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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    Lawsuit dropped involving death of Pam Hupp’s mother

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A lawsuit involving the death of Pam Hupp’s mom has been dismissed. It involved the mysterious Halloween night fatal fall of Shirley Neumann. Michael Neumann, Hupp’s brother, filed the civil lawsuit was filed in 2015. Attorney Dan Defeo said Neumann dropped the suit partly because of all the media coverage surrounding Hupp. The suit can still be re-filed within the year and Defeo said he believes the case has merit. Shirley Neumann fell from her third-floor […]

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    Judge featured in Fox Files reports will start six-month suspension next month

    (KTVI) – It`s final, a Lincoln County Judge exposed repeatedly in our Fox Files reports has been suspended without pay for six months. The Missouri Supreme Court decision came down today after a recommendation by the commission that oversees judges. 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 suspension does […]

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    South County man gets results after recording workers stealing from home

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – You wouldn’t believe his story if he didn’t capture it on camera. He brought it to Fox 2, who he credits with helping him make a remarkable turnaround. In July, Brent Evans told us how he was trying to save his home, while the mortgage company was starting foreclosure. He said he was still the legal owner when the mortgage company sent people who ravaged his home. Now he says, thanks in part to our reporting, […]

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    Grinch stealing Christmas gifts left for trash collectors

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – It’s an age old tradition to leave something for the trash collector every year. People leave gift cards, cash, and sometimes baked goods. Authorities in west St. Louis County are warning residents that they’re investigating a string of thefts targeting gifts for trash collectors. “I’m disappointed. I’m like, who’s the Grinch out there? I hope he brings all their presents back,” said Julie Abeln, who lives on the street where the trash collector gift […]

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    Horse carriage owner says employee’s mistake led to horse drowning

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Wednesday night’s carriage horse drowning in St. Charles did not have to happen, according to business owner Greg Streeter. Streeter, who owns St. Louis Carriage Company, said the responsibility for the horse’s death is solely in the hands of the carriage operator. “The first thing I wanted to know: 1) Was anybody hurt? 2) Was anybody in the carriage? 3) Where’s my horse? I was thinking that this was all not real,” he said. Streeter […]

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    Wild-haired woman evades Jefferson County deputies following high-speed chase

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A routine traffic stop Tuesday turned into a crazy chase scene with car crashes and a home invasion. The suspect? Witnesses describe her as a wild-haired woman who disappeared into the woods without a coat. The initial traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy revealed the woman had a warrant for felony drug possession. She reportedly drove off on Highway 141, topping speeds of 100 mph. Resident Bob Gebhardt saw the woman when she […]

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    Robbers demanding drugs in several area hold-ups

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -Yet another pharmacy robbery, one day after Fox 2 warned about people coming from out of town just to rob pharmacies. The timing definitely caught the attention of St. Charles Police, but in this case officers think the suspect may live close.It happened just before 9 a.m. December 20th. A robber walked into the Schnucks on Zumbehl, just south of I-70. St. Charles Police Lt. Todd Wilson said, “She walked into the pharmacy at Schnucks and […]

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    Indiana robbers may be targeting St. Louis pharmacies

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Criminals from Indiana may be heading to Missouri in search of for a certain pharmaceutical; and they think St. Louis is an easier target than Indianapolis. Word began spreading among independent pharmacies last week that they could be targets. Rick Williams of Ladue and Millbrook pharmacies said pharmacy owners began warning colleagues about people who appeared to be casing stores. Two of them were robbed of oxycodone. “It has a huge street value, that’s the main […]

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    People out and about, even though authorities urge motorist to stay off area roads

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Bitter cold temperatures, wind and freezing drizzle has combined to make roads, bridges and interstate icy and dangerous. Both MoDOT and IDOT, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Illinois State Police to ask motorist refrain from traveling on area roads Saturday.  Conditions are deteriorating and authorities are closing some area roads, and on an off ramps to interstates. But that hasn’t stopped some folks from going to see the SLU’s Billikens basketball and the […]

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    Grand jury formally indicts Pam Hupp in O’Fallon murder

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles County grand jury indicted Pam Hupp Friday for the August 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger. The five-page indictment includes counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. The St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office charged Hupp in August, but wanted to also take the case to a grand jury. This means we could see Hupp in court sooner than we last heard from the courts. She’ll be arraigned January 9. Hupp remains […]

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    Grand jury indicts high-profile St. Louis businessman for ‘ruthless kidnapping’

    FENTON, MO (KTVI) – A grand jury indicted the man behind Massage Luxe, as well as four other men, in connection with a harrowing kidnapping. Federal investigators said the incident lasted for three days before Thanksgiving. It ended in Fenton. Federal documents said the kidnappers brought the victim to second location, inside a shipping container on the property of Todd Beckman, the president and CEO of the company that owns Massage Luxe and the tanning company Tanco. The shipping container […]

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    Bondage club operates near pre-school, church; works as a non-profit

    Editor’s note: This content is not suitable for a younger audience. Adults may also find it inappropriate. BRENTWOOD, MO (KTVI) – There’s a club in Brentwood where you can get tied up and whipped, right next to both a church and a preschool. Fox 2 News obtained exclusive video from a woman who calls herself a “submissive.” She fears the activity at the club could turn abusive. Inside the club, you can hear the sound of human flesh being lashed […]