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
  • “Cars are hitting us out of the blue” – State trooper discusses latest incident this year

    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Police say most people still don’t know to move over for an emergency vehicle. It’s the law, whether you’re in Missouri or Illinois. On Wednesday night, a semi-truck failed to follow that law and hit an Illinois State trooper who was outside of his car. Trooper Josh Korando said, “Enough is enough.” He said his colleague was the 14th trooper hit by someone breaking the ‘move over’ law this year. “We can’t have that anymore,” Trooper Korando […]

  • Anderson Report lists Catholic priests, laity accused of child abuse in Illinois

    CHICAGO – Lawyers released a new list of Catholic priests accused of child abuse in Illinois includes hundreds of more names then were previously released by the dioceses. The lawyers said they did it to raise awareness. The list, called The Anderson Report, includes names, pictures, and histories. One example out of the Diocese of Belleville is Father Robert J. Chlopecki. According to the report, Chlopecki was accused of being involved in a sex ring with another priest on the […]

  • Off-duty officer watching Fox 2 News is credited with police chase arrests

    DUPO, Ill. – Dupo Police Chief Kevin Smith is crediting his off-duty officer and Fox 2 News in the Morning for the capture of two teens who led police on a morning rush hour chase. Starting after 7 a.m., you could see the police chase from the Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX Helicopter. The suspects, ages 16 and 18, were driving a car that had been reported stolen from Maryland Heights. Police tried to pull them over after a reported home invasion […]

  • 11-year-old boy running to bus to school struck and killed by car

    ST. LOUIS – An 11-year-old boy died Monday morning after he was hit by a car in the Central West End neighborhood. The accident occurred just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Delamar and Sarah Street. A witness said the child had almost made it across Delmar when he was hit by a speeding 2008 BMW. The victim, identified as Trent Davis, was rushed to a local hospital where he later died. His family had just moved to the area. […]

  • No response from Missouri leaders on $118M garnishment against its bank accounts

    ST. LOUIS – Usually you’ll hear about a garnishment against someone like a deadbeat parent who refuses to pay up. In this case, involving Missouri employee back pay, attorney Gary Burger says it’s the government that’s defying the law. “I guess it doesn’t surprise me. … We’ve been litigating and trying to fight for this class for seven years now,” Burger said. Last September, Burger won a historic lawsuit on behalf of Missouri corrections’ officers. They proved to a jury […]

  • Emails show city officials talked about bridge dangers months before fatal crash

    ST. LOUIS – Emails between city officials obtained by Fox 2 News reveal warnings about the Lindell and Union bridge in the months before a bridge wall fell on a woman in July 2018, killing her. Last summer, Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes requested copies of emails between St. Louis City officials to see what they discussed about the bridge before and after last summer’s fatal accident. On July 23, 2018, a woman driving on the bridge hit the side […]

  • How do you find quality child care?

    ST. LOUIS – You don’t need much to start working at a child care center. No high school diploma? No problem. You just have to be 18-years-old and free of tuberculosis. Missouri Governor Mike Parson says it’s not acceptable in the wake of Fox 2’s investigation revealing a child care worker caught on tape throwing a child. We also found child care center directors equally outraged. Many people who work with children say the minimum requirements are not enough. They […]

  • Garnishments issued against two Missouri bank accounts in corrections officers lawsuit

    ST. LOUIS – Missouri’s bank accounts may soon be garnished for $118 million following a groundbreaking lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections. Cole County jurors spoke loudly last summer when they demanded the Missouri DOC pay corrections officers for every hour they work. Yet the state has reportedly made no changes and paid nothing while the judgment grows. Missouri maintains the time clock does not start ticking until officers reach their post. That means officers must first get their […]

  • “That was not what happened” – Child caregiver after seeing video of her throwing child

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The childcare worker seen on camera throwing a girl across the room on surveillance video denied that it happened for days. She was working at Brighter Day Care & Preschool in Pine Lawn. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday it would revoke the facility’s license. A 17-page license revocation report reveals the former employee, Wilma Brown, repeatedly blamed the 3-year-old child. Brown was arrested Friday after being charged with felony child […]

  • Missouri revokes daycare license after video shows worker tossing child

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Missouri Governor Mike Parson said the state acted Friday to revoke the license of Brighter Day Care & Preschool, exposed last week in a report by Fox 2. The governor began Monday’s news conference by saying, “Chris, I want to thank you for what you did and covering the story – how important this is when we’re trying to protect our children.” Parson was referring to the daycare surveillance video showing a childcare worker throwing a […]

  • Prosecutors charge two teachers after investigating daycare abuse video exposed by Fox 2

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged an employee at a north county daycare after surveillance video caught the worker injuring a 3-year-old. According to prosecutors, the child’s head was split open at Brighter Day Care and Preschool on Friday, February 1. An ambulance took the girl to the hospital, where she had seven stitches. In the surveillance video, you can see the girl is standing by a chair for two minutes before a […]

  • Subsidies continue funding daycares with reported child abuse

    ST. LOUIS – Fox 2 News found Missouri regulators continued funding two daycares we’ve recently exposed where children were hurt. February 1, 2019 – a teacher is caught on video throwing a toddler across the room at Brighter Day Care and Preschool in Pine Lawn. Despite investigations by both law enforcement and state regulators, taxpayer subsidies continue paying the center. December 2016 – teachers organized a toddler fight club at Adventure Learning Center on Gravois. State regulators required more teacher […]

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