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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.

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.

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
  • Slain officer’s mother on the anniversary of her death: ‘I just wish I could turn back time…’

    ST. LOUIS – Friday marks one year since the death of St. Louis police officer Katlyn Alix. Alix died while off-duty after being shot in the chest by her own colleague – who was on duty. “I don’t forget Katie,” said Aimee Chadwick, Alix’s mother. “She’s the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think of when I go to bed.” Pictures of Chadwick’s daughter surround her at home – […]

  • Circuit Attorney walks to Greitens deposition amid pro-Gardner demonstrators

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is being deposed now in the ongoing criminal investigation into her office. Gardner walked into the special prosecutor’s Clayton law firm at about 9:15 this morning for her deposition. Demonstrators stood outside in support of Gardner. They held signs and chanted, “Hands off Kim.” Gardner is answering questions today about her failed investigation into former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Her former private investigator is under indictment for perjury in that investigation. He […]

  • Fox 2 catches St. Louis alderman driving with revoked license

    ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis alderman is in the hot seat again, accused of driving without a license. St. Louis police cited Alderman John Collins-Muhammad Tuesday for “speeding in a safe zone” and “driving while revoked.” Fox 2 asked Collins-Muhammad on Thursday if he’d gotten his license. He didn’t answer. Our news crew saw him leave city hall, get into his car, and drive off. As we followed, reporter Chris Hayes texted him from our passenger seat, “Are you […]

  • Fox Files: Murder charge in Lincoln County shooting investigation exposed by FOX 2

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – There’s now a murder charge involving a shooting investigation exposed in Tuesday night’s Fox Files. The indictment stems from a shooting death July 4, 2019. On July 5th, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook the shooting appeared to be self-defense. Now seven months later, we’re learning of a drastic turnaround in court. Russell Woods was escorted by deputies into the Lincoln County Justice Center on Wednesday, where he was arraigned on a second-degree murder […]

  • Mother questions sheriff’s Facebook post about son’s death

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – Cheryl Bertels questions a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the death of her son, 43-year-old Brian Fredde. Just one day after Fredde was shot in the chest and killed, the sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page that it might have been self-defense. Bertels said her oldest son, “…always had a smile. His laughter was something that we will never hear again.” She wears a “Justice for Brian” wristband and an “In Loving Memory” shirt […]

  • Belleville residents attacked from above by bike trail criminals

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Belleville residents living along South McKinley Drive say they’re being attacked from above by people using the elevated St. Clair County Bike Link. The trail was built about three years ago along the MetroLink tracks. The residents who say they’re being attacked were surprised when they first saw the privacy fence because you can see through it. “We’re getting attacked from the bike trail,” said Kip Ryan, dumping a large bucket of rocks that have been flying […]

  • St. Louis fixes hazards exposed in Fox Files report

    ST. LOUIS – Action from St. Louis after Fox 2 exposed hazards residents brought to our attention. Last night at 10 p.m., Fox 2 showed you a missing guard rail from the walkway on Market Street near Union Station. Residents said they’d been concerned about it for about month. The mayor’s office promised an immediate response. By noon we found metal railings, not only blocking the hazardous opening, but they’re also bolted to the concrete. MoDOT is looking into a […]

  • Missing walkway railing one of several hazards residents want fixed before crowds flood city streets

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis City has temporarily named Clark Avenue “All-Star Avenue” in preparation for the NHL All-Star Weekend. Just blocks away, people hope the frenzy doesn’t put someone over the edge – like the edge that hangs over the Interstate 64 exit on the Market Street pedestrian walkway. “I wouldn’t even go that way because I’m afraid of heights, so no,” said resident Shadeisha Barnes said. “I couldn’t even imagine, you know, somebody falling down there.” Barnes […]

  • Site of viral daycare video has become new child care center; exempt from licensing

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – You may remember the daycare Fox 2 exposed with a video showing a worker throwing a child across the room. Regulators shut down the child care center after they saw the tape. Fox 2 recently found a new center opened at the same location. State inspectors, in charge of monitoring child care centers, don’t know much about the new center because it’s operated by a church. Missouri law exempts church-operated facilities from child safety inspections. […]

  • Missouri sheriffs accuse Dept. of Corrections of catch and release; state says it’s following the law

    CALLAWAY COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri sheriffs say our prisons are risking your safety by turning away criminals. The Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism recently wrote an open letter to citizens. He mentioned a recent case involving John Garrett, who was picked up on a parole violation. Instead of returning to prison, the sheriff said the Missouri Department of Corrections released him two days later and deputies say they soon arrested him again for robbery. Sheriff Chism said it’s happening across Missouri. […]

  • Former Circuit Attorney investigator fears misleading special prosecutor in deposition

    ST. LOUIS – A deposition tied to the failed prosecution of Missouri’s former Governor went forward today despite a last-minute fight to stop it. A judge early this morning denied Anthony Box’s court motions for a delay. Today he answered questions about his former colleague William Don Tisaby. Tisaby faces a perjury indictment for his role taking down Eric Greitens. Anthony Box declined to comment this afternoon when we asked him about his attempts to get a judge to intervene. Box […]

  • Courtroom fireworks over case with tie to Eric Greitens; Judge orders CAO to back off

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office is ordered to step aside after allegations from a special prosecutor the Office is fighting the truth. It’s all tied to the failed investigation into former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. In court today, a special prosecutor for the State of Missouri accused Kim Gardner’s office of using taxpayer money to fight against her own State. A Gardner’s office rep fought back calling the attack “salacious and suspicious.” The arguments surround […]

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