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When Paul Schankman joined the staff of FOX 2 in 1983, it was a homecoming. Paul grew up in St. Louis and started his journalism career here first in radio, and then television. He covered Ronald Reagan's first inauguration (tenth row seat!) for two local radio stations when he was just 20 years old.

Prior to joining FOX 2, he was a reporter/anchor at WHBF-TV, in Rock Island, Illinois.

Paul is a graduate of Parkway Central High School and graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he majored in both Journalism and Mass Communications.
Over the past 25 years at FOX 2, Paul has covered a wide variety of significant events including the Oklahoma City bombing, the 1996 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the 1999 Superbowl and a space shuttle launch. He was also the first St. Louis television reporter to broadcast from New York after the 9/11 attack.

These days, Paul works primarily on special projects for FOX 2 News at 9, and the weekly history series "News 11 Remembers" on KPLR-TV. He also hosts the Emmy award winning show "State of the Arts," for The Higher Education Channel, on Charter Cable.

Paul has been honored with 23 regional Emmys, plus awards from the Associated Press, The Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, and American Women in Television and Radio. He is also proud to have received Lincoln University's Unity Award, the Dartmouth College Champion-Tuck Award for Economics Reporting, and a bronze medal from the International Radio and Television Festival. In 2006, Paul won an Edward R. Murrow award for writing. Paul has been inducted into the Parkway Schools Hall of Fame, and was honored to receive the Alumni Achievement Award from SIUE.

Paul says he'll probably be remembered most as the reporter who was caught on tape being pushed into a creek by an crazed llama (watch it HERE).

The video continues to be shown on TV all over the world, more than a two decades after it happened. Paul is a voting member on the St. Louis Walk of Fame Committee, and is one of the featured pre-show announcers at the Muny.


Recent Articles
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    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)– After several protest-free days in Ferguson a large march is expected Saturday morning. But how are these on-going demonstrations affecting businesses trying to recover from the looting and vandalism? Many if not most of the businesses hit by vandals over the past three weeks have yet to replace all these broken windows and doors because owners of businesses like the 911 Hair Salon are worried they may have to call 911 again because of vandalism if there […]

  • Aid for Ferguson businesses being lined-up as police presence lessens

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – In a press held just over an hour ago in Clayton, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson announced the start of a drawdown of police officers at the  command headquarters at the Buzz Westfall Center in Jennings. The command post has been in operation for almost two weeks since the day after the riot and looting on West Florissant Avenue on August 10th. Earlier Wednesday, workers from the Missouri Department of Insurance were in Ferguson […]

  • Michael Brown protesters move to downtown St. Louis

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Chanting, ‘move cops, get out of the way,’ a small group of protesters pushed past federal security guards on the steps of the Eagleton Courthouse in downtown St. Louis Tuesday, demanding a meeting with the local U.S. Attorney about the Michael Brown Case. A group of about 100 rallied first at St. Louis City Hall before walking two blocks to the federal court house. After standing outside the courthouse for a few minutes, several members of […]

  • Police cruiser rear-ended by suspected DUI driver at checkpoint

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Monday morning just after 1:30 am, a Caseyville Police Department cruiser was slammed into by a suspected DUI driver. The cruiser was at DUI checkpoint being conducted by the Caseyville police and the Illinois Department of Transportation via the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage. No was hurt in the accident. The Illinois State Police conducted an investigation and arrested the drive for suspicion of driving under the influence.

  • Roundtable on Ferguson police brutality held by Washington DC public relations firm

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  • St. Louis Rams help Ferguson-Florissant School District football teams

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  • Protest relatively quiet in Ferguson despite officer Wilson supporters

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Things have been relatively quiet in Ferguson Wednesday night.  There was a little commotion when supporters of officer Darren Wilson were discovered marching side protesters on West Florissant. Police quickly moved in and removed the supporters taking them out of the area for their protection. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder toured West Florissant Wednesday afternoon after getting updates from federal and local officials on the Michael Brown investigation. Holder also visited the St. Louis Community College […]

  • Tuesday night’s security plan for unrest in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County police are still trying to create a comprehensive list of  people arrested during protests that turned violent in Ferguson Monday night. A list provided to FOX 2 by the St. Louis County jail has 56 names of people arrested either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Of those 56, the number from the greater St. Louis area appears to be 40, or 70 percent of the total. Four are from Ferguson. County […]

  • National Guard & military police in Ferguson, MO

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – The National Guard has boots on the ground Monday in Ferguson. Governor Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard into Ferguson Sunday after consulting with Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials in Ferguson. Monday represented the third change in police tactics to handling protesters in Ferguson following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white Ferguson police officer just over week ago. The governor has lifted the […]

  • Ferguson residents hear appeals from Jesse Jackson and others for calm

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – A night after looting and vandalism hit Ferguson overnight Saturday, the residents of Ferguson are picking up the pieces again. Community leaders and residents are appealing for calm and trying to get word out to everyone that they have a stake in having peace return Ferguson. The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Representative Lacy Clay, FBI agents and leaders from The New Black Panther Party have been out Saturday in the community around the Canfield Green apartment complex […]

  • New approach to policing Ferguson protests seems to be working

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Thursday night protesters were non-violent and much of the credit is being give to the change in police tactics. People are still as angry over the shooting of Michael Brown, some may even be a little angrier after the release of the security camera pictures, but so far Friday night protest looks like last night’s protest and that’s a good thing. The peacekeeping operation is now in the hands of the Missouri Highway Patrol, specifically Captain […]

  • New leadership changes atmosphere at Ferguson protests

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