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
  • Attorney: ‘Gardner is probably the actual target here, not Mr. Tisaby’

    ST. LOUIS – After being charged with perjury Monday, the former private investigator for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office gave his side of the story on Tuesday. It appeared to be the first time we’d hear from a man who’d been dodging questions for a year – William Don Tisaby. Only, Tisaby didn’t show up. However, his attorney and a dozen supporters showed up. They called his indictment a political hit job. “Ms. Gardner is probably the actual target […]

  • Former investigator for circuit attorney’s office indicted for perjury, evidence tampering

    ST. LOUIS – A former private investigator hired by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has been indicted in connection to what he did while investigating Missouri’s former governor. A grand jury indicted William Don Tisaby on six counts of perjury and one count of felony tampering with physical evidence. A 30-page indictment lays out point-by-point accusations which are connected to Gardner’s investigation into Eric Greitens. Gardner’s office charged Greitens last year with invasion of privacy. The office then dismissed […]

  • Some Lincoln County residents may have to move for a third time

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – Robert Turnbull had to roll a canoe to his East Foley home Thursday. He says it’s not yet flooded inside but it’s completely surrounded by water and he is checking on it every day. “I’m taking care of (my wife’s) cats and getting stuff out of the filing cabinets,” Turnball said. “We’ve got two kitty cats up there and we don’t have any place to put them so we have to take care of them out […]

  • Residents surprised to learn of murder investigation next to neighborhood school

    ST. LOUIS – Homicide detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a murder that happened Thursday in front of a south city high school. Police received reports of gunshots on Hartford Street in front of Roosevelt High School around 4:50 a.m. Officers arrived to find the body of a woman in her late teens or early 20s. She’d been shot several times. Kevin Bradford lives next door to the school. He didn’t know about the shooting until […]

  • Woman reports sister was sexually assaulted at nursing center, got pregnant as a result

    ST. LOUIS – Mental illness is an emotional rollercoaster full of unpredictable ups and dark downs. A ride Erica Turner knows well. “It gets so bad, she’s pulled out a butcher knife on me and turned around and cried and apologized,” Turner said. Her sister’s breakdown could’ve been a breaking point but Erica Turner’s family ties are strong. “She suffers from bipolar schizophrenia, mental retardation,” she said. After years of counseling and case workers, a local organization helped place Turner’s […]

  • Child safety workers and teachers report delays in getting fingerprinted

    OVERLAND, Mo. – All childcare workers must now be fingerprinted under a new Missouri law to protect children. The requirement began last August after action by the legislature. So far, the State reports fingerprinting 25,000 child care workers under the law. No one disputes it’s great for protecting kids, but people who work with children say it shouldn`t be so hard to get fingerprinted. Teacher Steve Beauchamp said, “What should`ve taken 30 minutes to go get your fingerprints done, ended […]

  • Woman who watched mother kill man says it wasn’t murder

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. — A woman who watched her mom shoot her boyfriend in the head says it was not murder.  Nikita said her mom was beaten for years by the man she shot. She also claims her mom was being beaten right up until she pulled the trigger. The Lincoln County Prosecutor has charged Angela Medici with murder. “I’ve never had to see anything like that. I had to tell the dispatcher, I don’t know – I think he’s dead, […]

  • SLU High grad tracks down, confronts priest he says abused him in 1974

    ST. LOUIS – An alleged abuser and his victim met face to face after 45 years. It’s not what a SLU High School graduate expected when he set out to find his old teacher. The former student’s journey started with a message from the Catholic Church. The message came in the form of a news release in December 2018 with a “List of Jesuits with credible accusations of sexual abuse of a minor.” Mike Sullivan found his old teacher’s name […]

  • Stenger associates could face federal charges Friday

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The shake-up in the St. Louis County Council began after former county executive Steve Stenger was indicted in a pay-for-play scheme. Fox 2/KPLR 11 has learned two other key players will be in court Friday to face criminal charges. Both had very close ties to Stenger and both were named in Stenger’s 44-page indictment. One is Sheila Sweeney, the former CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. She was appointed by Stenger and helped return […]

  • “Guilty, your honor” – Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger answers pay to-play indictment

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Steve Stenger repeatedly answered a judge Friday, “Yes, your honor,” saying he understood the three federal charges for defrauding St. Louis County residents of honest services through bribery. Stenger walked outside of court with his attorney Scott Rosenblum, stepping right up to a sea of cameras. “Obviously, today was a very difficult day for Steve and his family,” Rosenblum said. Rosenblum said his client would not comment. He said he would do the talking and not […]

  • Steve Stenger to enter guilty plea for ‘pay-to-play’ scheme in federal court Friday

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Department of Justice says that former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is expected to plead guilty in federal court Friday.  He will be appearing at the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse in downtown St. Louis at 10:30am in front of U.S. District Court Judge Catherine D. Perry. The evidence in the case against former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger not only includes text messages but also audio recordings of private meetings. The court record […]

  • Steve Stenger’s private conversations with staff helped lead to indictment

    ST. LOUIS – The evidence in the case against former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger not only includes text messages but also audio recordings of private meetings. The court record does not identify who was wearing a wire when the FBI began investigating early last year. A plot of land in Wellston is a key part of the federal investigation. It’s near the Wellston Metrolink stop. It was reportedly a good deal for land and the feds say Stenger […]

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