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Michael Konopasek is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined FOX31 Denver and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 as a general assignment reporter in August of 2016. Before arriving in Denver, Michael was a reporter at NBC affiliate KING-TV in Seattle.

Michael has covered news that has attracted national and international attention, including Washington state’s largest wildfire in 2014 and the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon in 2015. He was part of Edward R. Murrow Award-winning coverage of the Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting in 2014. In April of 2016, he was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for his coverage of a mass-casualty collision between a charter bus and a “duck boat” tour vehicle in Seattle.

Before joining KING-TV, Konopasek spent three years in Oklahoma City as a reporter at CBS affiliate KWTV-TV. During his time in Oklahoma, he covered numerous tornado outbreaks, including the deadly 2013 Moore tornado. He was the first journalist to report live from the heart of the destruction path moments after the F5 twister devastated the Oklahoma City suburb. In 2014, Michael was awarded a regional Emmy Award for his role in KWTV’s continuing coverage of the disaster.

Prior to his time at KWTV, Michael worked as a reporter at WPTA-TV/WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as WTVW-TV in Evansville, Indiana. He is originally from the Northwest Indiana suburbs of Chicago and is a former Chicago tour guide.

Michael is a proud graduate of Ball State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications and a minor in political science. During his time at Ball State, he worked in radio at WMDH-FM and Indiana Public Radio. He also worked for Muncie, Indiana PBS affiliate, WIPB-TV, as host of a long-running, Emmy Award-winning television show. He officially began his television career as an intern at Chicago’s ABC-owned WLS-TV.

Michael is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Radio Television Digital News Association. He is interested in hearing from you! Please reach out at michael.konopasek@kdvr.com.


Recent Articles
  • Broomfield police arrest suspected child killer

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Police in Broomfield arrested a man suspected of killing a 4-year-old boy Thursday morning. The boy’s body was found inside a home near West 136th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. A massive amount of trauma was found on the little boy’s body, according to police. Officers were called to the home around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Neighbors told FOX31 police are familiar with the home, saying officers are routinely called to the residence for various reasons. Those neighbors also […]

  • Stealthing trend: Men encourage men to take off condoms during sex

    DENVER — A study is exploring evidence suggesting more men are practicing a dangerous sex trend called stealthing. The disturbing practice increases the risk of pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Lawmakers and criminal justice experts across the country said more needs to be done to protect men and women from the practice of gay and straight men removing condoms during sex without consent. “Absolutely, it is assault — it is rape,” Colorado State Sen. Rhonda Fields said. […]

  • Coroner identifies possible road rage victim in deadly crash

    GREELEY, Colo. — The Greeley Police Department believes road rage is to blame for a deadly crash Tuesday morning. The victim was identified Wednesday night as 33-year-old Alberto Ruiz Jr. of Greeley. Witnesses said a driver was forced into a concrete wall in the 3000 block of West 29th Street about 11 a.m. Officers are searching for a suspect. Pictures from the crime scene showed detectives removing bloody evidence from the victim’s pickup truck. “He had injuries that were consistent […]

  • Colorado bishop’s job at risk over sexual orientation

    DENVER — A United Methodist Church bishop from Colorado is making national headlines as she fights to keep her job. As the first openly gay person elected bishop in the UMC, Bishop Karen Oliveto might be forced step down because she’s married to a woman. Last year, Bishop Karen was elected unanimously to lead 400 churches in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. “When it became clear that I was going to be elected, it was one of the most powerful […]

  • Viral video: Aurora police investigating high school bullying

    AURORA, Colo. — Reports of bullying at an Aurora high school have reached a breaking point for a 15-year-old girl and her family. Police are investigating as video of a recent encounter went viral on social media. The alleged victim, known as Laniey, said the past four months have been full of threats, taunts and four-letter words used to torment her. It’s all been too much for the Gateway High School freshman, who said she no longer feels safe at […]

  • More than 30 northern Colorado police agencies have military gear

    DENVER — A growing number of law enforcement agencies are using surplus military gear, including more than 30 police departments in northern Colorado. It’s a program with critics and supporters. Police chiefs and sheriffs say their agencies save a lot of money by getting gear from the federal government for free. The gear, in terms of items offered, runs the gamut. When most people think “military,” tanks and powerful weapons likely come to mind. They most likely don’t think of […]

  • 17 charged after yearlong Aurora drug trafficking investigation

    AURORA, Colo. — After a yearlong investigation, federal agents and local police officers on Thursday dismantled a lucrative drug trafficking operation in Aurora. Sources have called the takedown a major victory for law enforcement working to disrupt the flow of illegal drugs smuggled into the United States from Mexico. Cocaine and methamphetamine from south of the border were distributed from El Rancho Market at South Chambers Road and East Mississippi Avenue in Aurora, according to federal prosecutors. During regular business […]

  • Beer-making degrees on tap in Colorado

    LITTLETON, Colo. — You can forget what your parents told you about drinking in college. More higher-education institutions in Colorado are offering degrees in the science of brewing. The booming industry is promising a career path for those ready to study beer fermentation. Students are busy turning that science into an art. Instead of starting out with the trial and error process of home brewing, it’s becoming easier to craft that perfect pint by learning from experts. “This is a […]

  • Boulder approves parking pilot program at Chautauqua Park

    BOULDER, Colo. — Good luck finding a parking spot of at one of the Colorado’s favorite hiking locations. As more people move to the state, trails are filling up and getting to them is becoming more difficult. Boulder city leaders are working to solve that problem at Chautauqua Park. The park and its trailheads see thousands of visitors every day. It’s Boulder’s entryway to the mountains. That entryway is nearly impossible to access on a weekend, according to hikers. “It’s […]

  • See violence on social media? Say something

    DENVER — Police across the country are on the hunt for a man who recorded video of himself shooting and killing 74-year-old grandfather Robert Godwin Sr. in Cleveland on Easter. Authorities said the suspect, Steve Stephens, posted the chilling video on Facebook. The recording is the latest in a string of disturbing videos showing violence that in some cases go viral before police are called. Before Sunday’s killing, there was an assault of a special needs victim in Chicago shown […]

  • Boulder County triple homicide victims identified

    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Deputies continue to search for possible suspects in a triple homicide investigation near Coal Creek Canyon. On Sunday, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Wallace and Kelly White, both in their mid-50s of Golden, and Emory Fraker, 39, of Broomfield. The trio were found in the Whites’ home along a secluded road in the Coal Creek Canyon area early Saturday morning after a welfare check. “We heard the sirens come down,” neighbor Grace Swansinger said. […]

  • ‘Suspicious’ Douglas County brush fire burns 14 acres

    PARKER, Colo. — Windy conditions complicated the fight against a brush fire in Parker on Thursday. Officials with the Parker Police Department and and South Metro Fire Rescue described the fire as suspicious. Smoke filled a residential neighborhood near South Parker Road and E-470 as crews kept busy preventing flames from reaching homes. “I think they’re doing a really, really good job keeping [the fire] down in the valley,” onlooker Taylor Garlington said. The flames moved quickly near Cherry Creek, […]