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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 for investigative reporting during his eight-year stint at KPHO-TV. Previous to that, Chris was a reporter for WFTX-TV, the FOX affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida.

Chris is a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism. It was in Columbia where Chris met his future wife Christy in a coffee shop.

While in Phoenix, Chris and Christy adopted two brothers who were 4 and 5 years old at the time. Their love of family has made their return to Missouri happy, since Chris’ mom and dad live in Springfield, Illinois and Christy’s parents live in Columbia, Missouri.

Chris has lived in Arizona, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and several other states. He’s not an Army brat. He’s the son of a Presbyterian minister and the oldest of four children.

Chris loves music and is a self-taught guitarist. He enjoys singing, entertaining, and a fresh cup of strong coffee.

FOX 2's Chris Hayes should not be confused with MSNBC's Chris Hayes.

Recent Articles
  • What’s happened to the Coleman memorial money?

    (KTVI) – A best friend of murder victim Sheri Coleman wants to know where about $35,000 went.  It was money raised to build a memorial for Sheri and her two boys.  A jury convicted the husband, Chris Coleman, of strangling them. Citizens raised tens of thousands after the 2009 Coleman murders.  Those funds led to the creation of a non-profit group called Sheri Ann and her boys.  Sheri`s friend Meegan Turnbeaugh helped start it, but stepped down in 2010, in […]

  • Possible suspect in custody from U. City alumni picnic shooting

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – University City police announced an arrest in connection with Saturday’s Heman Park shooting, but charges so far are unrelated to the killing.  20-year-old Mario Wallace died & a 39-year-old man is recovering from being shot in the leg. They were attending a high school alumni picnic.  Witnesses described seeing a green Pontiac Grand Prix drive away from the shooting.  A Hillsdale police K-9 officer later reported seeing that car and chased it until it crashed […]

  • Pet store puppy customer learns of surprising surgery

    (KTVI)– An O`Fallon, MO woman paid more than $2,000 for a new puppy and then got a big surprise.  She discovered her new pet had a surgery.  She claims the pet store tried to hide it. Jessica Rockwell introduced her new family member saying, “This is Justice. She is about 11 weeks now.” Justice is a German Shepherd.  Rockwell told me, “She is a huge snuggle bug and a huge lover.”  Then she added, “I bought a dog that was […]

  • Woman accused of stabbing husband to death appears in court

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)– Fox 2 has exclusive video of second degree murder suspect Mary Mullenix leaving a court appearance in Clayton Thursday. Mullenix is free on bond and under evening house arrest for the stabbing death of her husband. Her late husband was 76-year-old real estate developer Ivan Mullenix. A grand jury indicted Mary Mullenix in December. She’s pleaded not guilty and she had no comment as she walked out of court.

  • Hitting a pedestrian earns a misdemeanor ticket for former Judge`s daughter.

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI) - A woman with 49 prior traffic violations now faces a misdemeanor ticket for sending a pedestrian to the hospital.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes is looking into whether political connections are allowing the woman to continue driving. We found Katherine O`Malley`s car with a partially caved-in windshield.   Witnesses say the damage is from O`Malley hitting a man.  She’s the adult daughter of former St. Clair County Judge Michael O’Malley. The crash happened July 5th […]

  • Agents find several stolen cars after raiding Wellston salvage yard

    WELLSTON, MO (KTVI)– State and local police involved in a raid find several reported stolen cars at a salvage yard. Fox 2 obtained exclusive video of the police investigation at a business in Wellston. Scrap Solutions is located near Sutter and Page, right next to the St. Louis County Police. The owner is Paul Thornton, brother of Cookie Thornton, the infamous Kirkwood shooter. St. Louis County police blocked the entrance most of Thursday, while its stolen car task force along […]

  • Tumblr refuses to remove illegal hidden camera bathroom pics

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Secret pictures of people using the bathroom are spreading all over the internet.  A social networking site refuses to protect you.  This follows our investigation that caught a police officer hiding a camera in the men`s room at a Chesterfield, MO gas station.   Anybody could be a victim and someone could be watching you from anywhere in the world. The porn site with the hidden camera bathroom videos is down, but we found evidence of still […]

  • Sex sting uses computer generated child

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A new epidemic called webcam child sex tourism is being fought half way around the world, yet it`s netting suspects right here in the Midwest.  It`s finding men so desperate to have sex with kids, that they don`t realize they`re getting caught with a computer model. An international organization called Terre des Hommes used four researchers, who posed as a 10-year-old girl named Sweetie. Once online, the men instantly poured in by the thousands.  I contacted […]

  • Synthetic drugs sellers appear to continue dealing after federal indictments

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – Synthetic drug dealers continue selling potentially deadly products despite last month`s Federal indictment of 28 drug conspirators and seizure of tens of millions of dollars.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes went right back to the streets to show how they`re still trying to get away with it. Our story begins with hidden camera video inside a St. Charles County t-shirt store called Jester`s.  A clerk told a costumer about ‘$45 Pirates Booty and Get Real.’  […]

  • Chesterfield cop indicted for secretly recording men in gas station restroom

    CHESTERFIELD, Mo (KTVI) – A Grand Jury indicted a former Chesterfield cop for secretly recording men using the bathroom. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes broke the case last month after tracking videos to a bathroom at a Mobile on the Run on Clarkson.  Fox 2 turned over investigative research that led detectives to one of their own officers. David Cerna now faces felony invasion of privacy charges.  According the the probable cause statement, investigators have been able to identify at […]

  • Mississippi River town calls for sandbagging volunteers

    CLARKSVILLE, MO (KTVI) – High waters on the Mississippi River are threatening the town of Clarksville, Missouri  and they are asking for more sandbagging volunteers. The river is expected to crest about 10′ over flood stage on Wednesday.  A sign on First Street reads, “Touch the Mississippi.”  You can almost do that from the spot.   River water is already finding its way across First Street toward the historic shops in the artist community. AmeriCorps volunteer Dalton Olson spent the Fourth […]

  • Guilty plea in intimate text message scandal

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A former paralegal admitted to a scheme that cost an Assistant St Louis County Prosecutor his job.  The reported scheme involved intimate text messages and a false promise that a prosecutor would make a case disappear. Jillian Nichols walked out of court after admitting to crimes that could put her in prison for up to 25 years. Investigative reporter Chris Hayes asked, ‘Ms. Nichols, what do you say to the prosecutor who lost his job because […]