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Andy Banker reports weeknights for FOX 2 News and co-anchors FOX 2 News on Saturday and Sunday Mornings. Andy joined the FOX 2 News team in July 2002 and is from Millstadt, Illinois; a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Andy worked as a reporter and anchor in Champaign, IL, and Dayton, Ohio, before returning home in 1994. He worked as a reporter and Weekend Anchor at KDNL, ABC 30 News, for 8 years. He is also the stadium announcer for the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

Andy’s received multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Associated Press awards for his reporting. He’s been named “Best Reporter” by the Illinois Associated Press 4 times. Andy volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among other charities. He’s a past honorary Chairman of the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Andy is a huge fan of the Rams, Cardinals, Blues, and Fighting Illini; plus musicians Jay Farrar, John Hiatt, and Bruce Springsteen.

Want to send me a news tip? E-mail: andy.banker@tvstl.com


Recent Articles
  • Shoplifter accused of leaving baby home alone

    BALLWIN, MO – A Ballwin man is accused of leaving his baby home alone while he went out shoplift. Jarek Crowder, 24, faces municipal charges of child endangerment and theft. Police give this account:  Crowder was caught stealing alcohol from the Manchester Dierberg’s store around 4:00 pm in the afternoon, December 4th; as Manchester Police detained him, he said he’d left his 11-month-old daughter home alone at his apartment about a mile and a half away. “So, officers went down there […]

  • Body found in car near McCluer High School

    Update:  The victim has been identified as DeAndre Moore. CALVERTON PARK, Mo. – The body of a man was discovered in a car near McCluer High School Monday morning. A person who lives nearby tells FOX 2’s Andy Banker that officers arrived on the scene at the corner of New Florissant Road and Barto Drive at around 11am. Police are treating this as a suspicious death. A Calverton Park police officer discovered the body. He has been identified as DeAndre Moore, 41,  […]

  • In his final days in office, McCulloch orders prosecutors to steer clear of two judges

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Longtime St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch takes a parting shot at two judges. Just 25 days before he leaves office, McCulloch ordered his attorneys to steer clear of judges Kristine Kerr and Nancy Watkins-McLaughlin. It was an extraordinary move for a prosecutor, he admitted, but it was in the best interest of St. Louis County crime victims, he said. McCulloch would not go into specifics about why. Prosecutors will now ask for a […]

  • Animal rescuers treating blind horse struck by train

    ST. LOUIS – Late Tuesday morning, a blind, neglected horse was struck by a train not far from downtown St. Louis. But there’s reason for hope for the seriously wounded horse, thanks to Randy’s Rescue Ranch. Local animal rescuer Randy Grim said he’s never received a call like this before. A railroad police officer and a track crew were able to get the horse away from the tracks before contacting rescuers. The horse, given the name “Caboose,” suffered more than […]

  • Cold case solved: Men arrested in 14-year-old Lincoln County murder

    TROY, Mo. – Nearly 15 years after the crime, investigators in Lincoln County have cracked a cold case murder. Approximately 18 months ago, Lincoln County Sheriff John Cottle assigned a cold case detective the murder of Byron Owens. Owens was shot five times and killed near Truxton in April 2004. His body was found dumped at the edge of a creek near Highway DD. A handgun was recovered from the creek. There did not appear to be any one piece […]

  • Major Case Squad continues investigation into Bellefontaine Neighbors double murder

    BELLEFONTAINE NEIGHBORS, Mo. – A woman worried about her sister made a terrible discovery in Bellefontaine Neighbors: her sister and her sister’s boyfriend shot to death in their home. It happened on Oran near Newby. As of late Monday afternoon, crime tape surrounded the house with Bellefontaine Neighbors police stationed out front. The Major Case Squad has been called in. Investigators identified the victims as 33-year-old Iesah Emery and 40-year-old Jerry Cannon. They lived in the home together. Autopsies showed […]

  • DEA announces 4 arrests in fentanyl, meth ring

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Back in September, FOX 2 reported on a drug raid in St. Charles. Something didn’t seem right at the scene of the raid and FOX 2 crews said something to police. Now, four more individuals have been arrested in connection with the same drug conspiracy. Eric White and Derrick Mitchell were both arrested in the St. Louis area and have been accused of conspiracy to possess and distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine. Authorities say they’re part of […]

  • Wentzville GM plant spared cutbacks

    WENTZVILLE, MO – General Motors has announced a massive restructuring plan, calling for the closure of five plants in North America and stirring anxiety for workers here. GM’s new plan is to stop making so many cars, from Cadillacs to Buicks to Chevys. Certain models will no longer be produced, including the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Cruze, the Buick LaCrosse, and the Cadillac CT6 and XTS. The plants that make them will be closed:  plants in Detroit; Oshawa, Ontario; Warren, […]

  • Makeshift memorial appears outside the Catholic Supply store

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – People have been adding to a memorial for the victims outside the Catholic Supply store in west St. Louis County, leaving flowers and a crucifix. People said they just wanted to show support in some way. A woman brought her children from Shrewsbury because she’d heard there weren’t a lot of flowers here yet. Another woman brought a large cookie saying “love and prayers” for the sexual assault victims and 53-year-old Jamie Schmidt, the customer […]

  • Islamic Foundation accepting donations for Catholic Supply victims

    WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO – The Islamic Foundation`s Al-Salam Day School on nearby Weidman Road was closed out of safety concerns Tuesday; the same for Christ Prince of Peace Catholic School, which took Thanksgiving break a day early. The Islamic Foundation is taking donations on Facebook for the crime victims and their families in conjunction with an organization called ‘Project Downtown’ which has a collection box at the Salam market, where Abbas Ali`s sister was working at the time […]

  • Students walk out to support teacher fired over pledge of allegiance

    MANCHESTER, MO – New developments in a story gaining attention nationwide.  Students walked out of Parkway South High School Monday in support of a long-time teacher who was banned from the school after thanking students for standing for the pledge of allegiance. About three dozen students briefly walked out of school this morning chanting “we want Furkin”, a reference to Jim Furkin, the teacher who’s been let go by the school district. Furkin is accused of bullying a student who […]

  • Teacher banned after student’s Pledge of Allegiance bullying complaint

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A long-time substitute teacher is told not to come back to Parkway South High School after he thanked students for standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.  That act was considered “bullying” a district spokeswoman said. Teacher, Jim Furkin, 66, thanked students for standing for the pledge but at least one student who did not stand felt singled out and bullied. It’s a school district where school board members stand and recite the pledge at every meeting […]