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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.

Recent Articles
  • Pregnant women may not have to totally abstain from alcohol

    (KTVI)-Whether pregnant women should drink alcohol at all or in what amount continues to be a matter of some controversy and disagreement, even among medical professionals. The issue is much timelier during the holiday season when there are so many parties. Dr. Peter Ahlering of the Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine of St. Louis stopped by FOX 2 to give us some background. He says the current advice from doctors is that a drink or two a week is alright. […]

  • St. Louis ranks #1 for chlamydia and #2 for gonorrhea in nation

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis tops the charts but its bad news:  STL is #1 in an STD, sexually transmitted disease. Doctors told FOX 2 it was time to stop pretending there was no problem in St. Louis; time to start talking and testing. Search hard enough and you can find videos and podcasts about STD prevention on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. There are pamphlets at infectious disease doctors’ offices. But if you’re getting the message […]

  • U.S Attorney finds no wrongdoing in contract for St. Louis County crime lab

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Executive, Charlie Dooley has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing in a federal investigation. The news prompted a fiery exit for Dooley, 67, from his final County Council meeting, Tuesday.   Dooley said allegations of corruption cost him the primary election in August.  After 20 years in county government, close to 11 as County Executive, Dooley bows out but with a roar.    “To the rest of the board, I wish you all well.  Gods speed.  […]

  • Can gas prices be too low for our own good?

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A barrier was broken in the St. Louis area for the first time in 5 years: gas prices dropped below $2-per-gallon, Monday. Drivers were stopping in shock and gassing up, especially drivers from out of state. It was grab it while you can at the Herculaneum exit on Interstate 55 in Jefferson County. “I saw the sign that said $1.99.  I said ‘what, really?’  So I just pulled over.  I’ve got to get me gas!” laughed […]

  • Ferguson protesters march in solidarity with DC protest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A small group of demonstrators delivered what they considered a big message, marching from the UMSL Campus to Ferguson, Saturday morning. Their little protest was an especially emotional one as thousands gathered to march in Washington, DC; led by the loved ones of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Trayvon Martin. By number there was no comparison between the two events. Still there seemed to be a passion in every step for the group in […]

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    Sunset Hills mayor accused of hitting bicyclist goes to grand jury

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – There was surprise move Wednesday in another St. Louis County court case that’s drawn national attention. FOX 2 confirmed the case involving Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer, accused of running down a bike rider, was headed for a grand jury to determine whether there was probable cause for a trial. There was supposed to be a preliminary hearing in the case Thursday. The grand jury likely heard testimony in the case Wednesday with a decision […]

  • Belleville residents on edge after 3 fires are set within an hour

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – There were fire fears in Belleville Tuesday night after 3 fires all in a little more than an hour, within 20 blocks of each other Tuesday morning. A man was burned out of his home near 18th and West Main, shortly before 7 O’clock. All the fires started outside a car or building, said Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour. That included the blazing leaves piled up around the gas meters at an apartment building near 27th […]

  • O’Fallon residents debate backyard chickens

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Backyard chicken farming has had people squawking in O’Fallon, Missouri. After being voted down at city hall, one resident launched a petition drive Monday night to take the issue directly to the people. Patrick Stovall, who wants purer food sources for his wife and two children and already grows a lot of his own food, was gathering signatures at Deer Run Library. The City council already defeated a backyard chicken ordinance by a 7-2 vote last month, based […]

  • Homicide victims honored with crosses

    HANLEY HILLS, MO (KTVI) – A moving sight has sprung up on the lawn of the Mt. Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Vinita Park in North County:  more than a hundred crosses, one for every homicide victim in St. Louis and St. Louis County this year. There was the music of heartache to go along with the vision of somber truth during a ceremony for the planting of the crosses:  too many crosses for a city-143, and for a county-23, […]

  • Fire Truck O’Toys to deliver 4,000 toys to children’s hospitals

    (KTVI)-The fourth annual Fire Truck O’Toys charity toy drive is wrapping up. Its goal is to collect 4,000 toys for girls and boys spending their holidays in the hospital. The collection drive was started in 2011 by now 15 year-old Children’s Miracle Network Ambassador Mackenzie Scott. She was once hospitalized at St. Louis Children’s Hospital during the holidays. Toys will be delivered starting Monday but it is not too late to help. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at […]

  • Christmas light hanging tips for the last-minute decorator

    (KTVI)- Christmas is right around the corner so if you are thinking about decorating the outside of your home with holiday lighting now is the time. There is a right way to do it and, often, a dangerous way to do it. You need the right techniques and materials. Clothing, shoes, insulation, the right gloves, the right wiring, power needs and knowing when to have a pro do it for you are just some of the issues we can discuss. […]

  • Bars and restaurants host benefit for BackStoppers

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Backing the Backstoppers! As News11 first reported, Guns-N-Hoses, a Thanksgiving eve tradition, was postponed amid the unrest in Ferguson. But an effort to help fill the massive void swept St. Louis, Wednesday night. The nephew of a firefighter posted a challenge on Facebook for bars and restaurant owners to step up. The Sports Café in Bridgeton and at least 64 other bars and restaurants did just that, on the night when firefighters, police, and EMS workers […]