• Follow me on:

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.

Recent Articles
  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: Lack of food safety knowledge earns an ‘F’

    DENVER — Man Wah Restaurant in Lakeside earned an “F” on our report card with 15 critical violations in two unannounced inspections in March of 2015 and November 2014. Man Wah An inspector found the person in charge did not have “food safety knowledge” and the health department encouraged “employees and management to enroll in an online food safety class, but none have enrolled.” The inspector said, “Multiple food-borne illness risk factors were observed” and they found “multiple critical violations.” […]

  • Apartment resident Robert Hart and Investigative Reporter Heidi Hemmat

    Property manager charges disabled residents for repairs taxpayers already paid for

    DENVER — Some of Denver’s poorest residents including mentally and physically handicapped people and the elderly call it home. Residents at the Halycon Apartments contacted The FOX31 Problem Solvers for help after they received maintenance bills they could not afford to pay and feared eviction. Robert Hart has lived at the section 8 housing complex for six years. Hart said, “I’m upset about the bills. I’m upset about the way they treat people. They have no sympathy. They have no […]

  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: Dead rodents at Greenwood Village restaurant catch inspectors’ attention

    DENVER — An Asian Restaurant called Min-J had health inspectors concerned about mini-mouse. Min-J Asian Cuisine Min-J Asian Cuisine in Greenwood Village earned an “F” on Restaurant Report Card for 17 critical violations in its two most recent unannounced health inspections in February 2015 and November 2014. In February, a health expert said “hot and cold water were not provided in the kitchen … sink” and “soap was not provided at the … sink.” Dumplings and Pork were held at […]

  • 1965 Ford Mustang

    Colorado mechanic accused of stealing engine, holding vehicles hostage

    DENVER — More than a dozen alleged victims are warning consumers to stay away from a Craigslist mechanic accused of taking money for work he never did,  stealing engines and holding vehicles hostage. Joe Cole of Aurora is one of Jack Truex’s alleged victims. Cole is restoring a 1965 Ford Mustang he calls “Rosie.” He found Truex advertising on Craigslist and paid him $900 up front to rebuild “Rosie’s” engine back in September of 2014. “He told me he would […]

  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: What crawled into the Crawford Hotel’s kitchen and died?

    DENVER — The new Union Station hotel is called The Crawford, but health inspectors were concerned with what crawled in and died. Crawford Hotel The Crawford Hotel’s kitchen received an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card with 14 critical health code violations in its unannounced inspections in March 2015 and October 2014. On October 8 a Denver Environmental Health expert found “two deceased rodents … and approximately 30 rodent droppings on the floor along the common area…” In March, an […]

  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: Columbine Steak House, Viets, Qdoba

    DENVER — Columbine Steak House & Lounge may be known for their steaks, but health inspectors were concerned about what could have been on the customers’ plates. Columbine Steak House & Lounge The steak house at 300 Federal earned an “F” on Restaurant Report Card for 11 critical violations found during two unannounced inspections which took place in December and June of 2014. In December an inspector said, “…a line cook handled raw steak, then handled clean plates…” and “…cook […]

  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: Willie G’s, China 2000, See’s Candies

    DENVER — An upscale restaurant in Denver is called Willie G’s, but this week the restaurant has earned the name of Willie “F”. Willie G’s The LoDo restaurant failed our report card with 18 critical violations in its last two unannounced inspections in January 2015 and December 2014. The violations in January included a “…line-cook chopping unwashed parsley used for garnish…” The line cooks were also handling ready to eat foods, raw shrimp and then touching their headphones without washing […]

  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: The ViewHouse, Venice Restaurant, Sweet Action Ice Cream

    DENVER — The restaurant is famous for its city view, but Tri-County’s Health Department was concerned by what they found inside the restaurant. The ViewHouse – Centennial The ViewHouse in Centennial scored an “F” on our report card for 20 critical health code violations in its January 2015 and October 2014 unannounced inspections. In January, an inspector found “multiple bottles of liquor in both bars had fruit flies.” Also, “An employee in the pizza prep area was observed changing gloves […]

  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: Walton Donuts; Jett Asian Kitchen & Sushi Bar; Sweet Tomatoes

    DENVER — Walton Dounts earned an “F” on Restaurant Report Card for 14 critical violations in its February 2015 and October 2014 unannounced health inspections. Walton Donuts In February, a Denver Environmental Health Inspector wrote, “The toilet in the employee restroom would not flush and had yellow liquid that emitted a foul odor.” Also during the February inspection a health expert found “20-25 small flies” in the kitchen food prep area. The inspection said employees were using hand sanitizer instead […]

  • Restaurant Report Card

    Restaurant Report Card: Famous Wok in Aurora, Viva Burrito, McDonald’s

    DENVER — Famous Wok in Aurora may serve up super-size stir fry, but health officials were concerned about the small, regular and large size cockroaches. Famous Wok, Aurora The restaurant located at 14200 East Alameda Avenue earned an “F” on our Restaurant Report Card for 12 critical violations during unannounced inspections in December 2014. An inspector said, “a small cock roach was … in the sink, a regular sized cockroach was … on the drain…” and “a large cockroach was […]

  • Nail Salon

    Hair, nail, waxing salons open across Colorado without required license

    DENVER — Dozens of hair, nail and waxing salons across the state of Colorado are open for business without a license. The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) requires a license or shop registration for all cosmetology services offered by one or more people at a permanent or temporary location. The registration provides DORA with contact information for the salon in case of safety issues or complaints. A woman, who does not want to be identified, described a nasty infection she […]

  • Electronics repair store owner Muhammed Murib confronts FOX31 Denver Investigative Reporter Heidi Hemmat

    Watch: Dumpster confrontation; FOX31 investigator finds customers’ personal info

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — The Arapahoe County Sherriff’s department executed a search warrant at a TV and electronics repair shop that was at the center of a FOX31 Denver investigation. Deputies were at AAAA TV in Centennial Friday after a FOX31 investigation found the store was charging customers for unnecessary parts and repairs and holding customers’ items hostage. The sheriff’s department confiscated boxes of repair orders and receipts. Investigative reporter Heidi Hemmat was at the store located on South Holly […]