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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
  • Corrections officers’ back pay tab now pushing $125 million while officers say conditions worsening

    ST. LOUIS – A Missouri appeals court agrees the state must pay a groundbreaking judgment for shorting state corrections officers’ pay. The officers say the state’s holdout is affecting morale and contributing to more dangerous prison conditions. Six fentanyl exposures have been reported at one prison since Friday, according to the Missouri Corrections Officers Association. The association said the exposures reportedly impacted both inmates and officers. Missouri Department of Corrections spokesperson Karen Pojmann acknowledged the reports but said a hospital […]

  • Porn cam cop in trouble again

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A former police officer Fox 2 caught operating a porn camera is back in jail. David Cerna is locked up on probation violations. It was five years ago when we found a hidden camera in a public gas station restroom in Chesterfield and traced it to an on-duty police officer. Prosecutors wanted Cerna to go to prison for seven years after he pleaded guilty in 2016. Cerna admitted he operated a hidden camera in the […]

  • Special prosecutor accuses St. Louis circuit attorney of hiding evidence; defense says it’s political

    ST. LOUIS – Arguments came out Tuesday morning during a battle over whether St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner will give a deposition in the case of her former private investigator. That suspect, William Don Tisaby, has been charged with perjury and evidence tampering for his role in the Eric Greitens’ investigation. Gardner’s attorneys, Dawn Parsons from Kansas City and Roy Austin from Washington D.C., attempted to stop the deposition of Gardner. “(The special prosecutor wants) to put Kim Gardner […]

  • Childcare worker charged with breaking child’s leg at ‘licensed exempt’ facility

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A childcare worker has been charged with breaking the leg of a 10-month-old child at a facility that’s not licensed for child care. Fox 2 News has learned that Missouri regulators do not require a license in this case. In fact, there’s an exemption in Missouri for daycares affiliated with churches. Police and prosecutors say the 10-month-old broke his leg at Covenant for Life Child Development Center at 4417 North Highway 67 in St. Louis […]

  • Court docs: St. Louis County woman was searching ‘what to do if your husband is upset you are pregnant’ before murder

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Search warrants reveal a frightening timeline before Beau Rothwell’s November 13 arrest for tampering with evidence and murder in the death of his wife, Jennifer. Jennifer Rothwell was approximately six weeks pregnant when she disappeared and was found murdered. According to court records, she’d been using her phone to search topics around the subject “what to do if your husband is upset you are pregnant.” Two days before Beau’s arrest—on November 11—receipts reveal he bought […]

  • Innocence Project says fight will continue to test DNA with possible St. Louis tie

    ST. LOUIS – The Innocence Project says it will keep pressing for a DNA test that could provide answers about notorious St. Louis murder suspect Thomas Bruce. A Tennessee judge denied the request for the test despite reported questions from St. Louis-area authorities. They want to know if suspected Catholic Supply Store killer Thomas Bruce might be tied to another murder. Fox 2 News spoke one-on-one by phone with Innocence Project attorney Barry Scheck about how we might still find […]

  • Special prosecutor accuses St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office of stalling his investigation

    ST. LOUIS – No one from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office showed up in court for Wednesday’s scheduled hearing on the perjury case of former CAO investigator William Don Tisaby and the ongoing criminal investigation into the prosecutor herself. Special Prosecutor Jerry Carmody had a deposition set up with another Circuit Attorney’s Office investigator, Anthony Box. Then the judge checked his email and learned Box was out of town. Kim Gardner’s deposition had been scheduled for Friday. She’s also […]

  • Lawyers for St. Louis Circuit Attorney investigator want deposition thrown out

    ST. LOUIS – Did high-powered attorneys trick an alleged lying investigator working for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office? That’s the question facing a St. Louis judge in the wake of last year’s Missouri governor sex scandal. It involves the deposition of the man hired by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner to investigate former Governor Eric Greitens. William Don Tisaby faces six felony perjury counts in connection with his interview of the former governor’s mistress. Greitens’ defense team deposed […]

  • Following murder conviction, Pam Hupp said she was satisfied not taking responsibility

    ST. LOUIS – Pam Hupp’s feelings about her June 19 murder conviction are captured in jail phone calls obtained by Fox 2 News. Hupp spoke with her husband Mark almost every day from the time she was arrested more than three years ago. They knew they were being recorded. Sometimes, Mark even warned his wife people were listening to them. Shortly after her arrest for the August 2016 murder of Louis Gumpenberger, Pam Hupp found out O’Fallon police had tracked […]

  • Pam Hupp says her intended victims were looking for their “15 minutes of fame” in jail calls

    ST. LOUIS – For the first time, you’re about to hear convicted murderer Pam Hupp talk about the plea deal that put her in prison for the rest of her life. Fox 2 News waded through dozens of Hupp’s jail calls. One, in particular, caught our interest. It was a call between Pam and Mark Hupp on June 18, 2019, the day before Pam Hupp took a special Alford plea. Hupp’s plea meant she would only be admitting there was […]

  • Missouri’s failure to pay bills could force law enforcement layoffs

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri state law requires our local sheriff’s departments to be paid $22.58 per inmate per day. It’s just a fraction of what it really costs our local jails but the state’s not paying its share. “For the last three years, at least, we’ve had this backlog of reimbursements from the state and it’s grown over the course of time and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon,” said St. Charles County Budget Director […]

  • Video of shooting aftermath raises questions about young man’s death

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Louis County mom has questions about her son’s death after seeing a video of what happened right after he was shot. Jamie Coley says police told her it was an accident. She wonders why the video she found of the aftermath shows it took so long to act. Reco Demond Coley had just turned 24-years-old. He lived in a rental house with two women. His mom said one of Reco’s roommates obsessed with […]

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