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Investigative Reporter Heidi Hemmat is an Emmy winning journalist and Colorado Native.

She began her television career as a Producer and Reporter for a CBS station in Lafayette, Indiana in 1993. Since then she's reported for every major network affiliate including ABC, NBC, FOX and CNN. She has been producing hard hitting investigative reports for FOX 31 since 2008.

Heidi always wanted to work in her hometown. Her dream became a reality in 1999 when she was hired as a Reporter for KUSA.

Her first day on the air in Denver was the saddest and most memorable day of her life. It was April 20, 1999--when 13 people were shot and killed at Columbine high school.

She joined FOX 31 in 2002.

Heidi has received dozens of journalism awards.

She graduated with honors from Colorado State University in 1993.

When she is not at work Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: Salaam’s Fish & Chips, Marriott Denver South, David’s Kabob House

    DENVER — A Denver restaurant scored an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card and in this case the “F” stands for filthy. “Salaam” means hello in Arabic, but their recent health inspection could make you say good bye. Salaam’s Fish and Chips The restaurant located at 4660 Peoria Street in Denver earned an “F” for 15 critical violations in its follow up inspection in June after a failed unannounced inspection in February. In June an inspector found a pest trap […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: “F” is for cooking food in fly country

    DENVER — Cactus Jacks Saloon earned an “F” on Restaurant Report Card for where they were cooking. The Evergreen restaurant scored a failing grade on our report card for 15 critical violations in its July unannounced health inspections. The restaurant’s report said the, “Facility is prepping food outside without Health Department approval …. (where) food is exposed to flies and other elements.” The inspection also said an employee was smoking in the food prep area and employees were not washing […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: A not-so-happy anniversary for one longtime restaurant

    DENVER — A Castle Rock restaurant fails Restaurant Report Card for what it was not telling customers. Pegasus Restaurant, 313 Jerry St. in Castle Rock, earned an “F” on our report card for 13 critical violations in two unannounced inspections in February of 2014 and November of 2013. In February, an inspector said, “A consumer advisory for the sale of raw or partially undercooked animal products was not on the facility’s menu” and “A fruit fly was observed in a bottle […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: Some of Tri-County Health’s worst offenders

    DENVER — In our Restaurant Report Card, FOX31 Denver looks at Tri-County Health Department’s worst eateries under enforcement review. Tri-County Health Department’s review process includes restaurants with a history of repeat violations, a high number of critical violations or multiple follow up inspections. The following three restaurants are on the county’s civil penalties list. Mariscos El Pelicano Mariscos El Pelicano may be named after a pelican, but health inspectors were more concerned with the cockroaches and a dog. El Pelicano […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: Maggianos in Englewood gets an ‘F’

    DENVER — Maggianos Little Italy in Englewood earned an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card for 16 critical violations in its May and February unannounced health inspections. The restaurant located just off I-25 in south metro Denver at 7401 South Clinton Street earned a failing grade for violations including, “An employee sneezed in her arm and did not wash her hands after,” and, “An employee in the washing area did not wash their hands between dirty and clean dishes.” The […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: Highlands hotspot Linger gets this week’s first ‘F’

    Linger The popular Highlands neighborhood restaurant Linger is our first F this week. The Denver restaurant received 12 critical violations in its last two unannounced health department inspections in July of 2013 and July of 2014. The violations included: There was no documentation showing that the salmon has been properly frozen to kill the parasites. Linger was ordered to “cease and desist” serving ceviche because of that violation. An employee was handling dirty dishes then clean dishes without washing hands. […]

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    Aurora restaurant gets “F” for what was found dead in the kitchen

    Silla Restaurant located at 3005 South Peoria Street got an “F” on our report card for 11 critical violations during a June routine inspection. The report said, “Two dead mice were observed in the dry storage area. Rodent droppings were observed on the floor and shelves of the dry storage area.” Also, “An employee was observed touching her face then handling food without washing hands.” Other employees were seen touching their fingers to their mouths then handling clean dishes and […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: Westminster sports bar crawling with bugs

    DENVER– Bender’s Bar and Grill is popular with hockey fans, but their recent health inspections could make you say “what the puck.” The Westminster restaurant on 10710 Westminster Boulevard fails our report card for 14 critical violations in its December 2013 and June 2014 un-announced inspections, including: A full fly strip hanging over the dish washing area Flies in the liquor The cook was unaware of basic food safety Raw meats were stored over tortilla chips The restaurant was also […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: Pizza Republica, El Senor Sol and Panera Bread

    DENVER — In this week’s Restaurant Report Card, Mexican food in Golden earned an “F” for moths and mice. El Senor Sol El Senor Sol located at 15900 West Colfax in Golden failed with 13 critical violations during its most recent routine inspections. In June, a Jefferson County Health inspector found “Small moths and spiders in the large storage room.” The Dec. 11 inspection report found “Rodent droppings in downstairs pantry area, (and) on shelves.” Additional violations included employees not demonstrating knowledge […]

  • Restaurant Report Card: Tuk Tuk, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baskin Robbins

    DENVER — A Westminster restaurant fails Restaurant Report Card for what was found dead near a food prep area, the Crowne Plaza Hotel gets dinged for flies and our “A” goes to a Baskin Robbins Tuk Tuk Tuk Tuk located at 10667 Westminster Boulevard earned an “F” on our report card for 11 critical health code violations found in its March 2014 and September 2013 unannounced health inspections. In March, health inspectors cited the eatery for “dead cockroaches near and […]

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    Contractor accused of cheating homeowners out of thousands of dollars exposed

    DENVER — A FOX31 Denver investigation exposes a Colorado contractor accused of ripping off unsuspecting home owners by allegedly taking thousands of dollars for work that was not completed. Area home owners found the contractor on Craigslist. In his ads, contractor Darrell Stone claims he is licensed, insured and reliable. “I am a 34 year pro. We are insured and bonded contractors. Talk to my references, every one of my references gave me money up front,” Stone said to our […]

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    Restaurant Report Card: Golf course special

    DENVER — Each week we dig deep into official restaurant health inspections to reveal what’s really going on behind closed kitchen doors. Just in time to hit the links, a special edition of Restaurant Report Card — exposing the health code violations at some of Colorado’s most popular golf clubs. Eagle’s Nest Restaurant at Green Valley Ranch The Green Valley Ranch Golf Course is a hit with golfers, but the recent health inspection at the club’s restaurant might tee you […]