Macklind just minutes before the hold-ups in the heart of the Macklind District. The Macklind District is home to […]

  • St. Louis police sergeant, wounded in the line of duty in standoff with Valley Park officials over rehabbed house

    VALLEY PARK, MO – Sgt. Joe Hill bought a house in Valley Park in July.  Inspectors still won’t let his family live there. The house was built in 1934. No one would tell him “specifically” why his family can’t move in, Hill said. It’s the latest in a string life-changing events that started during the protests after a former St. Louis Police Officer, Jason Stockley, was acquitted of murder 16 months ago. Hill was among those sent to protect the home […]

  • Outpouring of support as Chris Duncan continues cancer fight

    ST. LOUIS – There’s been an outpouring of messages of hope and support for former St. Louis Cardinals player and radio personality Chris Duncan. His co-workers announced he’s leaving his radio show on 101 ESPN to focus on his cancer fight. St. Louis wants him to know he’s not alone. There have been a lot of signs on social media and the radio. In parts of five seasons with the Cardinals, 2006 was Duncan’s best with the club. He hit […]

  • Long-time New Athens, Ill. teacher murdered in Florida

    WATERLOO, Ill. – A murder in Florida has led to heartbreak here in the St. Louis area. Frances Axley, 78, a long-time teacher and guidance counselor at New Athens High School, was murdered in Naples, Florida. Axley’s daughter in Waterloo, Illinois said the family was grieving and asked or their privacy to be respected. Axley had moved to Naples in 1996 but returned to Waterloo every summer to stay with her daughter’s family, the daughter said. She and the rest […]

  • Small fire department in growing Jefferson County faces cutbacks

    HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. – Thousands in the St. Louis area may soon face a growing threat from fires with fewer firefighters to fight them. There is so much on the line for Antonia Fire Protection District firefighter Matt Ritter. Ritter is among 14 firefighters the district is being forced to shed. Six firefighters have already found work elsewhere. Ritter, a father of three and military veteran who’s been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, will be laid off in March. […]

  • Bell fires prosecutor who presented evidence in Michael Brown case

    CLAYTON Mo. – St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell is making significant changes in the prosecutor’s office on his second day in the post. Three assistant prosecutors were fired and escorted from the office by police. One of the dismissed prosecutors presented evidence to a grand jury in the Michael Brown investigation. Less than 24 hours after taking his oath, speaking of inclusion and the importance of the existing staff in the prosecutor’s office, Fox 2/News 11 confirmed the moves […]

  • Residents want derelict building torn down, after partial collapse

    ST. LOUIS – There was a New Year’s Eve scare in part of St. Louis that’s making a comeback:  Old North St. Louis just outside of downtown. Part of an old warehouse collapsed onto a Palm Street near 14th. The St. Louis Fire Department sent out its Collapse Rescue Task Force. A big chunk of a wall came crashing down around 4:30 pm in the afternoon. Investigators found no one was hit, hurt, or trapped.  Firefighters blocked off Palm from […]

  • 38-year-old in custody following robbery at US Bank

    ST. LOUIS – Frightening developments in south St. Louis Friday afternoon as police tracked a brazen bank robber. The suspect, a 38-year-old man, crashed car at Jefferson and Chouteau shortly after 12 p.m. The robbery happened at the U.S. Bank at Gravois Plaza. At first, the suspect might have thought he’d gotten away clean with all that money he stole from the bank about three miles away. According to police, the suspect pulled a gun on the bank security guard […]