Chris comes to FOX 2 from KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona where he excelled as an investigative reporter. Chris won seven Emmy Awards during his eight-year stint at KPHO-TV.

Chris’ investigative work continues to be recognized through his tenure at Fox 2 KTVI where he’s been awarded an additional 11 Regional Emmys, including the “Investigative Report” honor in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, he was awarded the investigative Emmy for his report on the David Cerna camera cop case. His investigation triggered the discovery, capture and arrest of a Chesterfield Police officer secretly recording video in a men’s restroom.

In 2014, he won the investigative Emmy for another story that later garnered national attention – the Betsy Faria Murder case. Hayes’ in depth investigation exposed new evidence, leading to a new trial and exoneration of Russ Faria, Betsy’s husband.

Chris has also won two regional Murrow Awards for his coverage of “Minority Contracting and Alleged Front Companies” in 2013 and “The Murder of Betsy Faria” in 2015.

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    Bondage club operates near pre-school, church; works as a non-profit

    Editor’s note: This content is not suitable for a younger audience. Adults may also find it inappropriate. BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – There’s a club in Brentwood where you can get tied up and whipped, right next to both a church and a preschool. Fox 2 News obtained exclusive video from a woman who calls herself a “submissive.” She fears the activity at the club could turn abusive. Inside the club, you can hear the sound of human flesh being lashed […]

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    Disabled parking sting nets woman parking with a dead relative’s placard

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) – Investigators have seen it all when it comes to people trying to sneak into a disabled parking spots. The person they caught today pulled the most common trick: using someone else’s placard. Illinois Secretary of State Police scoured the parking lots around St. Clair Square in Belleville, Illinois. Shopper Savannah Morris said she knows someone they can catch. “One of my exes actually has a handicap thing; that’s his mother-in-law’s. He used to do that […]

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    Annual Thanksgiving tradition takes a surprising twist

    HIGH RIDGE, MO (KTVI) – A group of strangers in High Ridge, Missouri comes together for a free Thanksgiving meal for the last decade. Rotary District 6060 started it in 2007. It grew so much that the group had to use the High Ridge Fire Department for space. “The camaraderie is wonderful and the food is fabulous,” Brenda Wehrmeyer said. This year took a twist when members heard from the family of Ballwin police officer Mike Flamion. “His sister was […]

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    Puppy mill compromise drove hundreds of breeders out of business; inspectors still find problems

    (KTVI) – From reported sick dogs to kennels without a dry place for puppies to lay down, violations continue piling up at some Missouri dog breeding facilities. Meanwhile hundreds of large breeders have closed over the last five years. Kristin Akin recently bought a Goldendoodle puppy from a large breeder called Cornerstone Farms in Curryville, MO.  The Missouri Department of Agriculture cited Cornerstone in October when inspectors noted dogs “did not have a dry place to lay inside the building.” […]

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    FOX Files: Former employee talks about Lincoln County’s treatment of Pam Hupp

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The FOX Files has received inside information about the early treatment of Pam Hupp after a 2011 Lincoln County murder. It comes from a former victim’s advocate of the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office, Cindy Denatale. She decided to come forward after Pam Hupp shot and killed Louis Gumpenberger in August.  Hupp claims she shot him in self-defense.  The St. Charles County Prosecutor charged it as a murder. Rewind five years to Betsy Faria’s murder, north […]

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    Cigarette smugglers taking advantage of Missouri’s low tax rate

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Smugglers are making thousands of dollars just by driving cigarettes from St. Louis to Chicago because tax rates make one pack of cigarettes $6 more expensive in The Windy City. Fox 2 News recently followed a suspected cigarette smuggler in north St. Louis. He was buying cartons of cigarettes from several places and even told one of the vendors he planned to take a van load to Chicago, where he might make thousands of dollars in […]

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    The whole story behind Dateline’s report on Pam Hupp and Russ Faria

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) –  Pam Hupp was a central figure in a highly publicized Betsey Faria murder trial, covered extensively by Fox 2 News. Betsy’s husband, Russ, was first convicted and later exonerated of her murder after new evidence surfaced. The evidence involved $150,000 in life insurance proceeds, signed over into Hupp’s name days before Betsy’s murder. Hupp was never named as a suspect during the Faria investigation. Learn more:  The entire story behind the Russ Faria Case The St. Louis County […]

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    Pam Hupp’s unusual connection to cash found in murder victim’s pocket

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Newly disclosed evidence in the case against Pam Hupp includes an unusual connection police found involving $100 bills. It’s just the beginning of what’s contained in now unsealed search warrants, obtained by Fox 2 News. Officers served the search warrants after Pam Hupp said she shot and killed Louis Gumpenberger in her O’Fallon home in August 2016. Hupp claimed Gumpenberger, a man with disabilities, suddenly appeared at her home and threatened to kill her. After the […]

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    Missouri to pay $9 million in Brandon Ellingson drowning lawsuit

    LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO (KTVI) –The State of Missouri has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with the family of a college student who drowned in Lake of the Ozarks after being handcuffed by state troopers. The case centers on a drowning Memorial Day weekend 2014 on Lake of the Ozarks. Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Piercy cuffed 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson on suspicion of boating while drunk. Ellingson had just left Coconuts Bar. The trooper placed a ski […]

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    Surveillance video reveals why legal synthetic drugs can be so dangerous

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Newly obtained video shows users—who are clearly high—repeatedly coming back for something they know is dangerous. Fox 2 News obtained the video from a federal court file involving a now closed St. Louis County store. The customers’ behavior may seem amusing at first. Look closer and you’ll see why these drugs that pretend to be legal are so dangerous. “Look at me, dude! I’m on top of the world,” shouts one female user, whose […]

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    Toxicologist weighs in on death of Pam Hupp’s mother

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – After Pam Hupp’s mother fell to her death from a third-floor balcony in 2013, the St. Louis County Medical Examiner found high levels of Ambien in the mom’s system. Fox 2 News asked Dr. Michael Mullins about the drug screening. Mullins, a Washington University toxicologist, was not involved in the autopsy. Our investigative team approached Mullins only with questions about how those levels might impact a patient. He did not know in advance about this […]

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    From seed to shelf – Medical marijuana usage in Missouri

    SPRINGFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Medical marijuana is now being grown and sold in Missouri – legally. Ashley Markum says her son Ayden has tried at least 10 traditional prescription drugs with no success. “One of them actually took away his ability to eat,” Markum said. “It atrophied his muscles so much that he couldn’t swallow, so he would choke and then aspirate.” The family drove to Chesterfield from Springfield, Missouri to get one of the first batches of legal CBD […]