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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
  • People lose their cars to fire after parking on leaf piles

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis firefighters are issuing a safety alert about dried up leaves piling up around the city. Two vehicles were total loss after catching fire in the Compton Heights neighborhood of south city. Both cars had been parked over piles of leaves, firefighters said. The leaves were the suspected ignition source. One of the piles wasn’t all that big, neighbors said. They are demanding more frequent leaf pickups. At least one alderman is echoing the call. “The […]

  • Suspect in Blake Snyder killing won’t face death penalty 

    CLAYTON, Mo. – There was upsetting news for the widow of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder and police officers across the area Friday. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that the accused killer, 19-year-old Trent Forster, would not face the death penalty. Along with shooting and killing Snyder, Forster shot Snyder’s partner multiple times, authorities said, when the two officers responded to a disturbance on Arno Drive in Green Park in the early morning hours of October […]

  • Dead deer, hunting arrow found in Wildwood neighborhood

    WILDWOOD, Mo. – A dead deer and a bloody arrow were found dead outside a Wildwood home. Police are looking into what they call a possible case of illegal hunting or animal abuse. A 16-year-old found the arrow sticking up out of the ground between his house and the neighbor’s house on Thunderhead Canyon just off of Clayton Road around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The deer was about 30 feet way. It hadn’t been dead for long. “He noticed the shaft […]

  • Woman charged for ramming Webster Groves street worker

    WEBSTER GROVES, MO – A woman is accused of ramming into a highway flag man in Webster Groves. Police say she did it on purpose. The worker is not seriously hurt.  But, he was off the job site Tuesday after witnesses say a driver just seemed to snap Monday morning. Drivers admit it’s been a testy work zone.  The water main repair on Edgar road near Jackson can back up cars more than a dozen deep. There are waits of  five […]

  • Piles of leaves sit in St. Louis streets with no immediate pick-up plan

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Parts of St. Louis may look like they’re in the middle of leaf emergency. Drivers heading down Candy Cane Lane in St. Louis Hills to see the Christmas lights Monday night, may find themselves driving around, over, or through all the leaves piling up in the streets. Leaves are piling up everywhere in the neighborhood. Dreams of a white Christmas have become a real life nightmare of a brown one. Residents worried leaves would not be […]

  • Attorneys argue Rams relocation lawsuit in St. Louis

    There was a courtroom showdown in downtown St. Louis Friday over the city’s lawsuit against the Rams and the NFL over the teams move out of St. Louis in 2016. Attorneys from Chicago and Washington, D.C. argued for the NFL and the Rams. They told St. Louis City Circuit Judge Christopher McGraugh that St. Louis leaders essentially agreed to the terms of Rams owner Stan Kroenke possibly returning the team to Los Angeles one day when they signed the relocation […]

  • ATF links several St. Louis area gun store break-ins

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The St. Louis area saw its sixth gun store break-in this month, early Thursday morning. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said investigators had connected three of the crimes to a group of suspects and two other crimes to another group of suspects. It was not yet clear whether all five were the work of one group or two. It was too early to tell where the latest crime fit in. It happened around […]

  • Fox 2 report on crumbling Fenton home leads to stunning transformation

    FENTON, Mo. – There’s a dramatic transformation underway after a Fox 2 report on a burned out, crumbling house in Fenton in Jefferson County that had neighbors living in fear. The residence had been vacant and falling apart for close to three years after it caught fire. People were breaking in and staying there. Neighbors worried someone was going to get hurt – or worse. “I thought it was going to be demolished,” said neighbor Mark Rudolph. “One of the […]

  • Police officer allegedly shot by wife in St. Peters home

    ST. PETERS, Mo. — Fox 2/News 11confirmed Tuesday that the deputy chief of the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department was shot last week. His wife is accused of pulling the trigger. Deputy Chief Shawn Applegate told Fox 2/KPLR 11 he couldn’t comment on the case, except to say that it sounded worse than it actually was.  It was not an intentional shooting, he said. In any case, his wife, 46-year-old Nancy Applegate, remains in St. Charles County Jail Tuesday night, charged with […]

  • Mother rescues herself, toddler son after SUV crashes into pond

    PACIFIC, MO – Firefighters call an expectant mother in Franklin County a hero after she saves herself and her 2-year-old son from their SUV as it was sinking into a frigid pond, Wednesday morning. Firefighters and passersby’s, including her husband got to the scene saw the SUV, and thought she, her son were trapped in it.  Her husband was among those who got into the water to rescue them. But they were already out and warming up in a nearby home. […]

  • Guns ‘N Hoses sells out before the event for the first time

    ST. LOUIS – Fox 2/News 11 have a look at a St. Louis Thanksgiving Eve tradition like you’ve never seen. The 31st Guns ‘N Hoses event is Wednesday night at Scottrade Center. This year, we’ve gone in-depth with a police officer who’s putting his face on the line for the cause. When you’re 5-years-old like Lilly Sterr, there’s no thought of your daddy maybe going to work one day, never coming back, and not being there anymore to hold your […]

  • Two shot during St. Charles County home invasion

    ST. PETERS, MO — Police are investigating a home invasion and robbery Sunday night near St. Peters. Two people were shot were shot during the robbery. The victims are a young man in his 20’s and his mother who is in her 50’s.  A friend says they are both expected to recover. A neighbor says that he entered the home at around 10pm on St. Daphne Drive near Truman.  He heard five loud gunshots. A witness, that did not wish […]