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
  • Illinois Dept. of Corrections investigating inmate deaths at Menard

    CHESTER, Ill. – The Illinois State Police and Department of Corrections are investigating a series of deaths at the Menard Corrections Center in Chester, Illinois. A prison spokesperson had no comment on the matter and told reporters to leave the premises. A state media spokesman said they’re looking into three recent deaths but offered no additional specifics. It’s unclear when or how the inmates died.

  • Missouri’s prison director meets with Correctional Officers on staffing crisis

    BOWLING GREEN, Mo. – The director of Missouri’s Department of Corrections held a pair of meetings Friday at the Bowling Green VFW, located near the Northeast Correctional Center, which was the site of a recent partial lockdown. Last week, prisoners demonstrated in a couple of housing units, leading to a standoff and then the lockdown of those two units. That stress added to a correctional officer staffing crisis that’s been boiling over. Fox 2/KPLR 11 attended the first of two […]

  • Could staffing problems at a Missouri prison be adding to its troubles

    BOWLING GREEN, MO – A prisoner disturbance in Bowling Green Missouri leads to a lockdown in parts of the prison. Fox Files Investigator Chris Hayes looks at how prison staffing problems may be adding to concerns.

  • Pam Hupp gets new court date for November

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Lawyers for Pam Hupp appeared in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing. For the first time since she was charged with murder, Hupp did not appear in court. She may have waived her appearance because it ended up being solely a discussion of when to have the next court date. O’Fallon police arrested Hupp in August 2016 for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger. Hupp had claimed Gumpenberger, a man with disabilities, was trying to kidnap […]

  • Out of towners caught on camera dumping in St. Louis alleys

    ST. LOUIS – Cameras are catching illegal dumpers all around St. Louis. The cameras are solar powered, triggered by motion, and catching people who use inner-city alleys as their personal trash can. “It happens all the time,” said city resident Anita Brown. Brown said she’s tried catching people dumping but to no avail. “I don’t ever see nobody. I’ve looked, but you see trucks go pass, you peep, you watch, but they see you and they don’t do nothing,” she […]

  • Feds raid property tied to military surplus business near Vandalia

    VANDALIA, Ill. – Just after 5 a.m. Tuesday, residents reported seeing agents swarm a property where an 82-year-old Fayette County man runs a military surplus business. Dozens of federal agents arrived in military vehicles, flatbeds, and cranes. They were looking through storage containers and seizing boxes inside. At one point, agents picked up an entire storage container with a crane and loaded it onto a flat-bed truck. It was such an unusual sight, many neighbors like Kathy Runge stopped to […]

  • Lawyer files suit to ban duck boat rides: ‘Duck boats are sinking coffins’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The family who lost nine relatives in this month’s duck boat incident wants them forever banned and they’ve filed a lawsuit to get it done. During a live news conference from Kansas City, attorney Robert Mangeluzzi said if cars had the same record as duck boats, 20 percent of the US population would be gone. “Sixty million people would have been killed in the last 20 years if cars were as dangerous as duck boats,” he […]

  • Residents said they noticed bridge rail problem long before fatal accident

    ST. LOUIS – Fox 2/KPLR 11 has looked into possible bridge dangers and what can be done about those dangers following Monday’s fatal bridge crash. Earlier this week, a car hit a bridge column and part of the rail fell onto Jan Torrisi-Mokwa, who died when a one-ton block crushed her car. It may have fallen onto the roadway below because of an old bridge design that allows vehicles to snag. Crash video from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute shows […]

  • City leaders warned someone could die if action wasn’t taken at scene of fatal bridge accident

    ST. LOUIS – For years, there were questions about a concrete bridge railing that fell earlier this week, crushing a woman driving beneath. Now the St. Louis leader tasked with making sure roads and bridges are safe is discussing why those changes weren’t made. Questions about the bridge’s safety come from a concerned resident, who warned last year that someone could die if the city did not begin traffic calming measures at the Lindell overpass. “The data is there,” said […]

  • New $1,600 a month heroin-fighting medicine a ‘game changer’

    ST. LOUIS – Users often say they want to quit but the withdrawals are so intense that it pulls them back to the streets looking for another fix. That’s why a new opioid medication is being described as a great new weapon against opioid addiction. “To go from here to here is such a big jump. They need that titration, they need that step-down,” said Chad Sabora, a recovering addict who now helps others through his Missouri Network for Opiate […]

  • Mugshots website operates in secrecy, obtains booking photos from government agency

    ST. LOUIS – A local mugshot website is operating in secrecy with the help of the government. You might be aware of the site Every day, the sites post dozens of mugshots of people arrested in the St. Louis area. Some of those people are now fighting back. They said they were wrongfully arrested and then forced to pay hundreds of dollars to remove their mugshots from The State of California has a name for that – cyber […]

  • Duck boat inspector found boats wouldn’t meet federal standard

    BRANSON, Mo. – A man who said he inspected the Branson duck boats indicated they would not pass federal regulations. However, a government loophole may have allowed the problem to continue. Private inspector Steven Paul of Test Drive Technologies inspects vehicles for both businesses and consumers. Paul said the exhaust on the front of the duck boats should have been moved, according to Department of Transportation regulations. Video of the boat sinking shows that may have added to the problem. […]