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.

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    Former Principia student gets 5 years for sexual hazing attacks

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – A St. Louis County Judge sentenced Maverick Holmsley to the minimum possible sentence Tuesday.  Holmsley is the private school student accused of sexual hazing attacks at a summer football camp. His sodomy convictions could have brought life in prison for the 19-year-old. Holmsley looked much different in court than he did when sat before jurors during a trial in June. Having grown a beard, he looked much older as he told his family repeatedly in court […]

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    New police dash cam video reveals shooting that led to a murder charge

    (KTVI) – You`re about to see disturbing police dash camera video that has never been released; it involves former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley, who`s now charged with first degree murder because of what happens on this video. The video was dropped off by an anonymous person, who brought a thumb drive to our Fox 2 studios.  While the dash camera video from this 2011 police shooting has not been released publicly, we have confirmed it is authentic. We want […]

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    The Pam Hupp letters

    (KTVI) – Fox 2 has received unusual anonymous letters over the years, from people with information defending Pam Hupp. Hupp faces a first-degree murder charge after prosecutors say she planted a note on her victim while trying to frame someone else. Two of the letters were addressed to Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes.  We also learned of a third anonymous letter that was mailed to the St. Charles County Courthouse.  It comes with an attachment with astounding detail. The envelope […]

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    FOX Files – Wrong way driver enters plea deal right before re-trial

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- It is a big development in a FOX Files investigation involving a deadly wrong way accident. Kelli Smith entered a plea deal Monday which resulted in probation for two years and 30-days jail ‘shock time.’ Fox 2 was the only TV station in the courtroom today to witness the dramatic turn of events. On February 25th, 2012, Kelli Smith was driving the wrong way on I-70, about halfway between Columbia and St. Louis when she hit another […]

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    St. Louis on pace to beat 10 year heroin death record

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Despite years of stories about the horrors of heroin, the City of St. Louis is on pace to see the highest heroin overdose death total in a decade. The DEA warned in April that agents were seeing the deadliest strain yet, hitting the streets back. It did not stop people from buying heroin and we saw a spike in deaths. St. Louis police have reported finding much of the heroin mixed with fentanyl, which is a […]

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    Judge in Faria murder case recommended for suspension

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A Lincoln County judge exposed repeatedly in our Fox Files reports has been recommended for suspension without pay. Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer is known as the judge who presided over the first Betsy Faria murder trial. Mennemeyer kept jurors from hearing evidence about an insurance policy, as well as the money tie to Pam Hupp. This new action by the commission that oversees judges does not mention the Faria case, but it does mention another case […]

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    In her own words: Pam Hupp on her mother`s fatal fall

    (KTVI) – To date, no prosecutor or police officer has ever interviewed Pam Hupp about the death of her mother. However, Hupp herself has brought up her Mom`s death.  She`s also answered questions from Fox 2 reporter Chris Hayes. Before her Mom died, a Lincoln County investigator was talking to Pam Hupp about the coming Betsy Faria murder trial.  It was June of 2013.  At one point Hupp and the Chief detective discussed Hupp’s mom. Hupp told the Sergeant that […]

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    Missouri State Highway Patrol whistleblower files lawsuit; claims he was forced out

    LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO (KTVI) – Former Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Randy Henry is now suing the head of the patrol and two other officers after accusing the agency of engaging in a cover-up over an arrestee’s death on the Lake of the Ozarks. Henry, a 29-year veteran of the highway patrol, said he fears the state police won’t do the right thing unless he keeps pushing. Henry may be the reason why we know so much about Brandon […]

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    Fatal fall of Pam Hupp`s mother under review by police

    (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Police Department is now reviewing a 2013 case involving the death of Pam Hupp`s mother. Hupp was originally set for a court date Wednesday, in the murder charge she faces for Louis Gumpenberger`s death.  It was continued until next month, but now St. Louis County is reviewing a case involving the 2013 death of Hupp`s mother. Pam Hupp`s Mom died right before the first trial in the Betsy Faria murder case.  Hupp was a […]

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    Dog breeder confronts FOX 2 reporter in odd exchange on rural highway

    (KTVI) – Along a rural highway in Curryville, MO, a sign welcomes you to Cornerstone Farms.  The sign says ‘Where Children Are a Blessing from the Lord.’ We wanted to see their breeding operation, so we drove out to the property.  Nearly 500 dogs live in the back, according to Missouri Agriculture inspection reports. On a Friday at 11:30 a.m. we stopped about a quarter of a mile away to see the kennels in the distance.  Someone spotted us, leading […]

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    Fatal fire victim had barricaded himself inside Ferguson home

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Bomb and Arson investigators are looking into a house fire that killed a man in Ferguson Labor Day morning. Two neighbors across the street remember hearing popping sound from breaking glass.  They saw the fire, ran to it, but couldn`t get to the homeowner because of what he`d apparently done to protect himself. Anthony and Emily Fletcher shot Facebook live video after failing to save the man inside. Anthony described what he found […]

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    Judge orders Missouri to pay for violations in drowning death

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is accused of withholding documents’ in the drowning death of a college student. A judge calls the violations egregious. Fox Files Investigator Chris Hayes has a report about what one whistle blower has always called a cover up. The judge’s order says the Ellingson family did get everything requested after the trial was over but the state must still pay $5,000 plus attorneys fees for violating the sunshine law. The […]