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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. 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
  • Governor Parson announces prison consolidation plan and pay raises for officers

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Friday the biggest pay raise in history for corrections officers and that the state would close the prison that was locked down for months last year. Parsons said Crossroads Correctional in Cameron, Missouri will close. Inmates will move into another nearby state prison once it’s retrofitted to handle maximum security. The governor said that will help staffing, which Fox 2 has reported is a crisis in which the department is understaffed […]

  • Mom accused of concealing daughter’s diabetes makes first court appearance

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A mother accused of hiding her daughter’s diabetes made her first appearance in court Friday. Amber Hampshire’s daughter, Emily, died last fall. The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office claims Amber concealed the illness for years. Prosecutors said the suspect’s friends and family—even her husband—didn’t know. They charged Amber Hampshire with manslaughter and said she kept her daughter’s diabetes a secret since a 2013 diagnosis. Hampshire’s attorney said she had no comment. She came to court with her husband. […]

  • Two Jefferson County kids say their dad needs prison time

    You may remember hearing about 48-year-old Steven Herrmann`s case in August. He admits taking his two-year-old granddaughter into a south St. Louis alley during a drug binge. The girl had so much drug exposure, doctors reportedly found cocaine metabolites in her system. Today the little girl is doing fine, but the toddler’s mother is still rattled. She says her father, Steven Herrmann blames her. Ciara Herrmann cried as she said, “I don`t understand why he has so much anger towards […]

  • Social worker credited with uncovering Alton woman hiding daughter’s diabetes

    ALTON, Ill. – Amber Hampshire was charged in the death of her 14-year-old daughter after reportedly concealing her diabetes over the course of several years. A social worker at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital sensed something was wrong when Hampshire tried explaining why her daughter had been sick in the past. Doctors first diagnosed Emily Hampshire’s diabetes five years ago. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said Emily’s mother hid it from everyone. “I don’t know that there’s a way that […]

  • Man steals keyless car with baby in the back seat

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – An Amber Alert reporting a baby abduction ended quickly with a safe and healthy baby. It started when a thief stole a car in Dellwood with a baby in the backseat. The family says the thief was able to do it without a key. “With the technology, you feel you’re safe; but no place is really safe,” North County Cooperative Captain Willie Epps said. “Things happen and this is one of those things that happened.” […]

  • Prosecutors say mom concealed daughter’s diabetes for years until she died

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged an Alton woman Thursday with intentionally denying medical treatment for her daughter’s diabetes, eventually causing the child’s death. Amber Hampshire was charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life of her 14-year-old child, Emily. She turned herself in at the Alton Police Department late Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors and police believe Hampshire first learned of her daughter’s diagnosis in 2013 when Emily was just 9 years of age but took measures to conceal […]

  • Loren Copp

    Dojo Pizza owner convicted of sex crimes against children

    ST. LOUIS – Brave young women got justice Wednesday as a judge found a former pastor and owner of a south St. Louis martial arts studio and pizzeria guilty of sex crimes. Judge Audrey Fleissig said Loren Copp used five young women, who were minors at the time, for sex and child pornography. “These are very brave victims. They always are in these types of cases. They’re tough cases but they went in there and testified and the judge believed them […]

  • Florissant family starts new tradition of giving back on Christmas Day

    FLORISSANT, MO – A Florissant family received an unexpected gift when starting a new Christmas tradition.  They set out to give to those in need and ended up receiving a surprising gift of their own. Keisha Jefferson said, “When he said that it made me feel extra special.  I almost cried a little bit.  I was like look at us Y’all.  We did that.” The Dixson family was 30 strong today, starting a new tradition. Sylvester Dixson said, “Young and […]

  • Charges filed in December 2016 murder case

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged a 33-year-old Pevely man Monday for the murder of a local music promoter. According to Officer Michelle Woodling, the body of David Bewig Jr. was discovered in his vehicle in the 5500 block of Etzel in the early morning hours of December 9, 2016. Following a lengthy investigation, homicide detectives identified and apprehended a suspect – Darin Schmidt. According to the probable cause statement, four different people told police that […]

  • “You work for me…I pay your taxes, ****!” – Alleged Catholic Supply killer caught on police dash cam

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Thomas Bruce, 53, has been charged with sexual assaults and murder in connection with a violent attack inside the Catholic Supply store in mid-November. A month prior to that crime, Bruce was recorded on dashcam video yelling profanity at a Missouri state trooper. “You work for me!” Bruce shouts. “…I pay your taxes, mother****er!” The footage was recorded October 17 just after 6:30 p.m. along US 61 in Jefferson County. The encounter with the state trooper […]

  • Hupp’s lawyers don’t want 2011 Faria murder case mentioned at 2019 trial

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Pam Hupp’s defense team made its final argument this week on what to keep out of her June trial. Hupp’s lawyer wants no mention of the murder of her friend, Betsy Faria. It’s an unsolved case from 2011 in which Hupp benefitted from $150,000 in life insurance proceeds. Hupp’s June trial, however, is focused on the shooting death of a man with disabilities in 2016. She told police Louis Gumpenberger invaded her home and she […]

  • Pam Hupp blames Fox 2 reporter for Gumpenberger killing during police interview

    ST. CHARLES, Mo. – “Is this going to be filmed? Because I always appear on the news with Chris Hayes.” Those were the first words from Pam Hupp to O’Fallon police detectives during an interview following the August 2016 shooting death of Louis Gumpenberger. That interview was played during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday morning. O’Fallon police arrested Hupp for Gumpenberger’s murder. Hupp had claimed Gumpenberger, a man with disabilities, was trying to kidnap her. However, investigators discovered Hupp lured Gumpenberger to her […]