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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
  • Armed man robs South County gas station

    SOUTH COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- A man with a gun held up a gas station overnight in South County. The armed robbery happened around 12:30a.m. Thursday at the Mobil on the Run located on South Lindbergh Boulevard at Mueller. The gunman was wearing a blue hoodie and white tennis shoes. He took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away. No one was hurt. Police are checking surveillance video from the store. One customer witnessed the suspect fleeing on foot.

  • Vehicle crashes into north city church overnight

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A two-car accident early Wednesday morning sent one of the vehicles hurtling into the front doors of a church. Just before 2:30 a.m., a car was rear-ended at a stoplight on Broadway. That same driver took off and eventually crashed through the wrought iron fence around the parking lot and into Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. One of the drivers was injured. The driver who caused the accident was taken away in handcuffs. It’s unclear what caused […]

  • Preview of the St. Patrick’s Day Dogtown parade

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis, signifying parade day in Dogtown. While another St. Patrick’s parade takes place in downtown days before, the Dogtown parade, organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, is more ethnically Irish. The Dogtown parade begins at 12:30 at Tamm and Oakland avenues, traveling south past Seamus McDaniel’s restaurant, ending at Tamm and Manchester. This is not the sort of parade with floats and balloons. Most of what parade-goers will see […]

  • Walmart shoplifters spray deodorant and fire shots in bizarre escape

    COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Police are looking for several shoplifting suspects who fired shots at someone they may have thought had followed them out of the store. The trouble began after midnight at the Collinsville crossing Walmart on 157. Five suspects, one man, four women and a young child were spotted trying to walk out of the Walmart without paying for three carts full of merchandise. One of the suspects sprayed deodorant in the face of one of the employees […]

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    No arrests in Ferguson police shooting; evidence under review

    CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) –  The shooter who fired on two police officers in Ferguson remains at large. The investigation continues and the reward for information on the suspect has gone up. There are no suspects in custody at this point. The reward for information leading to an arrest is upwards of $10,000. County police personnel say that there were so many rumors flying around, that Chief Belmar wanted to speak with the media to put those rumors to rest and […]

  • Landmark restaurant nestled in footprint of proposed football stadium

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The people who want to build a new football stadium in downtown St. Louis say it would revitalize an area that is mostly old warehouses and vacant buildings. But nestled among them is Al’s, a landmark St. Louis restaurant that could become a parking lot or greenspace based on the renderings of the stadium footprint. ”To move this into a new building wouldn’t be the same,” said owner Pam Neal. ”We would lose our heart and […]

  • Restaurants and customers help Mathew’s Kitchen owner after car accident

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It was a very busy night at one South St. Louis restaurant, as customers and even competitors came to the rescue of a chef badly injured in a car accident. “I am lucky to be alive after seeing the pictures of what I looked like,” said Mathew Unger, owner of Mathew`s Kitchen on South Hampton Avenue. He and his wife Maggie have been running it for the past three years. Unger was on his way home […]

  • Launchcode training St. Louisans for jobs in computer programming

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis is one of a 21 cities chosen by the White House to help launch a new jobs initiative called TechHire. “America is where entrepreneurs come to start the greatest startups. Where the most cutting-edge ideas are born and launched,’ said President Obama, as he announced the program during a speech on Monday. And the president says one reason for choosing St. Louis is because it already has the best model going, thanks to a […]

  • Missionary group, Mercy hospital help save Haitian man’s life

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – A world-renowned pastor from Haiti needed a miracle, and he found one at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. In December, Dr. Jean Dorlus, 50, was driving in his hometown of Port-au-Prince, Haiti when he began to feel sharp pains in his chest. ”I remembered a friend of mine who had that same type of pain and he died, and I knew maybe I am having a heart attack,” Dorlus said. Turns out he was. Because […]

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    Read a full transcription of Eric Holder’s press conference on the DOJ Ferguson report

    WASHINGTON DC – The Justice Department on Wednesday released a scathing 102-page report revealing systemic racial discrimination against African-Americans at the hands of the Ferguson Police Department and city officials. After an extensive federal civil rights probe, the Justice Department found what it described as “unlawful bias against and stereotypes about African-Americans,” resulting in repeated violations of the First and Fourth Amendments and excessive uses of force. US Attorney General Eric Holder gave a press conference about the report. This […]

  • Drew Peterson pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot

    CHESTER, IL (KTVI) – Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police sergeant convicted of murdering his third wife and suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, is pleading not guilty to charges he tried to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who put him in prison. Security was heavy as Drew Peterson, 61, arrived at the Randolph County Courthouse in Chester, Illinois for a preliminary hearing before Judge Richard Brown. Peterson is accused of hatching a murder-for-hire plot from inside […]

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    DoJ finds Ferguson police targeted African-Americans in traffic stops, NYT reports

    WASHINGTON D.C. (KTVI) – The Ferguson Police Department unfairly targeted African-Americans in traffic stops, fomenting years of animosity between the citizenry and law enforcement, culminating in the August 2014 shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old by a police officer, according to a story appearing in the New York Times regarding a forthcoming report from the U.S. Justice Department. DoJ officials who’ve been briefed on the report tell the Times that the report criticizes Ferguson city leaders for relying on ticket fines […]