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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
  • Fairview Heights man charged after road workers struck by car

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – A Fairview Heights man is accused of deliberately hitting road workers with his car. And while the workers were not seriously hurt, authorities said the case is very disturbing. Benjamin Dorrington, 36, is accused of running into two road workers.  He’s charged with two counts of aggravated battery. It happened around 10:30 a.m. Monday on Old Collinsville Road near Ashland. One half of the road was closed for concrete repair after a water main break. The work zone was […]

  • Students at Rockwood-Summit High School stage walk-out

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A group of students at Rockwood Summit High School held a walk-out protest Thursday, fearing they could be banned from homecoming festivities this weekend. School officials couldn’t give permission for students to walk out of class, students said. Still, the event was peaceful, with minimal disruption and there was nothing to the claim students might be forced to miss homecoming, the superintendent said. About 30 students quietly left their classrooms and marched out the front […]

  • A new push is being made to get people prepared for natural disasters after recent hurricanes and earthquakes

    CREVE COEUR, MO – There has been a steady stream of natural disasters in recent weeks.  Now, there’s a new push for you to stock your freezers but it’s not what you may think. This is National Preparedness Month. Picture the rescues we’ve been seeing with major hurricanes and now an earthquake. Too often those rescues involve something you don’t see:  First responders struggling to piece together the medical histories of the people they’re trying to save. The non-profit Bethesda […]

  • Community rallies around security guard shot during Casino Queen robbery

    NEW ATHENS, IL – Three gunmen remain at large after robbing the Casino Queen and shooting a casino security guard in East St. Louis early Sunday morning. News of the shooting is hitting one town especially hard. It turns out the security guard wears many hats:  a lot of very important hats. With him being a crime victim and the gunmen still at large, Fox 2 and News 11 are not releasing his name. Still, people in his hometown want […]

  • Casino Queen reopens following weekend robbery

    EAST ST. LOUIS – Investigators expect to release surveillance photos any moment after 3 gunmen terrorized patrons and staff at the casino queen during a robbery Sunday. The suspects shot security guard during the weekend robbery. The casino had been shut down for more than 24 hours since the robbery and re-opened Monday morning at 8 o`clock to let customers back to gamble. But patrons tell Fox 2 things are hardly back to normal and business is way down with […]

  • St. Louis police union rep nervous about nighttime protests

    There were renewed calls for peace as day turned to night in St. Louis in the wake of a judge’s “not guilty” ruling in Jason Stockley murder trial. Stockely is a former St. Louis police officer who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith after a high-speed chase in December 2011. Stockley claimed it was self-defense, that Smith was reaching for a gun. The of the St. Louis Police Officers Association told Fox 2/News 11 he’d been getting reports of police […]

  • Festus gas station clerk gifted winning lottery ticket

    FESTUS, Mo. – A man in Festus bought two Missouri Lottery Show Me Cash tickets and gave one of them to the store clerk. The one he gave away ended up being a big $384,000 jackpot winner. The clerk apparently didn’t give a lot of thought to that ticket until the next day. She told lottery officials she went to work, leaving the ticket at home. Her boss told her their store sold the winner. She called her mom and had her check […]

  • A bird of prey may be responsible for 3 attacks on people in the Clayton area

    CLAYTON, MO – At least three Clayton residents have reported a large bird has swooping down on them in the last 36 hours or so. They’ve got the scratches to prove it. It started with a woman on a morning run on Meramec Avenue near Clayton Road in the Davis Place neighborhood, early Tuesday. It happened at least two more times Tuesday evening. “It was really ‘Alfred Hitchock’ horrible,” said Danijela Boric. She was walking with friends when, out of nowhere, […]

  • Cause of 3-alarm warehouse fire may never be known

    ST. LOUIS – Firefighters now say they may never know the cause of a massive 3-alarm fire, at an old St. Louis warehouse Tuesday morning. They also may never know what exactly was burning inside the building neighbors say has been vacant for years. Fire-fighters say the fire damage is so severe and the risk of building collapse so high, they had to battle the flames from the outside; investigators can’t go inside now to pin-point the cause and find […]

  • U.S. Coast Guard relocates its Irma communications hub to St. Louis

    St. Louis is playing a key role in the Hurricane Irma recovery effort. The U.S. Coast Guard has moved a key part of its life-saving mission to downtown St. Louis. As 35 Coast Guard planes and helicopters now move back to Jacksonville, Mobile, Savannah, and New Orleans, they’re all being directed from a communications hub in town.

  • ‘Stranger danger’ warning as man follows girl walking from school

    ST. LOUIS – There’s a warning for parents in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood of south city about a man following a girl near Francis Park after school. It happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. According to police, the school, and social media posts from witnesses, the man was on a bicycle, hanging around on the park sidewalk as St. Gabriel the Archangel School was letting out. He started following a girl as she walked home. He approached her near […]

  • Officers who saved child ejected in accident describe rescue

    ST. LOUIS – Fox 2 News / KPLR 11 spoke with two heroic St. Louis police officers who saved the life of a three-year-old boy who was ejected from an SUV after a crash and landed partially in a storm sewer. The series of things that led to the boy still being alive was flat out amazing. It started with the officers being just a block from the scene when they heard the loudest crash they’d ever heard around 8:45 a.m. […]