Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX Helicopter: Over St. Louis
  • Follow me on:

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.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail:

Recent Articles
  • promo296821644

    Illinois elections system hack prompts FBI warning to states

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois elections officials are confident no voter data were compromised this summer when a hacker was able to see information on about 200,000 registered voters. Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections, says the online voter-registration system was shut down July 13 when officials noted an unusually high amount of traffic. Security was improved. The FBI warned state officials Monday to boost their security. State election websites in Arizona and Illinois experienced […]

  • promo296475275

    MoDOT closing I-44 between Vandeventer and Jefferson this weekend

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A stretch of major interstate in the City of St. Louis will be completely closed this weekend. Interstate 44 between Vandeventer and Jefferson will completely shut down Friday night at 8 p.m. Grand Boulevard over I-44 will also completely close at 7 p.m., as will several ramps in the area onto I-44. The closures are needed so crews can take down the northbound side of the Grand Boulevard overpass. The work is part of the ongoing […]

  • promo296432022

    Police mourn two K-9 officers who died the same day

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis County Police are mourning the deaths of two K-9 officers, who coincidentally died on the same day. “It’s hard to be without him because for the last eight years, no matter what was going on, I had two extra eyes watching me at all times,” said St. Louis County Officer Scott Scarborough. He was talking about his K-9 partner Zar, a nine-year-old German Shepherd. On Tuesday, Scarborough noticed Zar was in pain, rushed him […]

  • promo296351092

    Little Sisters of the Poor pulling out of St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Little Sisters of the Poor announced Wednesday it is withdrawing from the St. Louis home for the elderly poor it has run in North St. Louis since 1870. The reason is simple; fewer women are willing to make the sacrifices required by a religious vocation. ‘It is very hard for young people to make a commitment nowadays,’ said Mother Gonzague Castro, Mother Superior for the St. Louis order. ‘I think we`ve lived in a temporary […]

  • promo296264061

    New plan comes to light to bring better lighting for downtown streets

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – There is a new $4 million dollar plan to make Downtown St. Louis safer, and it is not supposed to cost taxpayers a dime. For a while it was just a lot of talk, until Chris Sanna was shot leaving a Cardinals game in a poorly lit part of downtown. Now, the Cardinals are helping lead a private effort to replace the yellow sodium street lights downtown with white LED bulbs for safety, and color-changeable LED […]

  • promo296169541

    Homeowner kills intruder who claimed ‘God sent him’

    VELDA CITY, MO (KTVI) – A mentally ill man is stabbed to death after allegedly breaking into a neighbor`s house, claiming he had been sent there by God. Just after 12:30 a.m. Monday morning, Velda City police officers were called to the 7100 block of Manette Drive, where they found a mentally ill intruder, who had been mortally wounded by a homeowner armed with kitchen knife. That address is in Flordell Hills, which is patrolled by Velda City. ‘We don`t want […]

  • promo295915681

    St. Louis TechShop to take ‘Do-It-Yourself’ to a whole new level

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There’s an old saying that goes if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. But, what happens if you don’t even have have a hammer? Well problem solved. Thanks to this place, called TechShop, which takes ‘Do-It-Yourself’ to a whole new level. They’ve got at least one of just about any tool you can think of. In some cases, two or more of the tools you didn’t even […]

  • promo295825575

    Forest Park holds open house on transit

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Everyone knows traffic in the park can be daunting at times, especially during big events. But, it can also be challenging on days when the weather turns nice. Last fall Forest Park Forever and the city of St. Louis held a four day open house and posted an online survey about connectivity in Forest Park, 1,300 people participated. The ideas they were looking for deal with improving driving, walking, biking, and public transit options in […]

  • promo295546041

    Evacuations, water rescues in De Soto

    DE SOTO, MO (KTVI) – Approximately 25 to 30 blocks in De Soto were cordoned off and evacuated before dawn Monday as a nearby creek flooded and threatened homes. According to Captain Mike McMunn of the De Soto Police Department, officers noticed around 4 a.m. that heavy rainfall caused Joachim Creek to rise three feet in about 20 minutes, prompting the mass evacuation. At least 50 people had to evacuated via water rescue, McMunn said. De Soto authorities established a staging […]

  • promo295308952

    Armed robbers fire shots inside Granite City Waffle House

    GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI) – The search is on for two suspects who fired a shot inside a Metro-East Waffle House during an armed robbery. The hold-up left both employees and customers shaken. Customers were inside the restaurant at 4:30am Friday when two men in ski masks came to the door. One went inside and announced the robbery. The other stood outside holding people in the parking lot at gunpoint. The thief inside fired a shot toward an empty booth, […]

  • promo295222705

    Would-be robbers squeeze through drive-thru window at McDonald’s

    HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – Two would-be robbers climbed into a McDonald’s drive-thru window early Thursday morning looking for cash, but they left empty handed. At 5:30 a.m., two suspects wearing ski masks pulled up to the drive-thru window at the McDonald’s in the 7200 block of Gravois in South St. Louis and climbed through it into the cashier’s station. Both had guns and demanded the manager open the safe. “I came out and saw all of the police cars over […]

  • Sir Paul

    Busch Stadium being prepped for Sir Paul McCartney

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The cards game is over but the lights are still burning at Busch.  That`s because Paul McCartney’s stage crew has until Saturday night at 8:00 to get ready for his concert. As the last of the baseball fans leave downtown the first of the tour trucks are about to arrive, and for Paul McCartney’s crew it`s going to be a hard day’s night. His fans have been ready all summer but Paul McCartney’s crew has just […]