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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
  • Concrete barriers being installed at intersections in south St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS – Strange stripes are popping up on St. Louis streets. People are confused. They’ve never seen traffic semicircles painted through crosswalks at all four corners. The stripes are supposed to make things safer in places where too many crashes could soon lead to tragedy. They are at six intersections along Compton Avenue: Park, Lafayette, Shenandoah, Magnolia, Russell, and Arsenal. “They’re painted bump outs,” said Sixth Ward Alderwoman, Christine Ingrassia. They are meant to put a squeeze on traffic […]

  • Health, safety concerns over smoke following five-alarm fire

    ST. LOUIS – The smoke from the fire was thick and uncompromising. And it’s causing continued health concerns even though the smoke has cleared away for the most part. If you breathed the smoke Thursday morning and don’t feel quite right, you’re likely suffering from at least some degree of smoke inhalation. “It’s absolutely from smoke. Any time you have a fire, you’re going to get materials like carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen cyanide. When that gets into your bloodstream, […]

  • St. Louis firefighters spend day battling five-alarm fire

    ST. LOUIS – Two St. Louis firefighters and a warehouse employee were treated for minor injuries Wednesday after a building in a south city neighborhood caught fire. The fire started around 10:30 a.m. in the basement of Park Warehouse Services, located at 3937 Park Avenue, near St. Louis University Hospital.  About 12-15 people were inside of the one-story building at the time. Between 80 and 100 firefighters responded to battle the blaze. The fire is burning so hot and bright that […]

  • East St. Louis man offers reward for stolen beer sign

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Thieves have been targeting large vintage beer signs in East St. Louis. Their owner is offering a reward for the return of one of his signs. These are no petty crimes. The signs are worth a lot more than you may think. Someone stole Bey Miller-Bey’s large Old Style sign and just tried to steal a Budweiser sign. “Somebody wanted it real bad. They probably got it displayed somewhere. Whoever it is, thinks they got […]

  • Mask-wearing teen armed with knife arrested outside of high school

    WOOD RIVER, Ill. – Fox 2/KPLR 11 obtained video of police taking down a young man wearing a frightening mask outside East Alton-Wood River High School. Authorities said 18-year-old Brandon Martin of Wood River was carrying a large, open blade knife and methamphetamine along with the mask. A relative told Fox 2/KPLR 11 that Martin lives fairly close to the school and was walking to meet someone, and goofing off with the mask as sort of a prank. He is […]

  • Authorities believe a group of carjackers are targeting high-end vehicles in St. Louis and St. Louis County

    Authorities believe a group of carjackers are targeting high-end vehicles in St. Louis and St. Louis County. The suspects are extremely dangerous, authorities said Wednesday. One of them, Lamar Bowens, 28, of St. Louis, allegedly told officers he should have just killed them when arrested Tuesday night, but when he reached for his gun, it wasn’t there. “Fortunately for everyone, (Bowens) included, the weapon fell out of his holster while he was in the car still so he wasn’t able […]

  • Local effort to feed the hungry gets much-needed assist from Blues great Chris Pronger

    LADUE, Mo. – It’s a record effort to feed the hungry from St. Louis to Africa. Former St. Louis Blues great Chris Pronger and nearly 2,000 volunteers staffed a makeshift factory: one day, three shifts. They churned out more than 507,000 meals on Friday. For a group of students from LaSalle Middle School in St. Louis, it was truly from the heart. Pronger hit a gong, which served as a factory whistle. He was the honorary foreman clocking the volunteers […]

  • ABB closing St. Louis electrical manufacturing plant; 120 jobs lost

    ST. LOUIS, MO —  Over 100 people will be looking for new jobs in St. Louis after restructuring by an international corporation.  The Swiss based owners of the ABB electrical transformer plant will be closing shop in Missouri.  The building can be seen from I-70 in St. Louis near Union. Reuters news service reports that ABB is halting production at their St. Louis factory.  They will be investing in sites located in South Boston, VA and Crystal Springs, MS, and […]

  • Local Special Olympian sings national anthem ahead of Blues game

    ST. LOUIS – It was a star-spangled honor for Special Olympian and Rockwood Summit High School senior Joseph (Joe) Niemeyer Jr. Niemeyer sang the national anthem alongside fan favorite Charles Glenn before Monday night’s St. Louis Blues hockey game. Niemeyer, who was born with Down Syndrome, is an inspiring young man of many hats: student, baseball and football team manager, and a Special Olympian in tennis. He even helps out in the school office, making the occasional delivery to teachers before […]

  • American Airlines to close pilot base at St. Louis Airport in 2018

    ST. LOUIS – American Airlines is cutting another key link to its TWA past in St. Louis. The airline will close its pilot base at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport on September 1, 2018. It’s more of an ego hit to St. Louis than an economic one, analysts said. It’s certainly tough news for the 180 American pilots based here. A letter from American’s VP of Flight Operations to the pilots reads, in part, “…it’s obviously not the news our StL […]

  • Doing whatever it takes to stay warm at outdoor sporting events

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Portable heaters and loads of hot chocolate were brought in Friday to help fend off the sudden temperature plunge at a huge weekend event in Chesterfield: the St. Louis Softball Showcase at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. Close to 2,000 high school age girls are in town for one of the top three college recruiting events in the country. More than 150 teams are competing early morning, afternoon, and evening. Players are hoping to catch the eyes […]

  • False positives on carbon monoxide detector could be something even worse

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – When the carbon monoxide (CO) detector wouldn’t stop going off at a Town & Country home, the owner tried everything, including paying to have a security company switch out alarms. The CO readings continued. Firefighters responded. It wasn’t carbon monoxide, but something possibly worse. “My best guess would be is that it would be more like a natural gas type of explosion,” said Dep. Chief Kelly Grassmuck, West County EMS & Fire. “It’s going to […]