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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
  • City finally takes down excessive weed, grass growth on problem property

    ST. LOUIS – It was the most overgrown backyard you might ever see: weeds up to 10-feet high in south St. Louis. Those weeds were gone Friday morning after a Fox2/News11 report on Thursday. “I got up at 7:30 (a.m.) and looked at it to see what was going on and they were practically done,” neighbor Joyce Rheinhardt said. The St. Louis City Forestry Department showed up bright and early to take down the massive weeds. Suddenly, Joyce could see […]

  • Abandoned south St. Louis home hidden by weed, grass growth

    ST. LOUIS – It’s an eyesore like you’ve never seen: backyard weeds so tall you can barely see a south St. Louis house. Residents have been trying to get something done for nearly two months with no luck. It’s like a walk through a forest behind 3235 Liberty Street. It’s a well-kept block of single and two-family homes. You can barely see the building from the alley behind 3235 Liberty. “It looks like a jungle,” said neighbor Percy Ruffin. Records show St. Louis […]

  • St. Louis firefighters respond to building collapse

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis firefighters were called to a building collapse Wednesday in a residential neighborhood in south city. The incident occurred in the 3200 block of Liberty Avenue; that’s in the Dutchtown neighborhood.  The front facade came cascading down, taking bricks from the front of the house with it. Firefighters responded and pulled down any lose bricks or other materials to make sure nothing else falls.  A building inspector checked out the home.  The home-owner says the inspector has […]

  • Good Samaritan looks to aid woman in home with no power

    EAST ST. LOUIS, IL – Workers stumbled on what they considered on a life-and-death heat emergency in East St. Louis:  a woman trying to survive in the worst of conditions. They’re now on a mission to do something about it. Allen Williams owns Ray’s Excavation, a home repair company. He and his crew met a woman trying to keep cool at a McDonald’s. She told them her home needed repairs and a cleanup. They’re now worried, she may not live […]

  • Dog survives gunshot wounds and horrific injuries

    ST. LOUIS – An amazing story of abuse and survival: a dog found shot multiple times with all of its limbs broken. Rescuers have named her, Glamour. Police are looking for a suspect in one of the worst cases of animal abuse investigators say they’ve ever seen. Glamour still too battered and broken to move anything it seems.  Still, her tail keeps wagging.  It’s been that way since Stray Rescue founder, Randy Grim, saw her in a vacant lot in […]

  • Maplewood, Richmond Heights lifeguards fired over secret chat group

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Controversy continues over the firing of lifeguards at swimming pools in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. The lifeguards call their dismissals unfair. Pool patrons were upset because top attractions at the Maplewood pool were closed Friday. The controversy has to do with the lifeguards’ use of a “group-chat” app. Fox 2 confirmed at least 10 lifeguards from the two pools, including the lifeguard manager, were either fired or quit in protest this week. There were no slides […]

  • Headstones at vandalized Jewish cemetery replaced

    UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – A Jewish cemetery in University City targeted by vandals in February was made whole again on Thursday. Thirteen tipped over headstones that could not be repaired were replaced. The stones were cut in Georgia. It was a close to $50,000 job, Phil Weiss of Rosenblum Monuments said. A number of the stones featured “raised” lettering instead of engraving. It was a painstaking process getting them all just right. Once set in place, they seemed to be […]

  • New details in August Busch IV’s surprise helicopter landing

    SWANSEA, IL – New developments this afternoon in the case of the surprise landing of a helicopter piloted by August Busch IV.  He landed in a parking lot with several dogs, prescription drugs, and loaded handguns. The helicopter took off just before 11:30am Wednesday. Nate Petrekovich, who works next door, caught the lift-off on video. Court documents say police got an order to take Busch to Memorial Hospital for blood and urine samples. Police describe Busch as rambling.  They say his […]

  • Local bottling company is making special soda for solar eclipse

    BREESE, IL – We are now 40 days away from the Great American Eclipse.  The buzz around St. Louis is bubbling over with a new soda being bottled by a local soda company in Breese Illinois. Breese is in the prime viewing area for the eclipse and Excel Bottling Company is calling their new soda:  Darkest Hour Black Cherry soda, made with 100% pure cane sugar, no high fructose corn syrup.  That’s making its way to St. Louis and as […]

  • Fallen soldier remembered for being a family man

    ST. CHARLES – Stirring moments at a farewell for an Army sniper in St. Charles, Monday. SPC, Colby Vogt, 24, died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in El Paso, Texas.  He was stationed at Fort Bliss.  He was riding to his home after an army exercise. His wife, Ivy, shared a message with Fox 2; one she will pass on to the couple’s two young children. “He was a big family man; a big ‘making friends into family’ […]

  • Police: Women targeted by carjackers in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Two women have been carjacked in two of St. Louis’ top neighborhoods within the past five days. Police are investigating whether the same suspects may be involved. The most recent case happened around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The victim had just bought a brand new 2017 Ford Explorer. It was her birthday. She’d had it for just one hour when a gunman stole it from her. “I don’t even want to come out of my house right now. […]

  • Thanks to a grant, tennis is making a comeback in East St. Louis

    EAST ST. LOUIS – It’s a city with a rich tennis history but nowhere to actually play. That’s changing. With the state budget woes and so few things getting done in Illinois, there is this little nugget:  grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, East St. Louis Park District and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) along with the support of the “40 Days of Nonviolence” organization is putting tennis back where it belongs:  East St. Louis, IL. The […]