• 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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: elliott.davis@tvstl.com

Recent Articles
  • promo311571478

    Vacant home where girl was raped should have been boarded up

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The vacant house where a 12-year-old was viciously attacked and raped had numerous complaints filed against it and should have been boarded up long before that crime occurred, but the city dragged its feet. Citizens had filed 13 complaints against the residence in the 5300 block of Terry Street, which is a owned by a bank. Many of the complaints involved trash or overgrown vegetation, but three of the complaints involved the house not being properly […]

  • promo311401118

    You Paid For It helps families with no heat

    (KTVI) – The You Paid For It Team tackles the problem of people in cold homes because they have no heat. In many cases taxpayers are paying for them to stay in those homes. We focused on one family in University City where the mother is disabled. The St. Louis County Housing Authority moved her into a home in the summer.  But when winter came, she turned on the furnace and the heat didn’t work.  She and her three small […]

  • promo310794500

    You Paid For It digging into the price of protection

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is one of the public officials beefing up security in the face of threats to government leaders and the public that uses government buildings to conduct business. Stenger spent $48,000 for new security enhancements that creates barriers to enter his office. It also provides for the screening of people entering the St Louis County Government Center in Clayton Missouri’s new Governor is also beefing up security at the Capital in […]

  • promo310362330

    You Paid For It – Former Gov. Jay Nixon racked up flyer miles on taxpayer-funded plane

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – A You Paid For It Investigation reveals a lot of expensive flight hours on taxpayer dollars by former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. And Nixon ran up some big bills on his way out the door. Taxpayers shelled out more than $350,000 in 2016, Nixon’s last year in office. In the last three months of his term, Nixon racked up $91,000 as compared to $52,000 for the same period in 2015. A lot of that 2016 […]

  • promo310173430

    House condemned amid infant death investigation in Madison County

    NEW DOUGLAS, IL (KTVI) – Deputies with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of infant Tuesday morning. According to Captain T. Mike Dixon, a sheriff’s office spokesman, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, New Douglas Fire Department, and Staunton Area Ambulance Service were called to the 400 block of N. Main Street for an infant who was not breathing. The infant was rushed to Staunton Memorial Hospital but pronounced dead a short time later. The cause […]

  • promo309309871

    Police and clergy seek publics’ help to find killer of Toni Stevenson

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Clergy and police spoke out Saturday for an end to the violence claiming too many lives. Today both made a plea for help in finding those responsible for the shocking murder of 15-year-old Toni Stevenson. Stevenson was gunned down as she sat in a car just outside her north St. Louis home. Police say two men with assault weapons fired multiple shots at Stevenson and that she was targeted. Toni was a sophomore at Northwest Academy […]

  • promo307770849

    Surprising development in You Paid For It fight over derelict house

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Developer Paul McKee says he’ll turn a falling down Northside building at the center of a You Paid For It battle into an NGA Museum. A St. Louis resident called in You Paid For It to crank up the pressure on the city to get the house demolished. McKee refused to act and the city wasn’t making him correct the problem at the building that even the St. Louis Building Commissioner admitted was a danger. But […]

  • screenshot_6

    Heating issues continue to plague the Gamble Community Center

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Concerns over the cold temperatures are why a north St. Louis rec center is shut down for the second day this week. The heat stopped working late Friday night. The Gamble Center is one of 7 city run recreation centers. It is a place that kids in the north city neighborhood can come to for a number of different resources. Most importantly, it is a place for constructive activities outside of school. Tuesday is the […]

  • promo305957955

    Dissolving Belleville Township could cost taxpayers even more

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – City Clerk Dallas Cook says the decision to dissolve the Belleville Township that was supposed to save taxpayers money. But, it will end up costing you more. Cook led the charge to get Township Trustees to put themselves out of business. They agreed to take over the duty of dispensing assistance checks to about 40 people; which was the only job the township has. Cook says Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert set up a task force to […]

  • promo304747688

    Hazelwood parents deliver petitions to auditors office to start process in looking at districts books

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Angry parents from the Hazelwood School District moved one big step closer to getting a state audit of their financially strapped school district.  They’re questioning how officials are spending taxpayers’ money. Parents handed in just over 7,000 petition signatures to the Missouri State Auditor’s office in Jefferson City.  They only needed 5,000 names. Once the names are certified, the audit process can begin. The Auditor herself, Nicole Galloway, came out to meet the group of […]

  • aaa-collage

    Police stop donations in front of St. Louis homeless shelter on Thanksgiving

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis Police were ordered to stop people from making donations in front of the New Life Evangelistic Center to the homeless on Thanksgiving day. FOX 2’s Elliott Davis was at the homeless shelter with his daughter on Thursday. He caught the scene on video and shared it to his official Facebook page. The clip has been shared over 2,000 times and seen by at least 250,000 people. Representatives from St. Louis City says that they […]

  • promo304234368

    You Paid For It: Cahokia board cuts meetings, keeps pay the same

    CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) – Cahokia residents are livid over a move by the Board of Trustees. The Board decided to go from two meetings a month to one meeting and kept their pay the same. Right now they get $250 per meeting. That came to $500 per month. Now, even though they’ll meet once a month, they’ll still get $500. They have been dealing with vocal citizens who have been criticizing their actions. Some citizens believe the Trustees just got […]