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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
  • Major Case Squad still collecting evidence in murder of SIUE student

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Even though the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Michael Gordon, is in custody and has been since Tuesday, the St. Louis Major Case Squad is still at the Hazelwood Police Department, running down leads and building its case. On Thursday, they found Gordon’s car in St. Louis. Gordon, who lives in the 6600 block of Minnesota in south city, has never before been charged as an adult with a serious crime in either the city or county. […]

  • Franklin County makes biggest drug bust ever

    SULLIVAN, MO (KTVI) – Narcotics detectives in Franklin County has made the biggest drug bust in county’s history. Police say the suspect is someone they’ve been after for some time. For the past nine months police have been waiting to make a move against a man suspected of being one of the biggest drug dealers in this part of the state and yesterday they found out just how big.

  • Chesterfield looking to curb sweet gum tree mess

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – If you have a sweet gum tree in your yard you know there is nothing very sweet about them, thanks to those thorny balls they drop in the yard. But in Chesterfield, the city is trying to do something to make them less messy. It’s not the trees that are the culprit of course. It’s these angry little balls of thorns they drop that can hurt like the dickens if you step on one barefoot and […]

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    Royal baby gets her name. So why do we care?

    SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- It was the most famous British playwright of all, William Shakespeare, who asked ‘what’s in a name?’ Well, based on worldwide interest, there is a lot in a name if it belongs to a newborn member of the British Royal family. The name of the second born of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was revealed on Monday: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The British born owner of the London Tea Room in South St. Louis thinks […]

  • Two workers survive 30-foot fall in Midtown building collapse

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Demolition workers almost lost their lives Friday when a three-story building in Midtown partially collapsed – with them standing on top of it. The former apartment building is located on West Pine near Vandeventer. It was being torn down just after 11 a.m. when the front wall and part of the roof came crashing down below. Two men were atop the roof, trying to salvage bricks. One man ended up buried under bricks on the first […]

  • Two women found shot to death in North St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Two women were found shot to death in a north St. Louis duplex apartment early Thursday morning. The shooting happened overnight in the 4000 block of Natural Bridge near Fairground Park. The women, 25-year-old Korie Hodges and 22-year-old Keerica Bolden, were found shot to death in a bedroom by Hodges’ father. He found the apartment open and then located the women dead at around 6:45 a.m.  He was there to drop off a child. Hodges […]

  • Thieves stealing wheels from high end vehicles at area GMC dealerships

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Thieves are stealing some very expensive wheels off some very fancy cars at GMC dealerships all over the St. Louis area. It started about a month ago, but now, thanks to some good detective work, Collinsville police have clear pictures of one of the suspects. ‘They are hitting in the early morning hours,’ said Collinsville Police Lt. Brett Boerm. ‘The one in Collinsville was between 2:30 A.M. and 3:15 A.M,’ he said. The thieves stole eight […]

  • IKEA opens doors for a sneak peek

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s one of the most awaited store openings in St. Louis ever. Tuesday IKEA gave FOX2 a preview tour of the store still under construction. The store is not expected to be opened till this fall, but reporter Paul Schankman got a tour today to see how construction is coming along at Vandeventer and Forest Park Avenue. The store will feature a 55,000 square foot showroom, along with a restaurant that will feature its famous Swedish […]

  • St. Peters woman discovered missing after son commits suicide

    ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) -The son of a missing elderly woman from St. Peters, apparently committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Ecopark in St. Charles. The body of 51-year-old Gary Buckley was discovered by hikers on Tuesday, but police did not publicly reveal that information until Friday. St. Peters police discovered 77-year-old Mary Buckley missing from her condo on Sugar Glen Drive the same day her son’s body was found. St. Charles police had asked St. Peters […]

  • Moles invading lawns all over St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis is crawling with moles. And pest control companies are busy crawling around after them. ‘Nine out of ten people`s inquiries (at the Home Show) has been `how do you get rid of moles, how do you get rid of moles,`’ said Jay Everitt, Technical Director at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, where calls for mole eradication this spring are around 20 percent higher than last year. Everitt says this year’s wet spring is leading […]

  • Strange man in strange clothes steals cross from SLU church

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Police are looking for a colorfully dressed suspect who stole an approximately seven-foot tall Processional Cross from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, on the campus of St. Louis University. The theft happened Monday at about 2:00 P.M. According to a witness, the man, who was wearing a large feathered headdress and other colorful clothing, was seen walking into the church, going up to the altar, taking to cross, and leaving. A SLU spokesperson says […]

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    Police: Suspects exchange gunfire from vehicles on I-44 near Jefferson

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Suspects in two vehicles exchanged gunfire on area highways Monday afternoon, according to St. Louis police.  A portion of westbound I-44 is closed near Jefferson while an investigation is conducted. Police say a dark colored Chevy Impala and a white newer model Grand Am were the vehicles involved in the shooting.   The Grand Am was located at Jefferson and I-44.  Two men attempted to flee the scene on foot.  Investigators say they have been taken […]