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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
  • Pre-paid funeral scam is starting to catch unsuspecting consumers

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme is catching up with consumers at the worst time.  It involves a pre-paid funeral scheme in which convicts admitted spending millions meant for funerals It involves the former company NPS, or National Pre-arranged Services.  A judge sentenced two men at the top, Brent and Doug Cassity, to five and ten years in prison respectively.  Now families who paid them are starting to learn what they`ve lost. Kim Turner said, ‘How many […]

  • Cabbies with criminal records can continue driving, depending on the crime

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Former cab driver Mahad Abdinoor Abdi reportedly threatened to chop off the heads of police officers in June.  That`s according to police reports that led to assault charges against Abdi.  The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) revoked his taxi license that same moth.  But Abdi got a license several years ago, despite a record of at least eight previous arrests. We found him driving a marked cab on his revoked cab license.  When we tipped […]

  • Renegade cabbie caught by FOX2 after reports he threatened cops with decapitation

    (KTVI) – Look out for an alleged criminal cabbie.  He`s got a long arrest record and a current misdemeanor assault charge after reportedly threatening police officers with decapitation. He`s a renegade cab driver, using a vehicle marked with logos from his former company.  We started looking into him after finding a court record about a 911 call to police, from people who said he was making murderous threats.  When officers arrived, the cabbie reportedly threatened to cut off their heads. […]

  • New war on heroin through the eyes of those on the front lines

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A recent scene at a deadly heroin overdose jarred emergency responders. The victim, who was dead from a drug overdose, wore a bracelet saying Not-Even-Once.com, a reference to never trying heroin. Recovering addict Chad Sabora often compares drug use to suicide. Now he uses that as a tactic to get people help. We met him during a recent intervention outside of a St. Louis hospital. He worked with an addict to get him admitted. “You have […]

  • Heroin put him near death; he woke up with a will to start a new war on drugs

    (KTVI) – A teenager who some said would not survive after a heroin overdose, is going home from the hospital.  Now the former star athlete will focus on just trying to walk again. 18-year-old Brayden Travis looked like he might never respond, when we brought you his story in March.  His mom Kelly Miller, usually private about her family on Facebook, posted about his heroin overdose and how he struggled with drugs for years.  350,000 people shared their story.  Then […]

  • Mayor gasses up personal cars at government pump

    WELLSTON, MO (KTVI) – No apologies from a city mayor, caught on camera filling up his wife`s truck on your dime. It happened at a government gas pump at the St. Louis County Police Academy.  It`s typically for police officers who get a code from their city.  The code gives them access and tracks the amount of gallons they use.  In Wellston, the mayor also gets access. Our investigation began when we obtained dash cam video taken by a police […]

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    Mom whose teen died after line drive hopes you’ll play for her son

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 15-year-old boy who lived for baseball, recently died on the mound when a line drive struck him while he was pitching.  His mom hopes her son`s story won`t scare you, but rather will inspire you. Nichole Temu read a quote from the late Jackie Robinson, “Life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Temu says her son found the quote meaningful before he died.  She said, “He had such this […]

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    The story of the dog ‘Bear’ and the mystery over who owns him

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A mystery over who owns a black lab mix, comes with lessons about what you should do if you find a lost dog. A Lincoln County family said it tried everything possible to find the owner, then finally implanted a microchip. That`s when the dog`s owner showed up to take the dog back. The story began May 6th, in rural Lincoln County. James Chesser was walking one of his dogs when he found the lab […]

  • Overnight flash flooding in Festus

    FESTUS, MO (KTVI) – Many Festus residents Lakeside Manor Mobile Home Park on Highway 61 had to suddenly leave their homes last night by boat. It happened at. “The water was over 61 up this way,” said resident David Birks. “It was over 55 that way.” Inside Birks’ own mobile home, he said the rushing water left them with no way out except by boat. He said his wife took some convincing. “She wasn’t getting out in that lightning,” he […]

  • Russ Faria talks about being out of jail and preparing for his new trial

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Former murder convict Russell Faria has been out of jail now for one week.  He’s already working a new job.  Only on FOX2 last week, we showed you his release on bond as he learned he`ll get a new trial.  It followed more than a year of investigations in our partnership with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Chris Hayes sat down with Faria who said, “I’m just readjusting to everything and trying to get back in […]

  • Russ Faria walks out of jail, says he’s ready for new trial

    TROY, MO (KTVI) – Former murder convict Russ Faria walked out of prison after more than three years.  He bonded out of the Lincoln County jail Monday after learning he`ll get a new trial. For the first time since his wife Betsy was stabbed to death in 2011, Russ Faria talked outside of a jail cell. Faria didn`t know he was getting out today.  Then he walked out to squeeze his relatives like never before. He started by hugging his Mom, while seeming […]

  • Recent heroin overdoses may be linked to another deadly drug in disguise

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Anthony`s hospital put out an alert this week after four overdose patients came to the ER between 12pm and 1 pm Tuesday. Then the next day another four overdoses struck the ER between 6:20pm-8:50pm. Medical staff said that sometimes indicates a more potent batch of heroin. Meanwhile, the DEA Thursday put out a heroin alert that included a warning about a resurgence in fentanyl. Fentanyl is an effective pain medication for cancer patients, but the […]