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.

Recent Articles
  • Greitens’ defense team wants trial in two weeks

    ST. LOUIS – The criminal trial against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens cannot begin soon enough for his defense team. The Greitens’ lawyers not only want the trial to begin April 3, but they also want a judge to decide their client’s fate – not a jury. “The governor is innocent. He has a total right to his day in court,” said Ed Dowd, Greitens’ attorney. “There are a lot of false allegations out there and we want to get in […]

  • Judge reviewing if some evidence in Gov. Greitens case is privileged

    ST. LOUIS, MO — There is still no sign prosecutors have “the photo” they allege Missouri Governor Eric Greitens took during his affair. That photo would be key to proving he invaded the privacy of the woman in question, something Greitens denies. Friday was the deadline for prosecutors to turn over all evidence in this case. The judge will spend this weekend reviewing it to see what the defense will be allowed to see. The Circuit Attorney’s Office says some […]

  • Couple who took bathroom pictures of young girl has concerning history

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The troubling case began when St. Louis County police reported catching Heather McDorman taking pictures of an 11-year-old girl in a South County Mall bathroom. It led to her connection to a man named Zachary Hamby. McDorman, 29, has a history of working with kids and people in need. Hamby, 28, has a history of being reported as a peeping tom and impersonating a police officer. The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office charged both with […]

  • Woman arrested for taking pictures of girl in South County mall restroom

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A woman sits in jail after allegedly taking photos of a child inside a women’s bathroom at the South County Mall. St. Louis County police arrested the woman Monday around 3:30 p.m. at the mall. A police spokesperson said the suspect was taking pictures of an 11-year-old young girl while inside the women’s restroom. Officers arrested the woman without incident and with the help of mall security. The suspect, 29-year-old Heather McDorman, was charged with invasion […]

  • Judge opens media access to unexpected Greitens hearings

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burleson made sure the public won’t be surprised by any more unexpected hearings in the Governor Eric Greitens criminal case. Judge Burleson emphasized there was nothing secretive about unexpected hearings. He said he runs his courtroom in such a way that if both parties are ready to argue, then he’ll accommodate it. On Tuesday, the judge acknowledged a request by the media to either schedule hearings or make sure everyone is […]

  • Greitens’ defense lawyers fight to preserve evidence

    ST. LOUIS – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ defense team is taking a number actions based on prosecutors paying PIs to investigate the alleged “invasion of privacy.” It’s in their court filing called the Motion to Preserve Evidence. The defense is concerned that the charge is not being investigated by St. Louis police officers or by local FBI agents. Instead, the investigation is in the hands of a private investigation firm out of Michigan called Enterra LLC. The St. Louis Circuit […]

  • Police struggle to keep up with illegal temp tags

    We found expired and sometimes fake temp tags that are not even close to legal. We found examples like expired for 67 days.  Another was 129 days past expiration (and those are some of the most recent).  Others include one 358 days expired and another 550 days past expiration. We found too many to count.  Driver Zachary Markworth told us, “I`ve got multiple illegal temp tags.” Markworth has been driving on them for more than a year.  He said, “I`ve […]

  • Assisted living administrator says he’s stranded at facility and running out of supplies

    ELSBERRY, Mo. – An assisted living center administrator said he’s stranded with residents he cannot care for, and that he’s running out of food for his patients. Fox 2/KPLR 11 visited Bristol Manor in Elsberry, Missouri and found 21-year-old Reed Armistead had been left in charge of an entire assisted living center. He cannot leave without putting residents in danger. He cannot sleep. Armistead said he got a job as a housekeeper at Bristol Manor Assisted Living. Then he said his […]

  • Crackdown on illegal video gambling machines may be the start of a $90 million battle

    ST. LOUIS – Illegal video gambling machines are popping up all over the St. Louis area. You’ll find them in bars, restaurants, and gas stations, but there’s been no enforcement until now. One Missouri legislator thinks our state is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue. He wants to legalize video gambling machines in bars. Many people think they’re already legal because the machines are showing up in so many Missouri businesses without any challenges. Even the […]

  • Police say car lot continued scamming customers after FBI raid

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Some citizens are still paying the price for visiting a St. Louis County car lot. Police said the owner took out loans to customers who didn’t buy cars. “I lost my previous job and everything,” said Chris Lambert. “I didn’t have transportation, you know? I had to start all the way over from scratch.” Lambert visited Autoway Car Sales on St. Charles Rock Road in Pagedale. The man who operated it, Anas Alshurafa, has since […]

  • Kratom users fighting regulators over herb they say saves lives

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Citizens and regulators are butting heads over a centuries-old substance appearing in drug screens of people who are dying. Depending on who you ask, Kratom is either a health risk or a savior. The DEA was about to classify Kratom a Schedule I narcotic, putting it in the same category as heroin and LSD. Tens of thousands of people protested online and the government ultimately backed down. Kratom is usually sold in green powder form. It […]

  • VA employee says she’s being punished for “sext” sent by supervisor

    ST. LOUIS – A local Veterans Affairs employee has come forward alleging her boss sent a nude photo of her via text message. But despite the evidence, the employee who received the sext said she’s the one being punished. “It’s just…it’s disgusting,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified. The woman said she’s a VA auditor and received the picture embedded in a written text. The woman who received the message read, “She says, ‘Good morning. Please have […]