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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
  • I-270 reopens after being closed for fatal shooting investigation

    HAZELWOOD, Mo. — What witnesses first thought was a terrible crash scene on Interstate 270 in Hazelwood late Friday morning turned out to be a homicide scene. The shooting happened around 11:15 a.m. At that time of day along the interstate, the last thing nearby drivers and residents expected was that the crash scene would also be a shooting scene, in spite of what witnesses heard. “That’s why we didn’t think anything of it. We kept on hearing the sirens. […]

  • Ballwin woman accused of stealing credit cards during babysitting jobs

    BALLWIN, Mo. – The St. Charles County Police Department issued a warning Monday about a suspected babysitter thief. The suspect, 48-year-old Laura Templeton of Ballwin, has allegedly been preying upon unsuspecting mothers. There were three known victims and possibly more, police said. Templeton came recommended through Facebook groups and a babysitting service called Care.com and showed up for jobs with her 11-year-old daughter, police said. In at least three cases, moms found their credit cards were missing after Templeton was […]

  • Wentzville man accused of threatening kids with BB gun

    WENTZVILLE, Mo. – A 19-year-old Wentzville man is accused of creating quite a scare for neighborhood kids and initiating a major police response. “Oh, big!” said resident Cherry Booth. “They had part of the street blocked. I’d say it was maybe about 10 cops.” According to court documents, Wentzville police said they were responding to a call late Saturday afternoon when several neighborhood kids alerted an officer that there was a man threatening them with a gun. That man, identified […]

  • 53-year-old Lyft driver accused of rape in downtown St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A Lyft driver from St. Peters is wanted on suspicion of rape. Larry Ward, 53, is accused of raping a woman in the backseat of his car after picking her up in downtown St. Louis on June 22. According to prosecutors, Ward picked the woman up at 10th and Clark near the Tin Roof Bar. He deviated from the direct route the victim requested, turned off his rideshare location software without her consent, then got into […]

  • St. Charles prosecutors charge 20-year-old in marijuana DWI case

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – A tragic DWI case in St. Charles may be a sign of the times. It does not involve drinking and driving. The suspect is accused of hitting and killing a pedestrian while under the influence of something other than alcohol. Jordan Medlin, 20, was charged with DWI-death of another. She was allegedly under the influence of marijuana. The crash happened as the sun was setting on September 11 at the intersection of Jefferson and Riverside, […]

  • ‘In desperate need of pies’ Thanksgiving week Ballwin burglar leaves cash and a nice note

    BALLWIN, Mo. – Ballwin police are looking into a Thanksgiving pie caper. The Honey Baked Ham store on Manchester was closed for the holiday and at least two pies were taken. In this case, “taken” does not mean “stolen.” According to Officer Mike Burgoyne, Ballwin Police Department, the front door was apparently left unlocked on Thanksgiving. At least two customers went to the store hoping it was open for business. After customers took the pies, another customer went to the […]

  • St. Louis listed as most unsafe city, travelers look past headlines

    ST. LOUIS – A new list of America’s “safest” cities puts St. Louis at the bottom. St. Louis ranks 182nd out of 182 cities. At the same time, St. Louis is earning high marks from a group of hundreds now visiting from around the world. More than 400 travel professionals from 12 states and 17 countries are here this week as part of the 8th annual Travel South USA International Showcase. They are touring our top spots and getting to know […]

  • St. Charles man charged in gang fight at Blanchette Park

    ST. CHARLES, Mo. – An 18-year-old St. Charles man was charged with assault after an alleged crime that police described as something out of a movie at the normally quiet Blanchette Park. At a place for youth sports and evening walks, a crime scene was especially unsettling. “We made sure our doors were all locked before we went to bed,” said neighbor, Mary Dillon, after hearing police sirens and seeing investigators with flashlights searching the park. “I make sure to […]

  • Man charged with sex crime in a Kirkwood Walmart

    KIRKWOOD, Mo. – A woman at the Kirkwood Walmart was the victim of an alarming sex crime while she was shopping. The suspect, 57-year-old Casey Damous of St. Louis, has a history of sex offenses going back 30 years. He’s known to police across St. Louis County, in Kirkwood, Brentwood, Richmond Heights, Creve Coeur, and Shrewsbury. He’s just been charged with one count of felony sex abuse. In a court document, Kirkwood police give the following account: a woman shopping […]

  • Judge rules NFL and Rams must start turning over documents

    ST. LOUIS – Frustrations mounted in a St. Louis courtroom, Monday, as St. Louis and the NFL squared off again.    The St. Louis side emerged with another victory.    At issue was how much information and how quickly did the NFL have to share with people from St. Louis who are suing the league and its teams.  After 2 and ½ years of the case, the parties involved seem to be reaching their limits.  Bob Blitz, lead attorney for […]

  • Setbacks piling up for Kroenke, NFL in Missouri courts

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis’ lawsuit against Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the team, and the NFL is now gaining nationwide focus after a string of court setbacks for Kroenke’s legal team. Kroenke’s first big loss was in the fight to move the case out of Missouri courts and into arbitration. The battle has now shifted to the phone records of Kroenke, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and multiple other team owners and league officials. So far, Kroenke and the […]

  • ‘This is what I have to deal with’ Creeper repeatedly exposes himself to woman on MetroLink

    ST. LOUIS – A MetroLink passenger on her home from work caught a man exposing himself to her while they were alone on the train. The woman reported the incident and turned over a photo of the suspect to Metro. The woman, who asked that we not reveal her identity, said the man looked her straight in the eye and exposed himself just after a coworker got off the train at his stop. “(The suspect) scooted closer into a closer […]

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