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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
  • Drew Peterson pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot

    CHESTER, IL (KTVI) – Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police sergeant convicted of murdering his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, is pleading not guilty to charges he tried to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who put him in prison. Security was heavy as Drew Peterson, 61, arrived at the Randolph County Courthouse in Chester, Illinois for a preliminary hearing before Judge Richard Brown. Peterson is accused of hatching a murder-for-hire plot from inside […]

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    DoJ finds Ferguson police targeted African-Americans in traffic stops, NYT reports

    WASHINGTON D.C. (KTVI) – The Ferguson Police Department unfairly targeted African-Americans in traffic stops, fomenting years of animosity between the citizenry and law enforcement, culminating in the August 2014 shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old by a police officer, according to a story appearing in the New York Times regarding a forthcoming report from the U.S. Justice Department. DoJ officials who’ve been briefed on the report tell the Times that the report criticizes Ferguson city leaders for relying on ticket fines […]

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    7 people killed in south-central Missouri shooting spree, suspect also dead

    TEXAS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-Nine people are dead and several crime scenes are being investigated in Texas County, in rural south-central Missouri. Around 10:15pm Thursday, the Texas County Sheriff’s Department received an urgent 911 call from a young girl who ran to a neighbor’s home for help after hearing gunshots. They responded to a residence in Tyrone, Missouri and found two people shot and killed. They found five more shooting victims who were deceased and another victim who was wounded at […]

  • SLU hospital offering new way to get rid of body fat

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis University Hospital is the latest local medical center to begin offering a body fat elimination process called “Cool Sculpting,” which involves freezing skin fat to kill the fat cells underneath. Results can take three or four weeks to three or four months to be seen. Because it is considered elective plastic surgery, it is not covered by insurance. For more information, call 314-977-6050.

  • FOX 2 Special: From St. Louis to Selma

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Some have been asking whether the unrest in Ferguson is the new Selma ever since the movie  hit theatres late last year. Granted, the question is a little glib. But, asking it can generate some very insightful responses. Especially if you ask the question in Selma. Fox 2’s Paul Schankman packed up a video camera and drove to that small Alabama town to talk with people who participated in the civil rights movement then. He […]

  • Normandy H.S. students learn about segregation

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – You might think the days of people being denied the use of public facilities based on their color are over. But they are not. When you come into Normandy High School these days, one of the first things you notice are labels all over the building designating things like restrooms, staircases and water fountains as either ‘green only’ or ‘yellow only.’ Students in the ninth and tenth grades are assigned green ribbons, giving them […]

  • Ferguson Commission studying whether zip codes can affect your life?

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – How much does your zip code affect the course of your life? That is one of the questions being answered tonight at a meeting of the governor’s Ferguson Commission. The meeting is being held at the University of Missouri St. Louis campus in the JC Penny building. This meeting marks the large public meeting held by the 16 member Ferguson Commission. Some of the meetings have been raucous, others calm, but all have been […]

  • A raging house fire in Cahokia is being called suspicious

    CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) – A raging house fire in Cahokia is being called suspicious. The house on Delores Street is a total loss. Camp Jackson Fire Department Chief Chris Davis says it is being investigated as suspicious. The fire started at about midnight Friday. It spread quickly, and a second alarm was sounded bringing help from, about a dozen nearby fire departments. The woman who lives there left about an hour before the fire started. No one was hurt. Cliff […]

  • Terrifying fake child kidnapping recorded on suspect’s cell phone

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Investigators in Lincoln County, Missouri say one of four suspects in the fake kidnapping of a boy on Monday apparently shot part of that terrifying event on video. The four adults, three of them relatives of the six-year-old victim, are accused of faking the boy`s kidnapping, and then terrorizing him for four hours because they felt he was too nice and needed a lesson about stranger danger. ‘Our forensics team was able to remove a […]

  • Employee at St. Louis City Jail caught having sex with inmate

    ST. LOUIS – A former St. Louis jailer is charged with committing several crimes while on duty, including having sex with an inmate. Ciara Jones, 28, admits to the crime. She had been a city jail employee since 2008. ‘’Sadly, this is a situation where a corrections officer abused her position of trust,’’ said Assistant St. Louis Circuit Attorney Rachel Smith. In March 2014, Jones was fired after fellow corrections officers told their supervisors she was having sex with one […]

  • Chesterfield artist studio goes into foreclosure

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – A Chesterfield-based sculptor whose work is known nationally, is trying to save his longtime studio and home lost in a foreclosure. Don Wiegand got into financial trouble in 2009 after fighting to save his studio from being demolished as part of a floodwall project in the Chesterfield Valley. At the time, he was already in financial straits after starting and personally funding two separate patriotic awards programs. Then the recession hit and people stopped buying art. […]

  • The local ad agency behind the viral heroin Super Bowl ad

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Some Super Bowl viewers in St. Louis were disturbed while watching the game Sunday by a Public Service Announcement meant to underscore the problem of heroin use among teenagers. The PSA portrays a mother returning home from the store to discover her teenage son dead from taking heroin. The visuals are accompanied by a playful song about taking drugs, meant to represent the blissfully ignorant attitude some teens have about the danger of drugs. Many […]