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Elliott Davis has distinguished himself as the investigative reporter for FOX 2’s “You Paid For It”, KTVI’s popular ongoing investigations into government waste in our area. Elliott has questioned officials from mayors to governors in search for answers. Elliott also co-anchors evening newscasts on FOX 2 News on Friday and Saturday. Elliott Davis’ diverse career path led him to FOX 2 in May 1980, when he joined FOX 2 News as a weekend writer/editor. Prior to joining FOX 2 News, Elliott worked in advertising for the Suburban Journal newspapers.

Elliott’s “You Paid For It Series” has made him a champion of the underdog in our area and his hard-hitting investigations have made him a lightning rod of controversy in the St. Louis area’s political and bureaucratic arena. Here are some results of his investigations:

*Helped get the Missouri governor and legislature to overhaul vehicle emissions testing program.

*Led Missouri Department of Education to dissolve Wellston School District in St. Louis County and terminate the school board and superintendent.

*Led Illinois education department to dissolve Venice School District and fire the school board.

*Led HUD to $7 million government takeover and renovation of troubled St. Charles Public Housing Complex.

*Led to massive St. Louis city government plan to tear down unsafe buildings.

*Led Missouri attorney general to file civil and criminal cases against tow company operator with contracts to tow cars for north county police departments.

*Led to ouster of St. Louis County mayor amid allegations of misspending.

While these are some of the major success stories there are many smaller injustices that have been righted as a result of You Paid For It probes.

Elliott’s hard work and commitment to excellence in broadcasting were recognized in 2002 with an Emmy Award for the best investigative report, and the St. Louis Black Journalism awards for best television series in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Elliott has received numerous nominations for Emmy Awards. He is a past winner of the Illinois Broadcaster’s Award and is a past recipient of the National Black Journalist award for best television series.

You can also see Elliot on the weekends. He is a regular anchor of the nightly news.

A native St. Louisan, Elliott attended Vashon High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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Recent Articles
  • You Paid For It: Decision on Lambert privatization could come soon

    ST. LOUIS – Decision on St. Louis Lambert Airport privatization could come sooner than expected. The You Paid For It Team caught up with the head of the Airport Advisory Group that’s studying whether it’s a good idea to privatize St. Louis Lambert Airport. The common view is that it will take up to 24 months before the group is ready with a recommendation.  But St. Louis Budget Director Paul Payne the Chairman of the Advisory group told Elliott Davis a decision could come in a […]

  • You Paid For It: Is the City of St. Louis doing enough for the homeless?

    ST. LOUIS – Elliott Davis sat down with the head of the St. Louis Department of Human Services that’s over city run homeless programs including the Biddle House Homeless Shelter. Elliott questioned her about some of the policies at Biddle House Homeless Shelter that some say could be doing more to help the homeless. One of the issues we asked Irene Agustine about was the overflow requirement that the temperature must get down to 20 degrees on a dry day or 25 when […]

  • You Paid For It: Jamestown Mall

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A proposal to make something out of the vacant Jamestown Mall space has run into a brick wall at the St. Louis County Council. The Stenger administration had backed a plan that called for turning the million-square-foot deserted mall into a logistics center with warehouses and the like. The project would be valued at about $200 million. The administration said it would create about 1,000 jobs. However, the plan has not gone over well with many on […]

  • Chief Belmar says proposed budget cuts would hurt public safety in St. Louis County

    CLAYTON, MO – St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar tells Elliott Davis that budget cuts being proposed by the St. Louis County Council would hurt public safety. The council is considering cuts totaling $4.8 million dollars to the police budget. It’s part of an estimated $35 million in cuts the council wants to cut in all departments. But Chief Jon Belmar says the proposed cuts to the police department would force him to scrap plans for more 2-man cars and […]

  • Homeless St. Louis woman overwhelmed with support after going viral

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A homeless mother whose story went viral talks for the first time on television. Elliott Davis posted his interview of Melena Johnson and her 1-year-old son Shylar last month. In an emotional interview, she told of the frustration of being homeless on the streets of St Louis. It was an interview that resonated with people all across the nation, reaching over 3 million people on Facebook. Elliott Davis helped Melena and her family with temporary housing […]

  • You Paid For It: BOA President Lewis Reed votes to move forward with Lambert Airport privatization study

    ST. LOUIS – You Paid For It sits down with St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed, whose vote allowed and St. Louis Lambert Airport privatization study to go forward.  Reed says it could be a big plus for taxpayers.  He and Mayor Lyda Krewson voted for the study to see if the airport should be privatized at the meeting of the St. Louis Estimate and Apportionment Board. Comptroller Darlene Green voted no. Reed insists privatization could mean a lot of new […]

  • State legislator agrees it’s time to change Missouri’s child support law

    The You Paid For It Team is spotlighting the need to revise a provision of Missouri’s child support law that’s a burden on fathers, families, and taxpayers. Now a new influential voice in the state legislature is supporting the effort for changing the provision that allows the state to take away driver’s licenses and occupational licenses for nonpayment of child support. Taxpayers are getting hit with a high bill because of some people end up going to prison over not paying their […]

  • You Paid For It: Will voters get a chance to vote Airport privatization

    ST. LOUIS – Fox 2/KPLR 11 investigator Elliott Davis continues his look at one of the biggest issues in St Louis City government as consultants are now studying whether to privatize St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. St Louis Alderwoman Cara Spencer says voters should have a say at the polls before privatization happens. Spencer says the airport is the city’s biggest asset and the management should not be changed in such a fundamental way without a vote of the people. She’s […]

  • You Paid For It: St. Louis city recreations centers get needed repairs

    ST. LOUIS – Investigator Elliott Davis caught up with St. Louis City Parks and Recreation Director Greg Hayes for the latest on progress to fix up the city’s recreations centers. A You Paid For It investigation several years back disclosed numerous maintenance problems that had not been fixed in years. Problems ranged from heat not working in one center to peeling paint and holes in the walls. Now many of those problems have been fixed. Director Hayes told Elliott the eventual […]

  • You Paid For It: Lambert Airport privatization

    ST. LOUIS – The You Paid For It Team digging into the big questions surrounding the study of whether privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport is a good idea for taxpayers. There’s an army of consultant getting paid in the neighborhood of $800,000 per month to recommend to the city whether are not to go forward with Privatization. A private organization Grow Missouri Inc. is paying for the consultants now. But if privatization of the airport is approved taxpayers will have to […]

  • You Paid For It: MetroLink safety

    ST. LOUIS – Tonight on You Paid For It I questioned current CEO John Nations whose getting set to depart. Bi-State has tapped a new person as the replacement for Nations who has run the agency that runs the MetroLink for 8 years. Investigator Elliott Davis talked to Nations about his biggest successes and biggest failures. Topping the list of what went wrong was the inability to make MetroLink as safe as it could be.

  • You Paid For It: Looks into sexual assaults and misconduct on MetroLink trains

    The You Paid For It Team investigates the troubles of women facing sex assault and sexual harassment on the MetroLink. Sarah Durrett says she ran into harassment on MetroLink until she got fed up.  She started a website to find out how many other women had similar troubles. She found she was not alone.  Investigator Elliott Davis talked to her and other women who had been groped and targets of unwanted sexually suggestive comments. She met with Metro management to share […]