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Andy Banker reports weeknights for FOX 2 News and co-anchors FOX 2 News on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Andy joined the FOX 2 News team in July 2002 and is from Millstadt, Illinois; a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Andy worked as a reporter and anchor in Champaign, IL, and Dayton, Ohio, before returning home in 1994. He worked as a reporter and Weekend Anchor at KDNL, ABC 30 News, for 8 years. He is also the stadium announcer for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

Andy’s received multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press awards for his reporting. He’s been named “Best Reporter” by the Illinois Associated Press 4 times. Andy volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among other charities. He’s a past honorary Chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Andy is a huge fan of the Rams, Cardinals, Blues, and Fighting Illini; plus musicians Jay Farrar, John Hiatt, and Bruce Springsteen.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: andy.banker@tvstl.com

Recent Articles
  • Police believe the same suspects are behind golf cart thefts in St. Clair County

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL – It’s a crime that’s been getting out of hand in St. Clair County:  golf cart thefts. Police believe the same suspects have now stolen 16 carts from two courses. Swansea Police released surveillance video to Fox 2 & News 11 of one of two incidents over the weekend. “I just don’t see where the fun and games are here…just coming out hear and destroying stuff on purpose,” said Scott Barkhaus of Yorktown Golf Course in […]

  • Starting in 2018, police dogs injured in the line of duty can be transported by EMS to veterinary clinics

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL – Ambulances are for people.  It’s always been the law of the land. In Illinois, it’ll soon be “almost always”. Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner, signed House Bill 2661, Tuesday. It will allow police dogs to be transported for emergency care by ambulance when injured in the line of duty. Police dogs risk their lives for people every day. If they get hurt while doing it, Rauner feels ambulances can be for dogs, too. “In all reality […]

  • Animal rescuers say dog may have been used as “bait” for dog fighting

    ST. LOUIS – Animal rescuers believe there’s new evidence of dog fighting in St. Louis. They’re hoping to save a dog covered in scars that can’t be “explained away”. Buster, estimated to be 3-years-old, is now getting emergency vet care. The medical team suspects Buster has been used as “bait” to train dogs to fight or rile them up for battle, said Mandy Ryan, of the Missouri K9 Friends rescue. Buster is walking again with the help of a sling to […]

  • Lincoln County neighborhood unhappy with construction site fires

    TROY, Mo. – Both residents and firefighters confirm a homebuilder has burning piles of debris at a home construction site in Lincoln County. Both say it’s got to stop. Neighbors report burning debris piles at the Canon Home Builders site outside on Rockport Drive outside of Troy, Missouri twice in the past 10 days. Vandals aren’t starting the fires. The construction workers are. On August 2, there were four fires surrounding the site with nobody there. “There is a problem with […]

  • Driver says ‘angel’ was with him as driveshaft came flying through windshield

    IMPERIAL, Mo. – A man survived one of the most bizarre and harrowing accidents you’ll ever see, as a drive shaft from a truck flipped up and speared the windshield of his pickup truck while he was driving along Interstate 55 in Imperial. Steve Montgomery, 56, of Poplar Bluff, claims an angel was with him. He has a photo to back it up. Montgomery said he was driving home to Poplar Bluff from a painting job in O’Fallon, Missouri a little […]

  • O’Fallon residents raise more concern over nonfunctioning fire hydrants

    O’FALLON, MO – There are more concerns about fire hydrants in O’Fallon, Missouri after a deadly fire there this week. There are residents complaining about hydrants not working. Most people drive-by and take them for granted, assuming they’ll work in an emergency, but not on Lauren Kalhorn’s block of Autumn Hill Drive. “The fire hydrant been out since probably the last week of April,” Kalhorn said. O’Fallon workers fixed it Wednesday morning. “I think a lot of attention was drawn […]

  • 2-year-old struck and killed in driveway near Carlyle Lake

    KEYESPORT, IL -New details emerged Tuesday in the death of little boy near Carlyle Lake in Clinton County, Illinois. He was hit by a vehicle and killed in the town of Keyesport, IL, authorities said. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department identified the boy as 2-year- old Jensen Voss of Beckemeyer, IL. Somehow, he slipped out of his mother’s Chevy Suburban just before she pulled forward in the driveway of a friend’s house, investigators said. “The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office received […]

  • St. Louis man gets 75-years in prison for an execution-style murder caught on surveillance camera

    BELLEVILLE, IL – A St. Louis man gets 75-years in prison for an execution-style murder caught on surveillance camera. The surveillance videos are from two angles.  One of them is just too graphic to show. Tony Hampton, 27, will likely die in prison. St. Clair County State’s Attorney, Brendan Kelly, hoped the video and the sentence would send a clear message that such a level of violence was simply intolerable. Hampton did not respond to reporters leaving the courthouse after sentencing. […]

  • Mystery horse spotted in St. Clair County

    MILLSTADT, IL – A mystery horse is gaining a following on Facebook. There have been repeated sightings of the horse the past 10 days. A man who’s actually pet the horse says it appears to be 2-3 years old and it’s a male. The horse has been spotted repeatedly near Imbs Station and Wagner Roads in rural Millstadt in St. Clair County. A Facebook post Wednesday has video from one of the last sightings in a bean field at Wagner […]

  • Surveillance video released in racially-charged September 2015 killing

    SAUGET, Ill. – Authorities released surveillance video Thursday of a murder that shocked St. Louis. It happened over spilled beer and a racial slur in Sauget, Illinois, in September 2015, authorities said. Authorities released the video in response to open records requests after Wednesday’s murder conviction of 35-year-old Lemarc Garrett in St. Clair County Court. The murder happened around 5:15 a.m. Saturday at a Route 3 convenience store. The video showed Garrett seeming to take exception when another man got […]

  • Constituent confronts Rep. Mike Bost over healthcare

    CAHOKIA, IL – Republican Congressman, Mike Bost, was the target of a  surprise, in-your-face, confrontation in Cahokia.  Bost was holding what he called a “Take your Congressman to work” event at MotoMart convenience store. Constituent, Chris Baker, of Waterloo, worried about health insurance for his wife’s pre-existing condition, said it was his chance to finally be heard. Bost and his staff had essentially cut him off from contact with Bost through other means like phone calls and social media, he said. […]

  • Warning: You need to protect your eyes with certified solar eclipse glasses

    There’s a warning from NASA about buying solar eclipse glasses. You’ve got to buy the right ones so your eyes don’t wind up paying the price. There are just 20 days to go until the solar eclipse and the big Fox 2/News 11 solar eclipse party at the amphitheater in Jefferson Barracks Park.  People are really starting to focus on where to get solar eclipse glasses and how to make absolutely sure those glasses are safe for looking at the […]