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
  • Duck boat inspector found boats wouldn’t meet federal standard

    BRANSON, Mo. – A man who said he inspected the Branson duck boats indicated they would not pass federal regulations. However, a government loophole may have allowed the problem to continue. Private inspector Steven Paul of Test Drive Technologies inspects vehicles for both businesses and consumers. Paul said the exhaust on the front of the duck boats should have been moved, according to Department of Transportation regulations. Video of the boat sinking shows that may have added to the problem. […]

  • ATM theft reported at Bank of America in Maryland Heights

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – The Maryland Heights Police Department is investigating an ATM theft at the Bank of America on West Port Plaza Drive, across the street from Westport Plaza. The ATM appears as if it’s back to normal, but it is not yet back in service. A thief or thieves ripped into the ATM machine Thursday afternoon. It is unclear whether they got away with any money, but they definitely left a trail of evidence. There are multiple surveillance […]

  • Man convicted for breaking levee 25 years ago still serving prison time

    ST. LOUIS – Twenty-five years ago today (July 16), historic floods and a levee break led to a gas station explosion and fire you could see for miles. However, this was not reported as a natural disaster. Instead, police said it was a man-made calamity. No one died, but police arrested a 24-year-old, who’s still in prison to this day. James Scott said he’s the only person ever convicted in Missouri on the charge of “causing a catastrophe.” He was […]

  • Housing scammers target St. Charles County homes

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Scammers are pretending they can rent other people’s houses in St. Charles County. The bad guys are out of town and won’t show their faces. They’re finding homes for sale or rent and trying to trick people to pay deposits. One woman said she answered a posting for a good deal on a rental home. But she said there was one big problem. “They were never actually going to be able to come and meet […]

  • St. Louis a target city for cigarette smugglers from around the world

    ST. LOUIS – Criminals are seeking out St. Louis to make thousands as contraband deliver drivers. Cigarette smugglers like St. Louis because they can make a quick buck just by crossing the bridge into Illinois. Fox 2 captured exclusive undercover video of a suspected cigarette smuggler in north St. Louis City. He was buying cartons of cigarettes from several stores. He told one store clerk he was heading to Chicago where he could make thousands of dollars in profit. Assistant […]

  • Synthetic drug sentence connects the dots in nearly a decade of Fox Files reports

    ST. LOUIS – You may have heard the drug term “bath salts.” Fox 2 News was the first to expose the trick by drug dealers to hide dangerous substances in colorful packaging. Our first report was in 2010. Then federal investigators got involved. Now eight years later, Chuck Wolfe learned he’ll spend 15 and a half years in prison for distributing millions of dollars in synthetic drugs across the United States. One of his biggest customers was the store where […]

  • Missouri parole board considers release of cop killer who completed life sentences

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Mo. – Their parents were murdered in Missouri, but the state no longer considers them victims. Now the convicted killer has a chance for parole. “I don’t think it’s right,” said Jim Crane. “I think they should let all of the victims speak.” Crane said the state no longer considers him a victim. His mother and stepfather, Thomas Jasper Hayes and Dorothy Hayes, were executed inside their Washington County bar in 1967. Elmer Hayes confessed to the killing. […]

  • Pam Hupp judge considers motions to suppress evidence and statements

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – The death penalty is still in play for Pam Hupp as she approaches a scheduled September murder trial, but a St. Charles County Judge says he needs more time to consider other defense motions. Hupp is charged with murder first and armed criminal action after the August 2016 shooting death of Louis Gumpenberger. Hupp claimed Gumpenberger, a man with disabilities, forced himself into her home. She says she shot him in self-defense. Twelve police officers […]

  • Greitens dismissal agreement now unsealed

    ST. LOUIS – We now have the full agreement that dismissed a felony computer tampering case against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. The court released the agreement last week, the day after Eric Greitens said he would resign as Governor.  But the top and bottom lines were both blacked out until today. Line 1, now unsealed says, “Counsel for the defendant, on behalf of the defendant, stipulate that the State has sufficient evidence to constitute a submissible case…” Then the […]

  • Drug dealing mother gets 15 years in prison

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Jodi Cordry cried to a St. Charles County judge Tuesday before being sentenced for selling methadone in a fatal overdose. Cordry said she meant to help Christopher Hegger when she sold him methadone. Hegger died from a methadone overdose the night before Easter 2014. His mother, Rochelle Wilson, held his picture as Judge Richard Scheibe sentenced Cordry to 15 years in prison for selling the fatal dose. “There aren’t any winners here. No one’s winning, but […]

  • Gardner answers—and dodges—questions about Greitens prosecution

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney answered questions for the first time about her prosecution of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. Kim Gardner spoke in front of St. Louis City’s Ways and Means Committee. She told committee members her prosecution of the governor did not negatively affect other criminal cases. She said, so far, it’s cost her office $65,000 to handle the two cases against Governor Greitens. She acknowledged the total could increase “Today it’s ($65,000), but I know […]

  • Felony case dropped against Greitens after he promised to resign

    ST. LOUIS – A prosecutor’s agreement to dismiss a felony charge against Missouri’s governor came after a promise to resign. It has many people asking whether this case was all about politics. Two lines in the Stipulation for Dismissal appear to stand out. Line 5 states, “The Circuit Attorney hereby dismisses the (computer tampering case). …The Circuit Attorney further stipulates that, upon receipt of the defendant’s resignation from office by the Secretary of State of Missouri, the Court may dismiss […]