• Follow me on:

Elliott Davis has distinguished himself as the investigative reporter for FOX 2's "You Paid For It", KTVI's popular ongoing investigations into government waste in our area. Elliott has questioned officials from mayors to governors in search for answers. Elliott also co-anchors evening newscasts on FOX 2 News on Friday and Saturday. Elliott Davis' diverse career path led him to FOX 2 in May 1980, when he joined FOX 2 News as a weekend writer/editor. Prior to joining FOX 2 News, Elliott worked in advertising for the Suburban Journal newspapers.

Elliott's "You Paid For It Series" has made him a champion of the underdog in our area and his hard-hitting investigations have made him a lightning rod of controversy in the St. Louis area's political and bureaucratic arena. Here are some results of his investigations:

*Helped get the Missouri governor and legislature to overhaul vehicle emissions testing program.

*Led Missouri Department of Education to dissolve Wellston School District in St. Louis County and terminate the school board and superintendent.

*Led Illinois education department to dissolve Venice School District and fire the school board.

*Led HUD to $7 million government takeover and renovation of troubled St. Charles Public Housing Complex.

*Led to massive St. Louis city government plan to tear down unsafe buildings.

*Led Missouri attorney general to file civil and criminal cases against tow company operator with contracts to tow cars for north county police departments.

*Led to ouster of St. Louis County mayor amid allegations of misspending.

While these are some of the major success stories there are many smaller injustices that have been righted as a result of You Paid For It probes.

Elliott's hard work and commitment to excellence in broadcasting were recognized in 2002 with an Emmy Award for the best investigative report, and the St. Louis Black Journalism awards for best television series in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Elliott has received numerous nominations for Emmy Awards. He is a past winner of the Illinois Broadcaster's Award and is a past recipient of the National Black Journalist award for best television series.

You can also see Elliot on the weekends. He is a regular anchor of the nightly news.

A native St. Louisan, Elliott attended Vashon High School and received a Bachelor's degree in political science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


Recent Articles
  • You Paid For It

    Parents upset with Ft. Zumwalt School Dist. over overcrowding

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. (KTVI) – Parents in a St Charles County school district asked me to investigate a deal that has left their kids taking classes in a mobile classroom unit in the back of the school. Parents are livid because they passed a bond issue 7-years ago to build a new school to relieve overcrowding. $4.5 Million to build the new school. The School District even went out and bought land for $780,000. But the land continues to […]

  • Questions raised over cost of Francis Howell Sch. Dist. election ballot

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A costly election for the cash strapped Francis Howell School District. The You Paid For It Team has learned that it could have saved plenty had it put its Proposition Y tax hike proposal on the ballot in May instead of saving it till next week’s August ballot. Francis Howell already had paid $57,000 to put items on the April ballot so adding Prop Y would have only cost the School District another $500. Instead […]

  • You Paid For It tries to get answers from acting mayor of Pine Lawn over towing fees

    PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI) – The You Paid For It Team confronts Pine Lawn’s acting mayor about tow release fees. Pine Lawn is the city where the former Mayor Sylvester Caldwell pleaded guilty of taking payoffs from a tow company doing business with the city. Citizens had been calling on him to end the $50 tow release fee. Motorists whose car is towed has to pay the city this fee before they can go to the towing company and pay […]

  • Comptroller Darlene Green says she’s willing to give up her city car

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A dramatic change in my ongoing battle to try and get St Louis Elected Officials to give up those city take home cars that taxpayers are paying for. One Official says she’s willing to give up the car. St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green now says she’s willing to give hers up. Her car cost taxpayers $26,000. She had been cleared to by a new one when she gets ready. Her change of heart follows my previous […]

  • You Paid For It ask Alton’s mayor about city’s high tow release fee

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – You Paid For It heads to Alton to talk to the mayor about the city’s high tow release fee. You pay the city a $400 fee to get the tow release before you can go to the towing company and pay hundreds more to get you vehicle  back. I grilled the mayor who defends this fee citing a 2009 study done by the City of Alton. The city council used the study results to set the $400 […]

  • Some Cahokia residents angered over City Clerk’s wife hired as his assistant

    CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) – Officials run for cover when You Paid For It goes to find out why the Cahokia Village Board hired the Elected Clerks wife to be his assistant. City Clerk Richard Duncan took a cut in his $15,000 salary to make room for his wife’s $32,000 part time job. Duncan would not say anything about this deal when we confronted him, neither would his wife Debbie. The Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall also tight lipped. There’s a questions […]

  • Collector of Revenue defends keeping city take home car

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The You Paid For It Team shines the spotlight on St. Louis Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly, one of the highest paid officials with a city take home car that taxpayers bought. You pay Daly $177,000 a year, yet he has one of the newest take home cars that you also pay to gas up. But unlike some other Elected Officials with cars, Daly doesn’t want to give his up, although he said he would if […]

  • You Paid For It questions Wellston’s salaries

    WELLSTON, MO (KTVI) – It’s one of the poorest cities in the State of Missouri yet our You Paid For It investigation shows the North County City of Wellston has some of the highest paid officials of its size in the Metro area. It’s a town of about 2,300 people Wellston pays salaries to its elected officials that are higher than many larger and better off communities. You Pay Wellston city council members $625 a month, and you pay the […]

  • Pevely mayor questioned about cost of lawsuit against the city

    PEVELY, MO (KTVI) – A Mayor that You Paid For It actually held up in a positive light in April is now in the You Paid For It cross-hairs. We interview Stephanie Haas right after her election as Mayor of Pevely. The city had been slammed by chaos on the board as well as a scathing state audit. Stephanie Haas had been fired from her clerk’s job because she was deemed too close to citizens who were opposing the Board of […]

  • Elected official answers questions about hiring wife

    MADISON, IL (KTVI) – A sit-down interview turns sour and turns to name calling when “You Paid For It” questions a Metro East township official about hiring his own wife Debbie Economy as his assistant in the township office in Madison Illinois, all on taxpayers dime. Not only is his wife paid $61,000 a year, but Supervisor Andy Economy gets to decide his wife’s pay raises and her salary has doubled over the past 11 years. Supervisor Economy got testy over Elliott […]

  • MoDOT mistake cost taxpayers $53,000

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – You Paid For It Investigates a MoDOT Mistake on Manchester road in Ellisville after getting a tip from an Ellisville resident. It installed new medians on Manchester near Clarkson, then had to rip part of them right back out. The Medians were supposed to help traffic but instead made things worse. The fix cost cash strapped MoDOT $53,000. Investigator Elliott Davis talked to MoDOT District Engineer Greg Horn to explain what went wrong. It […]

  • You Paid For It encounter with Darlene Green over take home vehicles

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – I’ve had some unusual encounters with officials over the years trying to get answers about your tax dollars. This encounter was so unusual we’re airing all of the confrontation that occurred when I went to talk to St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green about her city take home car that cost taxpayers $26,000 and her spokesperson Melanie Streeper stepped in to break it up. I had been turned down when I asked for a formal interview. Streeper sent me an […]