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
  • Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins has life-threatening injuries after East St. Louis shooting

    Update:  Illinois state trooper killed in the line of duty EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – An Illinois State Police officer was shot while serving a search warrant near Washington Park. Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX helicopter was over 1426 North 42nd Street and Caseyville Ave just before 5:30 a.m. Friday morning. Images from the air showed several police agencies on the scene. According to our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 33-year-old Nick Hopkins was struck during an exchange of gunfire at […]

  • Mom disputes accusation she left her children home alone before fire

    ST. LOUIS – Four children rescued from a fire last week are now out of the hospital and in temporary foster care. Their mother, Crystal Ford, had her first day in court Thursday. The prosecution and defense agreed to let her out of jail while she fights four child endangerment felonies. The court record says she left her four children home alone, even saying she admitted she did. Her family, however, tells Fox 2 they have the proof she did […]

  • Lawyers request psychiatric evaluation for man accused of killing Ally Kostial

    OXFORD, Miss. – New information apparently led to a bombshell twist in a Mississippi courtroom Thursday morning. The former Ole Miss student accused of murdering Ally Kostial of Kirkwood is no longer fighting to get out of jail. Brandon Theesfeld, 22, is locked up in a Mississippi jail where he`s been since July 22. He’s accused of shooting Kostial, his former classmate. He walked into an Oxford, Mississippi courtroom looking like the typical college student. Even his hair appeared freshly […]

  • Mother charged with child endangerment following firefighter child rescue

    ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson credits team effort and good training with saving four children in Thursday’s Lafayette Square fire. The fire chief said his men and women had no idea there were children inside the burning apartment building until they found them. He said two of them were hiding in a tent and one child was hiding in a closet. The fourth child was standing in a doorway. Jenkerson said first responders found the children […]

  • Pam Hupp jokes, laughs in court before hearing life sentence

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Pam Hupp will spend the rest of her life behind bars for a 2016 murder. Hupp appeared in a St. Charles County courtroom Monday afternoon to hear the sentence, which comes three years after her murder of Louis Gumpenberger. In June, Hupp cut a deal to avoid the death penalty in Gumpenberger’s murder. Hupp entered an Alford plea, acknowledging county prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her of murder and agreed to a sentence of […]

  • Sister of alleged predator priest talks about years of secrecy and cover-ups

    ST. LOUIS – Carol Kuhnert says she has proof that her brother, a former priest, was a child predator. Her proof? The Roman Catholic Church’s own documents. She obtained the records because they are from her brother’s personnel file. Kuhnert’s brother, Norman Christian, is a former priest who was just outed last month by St. Louis Archdiocese as a priest with “substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” “It just seemed like everybody was talking about – ‘Oh Norman…he’s […]

  • Surveillance company offers St. Louis $6.6 million in crimefighting tools for free

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A Dayton, Ohio crimefighting company says it can guarantee to solve murders while preventing others. It says it can offer its services under a $6.6 million grant, to one city. St. Louis is on the list of five possible recipients who can get three years at no cost to taxpayers. Persistent Surveillance Systems or PSS – can watch almost an entire city from the sky. The owner, Dr. Ross McNutt talked to us via Skype. He […]

  • A joyous return – Reopened Steak ‘n Shake in Overland has already served thousands

    OVERLAND, Mo. – Linda Metz was working in insurance before opening up the Overland Steak ‘n Shake on Page. “This is all completely different because now I’ve got this place to run,” she said. “I’ve got 40-50 employees. We’re still hiring. We’re getting people trained.” Billboards and news about franchise opportunities got Metz thinking she could do this. Her youngest child is just leaving for college. “Basically an empty nest and I thought, ‘Well, what am I going to do […]

  • New details and surveillance images emerge in Ally Kostial murder investigation in Mississippi

    The suspected killer of Ally Kostial is pictured with her at parties at Ole Miss. It’s just part of the new discoveries in the murder investigation that spans from St. Louis to Mississipi. When officers caught up with suspect Brandon Theesfeld, they reportedly found a gun in his truck and blood on his clothes. This was the scene outside of a south Memphis gas station Monday morning. Investigators had been tracking the 22-year-old suspect, Theesfeld seen on surveillance before he […]

  • 22-year-old Ole Miss classmate charged with Ally Kostial’s murder

    OXFORD, Miss. – A fellow Ole Miss student was charged Tuesday with the murder of St. Louis native Ally Kostial. Police found Kostial dead on Saturday. Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday for Kostial’s murder. Fox 2 News found he was active on Twitter, even tweeting around the time Kostial would’ve been killed. On July 20, Theesfeld tweeted, “you dropped a bomb on me, my number 1 pick for groovy song of the summer.” […]

  • Best friends share unforgettable memories of Lindbergh High School grad recently found dead

    ST. LOUIS – Sammie Martin and Margaret Illig graduated Lindbergh High School with Ally Kostial in 2016. “Very spontaneous. She would do just about anything. She loved outdoors, she loved just hanging out with her friends, she was the person you always wanted to be around,” Martin said. Illig added: “When I was around her, I just felt like my spirit being lifted.” Kostial died this weekend in a remote area of Lafayette County Mississippi, near where she went to […]

  • Domestic violence case reclassified as homicide after woman dies in shooting near Dogtown

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A domestic abuse victim has died after being shot in the head Friday afternoon near Dogtown. Police have identified the victim as Kimberly Schneider, 43, of the 6700 block of West Park in the Hi-Point Neighborhood. Police responded to a call of a woman shot in the head at 1:30pm Friday. Police say they recently dealt with the suspect on a previous domestic violence call. Melvin Bodine, 74, turned himself in to police after the incident. […]

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