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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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    HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Two advocates for the homeless in St. Louis are hoping to help them make a clean break of it, with an idea they call ‘Shower to the People.’ ‘When people think about helping the homeless, it`s usually sandwiches and blankets and coats,’ said Pastor Jake Austin, who with help from a friend at another church, has been turning an old tool truck into a mobile shower facility for the homeless. ‘When this new food truck craze […]

  • Armed citizens stand outside recruiting center to prove a point

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI) – A Navy veteran and his wife stood for several hours baking in Friday’s warm temperatures outside an armed forces recruiting station in Wentzville, holding signs and four loaded guns. They were trying to make a point about Second Amendment rights for members of the military. The shooting deaths of four Marines and a Navy sailor last week at two military locations in Chattanooga has renewed a call by some that members of the military should be […]

  • Residents relieved alleged molester is in custody

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – We’re learning more about the alleged sexual predator of children and women who is now behind bars and how it so easy for him to get away in the first place. If you could take the blood pressure of a neighborhood in South St. Louis County, it would be off the charts, since residents heard about the outrageous attack on an 11-year-old girl in her bedroom on their street. Police say Larry Alverson was the man […]

  • Police investigating accidental shooting of 3-year-old

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A three-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition at St. Louis Children`s Hospital, clinging to life after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a gun he found in a bedroom at his North St. Louis home. St. Louis police got a call at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning saying a child had been shot in the forehead in a two-family house in the 1200 block of Walton. Police were quickly able to determine it […]

  • 4 murders overnight in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – With seven more murders over the weekend and early Monday morning, the homicide total in St. Louis for the year is now 105. Last year at this time it was about 70. Among the latest, three young women, two of whom were shot to death just before 3:00 a.m. Monday morning in the 5400 block of Ruskin Avenue in North St. Louis. One was found dead in the driver`s seat of a car, the other was […]

  • Police continue search for suspected child rapist in Swansea

    SWANSEA, IL (KTVI)- An accused sexual predator is on the run this morning and Metro East authorities want him behind bars quickly. They say he repeatedly abused a 10-year-old girl in Swansea and posted it to Facebook. Police say the suspect was only in Swansea for a brief time, but the damage he did to this child is extremely troubling. Mikel Grodin, also known to some as Gary Grodin, was living with his girlfriend when he began the attacks on […]

  • Two suspects in custody, as investigation of officer ambushed in Central West End continues

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Circuit Attorney’s Officer of St. Louis has charged a suspect  police have been questioning about the attempted murder of a city officer ambushed Tuesday while working a private security job in the Central West End. The suspect, Edward J. Davis, age 27, has been charged with two counts: assault/attempted 1st degree on law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. FOX2 has also confirmed that a second suspect is now in custody, after turning themselves into […]

  • Central West End on edge after police officer is shot

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Reaction to Tuesday morning’s shooting of a St. Louis police officer in the Central West end is unsettling to some residents and business owners alike. “I was really angry and scared about what happened,” said Dennis Gorg, owner of the Coffee Cartel, a short block away from the site of the shooting. One of his customers, a Central West End resident, echoed those feelings. “I have two daughters that I allow to walk around the West […]

  • St. Louis man helped save Pluto space probe mission

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – When the New Horizons spacecraft has its much anticipated close encounter with Pluto on Tuesday, two St. Louisans will be playing key roles in the mission. Brian Bauer, 32, is in charge of the software that becomes the probe`s autopilot during computer glitches. He is a 2001 graduate of Parkway Central High School and a 2005 graduate of Washington University with degrees in aerospace engineering. On July 4th weekend, when the New Horizons probe began having […]

  • Officer Involved Shooting Hodimont

    Teen suspect shot three times by St. Louis police officer

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A 16 year old is in serious but stable condition after being shot three times Saturday night by a St. Louis city police officer. The officer says the teenager ran toward him holding a gun. It began around 7:15pm when officers responded to a call from a housing complex in the 2500 block of Hodiamont. The call came from a woman who said she saw someone she thought had stolen her recently purchased .40-caliber pistol. St. […]

  • Pipeline spills more than 4,000 gallons of oil into Highland creek

    HIGHLAND, IL (KTVI) –Big concerns continue after an oil leak Friday near Highland, Illinois, not far from the Madison and Bond County line. Residents worry the oil may contaminate their water supply. Crews have a lot of work to do after more than 4,000 gallons of oil leaked out of this Plains Pipeline Company Pumping Station in to a nearby ditch.  Trouble is, that ditch leads to a creek, which goes to Silver Lake, and that’s where the water for […]

  • Wednesday’s major computer issues raise specter of cyber attacks

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Two major computer issues cause problems at United Airlines and the New York Stock exchange. Neither is being attributed to a cyber-security breach. “We are in this hyper-sensitive area right now where a lot of people are worried about the malicious attacks when in reality that is a minority of the security incidences,” said Dave Chronister, Founder of Parameter Security of St. Charles, an ethical hacking company helping clients find holes in their systems.  “There […]