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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.


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    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – MetroLink passengers may have more peace of mind when they travel Tuesday night now that police have arrested two suspects in connection to that brutal attack on a passenger caught on video. A lot of people have been critical of the witnesses seen on the train doing nothing in response to the attack, but as it turns out some members of the public have played a critical role in finding the young men seen in the […]

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    Tom Schweich’s spokesman dies of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI)- Spence Jackson, media director for former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, was found dead in his Jefferson City apartment Sunday night. Jackson’s death comes about one month after Schweich’s suicide. He was 44. Jefferson City police responded to Jackson’s apartment in the 900 block of Southwest Boulevard for a “check well-being” call. Jackson’s mother said her son was unresponsive to calls and other attempts to raise him. The property manager provided the key to the officers who […]

  • Police catch man wanted in downtown car break- ins

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A parking lot attendant helped police catch a man suspected in numerous downtown car break-ins. Police have arrested 47-year-old Kenneth James Richie. He has been charged with breaking into vehicles in downtown parking garages. Prosecutors charged Kenneth James Richie with 15 counts, including theft, property damage, and forging a check. If you think you were one of Richie`s victims call the circuit attorney`s office.  

  • Authorities investigating cause of Kirkwood house fire

    KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI)- Investigators are checking to see if lightning caused a Kirkwood house fire. The fire started around 9p.m. Wednesday night at a home in the 200 block of Altus Place. No one was home at the time. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor. Fire crews cut a hole in the roof to help knock out the flames. Assistant Chief Leo Meyer of the Kirkwood Fire Department says they are starting their […]

  • Roosevelt HS experience the reality of drunken driving

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The prom queen at a St. Louis high school has been killed in a drunk driving accident. At least, that’s how the script reads. What you are about to see is fake. FOX2’s Paul Schankman shows us what students at Roosevelt High School saw Wednesday was all about life’s harsh realities and the consequences for driving drunk. Valuable lesson learned at Roosevelt HS today through the mock accident: drinking & driving has deadly consequences. pic.twitter.com/G2osTQi3ch — […]

  • Post- storm fires destroy multiple homes

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI)- Tuesday night`s stormy weather led to several fires. Some residents believe lightning was the cause. A four family condo in West Belleville was hit by lightning just after 9p.m. on Hillside Lane. Residents say they heard a loud noise, then discovered the fire. The upstairs units suffered the heaviest damage. No one was injured. According to the building owner, the two lower units have smoke damage. The upper units were destroyed. The Red Cross put the displaced […]

  • Students learning they can be the key to stopping cyber-bullying

    WILDWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Cyber bullying is a huge problem across the world and here in St. Louis. And a solution to the problem seems almost impossible to stop. But FOX 2’s Paul Schankman shows us how some middle school students in Wildwood are learning they are the answer, with something  called the “Clothes Pin Challenge“.

  • Ferguson to name interim city manager

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- The Ferguson City Council is set to approve an agreement tonight outlining the duties and pay for its temporary city manager. Former City Manager John Shaw threw himself on the sword and resigned from office after eight years on the job. The city announced it would conduct a nationwide search for Shaw’s replacement. In the meantime, Pam Hylton, who is the current assistant city manager, has been filling in for Shaw. At tonight`s city council meeting, one […]

  • Hot spot policing efforts start today in north city

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Hot spot policing returns to the City of St. Louis today in several north side neighborhoods. Those areas include one where there was a shooting late Sunday night. The department will deploy more officers in the Walnut Park east and Walnut Park west neighborhoods in an effort to reduce crime. Residents in those neighborhoods can expect to see increased police presence. Officers will patrol both in uniform and plain clothes as well as marked and unmarked […]

  • St. Louis County’s plan to reduce number of euthanized pets at shelters

    OLIVETTE, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County thinks it has found a way to dramatically reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized every year at its shelter. Five years ago, 70 percent of the dogs and cats brought to the county’s animal shelter were put to sleep. Last year, that number dropped to 38 percent. But St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger believes that number is still too high. “I have a soft spot in my heart for animals,” […]

  • Moolah Shrine Circus taking extra precautions to avoid elephants getting loose

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)- The Moolah Shrine Circus is taking extra precautions to make sure elephants don’t get loose this year at the Family Arena in St. Charles. In 2014, three elephants made their way out of a back door and roamed an area of the arena’s parking lot. The elephants damaged two cars belonging to circus employees but no one was injured. According to our partners at the Post-Dispatch, organizers are making sure the backstage door leading to the […]

  • NCAA wrestling tournament at Scottrade Center this weekend

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Downtown St. Louis is quite the busy place to be, with thousands of college wrestling fans in town for their biggest event of the year. You could say these fans are in the grips of wrestle mania. The NCAA Wrestling Championships are in St. Louis for the seventh time since 2000. Last weekend, the Division II titles were decided at Chaifetz Arena. This weekend, the Scottrade Center hosts the Division I tournament.