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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
  • Foley and Winfield residents still fighting to hold back the Mississippi River

    WINFIELD, MO (KTVI) – It was an anxious night for people living near the Mississippi River in the Lincoln County towns of Foley and Winfield. Levees were leaking and seeping as the river approached its crest at Winfield. River water leaking through the levee and across Highway N just south of Winfield Lock and Dam 25. It was to be expected with the river close to 9 ft. above flood stage, authorities said. It was not a sign the levees […]

  • St. Louisans react Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby healthcare mandate

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the controversial Hobby Lobby case had St. Louis and the rest of the nation divided Monday. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled companies like Hobby Lobby, couldn’t be forced to pay for contraceptive coverage under the new health care law, if doing so violated the owners’ religious beliefs. St. Louis area cases on the same issue could very well have been before the high court instead of […]

  • New children’s book searches for missing gooey butter cake

    (KTVI)- Ryan Nusbickel, former news reporter and author and illustrator of “The St. Louis Night Before Christmas”, is back with a new book. “Who Moved My Gooey Butter Cake?!” is the story of a girl, her dog, and her missing Gooey Butter Cake, a St. Louis staple. Website: Nusbickelbooks.com

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    Missouri to allow single-bottle beer sales starting next year

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-In six months, Missouri stores will be able to sell beer by individual bottles or cans. On Friday, Governor Jay Nixon signed a law allowing the sale of single-bottle beers at retailers. Current law requires beer to be sold in packages containing at least three bottles. The new law takes effect in January. The bill,  SB689, was sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale.

  • Festival of the Flying Pig at Mathew’s Kitchen

    (KTVI)- A south St. Louis restaurant is celebrating their unique appetizer.  Mathew’s Kitchen serves pig wings, braised pork shanks that are coated in one of eight sauces. So to celebrate the tasty treat they are hosting the “Festival of the Flying Pig” on Sunday, June 29. Aside from the pig wings, four beers from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company will be featured, including one made to pair with the original pig wing. Also, don’t miss the water balloon toss. For every […]

  • Summer means tick season is in full swing

    (KTVI)-It is summer and that mean tick season is here. Homeowners should take steps now to prevent people and pets from ticks and tick borne diseases such as Lyme Disease. Clean-up overgrown areas around a lawn’s edge Create a tick barrier using woodchips, mulch or gravel to create a barrier between your lawn and unmanicured areas or stone walls Treat High Risk Areas with a targeted pesticide Website: Blue Chip Pest Control Website: CDC – Ticks and Tickborne Diseases of […]

  • Police release sketch of suspect in attacked on Edwardsville teenager

    EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – A teenage girl was attacked on an Edwardsville bike trail Tuesday afternoon, police said. It happened on a residential section of the trail shrouded by a strip of woods in the 500 block of Chancellor, which is up the hill from the SIU-Edwardsville campus, off of Hwy. 157. The suspect was lurking in those woods when he surprised the victim around 2:15 pm, using a story to draw her within arm’s length, police said. “[He] asked […]

  • Child Sex Trafficking Crackdown

    FBI sting on sex trafficking rescues 168 children

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The FBI has just wrapped up a 3 day “sting” on the most despicable of crimes and shared the results with FOX2. “Operation Cross Country” targeted child sex trafficking in St. Louis and across the United States. Agents partnered with local police nationwide recovering 168 children being victimized through prostitution.  They also arrested suspected 281 pimps. The numbers barely made a dent in the epidemic, authorities said. “No doubt.  No doubt.  It’s going on all the […]

  • Sustainable Backyard Tour promotes better use of your outdoor space

    (KTVI)-The fourth annual Sustainable Backyard Tour will be held Sunday, June 22. Homeowners throughout St. Louis city and county will open their gates to the public to help spread the news that backyards can be so much more than places to mow and weed. More than 40 backyards will be open for viewing this year. They’ll be open from 11:00am until 4:00. The tour is free. Website: SustainableBackyardTour.com

  • Storm downs 20 power poles in Troy, IL

    TROY, IL (KTVI) – A massive clean-up and fix-up effort continued Saturday night almost 24 hours after a storm took down 20 power poles just outside of Troy, Illinois. They came down within a one-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 Friday night. That stretch remained closed much of Saturday while repairs were made. Drivers turned off in search of a detour and ended up getting to know the surrounding farmland, backtracking through the cornfields again and again. “Nobody knows (a […]

  • St. Louis team to compete on TLC’s “Next Great Baker”

    (KTVI)- The fourth season of TLC’s “Next Great Baker” premieres on Tuesday, June 24. One of the competing teams is from St. Louis! Al Watson, 31, and Lia Weber, 24, became fast friends when they started working together in a wedding cake shop in St. Louis. They are proud of their signature baking style, making the best butter cream cakes without using fondant. The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, judged the competition and is joined by famed chocolatier Jacques Torres and […]

  • Celebrate National Go Skateboarding Day in St. Charles County

    (KTVI)-June 21 is “Go Skateboarding Day”. Skateboarders will show their love and support for skateboarding by holding fundraisers, contests, and demonstrations. In St. Charles County, skateboarders will gather at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie from Noon until 9:00pm. Admission to the park is free for spectators and anyone with a skateboard, roller blades, BMX bike or scooter. There will even be a chance to win an autographed photo of Tony Hawk. All ages and abilities are welcome. Website: […]