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.

Recent Articles
  • Maverick Holmsley

    Jury convicts former Principia football player of sodomizing schoolmates

    TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KTVI) – A jury has convicted a former Principia High School football player accused of pinning down boys during sodomy attacks. On Friday, the jury heard frightening stories from boys, most of whom were 15 years old at the time. They described incidents of upper classmen storming their rooms, pinning them down, and jamming a pencil into them from behind through their boxer shorts. Four victims and one witness all pointed out Maverick Holmsley as one […]

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    Powerful testimony opens Principia hazing trial

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Tuesday in a St. Louis County courtroom, young teens described being dragged from their beds in the middle of the night at a summer football camp and being sodomized by other boys. It came out in a trial today regarding the reported 2014 hazing attacks at prestigious Principia school. Testimony was powerful from the very first witness who cried on the stand.  His parents also cried in court as he described football team leaders terrorizing him […]

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    Small helicopter crashes at St. Louis Downtown Airport

    CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) – One person was injured in a helicopter crash Tuesday at St. Louis Downtown Airport. Only FOX 2 captured video of two men escaping the wreckage.  Video showed a student pilot helping the instructor climb out through a broken window.  They walked away arm in arm as the flight instructor limped. FOX 2 photojournalist Stan Dawid was just noticing the helicopter seemed to be flying extremely low during a training maneuver.  He said, “All of a sudden […]

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    ‘The reversals stand out’ – Betsy Faria murder trial judge has several cases overturned

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Judge Chris Mennemeyer was elected to the Lincoln County bench in November 2012. She quickly presided over a case that garnered national attention, the Betsy Faria murder trial. Since then, several cases under Judge Mennemeyer have been overturned by higher courts. Attorney Lynette Petruska said the reversals stand out. “I have to assume the judge was operating on a good faith belief that she was doing the right thing, but the court of appeals told her […]

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    Hidden camera cop goes to jail and must register as sex offender for life

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The former Chesterfield cop who secretly took video inside a public restroom was cuffed and sent to jail today. A St. Louis County Judge found former officer David Cerna guilty of a charge he fought until the end. It`s a case so bizarre, no one could`ve predicted the twists that brought us here. A 2014 Fox Files investigation led to evidence of a hidden camera inside a men`s restroom. David Cerna admitted it, but for […]

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    The secretive art of state sanctioned killing

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Secretive transactions made with thousands of dollars going to out of state businesses. It`s part of the shadowy world of how Missouri executes prisoners. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, the practice has been happening in the shadows for decades. We`re starting to learn more, partly because of legislators like MO Representative Jeremy LaFaver. LaFaver told us, “Hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars have left this state in envelopes of cash for government purchases […]

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    Here’s why superintendent says third place is best for contracted tutoring company

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Public Schools follows a strict bidding process that not only considers cost, but also five other categories such as “experience” and “number of students served.”  One of the losing bidders fears it’s only one secret category that matters. Roderick Allen with Saint Louis Tutoring Company said, “I think the process really is who you know.” Allen is a 15-year veteran teacher, who recently bid to tutor St. Louis Public School children in the current semester. […]

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    Some question new way MO Highway Patrol gathers drunk driving evidence

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri Highway Patrol appears to have changed the way it handles blood evidence collected from suspected drunk drivers. DUI Attorney Matt Fry says, “It makes no sense. There is absolutely no way that someone can sit here and defend this position.” Fry is reacting to the Highway Patrol`s newly released ‘blood specimen handling procedures,’ which says ‘neither the forensic handbook nor patrol policy requires the refrigeration of a blood sample.’ Fry added, “I was […]

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    Potent synthetic heroin may be next wave of drugs with tragic consequences

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A new strategy by drug dealers to evade the law is catching up to them.  A mother and son duo recently pleaded guilty to distributing about $6 million worth of drugs. Yet dealers continue playing a shell game in hopes of making new users out of people who might not normally try drugs. These are substances you can buy in stores.  They’re synthetic copies of things like marijuana and cocaine.  You can purchase them at […]

  • Richard Leahy

    Pediatrician examines kids after child porn conviction

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles County pediatrician is a convicted sex offender. Federal court records reveal he admitted distributing child porn to Chicago. Yet he remains a doctor to children. I asked Dr. Richard Leahy outside of his pediatric office, “How do you explain being able to examine kids with your conviction?” He shut his car door and drove away. We found Dr. Leahy working as a pediatrician at 1600 Heritage Landing in St. Charles, MO. Mariela Nair […]

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    Sex bust plea deals getting a second look after Fox Files investigation

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – We`re learning more about the people busted for lewd acts in a St. Louis park bathroom and now changes are in the works by prosecutors because of our investigation. Our recent Fox Files report revealed an unusual plea deal.  We told you about a man charged with lewd and indecent conduct who walked out of court with a littering conviction.  Now we’ve learned about 13 cases that have dropped off the radar.  They don’t appear in […]

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    St. Louis credit scammer ‘tourists’ selling your data to international thieves

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Hidden among thousands of visitors to the St. Louis area are those here for other reasons. They are unwanted tourists, and they’re on the radar of Maryland Heights Detective Shawn Fanning. Det. Fanning explained, “The unwanted tourists, what they do is come in with credit cards that have been stolen or compromised from the St. Louis area and they`re using those cards here in St. Louis (to avoid) getting caught.” Like two suspects caught on […]