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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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    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The renovation of the Arch grounds hits a significant milestone this week. On Friday, crews will reopen Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard from the Grand Staircase south to Chouteau, but will also close it from the staircase north to Biddle Street. Among the improvements that have been made to the nearly completed section is raising the roadway 2.5 feet to cut down on flooding. There is also now a fluted concrete wall much higher and nicer than […]

  • St. Louis City working to find housing for residents of tent city

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The City of St. Louis is cautioning homeless people living near the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge that they will have to move. ‘In the end, the curtain has to come down. We don`t do tented encampments in the City of St. Louis,’ said Eddie Roth, the city`s new Director of Human Services. For several months, no one seemed to notice a handful of the homeless living near the Missouri approach the new bridge. But now […]

  • Victim identified from fatal accident on McCausland

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A Brentwood woman is killed crossing McCausland Avenue at Plateau Avenue in West St. Louis while leaving a popular St. Louis restaurant. The accident happened just before 7:00 pm Sunday night in front of the Olympia Kebob House. The victim, Candi McNeal, 45, and her husband Jay were crossing McCausland, headed for their car.  As regular customers it was something they had done dozens of times before. But this time, Candi McNeal never made it to […]

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    New St. Louis NFL stadium plans revealed in Friday briefing

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    Vigil for teens killed in north county crash

    OLD JAMESTOWN, MO (KTVI) – Friends and family of two young men killed in a fiery crash in north St. Louis County came together Thursday evening for an emotional vigil at the spot where they died.   The accident happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday night at the corner of Lindbergh and Robbins Mill Road, one of the entrances to the Old Jamestown Mall. For the people gathered there, it will always be remembered as the spot where two young men […]

  • St. Louis area braces for extreme cold

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  • Overdoing your New Year’s workout resolution can be a bad idea

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Many of us made resolutions to exercise more in the New Year but, some have already hit the gym so hard they are in the hospital. “All I was doing was trying to start the New Year off with a bang and I sure did,” said Tracy Mouser, an emergency room nurse from Barnes-Jewish Hospital who is now a patient at Barnes-Jewish, suffering from a painful condition called Rhabdomyolysis. And it is caused by exercising […]

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    Two firefighters injured after fire truck overturns near St. Clair, Missouri

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  • Fatal accident kills two in St. Charles County

    WELDON SPRING, MO (KTVI)- A fatal accident claimed the lives of two men in St. Charles County overnight. FOX 2’s Paul Schankman  is live at the Missouri Highway Patrol Troop C Headquarters in Weldon Spring with more. The crash happened Thursday night shortly before 11:30p.m. on Route C, north of Silvers Road. Two young men were riding in a 1994 Dodge Ram Pickup when the driver lost control while attempting to pass another vehicle. The truck left the road, crashed […]

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    Steve Stenger becomes 8th St. Louis County Executive

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    STL 250 birthday cakes to be auctioned off

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