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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
  • ‘Post-Dispatch’ editor describes getting Schweich’s possible last message

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – A St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor received one of Tom Schweich’s last messages. Editorial editor Tony Messenger saw the call come in but let it go to voicemail because he was speaking at a kids’ career day. By the time he coordinated the meeting Schweich wanted, he heard the tragic news of the auditor’s apparent suicide. ‘’I have no idea why he killed himself, but a statewide elected official killed himself and I was one of the […]

  • St. Louis police chief blames ‘Ferguson Effect’ for drop in self-initiated policing

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The best police officers don`t just fight crime, they try to stop it before it strikes.  That might mean checking on something suspicious that`s not part of a regular call.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes found the pre-emptive strikes dropped dramatically last year in St. Louis City. The numbers are down so much, some are asking if that’s why the entire second floor of a St. Louis jail is empty. Police Chief Sam Dotson warns not […]

  • Appeals Court: Faria may apply for new trial

    TROY, MO (KTVI) – Russ Faria`s attorney asked for a new trial and the Missouri Court of Appeals sent a message Tuesday that he might get it. This in-depth follow-up coverage in a FOX 2 joint investigation with the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The appeals court sent the case back to Lincoln County because of new evidence, much of it covered in the Fox Files. Defense attorney Joel Schwartz said, ‘This stuff should`ve come into trial initially. Had we known […]

  • Woman who says she was raped by officer in training talks to Fox 2

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – FOX 2 was the first to report about a licensed officer previously accused of drugging and raping women according to police investigation reports. Now a woman who says she was a victim too, talks. She’s not the only person coming forward with new allegations. The woman and another individual, say they met Steve Blakeney at about the same time police were investigating him Blakeney for reported rapes in 2006. Their investigative records show that a […]

  • Not backing down: No answer from National Guard or Governor about demands for retraction

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – We still have no answer from Missouri`s Governor or the National Guard about their demands for a retraction from Fox 2. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes stands by his reports. Our requests for interviews have gone unanswered. We received a 4 page e-mail “seeking retraction” on Thursday afternoon. It was 15 minutes Governor Jay Nixon got on a plane to Washington D.C., according to public travel records. The e-mail attacks our Fox Files coverage of […]

  • Missouri National Guard questions Chris Hayes’ report

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri National Guard e-mailed Fox 2’s newsroom demanding a retraction to a previous story. They’re disputing a Fox Files report by Chris Hayes about the night Ferguson burned at the hands of rioters. The request for a retraction came 77 days after our report. We’ve been asking why Missouri Governor Jay Nixon held back hundreds of guardsmen, who were sitting in a hangar at Lambert Airport, just a few miles from Ferguson. Now that other […]

  • Air Force base bans man who pretends to be an officer, yet a police dept. continues to back him

    (KTVI) – Police want to know if you’ve been stopped, frisked or arrested by a man who looks like a police officer.  Fox 2 found he’s even been banned by an air force base, yet a north county police department continues backing him.  Kinloch, MO backs the man they call a “Marshal,” despite repeated warnings.  Scott Air Force Base barred the man after reported illegal traffic stops. Kinloch is a city with empty lots and burned out buildings. Less 500 […]

  • New documents reveal why Gov. Nixon wouldn’t deploy national guard

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Documents released Tuesday show St. Louis County Police wanted the National Guard to protect the Canfield Green Apartments the night looters burned Ferguson businesses and buildings. After an open records request, hundreds of pages of documents were finally released by Governor Nixon`s office.  Much of it contains information reported exclusively by FOX 2`s Chris Hayes, days after the riots.  Now we re-examine why Ferguson was left unprotected. Here`s a breakdown of the National Guardsmen, […]

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    Police disable dash cam after being warned they’re on video

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A dash camera recording from on April 10th, 2014  captured a police stop after 911 calls reported shots fired. A 911 caller reported a car, “fleeing north.  It has big rims on it.” A St. Louis City police officer flagged a car he said was speeding east on Lafayette.  The dash cam shows the suspect put on his blinker and make a U-turn.  The officer then activates his lights and the suspect pulls over. On […]

  • Heroin fighting medicine can keep addicts from getting high

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It`s a shot that stops heroin in its tracks. The way it works may sound unbelievable. It’s a medicine that keeps the drug users mind from being altered. Even many users don`t believe it. Brittney Gilliam laughed when she said, ‘Yeah, I remember someone telling my about it and that it was a blocker and I`m like right there is no such thing. It`s not even possible.’ The medicine is called Vivitrol.  It`s a monthly shot […]

  • Public official stands in the way of police and woman who fears she’ll end up dead

    WELLSTON, MO (KTVI) – FOX 2 has obtained exclusive evidence, including police body camera video, showing a councilwoman who appears to be trying to control a North County municipal police department. Officers with the Wellston, MO Police Department say they`re being hampered from protecting citizens, because of one woman with power. A reported victim of domestic violence called 911 last August to report domestic violence.  She cried, “He`s beating me with belt buckles. This is not the first time. It […]

  • Fox Files preview: Municipal county official appears to block domestic abuse investigation

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – A public official appears to block a domestic abuse police investigation, and it’s led a north St. Louis County woman to fear for her life. In one instance, the woman pleaded with police to protect her from domestic violence. In the police report, she told officers they might ‘‘find me dead.” But the woman said the suspect’s mother, who is a public official, interfered in the case. See what happens as an officer tries to […]