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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.

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    One dead, one injured after shooting outside funeral home in Midtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – One man is shot and killed while another is wounded outside a funeral home in Midtown St. Louis during a funeral. The trouble began at about 1:30 pm Monday in the parking lot of the Reliable Funeral Home in the 3900 block of Washington Avenue, while 50 to 75 mourners were inside finishing a funeral for Thelma Calmese, 33. As mourners passed by her casket at the end of the service, witnesses say the father of […]

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    Montgomery County K-9 found dead of heat exhaustion in police SUV

    HILLSBORO, IL (KTVI) – A Montgomery County, Illinois Sheriff’s Department K-9 was found dead Sunday inside his crate in his specially outfitted police SUV in Hillsboro, Illinois. The temperature inside the vehicle had climbed to 126 degrees. On Sunday afternoon, the deputy who handles “Blitz” had work to do inside station, so he left the department’s three-year-old Belgian Malinois locked in its one-year-old K-9 SUV, with the air conditioner running. In the world of police dogs, that is considered standard […]

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    St. Louis may elect first African American Circuit Attorney

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Voters in the City of St. Louis have made history by electing the first African-American to serve as Circuit Attorney. She is State Representative Kimberly Gardner, (D), 77th District, and she says her top priority will be to improve the community`s trust in the Circuit Attorney`s office. Gardner was one of four democratic candidates running for the office, but she walked away with 47 percent of the vote. Gardner was not the only African-American candidate in […]

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    Expensive primary election down to the wire for Missouri gubernatorial candidates

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    Liverpool fans ready for match against AS Roma

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    Governor Rauner pushes for term-limits during Metro East visit

    BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Illinois governor Bruce Rauner Wednesday pushed for term limits in the Metro East, saying those limits could help avoid situations like the state`s budget standoff. Since Monday Governor Rauner has been crisscrossing the state pushing for term limits that he says will help break up entrenched political power.  It`s an idea he`s been pushing ever since he ran for office in 2014. But judges keep shooting it down. This afternoon Rauner brought his term limit tour […]

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    St. Louis County Board of Election ready for August primary, after April election debacle

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    Church vandalized with human feces in Pike County

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    Help for keeping cool across St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Despite the blazing heat this week, the City of St. Louis has yet to have a heat death this summer. St. Louis County has had two heat deaths this summer. The hot weather it is still taking its toll on people in need of air conditioning. St. Louis firefighters are continuing to deliver free air conditioners, paid for by donations to Since June, there have been 22 cases of heat-related illness reported by hospitals in […]

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    Ballwin officer shot in ambush paralyzed from the neck down

    BALLWIN, MO (KTVI)- Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion is paralyzed from the neck down after a being wounded in the line of duty during a traffic stop on July 8, 2016. On Monday, Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott reported that, though Officer Flamion is receiving excellent treatment for wounds to his neck, it is expected that he will require, ” extensive long-term care.” Ballwin officer is paralyzed according to his chief — Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) July 18, 2016 A gunshot […]

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    Local reaction to Nice, France terror attack

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    Clean-up, storm damage assessment at Jefferson Barracks

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The peace and quiet normally found at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery has been interrupted by the growling of saws and the clattering of chippers, after high winds damaged more than 200 trees, toppling 50 of them on Wednesday. On Thursday, volunteers stopped cars at the gate, advising visitors it was best to come back this weekend unless they were coming for a funeral. One reason the cemetery is asking people to stay away for […]