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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
  • Mid-Missouri man describes repeated lies by witness in Michael Brown Shooting Case

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – We`re looking deeper into the criminal cases against a witness in the Michael Brown shooting.  Dorian Johnson pleaded guilty to lying to police in a 2011 theft case and a warrant still remains for his arrest.  FOX2`s Chris Hayes went to Jefferson City to talk to a man who says he caught Johnson stealing and then listened to his repeated lies. It started behind the Jefferson City YMCA, where a maintenance man said he saw […]

  • Highway shutdown postponed, but not everyone got the message

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Protestors cancelled a highway shutdown protest, but it appears some protestors took action anyway.  I- 270 at West Florissant was shut down by protestors for a short time around 4:40 pm. Several drivers also appeared to slow down and stop, in protest, on I-70 near Bermuda.  Police responded to an accident in that area at about 4:35 pm.  St. Louis County Police also stopped people who were walking on I-70 carrying signs. Mike Brown`s family asked […]

  • North County municipal police chief scales back on show of force

    CHARLACK, MO (KTVI)– One St. Louis County Municipal Police Chief is making big changes to his police force, in order to improve the relationship with citizens. The small town of Charlack, with a population under 1,500 is surrounded by other small municipalities with their own police departments.  Charlack`s new Police Chief Steve Runge said he was immediately concerned with the look of his new department.  He said it was a police force he believed looked like unapproachable `ninjas,` until he […]

  • Inside a Missouri dog breeder’s operation

    (KTVI) – Do you know where that cute puppy in the window comes from?  A recent dog owner called FOX 2 after finding puppies for sale that she believed to be coming from a bad breeder.  So Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes tracked the puppies to their Mid-Missouri home to give you an inside look. Our investigation begins inside Petland in Lake St. Louis. A salesperson told our undercover producer, ‘We get all our dogs from really good breeders.’ You […]

  • Ferguson calming as Grand Jury reviews evidence in Mike Brown case

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The beginning of the grand jury’s review evidence may be calming tensions according to people moving more freely in Ferguson. The grand jury will meet again next week. This slow process that could take weeks as investigators continue to gather evidence in Mike Brown shooting case. It`s slowly getting back to everyday life n Ferguson, we`re at the Command Center, which just two days ago was lined with satellite trucks from around the world. Many are […]

  • Fox 2 re-examines interviews from witnesses of fatal Mike Brown shooting

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Fox Files looks deeper into the struggle in the Ferguson Police car before Michael Brown`s death. Just after the Michael Brown shooting, two witnesses gave similar accounts about how Brown first took a gunshot or two during a struggle with Officer Darren Wilson through a police vehicle window. Those witnesses are Piaget Crenshaw and Dorian Johnson.  Johnson said Officer Wilson, ‘pulled up beside us. He tried to thrush his door open, but we were so close that […]

  • New video evidence may offer a different account of Mike Brown’s death

      FERGUSON, MO (LPLR) – The massive attention to the Michael Brown shooting case may make it difficult for investigators to find witnesses. We`re just one day away from when St. Louis County Attorney Bob McCulloch plans to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury.  Witnesses seem to have reported one version of what happened the day a police officer shot and killed brown, but there appears to be evidence of another view. In the wake of Mike Brown`s death […]

  • Mood of protesters edgy but peaceful Tuesday night

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A city and neighborhood are edge Tuesday night after a night of violent clashes with protesters on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson. Over 50 people were arrested in Monday night unrest between police and protesters. Last night saw police being fired upon by people in the crowd, with four officer injured by bottle throwing. Tonight all eyes are on West Florissant Avenue for a possible repeat of Monday nights violence. Chris Hayes is in Ferguson gauging […]

  • New answers about the death of Michael Brown

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – New answers came today from forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden.  But those answers were followed by a conflict between the opinions of two highly respected Medical Examiners. In a news conference this morning, Dr. Baden said all shots fired at Brown appear to have come while Brown was facing the officer.   Three of those shots bring additional questions. Dr. Baden`s assistant, Professor Shawn Parcells, explained how two of the shots are graze wounds.  He described one […]

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    Chris Hayes shares what it is like to stay past curfew in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) -Demonstrators have been taking to Missouri streets for the past week over the police shooting death of Michael Brown.  A vigil for the slain teen turned into a protest that led to looting and a movement to stop police brutality. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon enacted a curfew after heavy looting in Ferguson early Saturday morning.  It went to effect just after 12am on Sunday. Some demonstrators decided to break the curfew and stay on city streets.  There […]

  • Large crowd at QuikTrip protests peacefully

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Many people ran for their cars when rain struck at about 8:30 pm, but people returned almost immediately after the shower stopped ten minutes later. The crowd is huge, it’s diverse and everyone wants to share their story. Many had children with them, kids in strollers, and Pre-K kids, middle school kids and up. They’re here with their families. Many families left about an hour or so ago, but some still remain. Some wanted to talk […]

  • See the international travels of a former “missing” attorney

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Jeff Witt traveled the world as some of his clients feared him dead and wondered about their money.  Witt disappeared last fall and resurfaced when the feds arrested him walking off of a flight from Turkey.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes reveals pictures from Witt’s elaborate travels in this joint investigation with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jeff Wit took pictures of himself hopping the globe.  In one picture, he held up a handwritten message that […]