Paul Schankman


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

  • Historic Goldenrod Showboat sold to local preservationists

    Posted on: 5:56 pm, April 16, 2014, by

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Historic Goldenrod Showboat was sold Wednesday to a group of local preservationists trying to bring...
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  • Secretary of Air Force impressed with SAFB

    Posted on: 7:05 pm, April 15, 2014, by

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, MO (KTVI)– With President Barack Obama proposing a new round of military base closures, Illinois’ two...
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  • Body of soldier killed in Fort Hood shooting returns to Rolla

    Posted on: 5:32 pm, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 09:35pm, April 11, 2014

    ROLLA, MO (KTVI)– The body of Sergeant Timothy Owens one of the victim’s of the Fort Hood shooting returned home...
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  • Ameren replaces poles in North County to fix power outages problem

    Posted on: 8:12 pm, April 9, 2014, by

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– If you live in North St. Louis County, you know you’ve seen more than your share...
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  • Santa Ana residents return to disheveled apartments

    Posted on: 9:38 pm, April 8, 2014, by

    ST. ANN, MO (KTVI) – Residents of the Santa Anna Apartments in St. Ann are back home Tuesday night after...
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  • Many Metro bus drivers call in sick on Opening Day during labor dispute

    Posted on: 6:16 pm, April 7, 2014, by

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – More than 70 Metro bus drivers called in sick on Monday, the normal number is...
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  • U. City residents begin the clean up after the storm

    Posted on: 6:49 am, April 4, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:38pm, April 4, 2014

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – The storm has passed and the clean up is underway.  The day after a tornado...
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  • University City tornado victims take shelter in damaged homes

    Posted on: 4:40 pm, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 09:52pm, April 3, 2014

    UNIVERSITY, MO (KTVI)– As night falls on the tornado stricken neighborhood in University City, victims are taking shelter in damaged...
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  • What’s wrong with this picture?

    Posted on: 8:22 pm, April 2, 2014, by

    ROXANA, IL (KTVI)– A Metro East couple is wondering if People Magazine has something against people who own guns. One...
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  • Damage from tough winter starting to show on plants

    Posted on: 7:44 pm, March 31, 2014, by

    OLIVETTE, MO (KTVI)– If you’ve noticed a lot of your plants are dead or nearly dead, you’re not alone. After...
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  • Robbery suspects nabbed quickly by police

    Posted on: 5:22 am, March 28, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:07pm, March 28, 2014

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Police cruisers swarm two men they say are responsible for two armed robberies in St....
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  • Ballpark Village celebrates grand opening

    Posted on: 5:53 am, March 27, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:11am, March 27, 2014

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Cardinal Nation celebrated Thursday night with the grand opening of Ballpark Village. For Cardinals President...
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