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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
  • Ten time DUI offender gets probation

    Similar plea deals may become more common. FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – 55-year-old Joseph Hayes` DUI convictions date back 13 years.  He`s served three prison sentences for aggravated DUI, but Florissant Police say it didn`t stop Hayes from drinking and driving with a .244 blood alcohol level, which is three times the legal limit. Yet this time, Hayes` attorney and a St. Louis County Assistant Prosecutor worked out a deal to give Hayes probation. No one in the justice system will […]

  • Hearings may answer what happened in Ferguson National Guard deployment

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A joint committee on government accountability will meet this week to begin finding what went wrong when North County burned.  On November 24th, Guardsmen filled the streets of surprisingly quiet Clayton, but were nowhere to be found in North County.  As Fox 2 recently revealed, 1,500 Guardsmen, which included a Quick Response Force, sat waiting for a call that didn’t come until the next morning. Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt told us, “People who were […]

  • Firefighters say Gov. Nixon put them in danger after grand jury decision

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A fire fighter union says lack of leadership put fire fighters at risk on the night of the Darren Wilson grand jury decision. They say it resulted in some businesses burning while fire fighters watched powerlessly. The International Association of Fire Fighters released a statement saying Missouri Governor Jay Nixon turned his back on fire fighters when they needed him most. On the night of November 24th, they had the manpower to fight fires, but no […]

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    Missouri Gov. Nixon explains National Guard placement: “Didn’t want to have a Kent State”

    ROLLA, MO (KTVI) – Governor Jay Nixon answers why the National Guard left North County unprotected the night of the Grand Jury decision. On November 24th, businesses burned while National Guard Quick Responders waited for a call that didn’t come until after midnight. One guardsmen told me, “We were watching, on TV and smart phones, the city burn, while we stood by ready.” The 700 Guardsmen who got the call were sent to St. Louis City and Clayton. We’ve been […]

  • Governor won`t answer why National Guard plans changed, leaving soldiers on sideline

    (KTVI) – While parts of North St. Louis County burned, hundreds of National Guardsmen waited on the sidelines. We`ve learned that all 2,200 Guardsmen were in St. Louis area before the Darren Wilson Grand Jury decision.   Not all of them were used, when it appears they were most needed.  Hundreds of them were part of a special force ready to act, yet remained on standby while businesses burned. During FOX2 live coverage the night of November 25th, Ferguson Mayor James […]

  • Protestors shutdown several malls in St. Louis area on Black Friday

    RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)- Demonstrators boycotting Black Friday targeted several malls in the St. Louis area Friday afternoon. The movement was organized on social media using the hashtags #NotOneDime, #Blacklivesmatter and #Stlblackfriday. It all began on Twitter with messages to meet at Shaw Park in Clayton at 11:30 am.  Several dozen arrived, watched by police.  Then they got their instructions to head to the Galleria Mall. Word spread, just go and get inside the Galleria any way you can.  It […]

  • Armed criminals hit elementary school in Ferguson during protests Monday night

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Some school kids may return from break to find classroom windows boarded.  Armed criminals struck an elementary school in Ferguson during overnight riots this week. Resident Renwick Ware said, “Now you`re interfering with the school.  You`re messing with the kids` education now.” Students at Griffith Elementary already missed extra classes this week. Now they may see boarded windows and missing electronics when the doors open at 8:30a.m. Monday. Ware said it`s the work of four men in […]

  • Governor Nixon orders more National Guard to Ferguson

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson on Tuesday night in the event of more violence. He said Tuesday that hundreds more will be deployed to Ferguson, where fires and looting erupted Monday night after word that a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. The rest will be in a position to respond rapidly, […]

  • Department of Justice investigators in Ferguson appear to be breaking their own rules

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– Department of Justice representatives have come to Ferguson in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. They’re making strong demands they don’t appear to follow themselves. Activists often complain about officers without name tags. Department of Justice representative Christy Lopez jumped on the issue in a recent public meeting saying, “That’s a problem.  We need to fix that.”  A police wife told us that officers agree they should not be anonymous, but said they`ve lately faced extreme circumstances […]

  • A police wife fears for family, fights for department

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Wives and children of many police officers are in virtual hiding, as some face assault and death threats. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes talked with the wife of a Ferguson officer who said she`s not leaving town, because she fears people aren`t hearing the whole truth about her husband`s Department. During the spring of 2014, the City of Ferguson commissioned a study to find out what residents thought about City services, including the Ferguson Police Department.  […]

  • Faria attorney about to file appeal

    (KTVI) – Is the wrong man behind bars for murder?  The attorney for Russ Faria says he`s about to file an appeal. Joel Schwartz said, “Every day that this man stays in jail is a travesty of justice. He’s an innocent man confined in prison right now.” Schwartz is the defense attorney for Russ Faria.  A Lincoln County jury sentenced Faria to life in prison for the stabbing death of his wife Betsy.  Schwartz said, “The jury didn’t get the […]

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    Police towing fees vary by hundreds of dollars depending on where you get pulled over

    (KTVI) – Our Fox Files investigation found some cities adding hundreds of dollars in red tape.   It only depends on where police pull you over. You won`t pay this fee in West County.  This is an extra charge, paid to some police departments for towing your car.  It’s separate from what you pay the tow yard.  It’s called an administrative cost, to pay for a piece of paper, just so you can prove to the tow lot that you’re the […]