Chris comes to FOX 2 from KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona where he excelled as an investigative reporter. Chris won seven Emmy Awards during his eight-year stint at KPHO-TV.

Chris’ investigative work continues to be recognized through his tenure at Fox 2 KTVI where he’s been awarded an additional 11 Regional Emmys, including the “Investigative Report” honor in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, he was awarded the investigative Emmy for his report on the David Cerna camera cop case. His investigation triggered the discovery, capture and arrest of a Chesterfield Police officer secretly recording video in a men’s restroom. https://fox2now.com/2014/06/06/chesterfield-police-officer-accused-of-invasion-of-privacy/

In 2014, he won the investigative Emmy for another story that later garnered national attention – the Betsy Faria Murder case. Hayes’ in depth investigation exposed new evidence, leading to a new trial and exoneration of Russ Faria, Betsy’s husband. https://fox2now.com/2016/01/22/the-real-story-behind-the-russ-faria-case-featured-on-dateline-nbc/

Chris has also won two regional Murrow Awards for his coverage of “Minority Contracting and Alleged Front Companies” in 2013 and “The Murder of Betsy Faria” in 2015.


Recent Articles
  • St. Louis County prosecutor charges third case this week involving child exposed to Fentanyl

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has now charged his third case this week, involving children being exposed to fentanyl. The latest case involves a brain-damaged 8-month-old. On Wednesday, we told you about charges connected to two different cases of children dying after being exposed to fentanyl. DeMarco Washington faces a child endangerment charge after exposing his 11-month-old daughter, who died. Taylor Baumer faces a child endangerment charge for exposing a 9-month-old who also […]

  • Lawsuit from Katlyn Alix’s family paints frightening picture of officer conduct and supervision

    ST. LOUIS – A newly filed 45-page civil lawsuit lays out an alarming chain of events that no one has heard about the fatal shooting of Officer Katlyn Alix – until now. The lawsuit portrays the man who shot Officer Alix—Nathaniel Hendren—as a dangerous, mentally unstable cop who displayed warning signs to his own department. It also alleges his partner failed to do anything about it. Hendren admits he left his district while on duty and went to his apartment […]

  • St. Charles County prosecutor offers public apology to his ex, a judge, following complaint

    St. Charles County Attorney Tim Lohmar is apologizing for his conduct, according to our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lohmar is currently under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol after a harassment complaint from St. Charles County Judge Erin Burlison. The complaint involved alleged unwelcomed visits to the judge’s home. “I sincerely apologize to Judge Erin Burlison for my conduct…I acknowledge that my actions were irresponsible, and I am taking necessary steps for self-improvement. I am truly […]

  • Interest keeps climbing as Missouri refuses to recognize another corrections officers’ court victory

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  • Lincoln County prosecutor says he’s confident Betsy Faria murder can be solved

    TROY, Mo. – New Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood says DNA evidence could provide an answer in the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria. He’s confident a new investigation will be led by the best of the best, “to prove that people can have faith in the system; that it will actually work.” It’s been nearly eight years since the unsolved murder of Betsy Faria. She was stabbed to death in her Lincoln County home on December 27, 2011. Wood says […]

  • Sheriff releases massive amount of documents in Faria murder investigation

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  • Pam Hupp to be investigated for murder of Betsy Faria

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – Pam Hupp, who is already spending life in prison for a 2016 murder, will be investigated for the 2011 murder of her best friend. On Thursday, Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Wood requested the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis to review the murder of Betsy Faria. Here’s an exclusive look at Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood’s call for the Major Case Squad to investigate Betsy Faria’s 2011 murder. pic.twitter.com/ty7RKojsi9 — Chris Hayes (@ChrisHayesTV) October […]

  • Highway Patrol to review videos in St. Charles County prosecutor harassment investigation

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Vandalism with mustard and videos captured by neighbors. They’re part of the investigation into St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar. After reports of strange activity in the neighborhood, neighbors said they’ve been watching. They’d heard Lohmar may have been behind the incidents. One neighbor took a video and shared it with Fox 2, believing it to be Lohmar. The video is dark. It was taken at 8:52 p.m. on Sunday, August 18. It shows a […]

  • St. Charles County’s top prosecutor under investigation

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar. The investigation was spurred by a request from Missouri’s Attorney General and involves the reported harassment of Judge Erin Burlison on two occasions. One incident involves a police report obtained by Fox 2 from January 17. The report documents a call to police by Judge Burlison in which she was afraid of someone knocking loudly on her door.  The report does not […]

  • Special prosecutor claims Circuit Attorney’s Office using the courts to slow him down

    ST. LOUIS – The special prosecutor investigating the city’s top prosecutor says her office is trying to make it harder for him to do his job. In court Tuesday, Gerard Carmody said the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office has tried 11 times to slow down his investigation. Carmody led the grand jury investigation that culminated with the indictment of Kim Gardner’s former private investigator, William Don Tisaby. Tisaby is accused of lying during the investigation into former Missouri Governor Eric […]

  • Lincoln County’s former prosecutor dismissed from Faria civil suit

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – Lincoln County’s former prosecutor was dismissed Thursday from a civil suit over the unsolved murder of Besty Faria. This case ties back Fox 2’s years of reporting on Pam Hupp and the Faria murder. The 35-page order today that sometimes reads like a novel. The judge tears into the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation but he says the prosecutor from that case is immune from being sued. The judge criticized how investigators used Hupp as a […]

  • Circuit attorney and her lawyer are no-shows in fight against special prosecutor

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her Kansas City lawyer didn’t show up Wednesday in their fight to oust a special prosecutor investigating Gardner. An assistant circuit attorney did show up on Gardner’s behalf but the judge would not allow him to speak, saying he hadn’t entered his appearance. It seemed to even catch Judge Joan Moriarty off guard that neither Gardner nor her K.C. lawyer, Dawn Parsons, showed up. The hearing was supposed to be […]

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