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 eight Regional Emmys, including the “Investigative Report” honor for the last two years running.

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.

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    St. Charles County mom gets 12+ years in prison for synthetic drug sales

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Our investigations over the last five years led Pam Tabatt to ban Fox 2’s Chris Hayes from entering her stores.  Today she found she will be locked up for more than a decade. Former user Max Harris came to attend the sentencing. She said she wanted to see it, “just because she was instrumental in getting me involved in the drugs to begin with. I never would have started it if her and her […]

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    Russ Faria sues Lincoln County law enforcement

    (KTVI) – In a lawsuit filed today, Russ Faria accuses the Lincoln County Prosecutor and several investigating officers of fabricating evidence during the investigation of his murdered wife. Betsy Faria was found stabbed to death in 2011. A St. Louis judge exonerated Russ Faria in November, 2015.  In 2013, a jury convicted him after a Lincoln County judge silenced evidence — a life insurance policy that went to someone else. Attorney Bevis Schock said, “If they`d looked halfway close at […]

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    Lincoln County ordered to pay millions to women abused by drug court officer

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Earlier this week, a federal jury ordered Lincoln County to pay millions to four women sexually abused by a drug court lieutenant. It’s a case first uncovered by the Fox Files in 2011. Seven jurors decided Lincoln County should pay $2.25 million to four women. The women were going through drug court and came out with horrific stories from their contact with former Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Edwards. The jury agreed Lincoln County failed […]

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    Jury awards 4 women over $2 million in sexual abuse lawsuit

    (KTVI) – A jury Wednesday awarded $2.25 million dollars to four women who were sexually abused by a former sheriff’s lieutenant. Scott Edwards is currently serving ten years in federal prison.  Featured in multiple Fox Files investigations, he pleaded guilty in 2012 to sexually abusing women he was supposed to be monitoring through drug court.  A jury today ruled in favor of the women who said the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office failed to supervise Edwards.

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    Local wounded veteran credits Invictus Games participation for his recovery

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A local wounded warrior continues fighting an invisible enemy while getting inspiration from oversees. He’s an Iraq War veteran we’ve previously featured in Fox Files investigations. Fox 2 News recently caught up with Tim Wymore on his return to St. Louis with a gold medal from the Invictus Games. Wymore represented the U.S. in the worldwide sports challenge for injured veterans, held in Orlando this past May. Invictus is Latin for “unconquerable.” Wymore served in […]

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    Community rallies to support ambushed Ballwin police officer

    BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – Blue ribbons hang outside Ballwin City Hall as well as the Police Department and mailboxes in west St. Louis County neighborhoods. A steady stream of people have visited the Ballwin Police Department, hoping to show officers they appreciate their service. Ballwin Officer Michael Flamion was shot Friday morning after a routine traffic stop.  He stopped convicted felon Antonio Taylor, who now faces more felony charges after reportedly ambushing officer Flamion, shooting him in the back.  St. Louis […]

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    Ballwin shooting suspect has long criminal history, confrontations with police

    BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – Antonio Taylor, the 31-year-old accused of shooting a Ballwin police officer during a traffic stop Friday, has a criminal history that traces from St. Louis to Oklahoma, California, and back. Taylor spent less than four years in prison between the trails of crimes he wove. Fox 2 News uncovered all of it in state and federal court records. Taylor pleaded guilty in 2006 to second-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and eluding/attempting to elude a […]

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    Child care reports reveal everything from teachers biting kids to using drugs on the job

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Imagine getting a voicemail from your child`s daycare saying “Come get your child because she is out of control and I`m going to break her hand.” It’s just the beginning of what we found when Fox 2 requested two years of “substantiated complaint” reports from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. You can find a map of every report from St. Louis to St. Charles County here. Erica Burkitt just read a report […]

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    Police looking for killer that gunned down 3 people, fired over 60 rounds in the street

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A manhunt is on for a shooter, possibly carrying a semi-automatic rifle.  He’s responsible for gunning down three people, killing two of them. Police don’t have much of a description of the suspect, other than to say they believe he’s an African-American male wearing all dark clothing.  He reportedly walked up along Page Avenue in North City and fired more than 60 shots. It happened outside of Mama Minnie’s Market on the corner of Page and […]

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    July 4 is also National Barbecued Spare Ribs Day

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – The Fourth of July also happens to be National Barbecued Spare Ribs Day. Chef Anthony Barber and sou chef Aaron Galacia from AJB’s BBQ visit Monday’s 9 AM Show to show off the new restaurant’s delicious rib dish. AJB’s BBQ is located at 18 Plaza Lane at Plaza Park in Floirssant. They’re closed on Mondays, And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Big Baby Q and Smokehouse! Big Baby Q and Smokehouse is a carry-out, neighborhood barbecue  joint open […]

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    FOX 2 reporter placed in handcuffs for attempting to cover city meeting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The City of Kinloch held a special meeting today on the heels of a Fox 2 investigation about uninsured and unregistered police cars.  The meeting and our attempts to cover it are both in the news tonight. We were following up on our investigation by attending a public meeting in which city leaders gathered to discuss the issues we raised.  A Kinloch Police Captain allowed citizens to enter the public meeting but told me we could […]

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    St. Louis area police department has no insurance, no registration and no apologies

    KINLOCH, MO (KTVI) – Sandwiched between Ferguson and Lambert St. Louis International Airport is a police department that says it doesn’t have to play by the same rules it enforces.  It’s in Kinloch, MO. We found Kinloch police cars in such disrepair that a muffler looks like it could come off.  We found tires with missing lug nuts and wheel studs.  According to the Department of Revenue, the police cars aren’t even Kinloch’s. Former Officer Bob Brooks said he found […]