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
  • Firefighters dying from hidden cancer threat which attacks through skin pores

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Cancer is an epidemic among firefighters. Many now believe they are more likely to die from cancer than all other hazards combined. Firefighters never know which fire might bring an explosion, a roof collapse, or a dangerous rescue. But they now know every fire emits deadly toxins that can attack them from the inside. “It’s more dangerous, in my opinion, than going in and having a roof collapse on me,” said Wentzville Fire Captain David Marlo. […]

  • Fox Files – Speed trap stopped in Kinloch

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Fox Files investigators Chris Hayes went to court Thursday as Kinloch was busted for using a private security company to run radar. Kinloch and Uplands Park officials previously said they were mailing out tickets that weren’t real tickets, but drivers didn’t know that and many people said they had paid the fake tickets. Kinloch has now joined Uplands Park in saying it won’t play this game anymore. One ticket in question reads “notice of […]

  • Refugee children report group of people who attempted to abduct them

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Fox 2 News has received a tremendous response from our story about hundreds of children reported missing from the St. Louis area. During our research, Syrian families told us a group of people attempted to kidnap their children. These families fled their war-torn country, only to be surrounded by daily gunfire in north St. Louis. On April 3, nine-year-old Rama said strangers grabbed her and two friends. Rama said she broke free. “They ran after me […]

  • Expert blames mountain-like landfill for changing flood patterns along Meramec

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A landfill sits in part of an area the federal government noted as protected, in order to avoid flooding. Washington University Professor Dr. Robert Criss noticed it while looking at the consequences of our levee system. “This is like the top seven flood for hundreds of years. That river is not responding normally,” he said. Criss said he was studying maps when he noticed something he says should not be in the floodway. It […]

  • Town with brown water has no record of cleaning its water tower

    LEADWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Imagine brown water from your faucet or a tub that filled up with what looked like acid water. It’s not unusual for people to see it in one small Missouri town that has ignored critical maintenance. Water towers are often the most visible part of where your water comes from, but Fox 2 News found it’s the first thing many utilities neglect. Missouri residents have died from dirty water towers, yet the state has no requirement […]

  • Cardinal fans describe scene around woman struck by stray bullet inside Busch Stadium

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A bullet grazed a woman inside Busch stadium last night. It was near the end of the Cardinal’s 2-1 victory over the Brewers. The 9th inning was just about to begin.  Todd Porter Sr. and his son Chris were sitting in section 141, behind the home dugout. Chris Porter said, “The woman behind me, like literally right behind me, she goes ‘I`ve been shot’ and everybody around was saying get the security guard, get the security […]

  • Local police chief calls $125 speeding violation notice a “mock ticket”

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – You may have received a fake speeding ticket in the mail, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at it. The police chief who signed it even said he thought it was a mock ticket. He signed it for a violation five towns over. That’s just the beginning of this bizarre new wave of security policing being pushed by a private company all around St. Louis County. “I know not to speed. I […]

  • Mother of Louis Gumpenberger speaks for the first time about Pam Hupp case

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – Margaret Burch was often tearful, but also angry. Since the murder of her son—Louis Gumpenberger—last August, she’s focused on raising her grandson. Burch cannot stop thinking about what happened and what she heard on Pam Hupp’s 911 call, just before she shot Louis. “I will never forgive her,” Burch said during an interview with Fox 2 and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She is haunted by the last days with Louis. She called him her “hip hugger” […]

  • One small St. Louis County town is missing dozens of teens

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Right now there are hundreds of missing kids all around the St. Louis area. Children are disappearing at an alarming rate, especially in one area – North St. Louis County. In the small community of Berkeley, MO alone, 33 kids have disappeared since 2000. In this report, we`re going to tell you why they’re forgotten, what may have happened to them, and what you can do about it. An astounding 219 boys and girls have […]

  • Mystery of missing kids in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Do you know how many kids are missing in the St. Louis area right now? Hundreds according to a FOX Files investigation. Chris Hayes joined us on FOX 2 News in the Morning with the astounding numbers. More than 200 teens have gone missing from the St. Louis area since the year 2000. Many are names you`ve never heard but even those that you have heard, seem to have disappeared into the background like Phoenix Coldon, an UMSL […]

  • Jurors in Pam Hupp trial will come from outside St. Charles County

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Pam Hupp won a victory in court Friday; a victory even the prosecutor had supported. A grand jury indicted Hupp last December for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger. The St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office claimed Hupp killed Gumpenberger in a plot to take the heat off her in another murder – the 2011 stabbing death of Hupp’s friend, Betsy Faria. Nick Williams, Hupp’s defense lawyer, filed a motion saying his client should get […]

  • ‘Pam Hupp Murder Mystery’ special report

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – On a hot August day in 2016, Pam Hupp dialed 911 from her O’Fallon, Missouri home. She claimed to have shot and killed a would-be kidnapper. But for police and prosecutors, her story didn’t add up. Fox 2 exclusively recorded Hupp’s arrest. Her story didn’t make sense to us, either. We were the only TV station to report stories surrounding Hupp starting in 2011. The twists and turns in this case appear as if they were ripped […]