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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
  • Warrant Forgiveness program expires December 31st

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Time is running out on Amnesty relief for anyone who has a warrant for minor traffic violations. The City of St. Louis and more than 60 municipal courts in St. Louis County gave everyone until the end of the year to get a new court date. In St. Louis city, only 4,500 people have scheduled the new date. That leaves more than 70,000 others facing new arrest warrants. To handle the expected rush, the St. Louis […]

  • Hidden Valley plans to open Friday, January 2nd

    WILDWOOD, MO (KTVI)- Our hopes of a white Christmas were dashed but at Hidden Valley, they`d be happy if it would just stay cold. FOX 2’s Paul Schankman is live in Wildwood where the flakes have started to fly. It has been tough sledding for the folks at Hidden Valley who have been eager to open but it has been too warm to make snow. But given the forecast for a chilly week, they have fired up the snow making […]

  • Heavy smoke, water damage after condo complex garage fire

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI)-Firefighters in Creve Coeur scrambled to put out a smoky fire in a 30 car garage Sunday morning. “There was smoke pouring all the way down the entire building, just bellowing out,” said resident Shelia Umbright. “ It was huge!” Fire in a 30 car garage is nothing to take lightly so several departments responded to this two alarm fire at about 8:00 Sunday morning at Creve Coeur Station condos. Chief Chuck Marsonette with the Monarch Fire […]

  • Homeless enjoy possible last annual Christmas dinner at downtown center

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Hundreds enjoyed Christmas dinner at the New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis. But some of the merriment was overshadowed by worries that this could be the last time for that annual Christmas tradition. The city of St. Louis is threatening to close the shelter in May unless Reverend Larry Rice reduces the number of people who sleep there each night from hundreds to just 32. Rice plans to fight the city’s ruling in court.

  • Antonio Martin

    Friends of Antonio Martin find it hard to believe he pulled a gun on an officer

    BERKELEY, MO (KTVI) – At the Mobil station where the trouble began late Tuesday night, there is a small memorial to Antonio Martin, 18, who died on the parking lot after he was shot and killed by a Berkeley Police Officer. Police say security camera video from the station clearly shows Martin pointed a gun at the officer. There were violent protests in the hours immediately after the shooting, but the number of protesters who returned in the daylight was […]

  • Police give away $100 bills to the public

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Police officers from the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County spent the day Tuesday randomly handing out $100 bills to Holiday shoppers all over town, trying to spread a little Christmas cheer, and reinforce the message that not every encounter with a police officer has to be cause for alarm. ‘It feels great because it is a surprise,’ said St. Louis County officer Danielle Durham. ‘The citizen’s aren`t expecting it so just be a […]

  • 3 St. Charles County cities suing to overturn county ban on red light cameras

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Three St. Charles county municipalities are trying to get a red light camera ban stopped. Back in November an overwhelming majority of St. Charles County residents voted in favor of a charter amendment to ban red light Cameras County wide. And now like just like almost everything else involving red light cameras, the vote is being challenged in court. City of St. Peters Statement Regarding County Charter Amendment Litigation

  • Annual Ranken Jordan holiday party extra special for St. Charles boy

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)-Police showed up at a local children’s hospital on Friday, but they weren’t handing out tickets. They were handing out presents. It helped make a very special Christmas celebration for a boy who almost died on Halloween. If you did not know better, you might it was the President of the United States who was about to arrive But to the kids at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, the visitor in this motorcade is an even bigger […]

  • Fire damages apartment building for second time in two weeks

    AFFTON, MO (KTVI)- A fire has damaged an apartment building in Affton for the second time in two weeks. The incident occured around 9p.m. Thursday night at the Cedar Creek Lodge apartments in the 7800 block of Olde English Road. Fire crews were sent to put out the fire in what may have been a vacant first floor unit. This is the same building where a fire on the second floor forced nearly 30 residents to relocate just two short […]

  • Winter Watch: Light snow expected across the area Thursday morning

    (KTVI)- Snow flurries have started to move in Thursday morning. FOX 2’s Paul Schankman is live at MoDOT Headquarters with more. The bi-state is only expecting minor accumulation of up to an inch plus, the timing for snowfall is less than ideal. Snow showers are forecasted for the busy morning rush. Local crews like the City of St. Louis Street Division hit the roads early Thursday morning and are continuing to work until around midnight. The division is in charge […]

  • National Parks Service looking for bidders to build museum under the arch

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The National Park Service is looking for someone to build its new arch museum and visitors center. If you spend much time downtown you have certainly seen all the work going on the arch grounds. But, one of the next phases will take place mostly under the arch grounds. The National Park Service is soliciting bids for phase five of the City Arch River project which includes renovation of the visitors center and museum. It`s […]

  • Candidates camp-out to be first on April ballot

    ELLISVILLE, MO (KTVI) – Filing begins 8am Tuesday for April`s municipal elections. Candidates could be camping out before the doors opened early this morning. Among those who want a top spot on the ballot is the top office holder in town. Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul is running for re-election for the first time since he returned to office after he was impeached. Another municipal election sure to be closely watched will be in Ferguson.  There will be some new faces […]