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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
  • “One Ferguson” working on change from within

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – There were strong words from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about Ferguson Wednesday.  He said “wholesale change” was needed in the police department. The comments came after sources told Fox 2 and CNN Tuesday, that local, state, and federal leaders were working on a plan for a major change in Ferguson. But, a group of residents calling themselves “One Ferguson” said the real change would be coming from within. “One Ferguson” had been a quiet but […]

  • Source: Massive Ferguson reform package developing

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – There was big news regarding Ferguson and the future of its police department, Tuesday night.    CNN reported Police Chief Tom Jackson was expected to resign. Jackson sent a text message to Fox 2 saying, “Not true; I am not planning to resign.” FOX 2 learned events in Ferguson over the past two months had touched off discussions of discussions about St. Louis County Police assuming operation of dozens of small, village, police departments in the county. […]

  • City council member faces the public for first time since prostitution arrest

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A City Council member attended the first regular council meeting since Fox 2 broke the news of his arrest for allegedly patronizing prostitution. Council member Tim Jones, 47, defiantly clung to his council seat telling a Fox 2 reporter his resignation, “would never happen, dude.” He refused to speak on camera. After news cameras left the meeting, residents and city officials said Jones offered a heartfelt apology to the people of Florissant for defaming their community […]

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    Ferguson family fun fair echoes a time before social unrest

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – It’s been eleven weeks of mostly turmoil for Ferguson.  What had been a quiet north county town — has become a world-wide focal point for social unrest. Things were different Saturday, Ferguson was more like its old self. A Go-Kart track (courtesy of Speed Racer Go-Karts in Dellwood) sprang up in a single morning at Forest Wood Park. The park also became a virtual YMCA with Zumba in the grass and a crowd gathered for the […]

  • Trunk or Treat offers candy, big trucks, super heroes, and more

    (KTVI)-The Second Annual Safety Trunk-or-Treat will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2014, at the St. Francois County fairgrounds. Children will have a chance to meet super heroes, look at police and fire vehicles and monster trucks, and, most importantly, get some candy. The event is free. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a new or lightly used coat. Donations of food will go to local food pantries. The event is open to […]

  • New book explores horse racing history in St. Louis

    (KTVI)-Did you know that horse racing was once more popular sport than baseball in St. Louis? From 1767 to 1905, St. Louisans rooted for their horses on almost 20 different racing venues in the area. Local historian Nancy Carver captures the thrill of the sport in her book “Making Tracks: The Untold Story of Horse Racing in St. Louis.” Carver will discuss her book on October 27, 2014, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the St. Louis County Library headquarters in […]

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    50 mile speeding muscle car chase ends after suspect runs out of gas

    NASHVILLE, IL (KTVI) – It was like something out of a movie.  A multi-car heist with a chase that spanned nearly 50 miles from Nashville, Illinois, to St. Louis.  One of the suspects got caught because he ran out of gas, police said. His stolen Dodge Challenger ironically died next to the Jack Schmitt Chevrolet dealership. The suspect ran out of the car.  Police caught him hiding in the back of a new SUV on the Jack Schmitt lot.  There […]

  • Retired priest who served at 9 area churches suspended for alleged sexual abuse

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – Stunning news for parishioners at St. Louis area Catholic churches.  Arch-Bishop Robert Carlson has announced the suspension of a long-time priest after an allegation of sexual abuse. They knew him as Father Jack at Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves. Fr. John Ghio last served as a retired priest in residence.  To the allegation of his sexual  abuse of a minor in the 1980’s, just revealed in announcement from the Arch-Bishop, seems out of the question. […]

  • Explosion injures three Scouts at meeting outside Litchfield

    RAYMOND, IL (KTVI) – An explosion injured three scouts at an introduction to scouting meeting Monday evening.  The group was mixing chemicals to create a spooky Halloween effect.  Then something went wrong. Scout leaders were mixing boric acid and anti-freeze in a metal fire pit.  The goal was to make the flames turn green. An explosion burned three or four people. Three 9-13 year-olds were air-lifted to the hospital.  They had burns to their arms and faces.  An adult was […]

  • Official MLB Base Supplier located in Litchfield

    (KTVI)- Schutt Sports in Litchfield, IL is perhaps best known for making football helmets and protective gear. But did you know it is also the Official Base Supplier to Major League Baseball? Their Jack Corbett Hollywood Impact Base has been on every major league field since 1939. Schutt is also one of six authorized MLB Authentic Collectibles Supplier. Website: schuttstore.com

  • “Trash Bash” cleans up 16 sites along the River Des Peres watershed

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It was a big, “family fun” bash. Only, everyone who went would be fine if there never was another one. More than 300 volunteers set out to scour 16 sites along the River Des Peres watershed from North County  to Crestwood, Saturday morning.  They could hardly believe the things they found. One group pulled a water soaked king size mattress from the muck along Gravois creek. The tonnage has piled up through the years:  6.5 […]

  • Rungevity Charity Racing Program will help more local organizations

    (KTVI)-The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, ½ Marathon, and 5K are this weekend. Why Rock ‘n’ Roll? Musicians and bands are posted every mile or so along the route to entertain and inspire runners. The race is followed by a big concert and party. The Quinn Family Foundation is once again the title sponsor of the event’s St. Louis stop. In effort to expand charitable benefits of the races, the Foundation has established Rungevity, a turnkey charity-racing program to benefit selected […]