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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
  • Prescription thieves targeting Walgreens stores

    DESLOGE, MO (KTVI) – A gang of prescription drug thieves break into two Walgreens stores and get away with a lot of powerful drugs. Both burglaries happened in the early morning hours Saturday.  One of the stores hit was the Walgreens in Desloge, Missouri.  The other was the Walgreens at 11590 Gravois Road in St. Louis County. ‘They went straight to the right cabinets where the controlled substances were kept and got right into them,’ said Desloge Police Chief James […]

  • St. Charles man injured by fireworks has started talking about what happened

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles man critically injured after lit fireworks were thrown onto his lawn is starting to talk with his family about what happened. Mike Keen, 51, was using a weed eater on July 5, when someone threw what looked like a black ball into his yard. Keen picked it up just as it exploded. He lost three fingers on his left hand and has been in critical condition and intensive care ever since. ‘The […]

  • Collinsville catsup bottle up for sale

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is up for sale. The iconic Brook’s bottle has been a community fixture in the Collinsville area for years. On Monday, a “For Sale” sign went up for the water tower and the factory below it and residents are worried that their town may be losing its most famous landmark. The asking price? $500,000.

  • Dooley and Stenger attend candidate’s forum

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – Wednesday night the League of Women Voters hosted a candidate’s forum for the St. Louis County Executive race at Florissant Valley Community College. Five of the seven candidates running for the county executive’s office appeared before the public in the student center. Both County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Steve Stenger attended the forum. Reporter Paul Schankman picks up the story. Previous Coverage: Dooley’s new ad tries to link Strenger to sex trafficking Candidate’s faceoff for […]

  • One charged in Tuesday’s bi-state police pursuit

    GLEN CARBON, IL (KTVI) – A pursuit that started in the City of St. Louis and ended at the East 30 Mobile Home park in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Police say pursuit started just after 7 pm and went across the I-270/I- 255 Chain of Rocks Bridge into Illinois. During the pursuit the suspect tried to hit a police cruiser from the Bel-Ridge Police Department. Authorities say John Willis was driving a car with stolen plates when St. Louis police started […]

  • St. Louis investors seek to open medical marijuana farm near Marissa

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – St. Clair County is one big step closer to allowing a medical marijuana farm to start growing pot in Marissa, Illinois. Medical marijuana became legal in Illinois in January. Now the race is on for the companies who want to grow it to get state approval. But they have to get local approval first and that`s what a group of St. Louis area investors are seeking from St. Clair County. Their company is called Nature`s Care […]

  • Debris in Mississippi River probably caused barge to hit bridge

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Mississippi River is cresting in St. Louis Friday, one foot above flood stage. The river level is expected to start falling Saturday. The coast guard believes debris churned up by that high water got caught in the rudder of a tow boat Thursday, running barges into the piers of the MLK and EADS bridges. Neither bridge has structural damage from the accident. The coast guard has temporarily closed the Mississippi from Granite City to the […]

  • New wall saves Clarksville from flooding

    CLARKSVILLE, MO (KTVI)– There’s relief in Clarksville, Missouri, not only because the river has crested but because they were able to hold back the Mississippi with a new kind of flood wall. With the city out of money to fight floods because it was hit three times last year, a local furniture maker came up with the idea of building a wall made of plywood instead of sandbags. He thought it would be faster and cheaper and he was right. […]

  • Smartphone app being tested to save children’s lives

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Many of us think of our smartphone as a life saver, but what if there was an app that really could save your life? Well now there is, and it is being tested in St. Louis, on children with heart conditions, including Vivian Agniel, who is almost four months old. ‘Very amazing,’ said Carmen Agniel, Vivian`s mother, referring to a device called AliveCor. It is a smartphone cover with two metal plates on the back, which […]

  • Brothers accused of stealing angels from cemetery

    BETHALTO, IL. (KTVI)  – Since this past Easter residents around Bethalto have been wondering who’s been responsible for the theft of angel statues from grave markers and benches at the Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens cemetery. Two brothers, 18-year-old Nathan and 21-year-old Nicholas Cato have been charged with stealing 25 angels from grave sites and selling them to a local man who thought the statues were legitimately procured by the brothers. Police have returned 13 angles to families, but 12 statues […]

  • St. Charles man in critical condition after something blew off part of his hand

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A St. Charles man is in critical condition after picking up something in his yard that blew off part of his hand. He is in intensive care at Barnes Jewish hospital, heavily sedated and unable to speak. The fire department says they believe what exploded was a fireworks mortar about the size of a baseball. “It does appear that he was holding it when it did go off because of the injuries and types of […]

  • Final day of Fair St. Louis gets off to running start

    FOREST PARK (KTVI)- On Saturday morning, the final day of Fair St. Louis kicked off with the Freedom 4 Miler and Family Fun Run. On Friday, fairgoers crowded Forest Park to enjoy the day at the fair.  There was a slight inconvenience for those using Metrolink to get to the festivities.  Metrolink officials said some workers called in sick keeping them from using as many trains as they had hoped, causing some delays for fairgoers and Cardinals fans. Metro was […]