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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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    TROY, MO (KTVI) – Clean up is underway in Troy, Missouri where flash flooding hit hard on Wednesday night. It happened in a matter of minutes, water rushing out of an overwhelmed draining ditch and then through as parking lot in front of two consignment shops. Finally water ripped through the shops themselves. “It`s pretty bad. All of our carpets are soaking wet. We had floating shoes and bags, pictures are wet and boxes are just soaked through. It was […]

  • African-American politicians endorse republican for St. Louis Co. Exec. race

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A group of African-American elected officials from north St. Louis County have made an endorsement in the race for St. Louis County Executive and it has some democrats furious. What happened would have seemed inconceivable when this race started. But after the events surrounding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the democratic politicians are endorsing the republican candidate for county executive.

  • Ameren Missouri building solar farm in O’Fallon

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  • County police chief admits officers broke Ferguson 5-second protest rule

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  • Stray dogs being shot by juveniles with more powerful weapons

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  • A replacement tree leads to a life saving act of kindness

    FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – A North St. Louis County widow will be able to sleep better at night knowing if her power goes out, her son`s life support machines will still keep working. And she has Home Depot to thank for that peace of mind. Tom Henning, an assistant manager at the Cross Keys store in Florissant found out about Pat Grabovic`s son A.J. when she came in to ask for a replacement for a dead tree she bought there […]

  • Survivor of deadly crash wants road fixed

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  • Local Scottish await election results

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    Meth making Facebook video leads police to suspects

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  • Michael Brown protesters to attend St. Louis County council meeting

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  • 12-year-old accidentally hangs himself on a backyard swing

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – A 12 year-old Maryland Heights boy dies after accidentally hanging himself on a backyard swing Friday at his family`s home in the 2700 block of Eldon Avenue. Ethan Ivinson came home from school as usual Friday afternoon, but was planning to go back that night. ‘He was helping his dad do some chores in the backyard,’ said Maryland Heights Police Chief William Carson. ‘He was planning to go to a school dance that evening and […]

  • Aboard Southwest Airlines first non-stop flight from Lambert to San Francisco

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