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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
  • Citizens of Pevely keep right to speak at city meetings

    (KTVI) – A victory for citizens in Pevely after a You Paid For It expose on city plans to shut down citizens voices at Board of Alderman. After our You Paid For It report aldermen did an about face on plans to keep citizens from speaking at the beginning of board meetings. Under the original measure that got first round approval a couple of weeks ago citizens could only speak at the end of the meetings after votes had already […]

  • Pevely citizens fight to protect their right to speak at city meetings

    PEVELY, MO (KTVI) – Pevely Citizens call the You Paid For It Team to their city after the latest push by the Board of Aldermen to keep citizens from speaking before Alderman vote on issues and other city business. Under the current set up citizens can put their name on the Agenda to speak at the beginning of the meeting. This week Pevely Aldermen gave first round approval to an ordinance to change that so that they could only address […]

  • Over grown weeds prevent kids from using new playground

    WELLSTON, MO (KTVI) – The You Paid For It Team answers the call from a north county resident angry that her kids can’t use the playground because the city of Wellston hasn’t cut the vegetation and now it’s overgrown. All kids can do is look at the new playground equipment in the city park from a distance. Neighbors even complain of the overgrown park being infested with snakes. Investigator Elliott Davis talked to an unusually candid Wellston councilwoman who admits […]

  • Not for profit Community Action Agency has too many trucks

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – The You Paid For It Team investigating a Not For Profit Agency in St Louis County that ends up spending hundreds of thousands of your federal dollars for new pick-up trucks only to discover they didn’t need a lot of the trucks after all. Now, many of the F-150 pick-up trucks just sit idle. The Communication Action Agency of St Louis County got 24 vehicles with federal stimulus money back in 2009 for its weatherization […]

  • Florissant City Council back tracks on department head pay raises

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – The Florissant City Council back tracked Monday night on a plan that would have seen department heads pay rise by as much as 17 percent. Investigator Elliott Davis first reported the pay raise plan last week and spoke with Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider about tonight’s action to raise employees pay and to revisit how to approve raises for department heads. Previous Coverage: Controversy over proposed raises for Florissant city officials   You can follow Elliott Davis on […]

  • Fox school board member ducks questions about district salaries

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – The You Paid For It Team digs deeper into the high administrative salaries at the financially strapped Fox C-6 School District and makes a troubling discovery. The Fox District that just has 11,500 students has more high paid top school administrators than many districts that are a lot larger. In the 2014 school year the Fox District paid more than a million dollars for the top 7 administrators. All this when the school district has been […]

  • Pevely’s mayor and aldermen cut a deal over cell phone charges

    PEVELY, MO (KTVI) – Pevely Mayor John Knobloch steps down from his job citing medical reasons. The Mayor has been surrounded by a huge controversy over putting family members on the city’s cell phone plan, in essence having taxpayers pay his wife’s cell phone bills for years, and later adding other family members onto the city’s cell phone plan. The You Paid For It team questioned a new deal the Mayor is getting from aldermen.  They agreed to let him […]

  • Vet says St. Louis VA mistake could have killed him

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – An army veteran says the St.  Louis Veterans Administration dropped the ball and it nearly cost him his life.  His nightmare isn’t over. Veteran Tom Phillips and his wife Bernadette have been through a lot. One of the biggest battles for the army vet has been with the  VA St. Louis healthcare system. Over the past four years he says he went to VA dozens of times since 2010 complaining of severe headaches. The last […]

  • You Paid for It, fights for Army veteran in battle with VA

    (KTVI) – The You Paid For It team comes to the aid of an Army Veteran who says St Louis VA dropped the ball on his case that nearly cost him his life. He had been going to the Veterans Administration St Louis Healthcare System since 2010 because of severe headaches. He says the medical help he got from VA doctors fell short and they didn’t identify a life threatening problem.  He had a stroke on June 5th and was rush to a nearby hospital. He isn’t sure if the VA will pay the Medical Bills from the Stroke. […]

  • FOX C-6 Meeting

    FOX C-6 school district faces $7M deficit

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – Monday evening the FOX C-6 school district board of education met to discuss a $7 million dollar deficit facing the district for the current school year. Over 300 parents attended the meeting and so did investigative reporter Elliott Davis. Fox School Board President John Laughlin doesn't anticipate teacher layoffs in upcoming cuts. http://t.co/59MfDS9oKJ— Elliott Davis (@ElliottDavisTV) June 30, 2014 Fox School Board will try to amend budget presented tonight over the next several months. http://t.co/eWT8QrLAen— Elliott […]

  • Website woes at Missouri Department of Education

    (KTVI)– Website woes had a St. Charles County teacher asking the You Paid For It team to help navigate problems with a department of education site. Elliott Davis found out the problem affected more than just him.

  • Controversy over proposed raises for Florissant city officials

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI)– The You Paid For It team went to Florissant to get answers about a pay plan that will give hefty raises to department heads. Elliott Davis runs into a buzz saw from Florissant Councilman Timothy Jones who defends the pay deal. At the heart of the controversy, some of the department heads sat on a special committee put together to study and recommend the increases for positions that included their own jobs. In essence, they played a […]