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
  • Mother charged with child endangerment following firefighter child rescue

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson credits team effort and good training with saving four children in Thursday’s Lafayette Square fire. The fire chief said his men and women had no idea there were children inside the burning apartment building until they found them. He said two of them were hiding in a tent and one child was hiding in a closet. The fourth child was standing in a doorway. Jenkerson said first responders found the children […]

  • Pam Hupp jokes, laughs in court before hearing life sentence

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Pam Hupp will spend the rest of her life behind bars for a 2016 murder. Hupp appeared in a St. Charles County courtroom Monday afternoon to hear the sentence, which comes three years after her murder of Louis Gumpenberger. In June, Hupp cut a deal to avoid the death penalty in Gumpenberger’s murder. Hupp entered an Alford plea, acknowledging county prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her of murder and agreed to a sentence of […]

  • Sister of alleged predator priest talks about years of secrecy and cover-ups

    ST. LOUIS – Carol Kuhnert says she has proof that her brother, a former priest, was a child predator. Her proof? The Roman Catholic Church’s own documents. She obtained the records because they are from her brother’s personnel file. Kuhnert’s brother, Norman Christian, is a former priest who was just outed last month by St. Louis Archdiocese as a priest with “substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” “It just seemed like everybody was talking about – ‘Oh Norman…he’s […]

  • New details and surveillance images emerge in Ally Kostial murder investigation in Mississippi

    The suspected killer of Ally Kostial is pictured with her at parties at Ole Miss. It’s just part of the new discoveries in the murder investigation that spans from St. Louis to Mississipi. When officers caught up with suspect Brandon Theesfeld, they reportedly found a gun in his truck and blood on his clothes. This was the scene outside of a south Memphis gas station Monday morning. Investigators had been tracking the 22-year-old suspect, Theesfeld seen on surveillance before he […]

  • 22-year-old Ole Miss classmate charged with Ally Kostial’s murder

    OXFORD, Miss. – A fellow Ole Miss student was charged Tuesday with the murder of St. Louis native Ally Kostial. Police found Kostial dead on Saturday. Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday for Kostial’s murder. Fox 2 News found he was active on Twitter, even tweeting around the time Kostial would’ve been killed. On July 20, Theesfeld tweeted, “you dropped a bomb on me, my number 1 pick for groovy song of the summer.” […]

  • Best friends share unforgettable memories of Lindbergh High School grad recently found dead

    ST. LOUIS – Sammie Martin and Margaret Illig graduated Lindbergh High School with Ally Kostial in 2016. “Very spontaneous. She would do just about anything. She loved outdoors, she loved just hanging out with her friends, she was the person you always wanted to be around,” Martin said. Illig added: “When I was around her, I just felt like my spirit being lifted.” Kostial died this weekend in a remote area of Lafayette County Mississippi, near where she went to […]

  • Local women remember haunting interactions with suspected child killer

    ST. LOUIS – They worked for a dangerous sexual predator and suspected killer in the middle of his crime spree. But as teen girls, they didn’t know the danger they faced. In 1997, Earl Cox was leading an online child porn ring while escaping scrutiny for a child kidnapping and murder that police believe he committed. Jessica Mills was 17. Cox picked her out of a crowd to work for him. “A lot of emotions come through; like, ‘How did […]

  • Patients learn their doctor is child sex assault suspect

    ST. LOUIS – A man charged with sexually assaulting a toddler is also St. Louis doctor. Some of his patients are just finding out and contacting Fox 2. His name is Matthew S. Miller and one patient called asking if we could confirm he was her doctor. She said he gave her injections and prescribed her medicine. Miller is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons says the victim is a 2-year-old. […]

  • Businessman pleads guilty in pay-for-play case tied to Steve Stenger

    ST. LOUIS – Another guilty plea in connection with St. Louis County pay to play deals. Businessman John Rallo pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in the Steve Stenger scandal. Stenger was the St. Louis County Executive until he was indicted at the end of April. Rallo was then indicted on bribery charges a week later. The plea agreement talked about the first meeting between Rallo and Stenger. It was October 23, 2014 at Sam’s Steakhouse in south St. Louis County. The […]

  • New evidence puts a twist on renegade cabbie reports

    ST. LOUIS – Fox 2 News has obtained new evidence in a story about a renegade cab driver. A newly obtained 911 call sheds new light on what happened between a cabbie and his passenger in October. In the recording, you can hear Luke Hassler yelling something outside of a cab driven by Mahad Abdi. Abdi was calling 911. Abdi was able to get a copy of his 911 call now that the criminal case is closed. Prosecutors had charged […]

  • Hupp in jail – ‘She would try to turn the guards against one another’

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney said Pam Hupp is just as manipulative in jail as she was on the outside. Hupp was convicted June 19 for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger and will spend the rest of her life in prison. The most astounding thing may be that other inmates don’t know who she is. Lohmar said that’s partly because she looks nothing like she did when she was arrested August 2016. “She would […]

  • Another violent night in St. Louis brings the holiday weekend shooting total to nearly 20

    ST. LOUIS – After six shootings were reported overnight, St. Louis police were called to a report of another at 7:30 am. They arrived to find a man dead in the middle of a south city park. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department homicide investigators and a St. Louis Medical Examiner surrounded the victim inside Gravois Park.  Children were playing nearby.  Others stopped to watch the investigation. One woman, who only wanted to give her first name Tracie said, “This is really like […]

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