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 11 Regional Emmys, including the “Investigative Report” honor in 2014 and 2015.

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.

Recent Articles
  • Court docs: St. Louis County woman was searching ‘what to do if your husband is upset you are pregnant’ before murder

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Search warrants reveal a frightening timeline before Beau Rothwell’s November 13 arrest for tampering with evidence and murder in the death of his wife, Jennifer. Jennifer Rothwell was approximately six weeks pregnant when she disappeared and was found murdered. According to court records, she’d been using her phone to search topics around the subject “what to do if your husband is upset you are pregnant.” Two days before Beau’s arrest—on November 11—receipts reveal he bought […]

  • Innocence Project says fight will continue to test DNA with possible St. Louis tie

    ST. LOUIS – The Innocence Project says it will keep pressing for a DNA test that could provide answers about notorious St. Louis murder suspect Thomas Bruce. A Tennessee judge denied the request for the test despite reported questions from St. Louis-area authorities. They want to know if suspected Catholic Supply Store killer Thomas Bruce might be tied to another murder. Fox 2 News spoke one-on-one by phone with Innocence Project attorney Barry Scheck about how we might still find […]

  • Special prosecutor accuses St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office of stalling his investigation

    ST. LOUIS – No one from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office showed up in court for Wednesday’s scheduled hearing on the perjury case of former CAO investigator William Don Tisaby and the ongoing criminal investigation into the prosecutor herself. Special Prosecutor Jerry Carmody had a deposition set up with another Circuit Attorney’s Office investigator, Anthony Box. Then the judge checked his email and learned Box was out of town. Kim Gardner’s deposition had been scheduled for Friday. She’s also […]

  • Lawyers for St. Louis Circuit Attorney investigator want deposition thrown out

    ST. LOUIS – Did high-powered attorneys trick an alleged lying investigator working for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office? That’s the question facing a St. Louis judge in the wake of last year’s Missouri governor sex scandal. It involves the deposition of the man hired by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner to investigate former Governor Eric Greitens. William Don Tisaby faces six felony perjury counts in connection with his interview of the former governor’s mistress. Greitens’ defense team deposed […]

  • Following murder conviction, Pam Hupp said she was satisfied not taking responsibility

    ST. LOUIS – Pam Hupp’s feelings about her June 19 murder conviction are captured in jail phone calls obtained by Fox 2 News. Hupp spoke with her husband Mark almost every day from the time she was arrested more than three years ago. They knew they were being recorded. Sometimes, Mark even warned his wife people were listening to them. Shortly after her arrest for the August 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger, Pam Hupp found out O’Fallon police had tracked […]

  • Pam Hupp says her intended victims were looking for their “15 minutes of fame” in prison calls

    ST. LOUIS – For the first time, you’re about to hear convicted murderer Pam Hupp talk about the plea deal that put her in prison for the rest of her life. Fox 2 News waded through dozens of Hupp’s jail calls. One, in particular, caught our interest. It was a call between Pam and Mark Hupp on June 18, 2019, the day before Pam Hupp took a special Alford plea. Hupp’s plea meant she would only be admitting there was […]

  • Missouri’s failure to pay bills could force law enforcement layoffs

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri state law requires our local sheriff’s departments to be paid $22.58 per inmate per day. It’s just a fraction of what it really costs our local jails but the state’s not paying its share. “For the last three years, at least, we’ve had this backlog of reimbursements from the state and it’s grown over the course of time and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon,” said St. Charles County Budget Director […]

  • Video of shooting aftermath raises questions about young man’s death

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Louis County mom has questions about her son’s death after seeing a video of what happened right after he was shot. Jamie Coley says police told her it was an accident. She wonders why the video she found of the aftermath shows it took so long to act. Reco Demond Coley had just turned 24-years-old. He lived in a rental house with two women. His mom said one of Reco’s roommates obsessed with […]

  • FBI asking about Missouri medical marijuana while regulations are pricing out many businesses

    ST. LOUIS – Some have called it “the green rush.” A flood of people has applied to sell medical marijuana and it’s catching the attention of federal authorities. Fox 2 has learned FBI agents have visited at least two Missouri offices to get answers about the state’s new marijuana program. That seems unusual because we could find no other state reporting similar FBI contact. Even officials in Illinois, where they’re starting a recreational use program, they report no contact from […]

  • Fox Files: The St. Louis-area schools with the highest discipline rates

    ST. LOUIS – Middle schools often report the most student discipline, according to incident numbers from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Fox 2 spent weeks pouring through the discipline incident data, which includes more than a million entries. We found a middle school is number one in the St. Louis area for overall discipline. According to DESE data, Ferguson Middle School is number one for discipline ranging from drug-related incidents to violence. Here’s the top five […]

  • Franklin County man says he’s been given life sentence for pot

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. – A nine-year sentence for marijuana possession could turn into life imprisonment for a sick man. Steven Sutherland had to wheel-up to our interview and plug into oxygen in order to talk. He said if he had it to do over, he would break the law again. In June, a Franklin County jury found Sutherland guilty of marijuana possession and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. “Well, they proved it. I admitted it, so they proved it. So […]

  • Greitens’ legal team cleared after accusations of threat against Gardner

    ST. LOUIS – A special prosecutor who was investigating alleged threats against St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner declined Thursday to file criminal charges against lawyers for former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Michael W. Bradley released a 14-page report, which includes testimony from Gardner herself. She complained she was threatened by Greitens’ attorneys. Gardner accused the Greitens defense team of tampering during her failed case against Greitens for invasion of privacy.  That case hinged on an alleged picture the governor snapped […]

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