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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
  • Beating on Metrolink platform prompts discussion about security lapses

    ST. LOUIS – A brutal beating on a Metrolink platform has St. Louis’s Public Safety Director calling for a swift change in the way Metro handles its security staffing. A Metro spokeswoman is calling on police to do more to help. There were no security guards present to stop the attack or render first aid to the victim. The attack occurred just after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at the Grand Metrolink Station in St. Louis. There had been […]

  • Swansea police investigate 12 car burglaries

    SWANSEA, Ill. – Swansea police and the Illinois State Police are investigating a recent rash of car burglaries. According to police, the burglaries occurred overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday morning in the Castle Acres Subdivision, located at Route 161 and Josephine. Some of the targeted vehicles were left unlocked and others had their windows smashed. Police said one unlocked vehicle had a loaded 9mm pistol stolen from it. Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call the Swansea […]

  • Investigators recover vehicle in murder of former track star

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Major Case Squad detectives recovered a vehicle in connection with the murder of former East St. Louis High School track star Roosevelt Davis Jr. A surveillance camera caught the vehicle driving away from the murder scene outside the County Line Quick Shop on Camp Jackson Road near Cahokia, just before 1 p.m. on Saturday. Investigators released photos of the car: a silver/gray Pontiac with Illinois temporary tags. Investigators did not specify where they found the car. Along with being a […]

  • Man attacked, robbed near police headquarters in Collinsville

    COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – You would think you’d be safe taking a walk next to a police headquarters, but a bold robber left a man bloody and fearing he’d been shot in the face near the Illinois State Police Headquarters in Collinsville. The attack took place near the intersection of Eastport Plaza Drive and Executive Drive. “It’s one of those crimes that kind of shocks your conscience a little bit,” said Maj. Brett Boerm, the Collinsville Police Department. The intersection is […]

  • Charges filed after suspicious toddler death ruled a homicide

    JENNINGS, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged a 24-year-old Jennings man with murder after detectives determined a child’s death was actually a homicide. According to Officer Benjamin Granda, a police spokesman, two-year-old Cayden Carson was found unresponsive in the 5600 block of Helen Avenue just after 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. Carson was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident was initially reported as a suspicious death but was later […]

  • St. Louis Zoo reveals plans for North County expansion before tax proposal

    CLAYTON, MO – An African Safari in North County.  Tuesday, we got our first look at new plans for the St. Louis Zoo’s proposed expansion, and new details on the cost to taxpayers. We`ve told you about the zoo`s plans to buy 425 acres near Spanish Lake, but today we got our first look at the vision for that property. 175 acres would be set aside for new zoo safari, and wildlife adventures, which might include safari tours, zip-lines and […]

  • Christopher Coleman seeks new trial in case; remains in prison for 2009 family murder

    WATERLOO, IL- The man convicted in the notorious 2009 Coleman family murders in Columbia, IL, makes a new claim of innocence in a request for a new trial. Coleman’s attorney, Lloyd Cueto, has filed a Petition for Post Conviction Relief in Monroe County Court. “That would have to be the conclusion is that someone else is responsible for (the murders), absolutely,” Cueto said. Coleman, 41, is serving three life sentences for the strangulation murders of his wife, Sherri, and their […]

  • To catch a car thief in St. Clair county, it might take a billboard

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL- A Mascoutah family is going to great lengths and heights to catch a car thief. There’s an absolute “can’t miss … eye catcher” homemade billboard Highway 161 in unincorporated  Mascoutah. It’s simple and straightforward.  It reads:  Red Car Stolen from here, 3/29 AM, Need Help, Looking for gray Dodge. It includes a number to call with information:  618-540-9996. That’s the number for the car’s owner, Paul Bretz. He keeps the car parked at his parent’s house. The 1988 red Ford […]

  • Christopher Coleman seeks new trial in deaths of wife, 2 sons

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – An attorney is asking an Illinois state court to reconsider the conviction of a man serving life in prison for the 2009 killings of his wife and their two young sons. The Belleville News Democrat reports Christopher Coleman’s attorney Lloyd Cueto Jr. filed the request Tuesday. Coleman was convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 in the strangulation deaths of his wife Sherri and their 9-year-old and 11-year-old sons in their Columbia home. Cueto said Thursday that he […]

  • BJC using automated vehicles to deliver supplies throughout hospitals

    ST. LOUIS – A new, hidden highway is part of the billion-dollar Barnes-Jewish Hospital expansion in the Central West End. It’s a highway you’ll never drive. The few workers who do have access better stay out AGV lanes. About 20 AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) now make about 975 supply deliveries-a-day via the new robot highway below the Barnes-Jewish north campus, from the new Parkview Tower to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. They have their own elevators, even their own vocabulary. Along […]

  • Allegiant customers livid, cite lack of help following MidAmerica security issue

    ST. LOUIS – A security scare at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport on caused a slew of travel woes for Allegiant Airline customers. The nightmare began at MidAmerica on Easter Sunday. After waiting for hours on the runway, passengers on an Allegiant flight were asked to de-board their plane. TSA screeners found a passenger waiting to board with a laptop with suspicious-looking wires, now believed to be a hard drive. An Allegiant spokesperson said the time it took to investigate of […]

  • Meramec River expected to crest late Friday, early Saturday at 17 feet

    FENTON, Mo. – Wednesday brought good news on the flood watch. The Meramec River is expected to rise above flood stage in Valley Park by the end of the week, but not by much. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s forecast projected the river to go above flood stage (16 ft.) at Valley Park late Thursday night-Friday morning, but crest late Friday night-Saturday morning at 17.1 feet. That’s nothing for Valley Park. No floodgates are closing. No major roadways or […]