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.
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The case against a former fitness club worker accused of secretly taking nude photos of women is expanding. Michael Koch now faces a total of three felony counts of invasion privacy and one misdemeanor count of attempted invasion of privacy after being accused of a similar crime at a second Club Fitness location. Koch, 26, worked for Club fitness from 2010 to 2017. He’s accused of secretly photographing a 17-year-old in a tanning bed at […]
WATERLOO, Ill. – Investigators confirm the man accused of burglary at AnnBriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Illinois is a suspect in at least five recent golf course break-ins. The first crime at Arlington Greens near Granite City appears to have been quite an adventure. It happened two weeks ago around 5 a.m. It mirrored the break-in at AnnBriar, which happened a week later. Arlington Greens general manager and PGA pro golfer Mark Marcuzzo told Fox2/News 11 the suspect, identified as […]
BELLEVILLE, Ill. – A 3-year-old Belleville toddler has a new prosthetic leg after his was stolen 12 days ago. The crime made headlines around the world. Josiah Rainey was born with a rare disorder affecting his heart, lungs, kidney, bowels, and his hearing. He was also missing part of his left arm and all of his left leg. Josiah walked on his new leg for the first time at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis on Tuesday. It will […]
ST. LOUIS – Big help is coming for the Amazon driver who was shot and paralyzed outside a St. Charles Target store. Architect Adam Pickett of O’Fallon, Missouri put out a post on Facebook offering free design services to retro-fit Jaylen Walker’s home. He asked people to donate labor and materials and also for help in finding Walker. Looks like it’s mission accomplished. Pickett has been in contact with Walker’s family. A lot of things still have to be ironed […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A man has been arrested accused of sexting a high school student in south St. Louis County. He’s accused of targeting students who signed up for the St. Louis County Police Explorers program at Lindbergh High School during Friday’s lunch periods. One victim’s father told Fox 2/News 11 the recruiter first started texting his son and then started sending explicit photos on SnapChat. “The messages continued through Sunday and got even more graphic,” the father […]
WATERLOO, Ill. – A suspected burglar went on a wire-cutting frenzy and shut down one of the St. Louis area’s favorite golf courses — Annbriar in Waterloo, Illinois. Cameron Crockarell, of Granite City, may be a suspect in at least four other recent golf course burglaries. It appears he was trying to disable any alarms or surveillance cameras by cutting all the wires, said Annbriar general manager Russ Nobbe. Inside the clubhouse basement, nearly every telecom wire in sight was […]
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A little St. Charles girl is now the star of a viral video about her response to a boy’s marriage proposal. Kynlee McFetridge, 3, put a boy in a wrestling headlock at preschool. Her mom questioned Kynlee and recorded her responses. She sent the video to the Fox 2 Facebook page. “What happened at school?” mom asked. “I took a headlock down on Jack and took him down,” Kynlee said all so matter-of-factly. “Why, what did […]
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – It was a triumph over tragedy Wednesday night. A homecoming months in the making for a St. Louis County girl who nearly died with her mother in a car accident. The accident on Riverview along the north St. Louis riverfront October 26, killed 31-year-old Whitney Thomas, a mother of six. Her daughter, 11-year-old Zakaiya Manley, was left paralyzed from the waist down. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed. Manley’s been hospitalized since […]
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues will honor 21-year-old Hali Smith of Ballwin during Tuesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators. Hali just finished chemotherapy treatments at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She triumphantly rang the bell to mark the moment with dozens of friends, relatives, and hospital workers surrounding her. She spent nearly 290 days in the hospital over the past three years. “Hali’s never blinked at this. She’s always kept her smile,” said Michael Smith, Hali’s father. She […]
ST. LOUIS – The Lime Electric Scooter Rentals company has put out a warning about a potential for sudden excessive braking in its fleet of scooters in St. Louis and around the world, causing riders to wipe out. The company reports a bug in the scooters’ firmware has caused riders to get hurt, mostly bumps and bruises. The company has not been more specific about the extent of the injuries. Lime has now posted a safety update on its website […]
ST. LOUIS – Most people know the feeling: a car alarm going off in the neighborhood; perhaps their car or a neighbor’s vehicle. On and on it goes until someone finds the right set of keys to make it stop. It can be maddening. In this case, it’s an empty school bus, left running, parked near the busy intersection of Gravois and Chippewa. A viewer shared videos of the bus on the Fox 2 Now Facebook page. You can see […]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – New information is available about what sparked a fire in north St. Louis that took the life of an elderly man early Thursday morning. Firefighters say he was overcome by smoke trying to escape. A neighbor says the victim had been battling health problems and only recently returned home from a hospital. The victim’s son says his father was 92 and determined to live on his own, though family members have checked on him almost daily […]